D-Link Systems last week announced two new wireless Ethernet cards and a low-priced wireless access point for small and mid-size businesses and enterprise workgroups.
The DWL series of wireless network products includes the DWL-500 PCI-based wireless LAN (WLAN) adapter for desktop PCs, the DWL-650 PCMCIA adapter for notebooks and the DWL-1000AP access point device. All three devices provide 11Mbit/sec Ethernet transmission based on standard 802.11b wireless Ethernet technology.
The DWL-500 and DWL-650 LAN adapters cost less than similar cards from Cisco Systems and 3Com, while the D-Link access point costs around half the price of WLAN access points from Cisco, Enterasys Networks, Lucent Technologies and 3Com.
Both the adapters and the access point use 40-bit wired equivalent privacy (WEP) encryption for securing data sent through the air, at a range of 100 metres indoors and 300 metres outdoors.
The WLAN market is expected to boom over the next several years, with total equipment revenues reaching $785 million by 2004, according to Cahners In-Stat Group, a research firm based in the US.
The PC and laptop WLAN adapters both cost $US199, and the access point is priced at $399. All three D-Link wireless products will be available in Australia in two to three weeks a D-Link official told ARN.