Galtronics Node Pears Options

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2001-12-03 Print this article Print

No one would tell me the answer to the obvious question "Why pears?"

No one would tell me the answer to the obvious question "Why pears?" But this whimsical wireless node, shown at Comdex last month, is a member of Galtronics newly launched Pear Wireless line of 802.11 gear ( This compact decorator enclosure houses a desktop access point and a Universal Serial Bus client adapter.

The company wouldnt let me photograph the patent-not-yet-applied-for insides of its adjustable directional antennas, which solve the wireless security problem in a truly novel way: Dont send or receive wireless signals except where you have legitimate users. Obvious, eh?

Meanwhile, we refuse to participate in the companys shameless punning on the subject of Pear-to-Pear networks. Oops.

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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