October is nothing without a round-up of networking news. And here it is:

KVM goes wireless
Most KVM over IP systems still need wires running from the server to be controlled, but the KW1000 from Aten International is different - it uses Wi-Fi. Like any other KVM, the 802.11b device digitises the keyboard, video and mouse signals, but then sends them wirelessly up to 100m to a Java-capable browser.

"With the KW1000, mobile server room management becomes a reality." said Aten president Kevin Chen. "Administrators are no longer tied to their work place, but can lock the server room door behind them with a safe conscience."

He added that wireless KVM can considerably reduce maintenance and service costs. The KW1000 costs €899 per unit and supports screen resolutions up to 1600x1200. Its security features include RSA1024 encryption, IP and MAC filters, SSL2 and SSL3.

Signature-based P2P filtering
Peer-to-peer and filesharing applications can be readily and reliably blocked or rate-limited, claimed Ipoque as it announced a line of hardware network filters featuring a traffic classification engine based on application signatures. The company said that this signature approach avoids misclassifications that can result from port-based filtering.

The filters can respond individually to each P2P protocol, either blocking it completely or limiting its data rate, and Ipoque said that regular signature updates would ensure the detection of new protocols. It added that the devices also generate statistics on overall network and P2P usage.

Several models are available, from the 50Mbit/s PRX-100e to the 2Gbit/s PRX-1000. The latter is aimed at carrier-class networks and has an integrated hardware bypass so that network traffic continues even if the filter stops working. Additional software modules allow the devices to filter instant messaging protocols, VoIP and Web URLs as well, Ipoque said.

Hosted VoIP fills a gap
Converged comms developer Timico has announced a VoIP for Business hosted service which it said could fill the gap between enterprise VoIP systems and consumer IP telephony services. The company claimed that the new service enables customers to receive a single bill that covers both data and fixed/mobile voice communications.

VoIP for Business is a Nortel-based hosted IP Centrex service, so it requires minimal capital expenditure from customers. The company said it has many traditional PBX features, including call routing and short codes, and supports a PC client that includes a softphone, video-conferencing and presence-based instant messaging. Timico added that it also enables a company to extend its PBX to branch offices or remote teleworkers.