WLAN product from unexpected source

Nass, Richard
July 2004
Portable Design;Jul2004, Vol. 10 Issue 7, p4
A wireless local area networking (WLAN) product that works right out of the box comes from a company that specializes in power supplies, namely American Power Conversion. Users can set up the 802.11b WLAN wherever they want. The router is small, and it can be powered either from an AC source or a USB port. APC's wireless mobile-router and card-bus combination allows for a distance of 300 feet between the router and card bus. It offers 128-bit WEP security encryption and built-in firewall protection. WLANs are in development for airplanes. This is great news since having a high-speed connection to the Internet and access to electronic mail at a price that is not prohibitive makes a lot of sense.


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