Linksys Debuts 802.11g CompactFlash Card

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Linksys has announced the Wireless-G CompactFlash Card, a Wi-Fi card that uses IEEE 802.11g, rather than the slower 802.11b wireless standard..

This card allows Pocket PC users to share data, printers, or high-speed Internet access over existing wireless networks at speeds up to 54 Mbps.

Linksys’ latest Wi-Fi card can roam seamlessly among multiple 802.11g/b Wireless Network access points or wireless routers,

It also supports in ad hoc mode (without an access point), which allows users to download data directly from a Wi-Fi-enabled PCs without a cradle or network connection,. It can share data directly with other wireless handhelds in the same way.

This card supports up to 128-bit WEP encryption for wireless security. In addition, built-in power management saves battery power.

The Wireless-G CompactFlash Card can be used with any handheld running Pocket PC 2002 or Windows Mobile 2003 with a CompactFlash Type II slot.

This 802.11g CF card is backward compatible with slower 802.11b wireless networks.

“Pocket PC users can use the Instant Wireless CF Card to conveniently retrieve data from anywhere within 802.11g and 802.11b wireless LANs,? said Mike Wagner, Linksys world wide director of marketing. ?Public wireless hotspots are continuing to expand, giving PDA users opportunity to stay in touch with happenings at work or at home.?

The Linksys Wireless-G CompactFlash Card (WCF54G) should be available for $99.

What is 802.11g?

IEEE 802.11g is a wireless networking standard that operates over relatively short distances at up to 54 megabits per second (Mbps). It is significantly faster than 802.11b, which transfers data at a maximum of 11 Mbps. 802.11g is backwards compatible with the earlier standard and both are frequently referred to with the term “Wi-Fi”.

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