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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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