D-Link makes 802.11g foray

Networking vendor D-Link this week launched its first family of wireless networking equipment based on the 802.11g standard.

Based on the TI TNETW1130 chipset, the AirPlus Xtreme G+ product line consists of a WLAN PCI adapter, WLAN PCMCIA card, WLAN Access Point and wireless IP router.

“By choosing TI’s 802.11g solution, we are able to deliver high throughput so consumers can get more out of their WLANs,” said D-Link’s Australia and New Zealand general manager, Domenic Torre.

Marketing director Maurice Famularo said the "enhanced g" products should provide data transfer speeds of close to 54Mbps, as they were faster than standard 802.11g products.

However he didn't expect this to attract the home networking market in the short term.

"Home users are more about whether they have a wireless network or not, so they'll probably still go for 802.11b products.

"802.11g products will be more beneficial for [networks with] more wireless users," Famularo said.

Business users were the more likely target market, he said.

Certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, the product line is backward compatible with 802.11b products.

The products should be available in the first week of November, Famularo said.

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