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Vendors are scrambling to upgrade their equipment following last week's ratification of the 802.11g wireless LAN standard.

They are reassuring their customers that their draft 802.11g kit is all updateable to the hi-speed networking standard via (at worst) a firmware upgrade.
D-Link, Linksys, Proxim, Buffalo Technologie and Broadcom (that's enough examples - ed) have all put out notices to this effect.

Experience in the field will tell us if these products work happily together and maintain throughput when placed in networks containing older 11b equipment.

In a related move, 3Com has added a set of 802.11g compliant products to its wireless networking portfolio. The new OfficeConnect Wireless 11g products (including an Access Point, Gateway and PC Card) are suitable for SOHO use as well as hotspots and were unveiled at this week's inaugural CeBIT America show in New York City.

The products offer theoretical maximum speed of 54Mbps and 256-bit WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption for added protection against unwarranted snooping.

The OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point and Gateway are anticipated to ship in July 2003 with an expected average street price of $135.00 and US list price of $125.00 respectively. The OfficeConnect Wireless 11g PC Card is anticipated to ship June 2003 with an expected average street price of $79.00. ®

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