A vendor group which aims to promote wireless Lans has unveiled the first range of products that have received interoperability certification.
The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (Weca), created in 1999 by Nokia, Lucent, 3Com and Symbol, has given its seal of approval to 15 Lan products from seven companies including 3Com, Cabletron's Enterasys business, Cisco, Compaq and Lucent.
Weca was formed to promote wireless Lans based on the IEEE 802.11 High Rate standard which enables users to access corporate Lans using wall-mounted access points that can support up to 30 individual users. Special drivers are required within laptops to read Weca PC cards.
Weca chairman Phil Belanger said: "Users can now traverse different environments with the same technology, including their company office, home, public access areas and small businesses."
The products will carry the alliance's Wi-Fi logo, which certifies interoperability between PC network adapter cards and devices, and access points from different vendors. Products include PCMCIA cards for laptops, ISA and PCI cards for desktops, and USB modules.
Products using the IEEE 802.11 High Rate standard will use the 2.4Ghz radio band to enable data to be transmitted over Lans at 11Mbps, slightly faster than 10Mbps for wired Lans.
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