first unit to discuss is the Wireless-Ready Home Gateway. Wow - what a name! The
unit is configured to work as the hub for your entire network as it features not
only the DSL/Cable input but also four 10/100 switched ports on top of what is
available with wireless technology. Yes, this unit could easily serve as your
router and then you can add wireless networking later so ou could build a very
large network with this one unit. The unit features web-based network management
and a Firewall is included with the unit to increase security.
you look closely at the picture of the unit you'll notice that it has two PCMCIA
cards sticking out of its side. The top slot is only for an 802.11b card while
the bottom slot can accomodate another device such as HPNA, Voice over IP and
BlueTooth products. Talk about flexibility in one unit! Priced at $99.99 USD that
is one awesome unit. Included with the unit is a quick start manual, network cable,
vertical mounting stand, and power supply. Vertical stand? Yup - if you happen
to have a vertical cable modem you can now "coordinate" you accessories
like this gateway.
802.11b Wireless PC Card
heart of any wireless network is the card/device that gets you on the airwaves.
At $99.99 it is a pretty nice unit. If you look at the picture you'll a plastic
area that extends past the metal of the PDMCIA card. This is the actual antennae.
802.11b is limited to 11MBps, which isn't much faster than the 10T networking
that has been around for years. Imagine being able to walk around the house with
your laptop though and you can start to see why 802.11b products are so attractive
to mobile computers. The only thing included with the unit is the driver software
on CD to make it work.