Intel Corp. has unveiled a line of "AnyPoint Wireless II" home networking products, opting as expected to use the 802.11b protocol.
Intel's first version of the product used the slower HomeRF 1.0 platform. 802.11b transfers data at speeds as high as 11 megabits per second, enough to transport some forms of streaming video and audio.
The company's latest AnyPoint family includes a connection manager, which enables users to switch between different 802.11b networks, a network PC card and a gateway, which serves as a wireless access point, Internet router and firewall.
Intel said the new line will carry a suggested retail price of $129 for the PC card and $149 for the universal serial bus model. Pricing for the company's gateway gear, which is available to businesses today and will be marketed to consumers beginning this month, was not disclosed.
Intel's new AnyPoint products will likely be part of a home-networking trial agreement Intel signed with Comcast Corp. in June. In addition to gateways and wireless-network adapters, that pilot will also test the mettle of host-based cable-modems, which are expected to be priced in the neighborhood of $50 per unit. CableLabs expects to launch CCCM certification testing the first quarter of 2002.