SMC Wireless Kit Offers Advanced Bridging

By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2004-10-25 Print this article Print

SMC Networks' SMCWTK-G Wireless Traveler's Kit helps road warriors go wireless in their hotel rooms with a unit that can be configured as an access point, a repeater, an Ethernet bridge, a point-to-point bridge or a point-to-multipoint bridge.

Until a few months ago, road warriors who wanted to go wireless in their hotel rooms needed to haul a full-size router around with them. Now, with SMC Networks SMCWTK-G Wireless Travelers Kit, users can untether themselves while on the road—up to a point.

Released in August, the $99 SMCWTK-G is perfect for travelers who need advanced bridging modes.

The 2.4GHz 802.11g unit acts as a traditional access point and can be configured as a repeater, an Ethernet bridge, a point-to-point bridge or a point-to-multipoint bridge.

The SMCWTK-G offers plenty of bridging capabilities, but I couldnt help but wonder why SMC didnt include routing capabilities—as D-Link and NetGear do with their travel kits—so that business travelers could share a broadband connection.

Click here for a review of a Zyxcel wireless router. Without traditional router functions such as a stateful packet inspection firewall and DHCP server, the unit wasnt as useful as I had hoped.

The SMCWTK-G comes packaged in a carrying case with a USB cable for power, a Category 5 Ethernet cable and a power cord. For business travelers who want to use the unit for bridging or as a traditional access point, the SMCWTK-G makes packing a lot easier.

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As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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