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Atheros adds single-chip Bluetooth

Atheros Communications today announced its first Bluetooth product. The AR3011 is a Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) solution specifically targeted for PC applications and the first member of Atheros' ROCm (Radio-on-Chip for Mobile) family of Bluetooth solutions.

The AR3011 is a single-chip solution that supports WLAN co-existence and simultaneous usage of multiple Bluetooth-based devices. Atheros will offer the device in combination with the company's wireless LAN products to the PC OEM market to drive adoption of Bluetooth technology in laptops and desktops.

Ruckus Wireless announces 'dual-zone' metro wireless gateway

Ruckus Wireless today announced a wireless router for serice providers that supports WAN connection to metro Wi-Fi networks.

The MetroFlex DZ is an 802.11b/g wireless gateway that gives subscribers wireless connectivity to outdoor broadband metro networks while simultaneously providing indoor Wi-Fi connectivity to home PCs and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Intel announces draft 11n chipset

Intel today officially introduced its draft 802.11n chipset. The company described its Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N network connection, as "an upgrade to the wireless component found inside Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology and other Intel-based laptops".

The release contained no hard specs and was even vague on whether the product has dual-band capability (it does). It was noted, however, that the new chipset offers "up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range" and would provide "up to an extra hour of notebook battery life" when compared to existing Draft-N products.

Firetide announces 'Fastest' Indoor / Outdoor Mesh gear

Wireless mesh company Firetide today announced its new HotPort 6000 indoor and outdoor mesh nodes featuring a dual radio backhaul.

The HotPort 6000 mesh nodes feature high-powered radios that support both licensed and unlicensed bands, eliminating the need to purchase and install separate radios for each spectrum. Bandwidth for both radios can be combined to provide 70 Mbps throughput for "fat" point-to-point backhaul links or for high-resolution video surveillance networks. The radios can also be set to deliver a sustained 35 Mbps bandwidth across an unlimited number of hops if a multi-hop or linear network topology is required.

802.11n draft 1.10 approved

Atheros issued a statement today reporting that "all of the 3,000 technical comments to the 802.11n draft 1.0 have now been resolved" and that there was "unanimous approval" for the creation of a draft 1.10.

A 15-day letter ballot will now take place to determine whether a 2.0 version based on the 1.10 draft should be created and submitted for technical review (via a 30-day letter ballot).

Belkin prepping certified wireless USB hub

With Freescale gone from the UltraWideBand market, Belkin is moving on to fully join the ranks of "Certified Wireless USB" vendors. Belkin showed a new version of wireless USB hub and dongle at last week's Consumer Electronics show.

The Wireless USB Hub with Wireless USB Adapter uses certified wireless USB technology from WiQuest, instead of the Wisair chipset used in its "Cable-Free USB Hub" which is just starting to become widely available. The datasheet for the product specs throughput at "up to 80Mbps of real throughput" and says it will interoperate with other certified wireless USB devices.

The new product is slated to be available in May at $199.99 suggested list.

Intel to launch 802.11n Wi-Fi chipset next week

Originally scheduled for Q2 launch, Intel's new Wi-Fi chipset code-named "Kedron" will be unveiled at an event next Tuesday, TG Daily has learned.

Kedron is the wireless component and was intended to be introduced in tandem with the new mobile chipset code-named "Santa Rosa" in Q2 of this year. Kedron will be based on the draft-n wireless standard and promises to increase data transfer bandwidth as well as range of wireless devices.

Full story on TG Daily

Apple to charge for 802.11n Updater

Steve Jobs directly confirmed to one questioner that Apple would charge for its 802.11n enabler for existing Macintoshes. A reader who prefers to remain anonymous forwarded to Glenn Fleishman of Wi-Fi Networking News the mail he sent to Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, and the reply he received. He included mail headers so that I can confirm the mail is legitimate.

The reader asked Jobs whether press reports were in error that Apple would charge $5 for an “enabler” that would turn on the 802.11n functions in most Core 2 Duo and Xeon systems shipped in 2006. Jobs replied, simply, “It’s the law,” which would confirm that the Sarbanes-Oxley requirement that seemed bizarre to me is, in fact, correct.

Full story on Wi-Fi Networking News

Apple dives into draft 11n

The former-computer company—renamed from Apple Computer to just Apple today—has gone Draft N happy. Their new Airport Extreme version will have no new, special name, and support both 2.4 GHz (802.11b/g/n) and 5 GHz (802.11a/n).

Computers shipped to date with Intel Core 2 Duo chips (with the exception of a single iMac model) can be upgraded to add Draft N capability through a firmware patch due in February along with the updated base station.

Full Story on Wi-Fi Networking News

Wi-Fi Protected Setup goes public

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has rolled out its long-expected and openly discussed WPS system for its members to choose to implement and have certified as a component of their Wi-Fi devices. With WPS, a router can provide strong WPA/WPA2 encryption keys to client devices with the push of a button or the entry of a 4- or 8-digit personal identification number (PIN).

Full story on Wi-Fi Networking News

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