Xircom to Release Wi-Fi Module for m500
Today at the TECHXNY conference, Intel announced an 802.11b module for the Palm m500 series. The Xircom Wireless LAN Module snaps onto the back of the handheld and uses plug-and-play software for quick installation. Providing Palm m500 series users with high-speed, wireless access to the Internet, e-mail or data stored on the network, the new module can also establish wireless peer-to-peer connections with other WLAN devices. It will be available in July for $300.
"Intel and Palm are bringing mobility to a new level for Palm m500 customers," said Barry Cottle, chief Internet officer at Palm, Inc. "The Xircom Wireless LAN Module will greatly expand the functionality of the Palm m500 series by offering users the flexibility to move freely throughout an office or corporate campus with real-time information access."
The new Palm module is based on Cisco Systems WLAN technology and joins Intel's existing line of WLAN products for handheld devices, including products for the HandSpring Visor.
802.11b Wireless LAN, also known as Wireless Ethernet, is a radio frequency (RF) network access technology. It allows users to access information wirelessly throughout a home, business or campus location. The technology is most often used to expand the coverage of a wired LAN, but, it can also be used to replace wired networks. The technology can require the installation of access points (radio transceivers) to provide wireless coverage across a local area. Wireless LAN can also exist in a Peer-to-Peer setting, between devices that have WLAN access modules. The 802.11b standard ensures interoperability among WLAN networks by implementing regulations for WLAN product manufacturers. Businesses, schools, and other institutions often find it beneficial to standardize equipment so that they can combine hardware from different vendors. Home users who purchase 802.11b compliant products are assured that they will work with products produced by various manufacturers.
Thanks to Clifford Hui for the tip. -Ed
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