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Linksys Dual-Band Wireless A+G Product Line

Linksys the availability of their new dual-band wireless A+G (see Figure 3), , , and USB adapter. The idea of combining the two protocols is not just to cover all bases (802.11a/b/g), but to provide higher-quality 5 GHz "A" signal to entertainment video-streaming devices coming out in the near future. (Rumor has it that Windows Media Extender devices will connect via 802.11a.) Speaking at a recent Linksys press event, Linksys-Cisco president Charlie Giancarlo stated that the industry is pushing for entertainment-centric streaming devices to be predominantly wireless-A because 802.11g is a "busy and congested" frequency that will interfere with wireless video transmissions. True enough, but that leaves us recent 802.11g owners in the cold.

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Other than the addition of 802.11a, the new versions haven't changed much, and all the devices are not 100 Mbps (est.) Linksys "Speed-Booster" capable.

Suggested pricing:

  • Wireless A+G router (WRT55AG): $109

  • Wireless A+G PC card (WPC55AG): $89

  • Wireless A+G PCI adapter (WMP55AG): $89

  • Wireless A+G USB adapter (WUSB55AG): $99

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