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Here, we present to you the Top 10 networking stories of the year from our three sites -- SearchNetworking.com, SearchEnterpriseVoice.com and SearchMobileComputing.com. These stories were the most read throughout 2005, meaning you picked them. Enjoy and happy holidays.
- 'Serious' security holes in Linksys router
Cisco subsidiary Linksys said its wireless router had five flaws that attackers could use to tamper with passwords and firewalls, install firmware and cause a denial of service.
- With 802.11n, patience is a virtue
As rival factions fleshed out a merged proposal for the forthcoming 802.11n standard, experts explained how it will affect companies and why pre-standard gear won't cut it.
- Cisco brings multifunction router to the masses
Announced at Interop Las Vegas in May 2005, Cisco's integrated services routers enable more organizations to afford routers offering services such as security and quality of service at wire speed.
- Gartner: WiMax all hype, VoIP for real
At its annual Symposium event, Gartner explained why over-hyped networking technologies like VoIP and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) will pan out, and why WiMax and EV-DO are likely to flame out.
- A hazy future for the IP-PBX
A bold report from Gartner Inc. suggested that emerging open Internet telephony models like SIP may drive IP-PBX architecture to a dead-end.
- Report: Microsoft could take VoIP market by storm
After experimenting with VoIP for several years, Microsoft signaled an aggressive move forward and, according to IDC, could turn the voice market upside down.
- New Polycom gear may push market toward SIP
An expert said Polycom's SIP-compliant conferencing gear could further accelerate the adoption of SIP within the enterprise voice market.
- WiMax: Wi-Fi killer or dead on arrival?
Panelists at Interop Las Vegas 2005 said WiMax could displace Wi-Fi, cable and DSL, but some questioned whether it will ever find its niche.
- Experts: Don't deploy BlackBerry
Uncertainty surrounding BlackBerry's future has prompted Gartner Inc. to caution users not to deploy or invest in the technology. But BlackBerry alternatives could also come under NTP's fire, with Research In Motion partners possibly getting hit the hardest.
- ConfucisIM and IMuttering: The new language of IM
With instant messaging now used commonly in the workplace, colleagues are conjuring colloquialisms to describe a number of unique situations spawned by IM use.
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