Wireless Product Showcase - 3

In this premiere edition of the Wireless Products Showcase, we check out the gear you need to cut the cord.

Linksys Ricochet Router

Product: Linksys Ricochet Router
A 192kbps wireless internet service. Available in San Diego and Denver.

  • Whats cool: Doesnt need a hotspot. The Router lets four computers share one connection.
  • Whats not so cool: Not fast enough. At least not as fast as WiFi, DSL or Cable and it has a limited niche — you need to either live in a part of San Diego or Denver thats covered by this service and not have access to DSL or Cable. Hmmm.
  • Price: $119.95
  • For more information, click here: www.ricochet.com
Belkin Bluetooth Print Server

Product: Belkins Bluetooth Access Point with USB Print Server
Bluetooth is usually thought of a point-to-point solution that lets you, for example, connect a PDA and other Bluetooth gadgets to your LAN, but the Belkin Print Server not only provides Bluetooth throughout a wide area but lets you print to a USB printer via the short-ragne, low-poewr technoogy.

  • Whats cool: Lets you connect your laptop using this instead of WiFi and it claims to support up to seven users. Claims to allow secure access to any Bluetooth devices.
  • Whats not so cool: WiFi is nowhere near dead yet. Plus there are all those hotspots popping up all over the place. You really want to use this to connect to the internet?
  • Price: $169.99
  • For more information, click here: catalog.belkin.com
Linksys 802.11a/g Broadband Router

Product: Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G Access Point
It claims to provide universal wireless connectivity and can either add wireless capability to your existing wired network or add bandwidth to your wireless installation.

  • Whats cool: Combining A and G provides a high speed bandwidth.
  • Whats not so cool: Its too early to say how well this ideal technology will work in the real world.
  • Price: To be made available soon
  • For more information, click here: www.linksys.com
Bluetooth Compact Flash card

Product: TRENDnets TEW-222CF Wireless CompactFlash Network Adapter
It claims to provide universal wireless connectivity and can either add wireless capability to your existing wired network or add bandwidth to your wireless installation.

  • Whats cool: Allows user to move between Access Points without reconfiguring the settings. Plus its cheap.
  • Whats not so cool: Coverage distance up to 60 meters indoors and up to 250 meters outdoors.
  • Price: $54.50
  • For more information, click here: www.trendware.com
NetGear 802.11a/g Wi-Fi PC Card

Product: WAB501 802.11a/B Dual Band Wireless Adapter
Its compatible with both 802.11a and b wireless protocols, so it lets you connect your notebook PC to either of these environments.

  • Whats cool: It has the NETGEAR Wireless LAN Manager lets users set up location specific profiles and scans the area to provide a station list of all of the available WLAN access points in the area.
  • Whats not so cool: Once the NETGEAR Dual-Band 802.11a/g PC Card gets out (it was supposed to in March, see link) there will be added competition.
  • Price: $94.65
  • For more information, click here: www.netgear.com
D-Link Wi-Fi Extender

Product: D-Links 2.4GHz Wireless Range Extender
It is a signal booster for D-Links own WiFi access points. This Wireless Range Extender can also double as a wireless repeater.

  • Whats cool: Adding the DWL-800AP+ to your existing wireless network enables you to extend the wireless signal—particularly useful when obstacles like walls, ceilings or other architectural obstacles inhibit the wireless signal from reaching its desired destination.
  • Whats not so cool: When used as an Access point, works with 802.11b-compatible products.
  • Price: $79.00
  • For more information, click here: www.dlink.com