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U.S. Robotics offers free wireless upgrade

U.S. Robotics has unveiled its 54 Mbits/s Xlerator Technology, which will enable its 22 Mbits/s wireless networking products to provide data throughput equivalent to the pre-standard for 802.11g.

U.S. Robotics has unveiled its 54 Mbits/s Xlerator Technology, which will enable its 22 Mbits/s wireless networking products to provide data throughput equivalent to the pre-standard for 802.11g. Users will be able to download the firmware and driver upgrade for free from the vendor’s web site.

“Installation is quick and easy. U.S. Robotics 54 Mbits/s Xlerator Technology allows users to reach data throughput rates comparable to 54 Mbits/s draft standard wireless products at the affordable price of our most popular 22 Mbits/s Wi-Fi devices,” says Kevin Goulet, director of product management, U.S. Robotics.

“Our 22 Mbits/s family also offers 256-bit wired equivalency privacy (WEP) for an enhanced level of security and up to 30% greater range that’s not available with other wireless networking equipment,” he adds.

By installing the software and driver upgrades, users will be able to improve productivity through faster file transfers, says the vendor. Additionally, the 22 Mbits/s product family will be compatible with 802.11b devices and interoperable with 802.11g equipment.

Upgrades will be available for the following 22 Mbits/s products: USR2249 wireless access point, USR2210 wireless PC cards, USR2216 wireless PCI adapters and USR8022 wireless cable/DSL router.

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