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We thought that SMC was going to be introducing some new stuff at NW+I, but they'd been keeping the info to themselves...until now!  They'll be showing three new wireless products and one new gateway


Updated 5/7/01
First up is the 2655W, which is a new 802.11b Access point.  It's smaller than their earlier offering, the 2652W, and supports 64 users vs. the 52's 128 and supports both 64 & 128 bit WEP encryption. Among its other features are MAC address filtering, SNMP based configuration and management, and is Power-over-Ethernet enabled.  

The antennas aren't removable, so you couldn't attach a booster antenna for range improvement.  On-line pricing is about $230, so it's not that much cheaper than the 2652W which is around $240. No availability info.

If you're into matching components, the new 2662W wireless USB adapter makes a stylish companion to the 2655W AP.  The Web site picture looks almost identical (except the dual antennas are down). The 62W also has 64bit WEP encryption and has on-line pricing of around $130.  No availability info on this one either.

SMC 2655W Access Point


The familiar looking box to the right (except for the new color) is the 2582W EzConnect Wireless Bridge.  It's intended to be used in pairs to wirelessly connect two Ethernet LANs.  Would be really handy for connecting the downstairs cable modem connection to the kids' rooms upstairs, except at around $460 a pop, you may look for less expensive alternatives.

SMC 2682 Wireless Bridge


The last of the new products being kicked off is a VoIP gateway, but we couldn't dig up any info on it.  Have to wait until next week!

 

ZyXEL

ZyXEL sent word late Friday of four new products that they'll be introducing. One is an ADSL Ethernet switch, and the second is a G.SHDSL Access device. The other two products are outlined below

  • Prestige 316E Broadband Sharing Gateway with 11Mbps Wireless Access Point - A new version of their Prestige 316 802.11b wireless router (reviewed here), the "E's" claim to fame is that it has a connector for attaching a series of external antennas that ZyXEL will be offering.  Availability is "2Q 2001" and no pricing is available.

  •  ZyWall 100 Internet Security Gateway - A "business class" version of their ZyWall 10, the 100 supports up to 100 IPsec sessions and has a separate "DMZ" port for attaching servers that need to be outside the 100's firewall.  This one will also be available in 2Q, and no pricing was given.

 

 

New 802.11b solutions for PDAs

Z-COM will be showing a Compact Flash adapter for PDA use.  Not sure what OSes it will support, but we'll find out!

Xircom (now part of Intel) will be showing their Springport Wirelesss Ethernet card for Handspring PDAs.

 

 

Stay tuned...

That's it for the pre-show report.  Check back starting Wednesday for show highlights!

 



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