Intel Crosses 802.11b, a Line

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-06-24 Print this article Print

Intel has drawn a line in the sand with the release of its Intel Pro 500 Wireless Access Point for 802.11b and 802.11a.

Intel has drawn a line in the sand with the release of its Intel Pro 500 Wireless Access Point for 802.11b and 802.11a. This is the first product Ive seen that unites 802.11b 2.4GHz technology with 802.11as much higher bandwidth (theoretically, 54M bps vs. 11M bps for 802.11b) in the same device. Available now, the Pro 500 sells for $649.

The tone of a briefing with Intel earlier this month signaled the Pro 500 as Intels bet that 802.11a will trump 802.11g as the way that enterprise IT enables high-bandwidth wireless connectivity.

Indeed, 802.11a has overcome regulatory hurdles in several countries, but only on the condition that the Intel device backs off when it senses another user of the frequency— which could herald problems.

Also unknown is the extent to which 802.11g, which uses the same 2.4GHz frequency as the pervasive 802.11b, will win out.

Intel is hoping that, by making the Pro 500 and dual-band network cards today, the answer will be based on availability.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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