Dells Brand of Wireless Networking
Dell furthers its entry into a new market segment with the addition of an 802.11b USB adapter and a wireless broadband router to the company's TrueMobile line.Dell seems to be making itself into both a one-stop and a one-brand computer shop. Besides selling PDAs and printers, the company has stepped into the wireless networking market. Two new house-brand 11-MHz, 802.11b devices are part of this pushthe $69 (direct) Dell TrueMobile 1180 Wireless USB Adapter for Desktops and the Dell TrueMobile 1184 Wireless Broadband Router ($129 direct). Both new products are fine buyscompetitive on price, and with performance typical of 802.11b access points and adapters. Like most wireless networking companies, Dell stresses simple installation, and one feature that stands out is the ability you get to create user preference profiles for the adapter so the device can detect and connect to a specific access point automatically. You can also configure the adapter for multiple access points so that you are equally prepared to connect to office, home, and public wireless networks.
The TrueMobile 1184 Wireless Broadband Router combines a four-port 10/100 switch, a cable/DSL router, network address translation capability, and a DHCP server. We would like to see a stateful packet inspection firewall included in this version of the router, though. A typical browser-based configuration utility supports the router via a wired connection or a PC equipped with a wireless adapter.