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Proxim intros Wi-Fi combo cards

Mon, 10/14/2002 - 8:00pm
Susan Rush

With Wi-Fi access gaining in popularity, Proxim Corp. has developed a combo card to take the worry out of having to have the same network in the office, at home and at a public hot spot.

The ORiNOCO ComboCard is designed to access either a 802.11b or 802.11a wireless network, making it easier for users to move between various Wi-Fi networks. Proxim has designed the card to store multiple location profiles so users can seamlessly switch networks or locations, the company said. Users have the option to specify their preferred type of network, so the card will default to that standard whenever it is available.

The ORiNOCO card will be available in October in Silver and Gold Levels. The Silver card, which will retail for $149, delivers standard Wi-Fi-compliant WEP security up to 152 bits. The Gold combo card, which will retail for $179, is designed to offer enhanced security, including 802.1x with dynamic rekeying. The 802.1x provides secure, scalable authentication using dynamic keying, user name and password authentication and mutual authentication.

The cards support Windows XP, 2000, ME, 98SE and NT 4.0.

Earlier this month, Proxim lowered its third-quarter guidance, citing delays in several major projects. The company said it expects third-quarter pro forma revenue of about $46 million, compared with its previous guidance of $50 million to $55 million. Analysts on average were expecting revenue of $51.9 million, according to a survey conducted by Thomson First Call. Proxim will report third-quarter results after the market closes today, Oct. 15.

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