Extends 802.11n wireless signals
Rokland Technologies has introduced BearExtender n3, a wireless adapter designed for Apple computers. The device pairs a 700 mW Wi-Fi radio with an external antenna claimed to increase wireless range by up to four times the typical distance experienced with a 32mW AirPort card. It features plug-and-play compatibility, connecting via USB, and supports 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n networks.
802.11b/g USB stick ships
Newer Technology has launched its MAXPower 802.11g/b Wireless USB 2.0 Stick Adapter, enabling USB-based Macs to access 802.11g wireless networks, and is backward compatible with 802.11b. Designed with notebooks like the PowerBook G3 and G4 and iBook G3 in mind, the stick brings wireless abilities to older notebooks that often didn't ship with wireless capability included, or had the internal wireless cards fail. WEP, WPA and WPA2 security standards are supported, and transmissions cover a 50-100 ft range indoors, with a 300 ft limit outdoors.
Networking device manufacturer D-Link and DivX have begun shipping the first DivX Connected media player in the U.S. (distribution in Canadian markets is expected to soon follow). The HDMI-connected D-Link MediaLounge DSM-330 offers streaming of music, photos, Internet services and high definition video from PCs to any connected television, ostensibly challenging Apple TV, Apple's device for the living room. The set-top box, however, uses the slower 802.11g networking (or optional wired Ethernet), while most newer devices, including Apple TV, use the new (and faster) 802.11n band. Unlike Apple TV, the device supports a larger range of format, including DivX (including DivX VOD files), Xvid and WMV9 (transcoded on PC) as well as a variety of image formats, including JPEG, JPEG 2000 and BMP (non-compressed).
WRT610N Wi-Fi router
Just days after announcing Mac OS X-specific support, Linksys has announced its WRT610N Wi-Fi router, which offers wireless connectivity for 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n devices on two separate spectrum bands simultaneously -- effectively doubling available wireless bandwidth. Designed so all types of wireless devices can achieve maximum bandwidth, the "Simultaneous Dual-N Band Wireless Router" is packaged in Linksys' new, low-profile glossy black housing and offers Draft N performance on both the 5GHz and 2.4GHz spectrums. Users can connect high-bandwidth 802.11n devices (such as video hubs, media extenders, etc.) to the higher-performance, 20-channel 5GHz band, which coincidently also has less interference from devices such as microwaves, other 802.11g networks, etc. The more crowded 2.4GHz band can be used to connect both devices that don't require as much bandwidth and older 802.11b devices.
802.11g on older Macs
Macwireless has released two wireless cards designed to breathe "networking" life into older Macs. With the '11g PCI' and '11g PC' cards, users now have the ability to upgrade their Macs to the latest 802.11g spec, without need of third-party applications or software. The Macwireless 11g PCI card, available for Mac OS X 10.2.6 and above systems for $80, and for OS X 10.3.3 and above for $70, offers full 802.11g 54Mbps functionality and data transfer speed. Designed for Macs with a standard PCI slot (all Macs released after the 'beige' PowerMac G3, excluding G4 cube and G5-based systems), the internal PCI card integrates directly with Mac OS X's AirPort software.
ExpressCard wireless n/b/g
QuickerTek Monday introduced a wireless upgrade for MacBook Pro owners. The new ExpressCard wireless adapter adds 802.11b/g/n WiFi access for maximum networking compatibility using triple antennas located outside of the "wireless signal-degrading (but beautiful) 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro case." In addition, the wireless upgrade also works with all Apple AirPort Base Stations including the 802.11n AirPort Extreme from Apple. The company said that the triple antennas provide the highest speed MIMO specification wireless performance and that virtually any wireless network running 802.11b/g/n equipment on 2.4GHz range is available. The MacBook Pro Wireless ExpressCard is backed with a one-year warranty on parts and labor and is available now for $150.