Netgear goes for G

Netgear jumped onto the band of companies announcing 802.11g wireless LAN products Monday. The company said they hoped to have shipping product of the 2.4GHz, up to 54M bit/sec. products out by early Q1 2003.

Any "official" 802.11g products, of course, have to wait until the IEEE ratifies the standard, expected later next year. But manufacturers are announcing products that follow most of the 802.11g standard, and just calling it "pre-G" or "pre-standard G".

Netgear officials said that once the standard is ratified, a quick firmware upgrade would be made available for customers who purchased the "pre-G" products.

Netgear said it planned on producing a PC Card, access point, and router with 802.11g capabilities. The product line would also support Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP).

Other products announced today by Netgear include:

- A VPN-over-wireless LAN product that provides a secure connection over a wireless link from a client (such as a notebook) to the router. The FVS318 (an 8-port switch with an 802.11b access point) will be available in January 2003 for a US$1,049 list price.

- A cable modem gateway that merges a cable modem and 4-port wireless router. Netgear says they will try to sell the device to cable systems providers to give them an opportunity to sell wireless networking within the homes.

Features of the CG814M include a DOCSIS 1.0-compliant (DOCSIS 1.1-upgradeable) cable modem, a NAT-based firewall, four-port 10/100M bit/sec. switch, and USB port. The CG814M will be available in December 2002 for a street price of around $279, Netgear says.

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