Belkin's F5D7130 802.11g Wireless Access Point is one of the first 802.11g APs to be both 11g spec-compliant and support Wi-Fi Protected Access. We found it to be a good performer, but with some limitations that might cause some prospective purchasers to think twice before buying.
Part II of our WPA tutorial
Linksys' WET11 Wireless Ethernet Bridge brought wireless 802.11b bridging to the masses with its combination of low price and easy configuration. With the release of its successor - the WET54G Wireless-G Ethernet Bridge - it looks like Linksys is hoping to dominate the market for low-cost 802.11g-based wireless bridging too.
Linksys' WRT55AG Dual-Band Wireless A+G Broadband Router is one of the first dual-band, tri-mode routers to hit the streets. But our testing shows that it perhaps should have stayed in the labs a little longer. Is it really ready for prime time? Read our review and judge for yourself!
Sonicwall is well known for their premium-priced, but easy-to-use wired IPsec-based Internet security products. With the SOHO TZW they now enter the world of wireless LAN security, a place known to bring strong LAN administrators to their knees, heads hurting from the ever-increasing barrage of new acronyms and security methodology. Did Sonicwall really succeed to making wireless security a setup-and-go story? Read our review and find out for yourself!
Probably the most frequently asked question about wireless LANs is how to improve their performance. Although the focus is usually on improving range, what people many times want is to get a better (or any!) wireless connection from a specific location in their home or small office.
The wireless networking world seems to have lost interest in 802.11a wireless LAN products. Although its advantages of operating in a quieter frequency band, significantly faster maximum data rate, and more non-interfering channels than 802.11b were attractive, its range problems and cost premium caused many prospective buyers to look, but not buy.
Now that tri-mode dual-band wireless cards are here, it's hard to see why companies will buy anything else to equip their legions of laptops. Read our review of NETGEAR's WAG511 Dual Band Wireless PC Card and see why!
Ranges are based on ideal outdoor conditions and using standard Lucent Technologies accessories. The distances referenced here are approximations and should be used for estimation purposes only.
In Part 1 of this NTK, I gave an overview of the state of 802.11g development, described the key performance related issues, and offered some advice for prospective purchasers of these not-quite-ready-for-prime-time products.