Accton has moved to the new IEEE 802.11a wireless standard, announcing the availability of its new CheetahWireless series.
The company has released the CheetahWireless 802.11a PC Card and the CheetahWireless 802.11a Access Point, offering data-transmission speeds of up to 54Mbps in standard mode and 72Mbps in enhanced "turbo mode". With rates around seven times faster than a standard 802.11b wireless LAN device, the new products support a maximum operating range of up to 500 metres and up to 64 simultaneous wireless network connections. The products are designed to operate in the 5GHz frequency spectrum to enable co-existence with Bluetooth products, microwave ovens, cordless phones and currently installed 802.11b wireless solutions. Retail prices for the CheetahWireless 802.11a Access Point (WA5001) and the CheetahWireless 802.11a PC Card (WN5301) are $999 and $399, respectively.