Today at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas,
Proxim, the folks who specialize in wireless broadband networking, announced Skyline 802.11a, a family of high-performance wireless products. IEEE 802.11b is a standard for 11 megabits-per-second wireless LAN communications. For now, Proxim’s 802.11a is Windows only, but Mac support is planned for the first quarter of 2002.
The new Skyline 802.11a CardBus Card and Access Point are fully compliant with the 802.11a standard and also feature Proxim’s 2X mode, which enables connection speeds up to 108Mbps. These speeds make it possible for small organizations to leverage a wireless network to share large files, such as presentations and graphics, utilize high-quality multimedia content and collaborate over a wireless network at wired network speeds, according to Ken Haase, Proxim’s director of product marketing.
The $499 Proxim Skyline 802.11a Access Point is designed to extend existing Fast Ethernet networks by providing high-speed wireless access to company data and services.