D-Link Unveils High-Speed Wireless Line

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New switch, access point support 802.11g standard and 54 mbps.

Users of IEEE 802.11b wireless LANs who want higher speed over the same radio spectrum will soon have a chance to jump toward the next generation: D-Link Systems has announced a hardware client and access point designed from a draft of the coming 802.11g specification.

The New Standard is designed to offer a maximum 54-megabits-per-second carrying capacity on the same radio spectrum used for 802.11b. The AirPlus Xtreme G line will use a dual-mode system so users can integrate the new products with existing 802.11b networks, which deliver up to 11 mbps, according to D-Link.

The 802.11g standard is expected to be completed in March. Products are already shipping that deliver up to 54 mbps using another relatively new standard, 802.11a. However, they use a different part of the radio spectrum (around 5 GHz) and require a typically more expensive dual-band radio if combined with 802.11b.

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News source: PC World

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