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If you're happy with your current router, but just want to upgrade to 5 GHz band draft 11n, then the WNHDE111 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge might be for you. It can be used as a standalone bridge or a 5 GHz Wireless-N access point. So you can use a pair, which happen to come in a WNHDEB111 kit, to wirelessly connect up any Ethernet-based device with an existing wired or wireless router, using the relatively interference-free 5 GHz band.

WNHDE111 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge

WNHDE111 5 GHz Wireless-N HD Access Point/Bridge

The WNHDE111 features a six metamaterial antenna array, automatic QoS, WPS and "ad-hoc" mode support. MSRPs are $130 and $230 for the single adapter and two adapter kit, respectively and the products should be on the shelves soon.

If all you want to do is get hold of an adapter to take advantage of all of this dual-band draft 11n goodness, then look for the WNDA3100 RangeMax Wireless-N Dual Band USB Adapter. There's not much to say about it other than it uses metamaterial antennas and will be available shortly for $100 list. And, oh yeah, it has a nifty WPS button on it so that you won't have to use its client utility to participate in a WPS push-button session.

WNDA3100 RangeMax Wireless-N Dual Band USB Adapter

WNDA3100 RangeMax Wireless-N Dual Band USB Adapter

Finally, in a nod to those who want to improve their current 802.11g wireless LAN's range without jumping to draft 11N, Netgear popped out the WPN824EXT RangeMax Wireless Signal Extender. The announcement wasn't clear on the range extension technique used, but the EXT claims to "upgrade and extend the performance and range of an existing network" using its seven "smart metamaterial antennas". No pricing or availability was given.

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