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US Robotics today launched 802.11g wireless LAN kit designed to double the throughput of connections.

The company's 802.11g Wireless Turbo range is powered by "Accelerator Technology" which increases performance level from 54Mbps to 100Mbps on a single 802.11g channel. The technology is fully compatible with the latest draft specification for 802.11g, according to US Robotics.

Typically, 54Mbps 802.11g equipment offers real data throughput of only 10Mbps. US Robotics says it can get this performance up to 20Mbps.

Tony Field, product marketing manager at US Robotics, said higher speeds in the products had been achieved not by data compression but by reducing the overheads involved in negotiating bandwidth. Other vendors, such as Indersill, have been applying much the same principles to treble 802.11g throughput.

US Robotics has designed its 802.11g Wireless Turbo range for networks 802.11b and 802.11g coverage exists side-by-side and it supports b and g clients at their fastest speeds, the company boldly claims. "The equipment doesn't drop down in speed to that of the slowest node," Field said.

Built-in 256-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption and 802.1x MAC address authentication help admins build secure networks using the product range. Additionally, all U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo products will also support Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) encryption once the 802.11i security standard is ratified.

Available in July, the US Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo portfolio includes a router (£99.99 incl. VAT), multi-function access point (£119.99 incl. VAT), PCI adapter and PC card (each £59.99 incl. VAT).

The launch of the products came during this week's Wireless LAN Event in Olympia, London. ®

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