Dutch Firm to Ship High-Speed Wireless LAN

SAN FRANCISCO (05/05/2000) - At the Networld+Interop (N+I) show in Las Vegas next week, NoWires Needed BV will preview a new, high-speed wireless LAN (local area network) product which the Dutch vendor claims will be among the smallest on the market.

The company will offer two versions of the product -- one for large businesses, which is due to ship later this month in Europe and the U.S., and one for smaller firms that will ship midyear, according to NoWires Needed.

Both products operate at 11M bps (bits per second) and conform to the IEEE 802.11b standard, the Dutch vendor said.

Like other wireless LAN systems, NoWires Needed's product includes a wireless access point, which acts as a gateway to wireless networks, as well as PC cards that are installed in users' desktop or notebook PCs.

Measuring about the size of a video cassette, NoWires Needed claims that its wireless access point is smaller than comparable, rival products on the market.

The Dutch firm will compete with a number of larger, more established players including Proxim Inc., which offers a family of wireless LAN products called RangeLAN, and Lucent Technologies Inc., which recently rechristened its WaveLAN product family Orinoco.

NoWires Needed said its enterprise access point will support a maximum of 60 users and will be priced at US$999. The small business access point will support up to 20 users and be priced at $499. The PC cards are priced at $219 each, according to the company. The product ships with 128-bit encryption, embedded security software dubbed Airlock.

Based in Bilthoven, The Netherlands, NoWires Needed can be contacted at +31-30-229-6060, and on the Web at http://www.nwn.com/.

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