SMC Networks yesterday announced a Draft 802.11n router and USB adapter with suggested list prices of $60 and $40. Both products are Wi-Fi Certified to 802.11n Draft 2.0.
The Barricade N Draft 11n Broadband Router (SMCWBR14S-N2) combines a 4-port 10/100 LAN switch, SPI+NAT firewall and draft 802.11n access point. The router supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 wireles security as well as Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).
The SMCWUSBS-N is a matching USB 2.0 wireless adapter in thumb-drive format.
Both products are available now.
D-Link said today it has started shipping its DGL-4500 Draft 802.11n Xtreme N Gaming Router.
The router combines a single dual-band Draft 2.0 802.11n radio based on Atheros XSPAN technology with D-Link's "GameFuel" technology—D-Link's branding of Ubicom's "StreamEngine" auto-QoS technology.
Linksys today announced the first of its Ultra RangePlus wireless networking products.
The Ultra RangePlus Dual-Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router (WRT600N) and Dual-Band Wireless-N Notebook Adapter (WPC600N) are 802.11n Draft 2.0 Wi-Fi Certified and operate in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands. The WRT600N has two radios for simultaneous dual-band coverage. Both products are based on Broadcom Intensi-Fi draft 11n chipsets.
SmallNetBuilder has discovered a hole in the Wi-Fi Alliance's 802.11n Draft 2.0 test suite that can allow Wi-Fi Certified products to interfere with existing wireless networks, in direct violation of a mandatory Certification requirement.
A long-running battle in the standard has been whether to allow the use of "wide-channel" operation in the 2.4 GHz band that is used by the majority of Wi-Fi products. The mode, also referred to as "channel bonded" or "40 MHz bandwidth" mode, uses up two of the available three non-overlapping channels in the band, making it impossible to avoid interfering with other wireless networks operating in the center of the band.
Interference from draft 802.11n channel-bonded networks can, at worst, render 802.11b and g wireless networks inoperable and, at minimum, cause slowdowns and unreliable connections.
DigiTimes today said that D-Link has revealed its WiMax product strategy and plans for European rollout of draft 802.11n products.
The WiMax information is short on details, but includes plans for "network cards with different interfaces such as integrated wireless LAN, Bluetooth and WiMAX support".
The draft 802.11n report said that the company plans to "start marketing its low-priced 802.11n products, utilizing WLAN chips coming from Taiwan-based Ralink Technology, in the European market in the fourth quarter". D-Link's draft 11n U.S. products are based on Atheros' XSPAN chipset.
Linksys has announced two Media Center Extenders that are "Coming in November".
The DMS 2100 Media Center Extender and DMA 2200 Media Center Extender with DVD Player are designed to support streamed content from PCs running Windows Vista Premium or Ultimate using Ethernet and draft 802.11n wireless connections.
Broadcom today announced what it says is the world's first full-featured, single-chip 802.11n solution.
The Broadcom BCM4322 combines all of the elements of a wireless LAN subsystem onto a single silicon die, including 802.11 MAC, baseband processor, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios and other WLAN components. Broadcom claims that the device can deliver " over 200 Mbps of actual wireless throughput".
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