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Draft 11n certification draws near

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The Wi-Fi Alliance today unveiled a re-designed consumer logo for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 802.11n Draft 2.0 products, and announced the products and reference designs that will make up its test bed for interoperability certification.

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Update:D-Link announces dual-band draft 11n media bridge

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D-Link today introduced a wireless Ethernet bridge using dual-band draft 11n technology at Microsoft's WinHEC event.

The D-Link Xtreme N Duo MediaBridge (DAP-1555) allows users to add 5 GHz Draft 802.11n capabilities to existing wired or wireless routers or other Ethernet-based products. The DAP-1555 works with dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) draft 802.11n wireless devices as well as legacy 802.11a/b/g products. Up to five MediaBridge adapters can be used to connect a router to Ethernet-capable devices such game consoles, digital video recorders and networked media adapters.

Security features includeWPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) for push-button secure wireless network configuration as well as WEP, WPA or WPA2 wireless security. Other features include a 5-Port 10/100 switch and UPnP support.

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Colubris announces Enterprise-Class 802.11n Access Point

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Colubris Networks today announced an enterprise-class 802.11n access point. The dual-radio MAP-625 is said to provide 802.11n clients with more than four times the performance of current generation WLANs, while simultaneously supporting legacy 802.11a/b/g devices at their full speeds.

The MAP-625's dual-radio design features an 802.11n Draft 2 compliant radio with 3x3 MIMO technology. Legacy device support is provided via a separate 802.11a/b/g radio. The AP also features Colubris' new antenna design with antennae integrated on two hinged wings. This design provides flexibility to operate the access point in an open position as an omni-directional antenna or in a closed position as a directional patch antenna with 5 dBi gain.

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Azimuth intros new WLAN product test system

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Azimuth Systems today introduced its next-generation platform for MIMO and SISO 802.11 wireless product testing.

The ADEPT-n MIMO test platform is a single-box, point-to-multi-point tester that enables repeatable performance, interoperability and functional testing of 802.11a/b/g/n devices. Azimuth said the ADEPT-n will succeed its W-series 802.11 a/b/g performance test platform, as the wireless industry transitions to the 802.11n standard.

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D-Link ready with 11n Draft 2.0 upgrades

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D-Link today said it has Draft 2.0 product upgrades available for download for its Draft 802.11n Xtreme N product line.The firmware and driver upgrades have also achieved 'Connect with Intel Centrino' certification.

The 2.0 draft of the 802.11n specification brings the industry closer to final ratification, providing the next set of technical requirements for enhancing existing draft 11n products. The technical changes occurring between the draft 1.0 and 2.0 deal primarily with the protection of the legacy devices.

Upgrades are available for the following Xtreme N products: DIR-655 Gigabit Router; DWA-556 PCI Express Desktop Adapter; DWA-643 Notebook ExpressCard; DWA-552 Desktop Adapter and; DWA-652 Notebook Adapter. D-Link's 1.0 products and 2.0 upgrades are based on Atheros' XPAN draft 11n technologies.

Upgrades for all of D-Link's draft 802.11n products will be available this quarter.

BVS announces handheld 802.11b/a/g analyzer

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Berkeley Varitronics Systems yesterday announced a new Yellowjacket handheld Wi-Fi & spectrum analyzer.

The Yellowjacket B/A/G system demodulates, sweeps and analyzes all popular 802.11 Wi-Fi network packets including 802.11 a, b and g. The new handheld is also a spectrum analyzer that measures RF energy in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands accurate to within +1 dB.

Analysis features include SNR (Signal-to-Noise), Multipath (Ec/Io), Delay Spread, Channel Frequency Response (CFR), SSID and RSSI measurements.

Yellowjacket B/A/G will be available next quarter. Pricing was not given.

Atheros sampling 10/100 switch chip

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Atheros today announced that it is sampling a low-cost six port 10/100 Ethernet switch chip to key customers.

The company said the AR8216 will allow it to provide networking customers with "all of the major silicon required for complete wire-to-wireless router solutions". Atheros chose to produce a 10/100 switch instead of a gigabit Ethernet version because it believes that is where the volume will be in the near term.

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Belkin settles wireless class action suit

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Belkin has settled a class action lawsuit that claimed some of the company's wireless LAN products did not meet advertised speed and range claims.

The lawsuit (Shannahoff v. Belkin Corporation) claimed that Belkin made and sold select models of its wireless LAN products that did not achieve advertised transmission rates and connectivity range under alleged “real-world” operating conditions.

The 37 products covered in the settlement include Belkin's 802.11g, "Pre-N", and Wireless G Plus MIMO products. Belkin's "N1" draft 11n products are not included in the suit or settlement.

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Buffalo adds 11n / 11g wireless routers, 'hi gain' 11g USB adapters

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Buffalo Technology today announced the addition of two new wireless routers and two extended range 11g USB adapters to its wireless product lineup.

The WZR2-G300N AirStation Wireless-N Nfiniti Router replaces the WZR-G300N AirStation Nfiniti Router. The single-band 2.4 GHz router is equipped with three external antennas, built-in DHCP server and 4- port 10/100 Auto-Sensing switch.It also supports a Nintendo DS Wi-Fi connection and Buffalo's AOSS automatic wireless security system.

The WHR-G125 AirStation Wireless-G High Speed Router replaces the WHR-G54S. Features include AOSS support, 4-port 10/100 switch and hardware switching from router to bridge mode.

Both routers have a NAT+SPI firewall and programmable transmit power. Security features include Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2), Buffalo's Privacy Separator and 128/64-bit WEP.

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Always On Wireless spiffs up dialup wireless router

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Always On Wireless today announced its WiFlyer+v wireless router that supports wireless networking of dial-up or broadband Internet connections. The new router includes an integrated network USB print server, automatic Internet Call Waiting and an 802.11b/g wireless access point.

The WiFlyer+v can be purchased immediately for only $149.95 at www.wiflyer.com.

Atheros announces next-gen 11g SoC

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Atheros today announced what it claims is the most "highly-integrated, cost-effective 802.11g solution" for home gateways. The AR2417 is the newest member of the company's seventh-generation AR5007 family and is a low cost, single-chip solution for mini-PCI and cardbus based designs. The device is currently in volume production.

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AirMagnet upgrades Spectrum Analyzer

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AirMagnet today announced the version 3.1 of Spectrum Analyzer, which includes support for Microsoft Vista.

Spectrum Analyzer can be used as a standalone instrument or with AirMagnet’s Laptop Analyzer and Survey products. Spectrum Analyzer can provide a data feed into these products to facilitate a complete RF view for use in network planning or as part of performance monitoring, security or compliance policy enforcement.

Other version 3.1 features include an upgraded Help Module, Instant Replay feature (playback review of the most recent spectrum information), SNMP Traps and Signal to Noise Ratio charts.

March IEEE 802 Wireless Meeting Highlights

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IEEE 802 held a plenary meeting in Orlando, Florida the week of March 12th. Here are some highlights on the wireless front:

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Slideshow: Buffalo Nfiniti Dual Band Router

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Buffalo's Nfiniti Dual Band Router & AP (WZR-AG300NH) is the first simultaneous dual-band draft 11n router. Read the full review here.

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Buffalo Nfiniti Dual-Band Router: Double your Draft 11n fun

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Read more...Dual-band draft 11n products are finally starting to appear. Tim Higgins looks at the first simultaneous dual band product, including the first-published throughput vs. range performance curves for 5 GHz draft 11n.
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11n Draft 2.0 approved

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The 75-percent supermajority required for the larger 802.11 group to approve the Task Group N Draft 2.0 was reached in a single round of letter (mailed) ballots. 325 voters in the 802.11 Working Group were eligible to vote; 306 did; 231 approved the ballot (83.4 percent).

Full story on MIMO+N News.

iPass launches Wi-Fi Hotspot Index

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iPass today introduced the first edition of its Wi-Fi Hotspot Index. The Index is a report that summarizes session data collected by iPass across its base of approximately 1,000,000 quarterly users. The tool is designed for those interested in Wi-Fi connectivity trends.

Key findings include which airport hotspots around the world have been used most by business travelers, what countries and cities have experienced the fastest growth in Wi-Fi usage, and what types of retail venues have been most frequented for hotspot use.

iPass' network consists of more than 76,000 hotspots in 68 countries, and over 3,000 business customers, including more than 350 companies in the Forbes Global 2000.

The index is available at www.ipass.com/wifihotspotindex.

Ekahau Announces Two-Way Wi-Fi Location Tracking Badge

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Ekahau today announced that it is developing a Wi-Fi-enabled badge designed to support new location tracking and communications applications on enterprise campuses.

The company said that is T301-B tag will be the industry's first tag that combines location capabilities with a display that supports wireless text messaging and enables users to acknowledge messages by using the tag's two integrated call buttons. The tag will incorporate audible alarm signals, multicolored LEDs and an optional display to provide the messaging capabilities. It also will have an integrated pull strap alarm that enables the user to call for immediate assistance.

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Boingo Launches Worldwide Wi-Fi Service for Mobile Phones and Devices

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Wholesale Wi-Fi network aggregator Boingo Wireless today announced what it says is the first global Internet service designed for Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones and devices.

Boingo Mobile lets users enjoy the Internet capabilities built into their handsets in Boingo’s hot spots around the world for a monthly flat rate of $7.95.

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802.11n draft 1.10 vote passes

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The IEEE procedural letter ballot to approve 802.11n draft 1.10 and authorize a 30-day letter ballot of 802.11n Draft 2.0 passed last night. The vote had a 98% approval rate with 293 votes to approve, 6 to disapprove and 14 abstentions.

As a result of the vote, a 30 day technical letter ballot to approve and submit to sponsor ballot Draft 2.0 was immediately opened and will close on March 9. The technical letter ballot requires comments to be submitted along with each disapprove vote.

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