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Netgear introduces pre-'n' products

Thu, 04/06/2006 - 7:45am
Brian Santo, CED

Netgear has begun shipping a family of wireless products it claims is the first to be compliant with the first draft of 802.11n, the Wi-Fi version that aims to deliver transmission rates up to 300 Mbps.

The distinction that Netgear claims is somewhat suspect. The 802.11n proposal is not expected to be finalized as a standard until later this year, and official certification of any products as 802.11n-compliant could not occur before then.

Instead, Belkin, D-Link, Linksys and Netgear have all announced or introduced to the market products they refer to as "Pre-N." These products are based on technologies that enable 802.11n, but could conceivably fall short of meeting the requirements of the final standard. Netgear seems to be pushing the envelope in calling its new RangeMax Next family "802.11.n draft compliant" (italics added).

Netgear's new wireless networking products include the RangeMax NEXT Wireless Networking Kit Gigabit Edition (WNB511T), which consists of both the RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router Gigabit Edition with 10/100/1000 Switch (WNR854T) and RangeMax NEXT Wireless Notebook Adapter Gigabit Edition (WN511T); the RangeMax NEXT Wireless Router with 10/100 Switch (WNR834); RangeMax NEXT Wireless DSL 2+ Modem Router with 10/100 Switch (DG834N); RangeMax NEXTWireless Notebook Adapter (WN511); RangeMax NEXT Wireless PCI Adapter (WN311); and RangeMax NEXT Wireless Access Point (WN802T).

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