Networking vendor D-Link has launched a wireless compact flash, type II, network card that allows users to connect their handheld PC or PDA to any IEEE 802.11b wireless network.
The D-Link Air DCF-650W is an 11Mbps wireless network adapter that enables users to access a network from home, on the road or in the office. It can also connect a Pocket PC to another IEEE 802.11b device or network through a peer-to-peer mode or an access point.
According to Maurice Famularo, D-Link Australia/NZ's marketing manager, the 650W is the only adapter card on the Australian market that is compliant with the IEEE 802.11b standard for wireless networking, as opposed to Bluetooth wireless technology.
The DCF-650W supports 64-bit and 128-bit WEP (wired equivalent privacy) encryption, guaranteeing network security, the company said. The DCF-650W is compatible with Windows CE version 3.0 and "makes surfing the Internet and synchronising your PDA simple", Famularo said.
The adapter also offers multiple power settings, which allow the user to minimise battery drain, and hot-swap capabilities for the removal, storage or installation of the device as required.
The DCF-650W is targeted at the corporate market and tech-savvy SMEs that require mobility. "We are seeing wireless networks proliferating in the corporate market for users who need the mobility," Famularo said.
D-Link Air DCF-650W is now available in Australia through D-Link's channel partners and has a recommended retail price of $379, including GST.