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RECENT NEWS FLASH 2000-14 (May 2000)
(Updated on May 5,  2000)


3Com AirConnect Wireless LAN Awarded Wi-Fi Certification From Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance

3Com®AirConnect® 11Mbps Wireless LAN was awarded the Wi-Fi Certification for interoperability.  The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) grants certification to products based on the IEEE 802.11b standard, assuring corporate customers that a vendor’s solution will work with wireless LAN products from other vendors and that users will experience the benefits of wireless LANs when moving across different environments.

According to 3Com, the AirConnect WLAN delivers wireless connectivity of Ethernet speeds enabling customers to enhance productivity by extending network access beyond the desktop and provide real-time information when needed.

For more information, go to http://www.3com.com/news/releases/pr00/apr1800a.html

Mobileinfo Advisory and Comment:

We welcome such developments that will give users independence in selecting equipment from different vendors. Several vendors (including Cisco-Aironet and Lucent) have recently introduced IEEE 811.b compatible wireless LAN equipment that is interoperable with other vendors' equipment. See PC Week's report (April 17, 2000 issue) for a comparative evaluation of these  three vendors. The users must understand that actual speed is a function of the distance from the access point and the number of stations on the LAN segment. The speed may drop to half or less of the rated speed at a certain distance (that varies with each vendor's equipment and logistical factors of the office or factory building).  

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.

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