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Issue #2003 - 18 (June 2003)
(Updated June 4, 2003)


U.S. Robotics’ Raise 802.11g Speed to 100 Mbps

ATLANTA – June 03, 2003 – U.S. Robotics® is enabling wireless network users to send and receive data faster, more securely and with greater compatibility. Announced today at SuperComm 2003 (Booth 10819), U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo family is powered by the company’s exclusive “Accelerator Technology,” which increases performance levels up to 100 Mbps1 on a single channel. Available in July throughout North America, the U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo portfolio includes a router, multi-function access point, PCI adapter and PC card. 

“U.S. Robotics’ exclusive Accelerator Technology provides our Wireless Turbo users with 54 Mbps accelerated to 100 Mbps performance,” said Kevin Goulet, director of product management for U.S. Robotics. “The new portfolio is actually capable of delivering data with the fastest throughputs available—nearly double over other 802.11g products.” 

To ensure the fastest data throughput rates at all times, U.S. Robotics designed the 802.11g Wireless Turbo line for total compatibility with all 54 Mbps 802.11g, 22 Mbps and 11 Mbps 802.11b wireless devices. Competitive products will commonly experience network slowdowns in mixed mode networking environments, which essentially sacrifices data throughput for compatibility. U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo products ensure that each device will securely connect independently at the highest speed possible with any combination of 54 Mbps 802.11g, 22 Mbps and 11 Mbps 802.11b wireless devices. 

Unlike other high-speed networking technologies, Goulet added that U.S. Robotics maximizes network capacity by placing all the speed on a single channel. “Our Wireless Turbo users reap the benefits of the speed purchased due to greater compatibility with 802.11g and 802.11b. Each device connects at the fastest speeds possible, which is important for network owners with multiple users who require the highest performance to be maintained,” he said. 

Because security is a critical concern in any network, U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo products are designed to be up to 10 times more secure than standard wireless networking products. This high level of integrated security includes a number of features to make wireless networking safe and reliable. Built-in 256-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption, 802.1x network authentication, and MAC address authentication provides a highly secure, yet easily maintained wireless network. Additionally, all U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo products will also support Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption once the 802.11i security standard is ratified. Users can work wirelessly with the confidence of knowing they have the highest level of security protecting their network data and communications. 

The versatility and ease of use of U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo products mean a wireless network can be easily set up with an existing wired network without expensive infrastructure costs. A quick and easy three-step installation process instantly allows users to be more productive with their new wireless network. The unique, stackable case design of the router and multi-function access point require minimal space, so that both home network users and small-to-medium size business owners alike can grow their networks with an entire family of other U.S. Robotics networking and broadband devices. 

The U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo product line includes the following solutions designed to optimize any network:

  • U.S. Robotics Wireless Turbo Access Point & Router is ideal for sharing a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection, data files, music and games among multiple computers. The router includes four products in one—an 802.11g Wireless Turbo Access Point, 4-port Ethernet switch, router and firewall. (Model 8054)
  • U.S. Robotics Wireless Turbo Multi-Function Access Point is a professional-grade access point that has the power and features of a high-performance client adapter for Windows and non-Windows devices. The access point includes five products in one—an Access Point, Bridge, Multi-Bridge, Client and Repeater. The repeater function relays signals across multiple access points for greater wireless range and coverage, and a powerful class-leading ARM9 processor that allows for maximum data transfer in large, critical networks. The device is capable of bridging both wired and wireless networks, includes full SNMP management for network administration, and incorporates configurable transmit/receive power control for optimal network configuration. (Model 5450)
  • U.S. Robotics Wireless Turbo PCI Adapter allows users to wirelessly connect to the power of an entire network from their desktop computer. The included Site Survey feature makes finding the closest access point easy and simplifies wireless network configuration. (Model 5416)
    U.S. Robotics Wireless Turbo PC Card for laptops lets users take the power of an entire network with them to stay connected to e-mail, shared files and the Internet from wherever the user needs it. The PC card’s unique low-power design gets the most from a laptop’s battery to keep users online longer. (Model 5410)

Actual performance may vary depending on operating environment and distance between networked computers.

Source: US Robotics press release
For more information: http://www.usr.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: US Robotics knows how to accelerate effective communications speed. It invented faster thruput technology on serial dialup connections. Achieving 100 Mbps on 802.11g is impressive.

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