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Centrino gets support for all Wi-Fi standards

Intel has expanded the reach of its Centrino technology with the launch of a new component that supports the three Wi-Fi standards

Intel has expanded the reach of its Centrino technology with the launch of a new component that supports the three Wi-Fi standards, as well as software which makes it easier to connect to different networks.

Available from September, notebooks containing the Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection component will be able to connect to wireless networks using any of the three common 802.11 standards, a, b, or g. While rival networking products, such as from Broadcom and Atheros, already support all three standards, Intel previously only had support for 802.11b and 802.11g.

The 802.11a standard is expected to be increasingly used in the future, as it is more suitable for multimedia applications than the other two standards. While 802.11g and 802.11a both operate at a theoretical data speed of up to 54Mbps, the latter has more channels and better accommodates interference. The 802.11g standard also operates in the 2.4GHz band and can suffer performance degradation in the presence of 802.11b clients. The b standard is falling out of favour as it has slower data speed than the other two.

As well as the 2915 Network Connection, Intel also announced an updated version of its connector software, PROset/Wireless Software version 9.0, which makes it easier to connect to different networks. The software includes a configuration wizard, troubleshooting tips and an automated security set-up.

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