HandEra Releases 802.11b Drivers
Drivers are now available to allow the HandEra 330 and TRGpro to use 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless Compact Flash networking cards. In addition, the company is selling fully refurbished TRGpro's for only $100.
The drivers will work with the new Wireless Networker from Symbol, as well as compatible 802.11b cards from Intel and Socket. The Wireless Networker is currently available through several online retailers with prices ranging between $150 and $180. The drivers are, of course, free.
802.11b cards are notorious for their heavy power drain but the HandEra 330 has been designed to provide it. It is powered by either four AAA batteries or a li-ion rechargeable battery pack. A reliable source at HandEra says the 330 using the li-ion battery and the Symbol CF card should get between five and eight hours of continuous use.
These drivers will also work with the TRGpro, as long as it is running the latest version of the Palm OS, available from the HandEra website.
In a related story, HandEra is now selling refurbished TRGpro's online for $100. It normally sells for $250 and features a CompactFlash expansion slot.
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.
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