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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.

Wireless FAQ Update

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Read more...We cleared up a little time and add three new categories to our Wireless FAQ.
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AirMagnet Secures U.S. Patent for Detecting Hidden WLAN Users

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AirMagnet today announced that the company has been issued U.S. Patent No. 7,130,289 for creating a method to expose hidden nodes in a wireless LAN (WLAN) environment. CTO Chia-Chee Kuan, as well as Chief Architect Miles Wu, and President and CEO Dean Au, developed the patented technology as a core component of wireless analysis to proactively identify and explain security and performance threats.

A hidden-node problem occurs when a wireless device, or node, cannot hear one or more of the other devices, causing the collision avoidance protocol to function improperly. Multiple devices attempt to transmit their data over the shared medium simultaneously and create signal interference with one another. By identifying hidden devices, the patented hidden-node detection technology helps network administrators minimize network downtime and lost productivity.

Apple Ships 802.11n Base Station, Software Upgrade

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Wi-Fi Networking news reports that the AirPort Extreme Base Station with 802.11n is now shipping. The software enabler required to update existing Macs that have 802.11n technology built in is included with the $179 Extreme gateway. The enabler can also now be purchased from the Apple Store for $1.99.

Full story on Wi-Fi Networking News

Verizon announces EVDO Rev A launch and USB modem

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Verizon Wireless today announced it is launching its next-generation high-speed wireless broadband network in cities throughout the country.

Based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology, customers in the areas of upgraded coverage can expect "average download speeds of 450-800 Kbps and average upload speeds of 300-400 Kbps".

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How To: Manually Setting Up the Linksys WRE54G Wireless-G Range Expander - Update

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Read more...Our How To for configuring Linksys' WRE54G has been popular, but sadly out of date. Reader Alan Cates provides an update that matches the latest Rev 3 series firmware.
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AirMagnet upgrades laptop WLAN analyzer

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AirMagnet today announced the latest version of its wireless security and performance troubleshooting solution. Laptop Analyzer 7.0 PRO's key features include a new user interface and ability to analyze sources of interference and troubleshoot devices that utilize the 4.9 GHz public safety band.

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Broadcom adds two wireless headset Bluetooth chips

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Broadcom today announced two new single-chip solutions aimed at wireless headset applications that support Bluetooth Version 2.0 with EDR. The duo support Broadcom's SmartAudio sound enhancement technology and are upgradeable to Bluetooth Version 2.1.

The BCM2047 is targeted at premium headset products and includes an integrated ARM AudioDE based digital signal processor for premium sound quality. The DSP can handle stereo SBC, MP3 and AAC compression algorithms.

The BCM2044 is intended for basic audio headsets that don't require extensive feature programmability. The ROM-based, single-chip device has the same low-power radio and audio architecture as the BCM2047 and also integrates a power management unit including "comprehensive" safety circuitry.

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Atheros adds single-chip Bluetooth

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Atheros Communications today announced its first Bluetooth product. The AR3011 is a Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) solution specifically targeted for PC applications and the first member of Atheros' ROCm (Radio-on-Chip for Mobile) family of Bluetooth solutions.

The AR3011 is a single-chip solution that supports WLAN co-existence and simultaneous usage of multiple Bluetooth-based devices. Atheros will offer the device in combination with the company's wireless LAN products to the PC OEM market to drive adoption of Bluetooth technology in laptops and desktops.

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Ruckus Wireless announces 'dual-zone' metro wireless gateway

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Ruckus Wireless today announced a wireless router for serice providers that supports WAN connection to metro Wi-Fi networks.

The MetroFlex DZ is an 802.11b/g wireless gateway that gives subscribers wireless connectivity to outdoor broadband metro networks while simultaneously providing indoor Wi-Fi connectivity to home PCs and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

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