Siemens introducing new SpeedStream gateways

Siemens AG is introducing three SpeedStream gateways that integrate wireless access into DSL modems, making it possible to network a home office and connect to the Internet using one device.

If service providers adopt them, the SpeedStream 6200, 6300 and 6400 gateways could make it unnecessary for businesses to issue separate access points that plug into DSL routers.

Each device has a DSL port and five Ethernet ports to connect to other devices via wiring.

The 6200 uses a card to give it wireless capabilities, and the other two have internal wireless hardware and external antennas.

The 6400 also can connect to other home devices via electrical wiring. Prices are: 6200, $US289; 6300, $US299; 6400, $US379.