3Com extends wireless reach

The latest product in 3Com’s portfolio is a wireless Workgroup Bridge. Announced last month, it is due to begin shipping this month.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  January 6, 2002

The latest product in 3Com’s portfolio is the Wireless Workgroup Bridge. Announced last month, it is due to begin shipping this month and 3Com hopes it will be purchased by companies needing to let visitors connect to their wireless LANs and for legacy systems and temporary locations.

The company says that the 11Mbps Wireless LAN Workgroup Bridge is the first certified workgroup bridge and offers “quick and cost effective wired-to-wireless bridging for any Ethernet-enabled device to any Wi-Fi certified wireless LAN infrastructure”.

“3Com is committed to providing customers with a broad range of wireless solutions to fit the unique needs of their business. For example, the Wireless Workgroup Bridge gives organisations the ability to set up temporary networks for visiting professionals or to preserve the investment in legacy Ethernet devices by enabling wireless connectivity,” said Colin Summers, general manager, 3Com Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

The Wireless Workgroup Bridge can connect up to four Ethernet devices when used in conjunction with a hub. It also comes with 40-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and 128-bit shared encryption. The latter gives each user a key, which changes every session making it very hard to break.

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