Bluesocket Announces Version 4.0 Software for Enterprise Wireless LANs

LAS VEGAS, NV (Booth 2847, N+I 2004)–May 11, 2004: Bluesocket Inc. (www.bluesocket.com), the leading vendor of open-systems wireless local area network (WLAN) systems to secure and manage wireless access to networks and the Internet, today announced Version 4.0 software. Version 4.0 adds features for security, scalability, policy enforcement, and management of data and voice traffic in enterprise-class WLANs.

Version 4 of Bluesocket?s gateway software will provide intrusion detection and worm protection, enhanced support for Cisco WLANs and the new EAP FAST protocol; secure roaming with VoIP over WLAN; load sharing across wireless gateways, and support for HP OpenView network management.

At Bluesocket’s booth (#2847) in the Interop Wireless Pavilion, the company will showcase its line of award-winning Wireless Gateways including the WG-5000 Wireless Gateway, a core network system for airtight, HIPAA-compliant security and policy-based management for Wi-Fi networks that can support up to 1,000 simultaneous users and hundreds of Access Points from any vendor.

Version 4.0’s Enterprise Focused Features

Intrusion Detection and Worm Protection

Unlike signature based tools or OS specific scanners, Bluesocket has implemented real-time monitoring of Wi-Fi users’ data to detect malicious traffic based on the users’ actual behavior without requiring any client-side software. This enables administrators to automatically block network access to hackers or worm infected users even for ?zero-day? attacks well before traditional signature-based tools have updates available.

Enhanced Support for Cisco WLANs and the new EAP-FAST Protocol

Bluesocket continues to expand its industry leading support for complementing Cisco AP based WLAN environments. With Version 4.0, Bluesocket is the first vendor to support the new EAP-FAST protocol for 802.1x and WPA, published by Cisco as a proposed IETF Standard. Along with other EAP methods such as LEAP, PEAP, TTLS, TLS and MD5, Bluesocket now provides the widest variety of authentication and security methods among all WLAN infrastructure vendors. Additionally, Bluesocket Wireless Gateways now provide deeper user to AP monitoring for Cisco APs and also has added support for Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP), thus offering superior integration into existing Cisco-based networks.

Secure Mobility ™ Roaming with VoIP over WLAN

Bluesocket was the first vendor to introduce Secure Mobility ™ (secure Layer 3 wireless subnet roaming) and builds upon its innovation with this new software iteration. Version 4.0 introduces advanced stateful firewall support for VoWLAN devices, which removes the need to build a separate VoIP VLAN and can prevent hackers gaining entrance to the network by hijacking open VoIP sessions. Bluesocket’s fast roaming handoffs provide the low latency, jitter suppression and session persistence required for VoIP, while maintaining a secure environment. Mike Houston, Marketing Director at TeleSym, Inc. (software leader in voice over IP & Bluesocket partner): “Enterprises are clamoring for secure and reliable roaming on their voice networks. Working together, Bluesocket and TeleSym delivers robust, reliable voice services to laptops, PDAs and other mobile computers, with the security users expect.”

Load Sharing Across Wireless Gateways

As enterprises move from initial WLAN pilot deployments to enterprise-wide WLANs, the number of users grows rapidly. Bluesocket supports higher numbers of simultaneous users on the same network using its new Load Sharing capabilities. This enables administrators to manage and scale WLAN performance by distributing user traffic across WGs in the network.

HP OpenView Support

Bluesocket has expanded its management functionality, required for large Wi-Fi deployments by incorporating Bluesocket management functions into HP OpenView. This allows NOC admins using HP OpenView to expand their traditional “wired view” into the wireless world.

Illustrating its leadership position, the company also announced it has sold its Wireless Gateway systems into more than 600 different end-user organizations (in more than 40 countries worldwide). “In an crowded market clouded by hype from competitors, Bluesocket stands out as the clear WLAN leader with more customers, more installed units, in more countries and a stronger channel than any of the wireless switch vendors,” said Bob Darabant, VP of worldwide sales.

“Mobile applications will grow enterprise WLANs to $1.7 billion by 2008,” said David Gross, senior analyst, Wireless Data Research. “Bluesocket’s Wireless Gateways are a proven solution for enterprises to manage and secure wireless networks, while integrating and extending their existing networks and systems. Through its new version 4.0 software, Bluesocket continues to improve the capabilities of heterogeneous networks based on architecture from Cisco, HP, and other vendors.”

About Bluesocket
Bluesocket, Inc. (www.bluesocket.com) is a leading manufacturer of systems to control and secure wireless local area networks (WLANs) for enterprises, institutions and public access venues in more than 45 countries worldwide. Thousands of Bluesocket Wireless Gateways are deployed by enterprises including the National Security Agency, Lehman Brothers, University of California, Parker Hannifin and others who required an elegant open-systems solutions to secure, manage, and profit from their WLANs. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Bluesocket, Inc. is a private, global corporation managed by executives from BT, Cisco, Digital, GTE, Ericsson, Intel, NetScreen, Nortel; other industry leaders.

Secure Mobility is a trademark of Bluesocket, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names and company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective companies.




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