Broadband networking made easy

Networking vendors US Robotics (USR) is aiming to persuade home-based broadband internet users into setting up their first wired or wireless local area networks (LANs) through the launch of its easy-to-use new ‘Networking Starter Kit’.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  October 17, 2005

Networking vendors US Robotics (USR) is aiming to persuade home-based broadband internet users into setting up their first wired or wireless local area networks (LANs) through the launch of its easy-to-use new ‘Networking Starter Kit’. USR claims this bundle provides everything users need to easily network two computers and so share an internet connection, files and peripherals such as printer. Interestingly, the kit allows both wireless and traditional - wired - LAN networking. This means a user with a WiFi-ready laptop – such as Intel Centrino-verified models - can connect from any room in their house without requiring cables, while a desktop PC can be connected via an ethernet cable. Both wired and wireless connection systems can be easily expanded to support more machines. “An increasing number of households are hooking up to the internet via a broadband connection, but then you get a problem of more than one person wanting to be online at the same time,” suggested USR EMEA’s product manager, Tony Field. “Setting up a home network solves that problem, but it can be daunting for many consumers. Technology does not have to be complicated and a home network need not mean unsightly and messy cabling around the house. Going wireless is as easy as plug-and-play and means wherever you put your laptop, you can get online.” US Robotics’ Home Networking Starter Kit includes a Wireless ADSL2+ Router and a Wireless USB Adapter. Consumers only need to plug the gateway into their broadband phone socket and the USB adapter into their laptop or desktop PC, after which they can then surf the net without wires. The kit also contains ethernet cabling, so that a second PC can be connected to the network and additional computers can be networked using additional switches and adapters. USR’s network kit follows last year’s 'Wireless Network Starter Kit', which the firm launched in November 2004. The new kit will also go head-to-head with Linksys, Broadcom and HP’s joint technology, called SecureEasySetup. Using this, the firms claim, installing a WLAN is as simple as pushing a button.

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