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Conclusions

It is refreshing to see such an array of different 802.11b components out there. Yes, it is very likely that 802.11a will eclipse the older standard in the marketplace - but that doesn't mean that you can't get a very good network based on this technology. 11 MBps is enough to get a good internet experience and move smaller files from computer to computer. If you require more speed then definately take a look at the 802.11a products that will be hitting the marketplace.

I can't say enough nice things about the Wireless-Ready Home Gateway. The fact that it serves as not only a conventional router with switched 10/100 ports but also can support 802.11b is very impressive. Throw in that extra port for Blue Tooth or whatever else you want to add, and then include the firewall which is VPN based and you have the most complete product we've ever seen. Setup is very easy and the step-by-step guide is very handy. There isn't a whole lot to say about the PCMCIA Wireless PC Card other than it worked exactly as promised. At $99.99 I think the router is an exceptional value and similarily the PC Card at the same price is very competitive with products from other manufacturers. Pricing on 802.11b products have recently dropped at Actiontec so if you were considering a purchase now is the time to do it.

I am adding this to our approved list based almost entirely on the Wireless-Ready Home Gateway. Unfortunately it will not support the first 802.11a PCMCIA cards when they become available as they are 32-bit but Actiontec is persuing a 16-bit solution that will obviously increase the usefullness of this product. Such a flexible product deserves recognition and I am going to keep my eyes on Actiontec to see what they have for the marketplace as the year proceeds.

Victor Oshiro January 15, 2002

 





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