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Atheros has some work to do, however, to help consumers identify gear that contains its 2nd generation 11a technology. Table 1 (supplied by Atheros) lists APs and routers with 2nd Gen 11a radios, but it's by no means a complete one.

802.11a/b
NETGEAR • WAB102 Access Point
802.11a/b/g
D-Link

• DI-774 Router
• DWL-7000AP Access Point

NETGEAR • FWAG114 Router [review]
• WAB102 Access Point
(discontinued but still available as of March 2004)
Linksys • WAP55AG Access Point
Table 1: 2nd generation 11a products

Updated March 6, 2004 Table updated

The following rules of thumb may help in finding second generation 11a products:

  • Dual-band, dual-mode (a/b) client adapters are all based on 2nd generation Atheros chipsets
  • Same goes for integrated a/b mini-PCI cards in notebooks
  • Most a/b APs and routers are not second-generation. The exception is NETGEAR's WAB102.
  • Single mode 802.11a products are virtually all first-generation

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