To Market, To Market, with 802.11a Products

By Matthew Peretz

February 04, 2002

Two for now and two for later. That's the story of NETGEAR's 802.11a product launch.

NETGEAR Inc. today announced it is shipping an 802.11a pc card and access point, and expects to have a cable/dsl router and wireless pci adapter available in the second quarter of the year. The products are built around the Atheros AR5000 chip set and conform to the 802.11a specification.

The NETGEAR HA 501 wireless pc card, which is available now, delivers standard 802.11a throughput at 54 Mbps and can run at 72 Mbps in turbo mode. The 501 is available for a CardBus PC Card Type II slot and requires 2MB of hard drive space. It carries an estimated street price of $179.

The NETGEAR HE102 54 Mbps access point can be used by up to 64 simultaneous users. Management features include an Access Control List to block unauthorized access. It can be connected to a cable/DSL modem and used as a wireless-to-Ethernet bridge. The HE102 is available for an expected street price of $429.

The NETGEAR HR314 54 Mbps Cable/DSL Router, due in the second quarter, incorporates a wireless access point and supports WEP encryption. The router uses NAT and DHCP for security and management functionality. NETGEAR did not disclose an estimated price for the product.

The NETGEAR HA301 54 Mbps Wireless PCI Adapter is designed to connect a desktop with existing Ethernet installations. It is due out in the second quarter as well. No pricing information available at this time.

All NETGEAR 802.11a products utilize the NETGEAR Smart Wizard setup utility, for setup and link-quality monitoring. The company plans fee updates to the utility which it said will enable users to exchange the network setup of devices for use in multiple locations.

Matthew Peretz is Managing Editor of 802.11-Planet.com



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