802.11a Products Hit the Market with a Blazing 100Mbps Potential

By Matthew Peretz

October 08, 2001

Company releases CardBus Cards now and Access Point in November

Proxim, Inc. today announced the availability of its Harmony 802.11a products for the enterprise. The products are IEEE 802.11a-compliant, offering a 54 Mbps data rate in accordance with the spec, and 100 Mbps in Proxim's 2X mode.

Proxim is currently shipping the Harmony 802.11a FastWireless Networking Kit. This kit includes two 802.11a CardBus Cards, software, and installation and configuration instructions. Proxim stated that the company will ship the Harmony 802.11a Access Point in November.

Proxim based its CardBus design on the Atheros AR5000 chipset. The Networking Kit is available now for $449. The CardBus Card is also available now for $249. The cards can be used to create an ad-hoc network or can be used in conjunction with the Access Points as a bridge to another wired or wireless network.

Proxim's Lynn Chroust, director of the commercial networks business unit, stated that it is the first company to "allow deployment of this groundbreaking new capability in wireless LAN technology."

Matthew Peretz is Managing Editor of 802.11-Planet.com

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