By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2006-04-24 Print this article Print

Netgear was first out of the gate with products based on the 802.11n draft, but we have been unable to acquire one of its products. In early March, Netgear announced the WNR854T RangeMax Next Wireless Router Gigabit Edition. Based on a chip set from Marvell, the WNR854T has a Gigabit Ethernet switch to remove the throughput bottleneck on the wired side of things.

It appears that Netgear has released only a limited number of these devices so far. Early units of the WNR854T were briefly available from TigerDirect, but they are not available at this time.

Netgear also announced a 10/100 model based on the Broadcoms Intensifi chip set. This product, the WNR834B RangeMax Next Generation Wireless Router, is expected to be available this week.

In the coming weeks, we expect to receive more products based on the 802.11n draft standard, including Netgears. As we receive more devices, we will conduct tests to evaluate interoperability among different hardware manufacturers (and chip-set vendors) products. We also will further explore the claims of the new standards interference with legacy wireless clients.

Technical Analyst Andrew Garcia can be reached at andrew_garcia@ziffdavis.com. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.

Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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