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You'll note from the table that products based on Broadcom and Atheros chipsets are equally represented, but that there aren't any products based on Agere Systems, Conexant PRISM, TI, Marvell, Inprocomm, Realtek, RaLink or any other wireless chipsets.This wasn't an intentional snub to any of these companies, but just the way things worked out.

You'll also note that where you find Broadcom wireless chipsets, you also find their processors powering the APs, while the APs with Atheros chipsets use either Motorola PowerPC or Renasas processors.

So that you can see how (dis)similar the designs are, I've included board pictures for your perusal below.

ASUS WL-300g board

Figure 2: ASUS WL300g board

Buffalo Tech WLA-G54C board

Figure 3: Buffalo Tech WLA-G54C board

Gigabyte GN-A17GU - Top of the GN-A17GU's board

Figure 4: Gigabyte GN-A17GU board

SMC2552W-G and 3Com 3CRWE725075A board

Figure 5: SMC2552W-G and 3Com 3CRWE725075A board

Yes, that's right, the SMC and 3Com products are twins on the inside (sourced from SMC's parent Accton) but with different plastic shells on the outside.

Linksys WAP54G V2 board

Figure 6: Linksys WAP54G V2 board

Also worthy of note is that I tested the currently shipping Linksys WAP54G (the V2) shown in Figure 6 and not the original design shown in Figure 7. You can see that the V2 is a very different cost-reduced animal using Broadcom's less-expensive 4712 AP-on-a-chip and sporting the smallest amount of RAM (4Mwords) of any of the products tested.

Linksys WAP54G original board

Figure 7: Linksys WAP54G original board (not tested)

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