Toshiba is to make its SurfHere hotspot-in-a-box product available to resellers through distributor Computer 2000.
Toshiba is one of a number of companies hoping to cash in on wireless; similar offerings have come from voice and data distributor Norwood Adam and BT Indirect Channels.
The SurfHere public wireless local area network product will initially be available to Toshiba partners through Computer 2000.
The vendor said that resellers can capitalise on services including installation, servicing and wireless deployment.
In support, Toshiba will provide training, direct links back to its helpdesk and access to its web portal information resource.
This is in addition to Toshiba's partnerships with BT Open Zone and Vodafone to gain as large a footprint as possible in the market.
"Our product takes an Ethernet cable with ADSL connectivity to both NTL and BT networks," said Vinnett Taylor, Toshiba UK's personal computer department solutions and project manager.
"We have also included an integrated services digital network line for businesses to test the product first. And there is freephone support for end-users too."
While the concept is still popular, the take up of the technology continues to be slow.
Richard Ashmore, chief executive at IT consultancy Newburn, commented: "Hotspots are out there and understood, but the business benefits need to be clearer.
"I'm a great believer in the channel: it has all the advantages of selling Wi-Fi in large numbers and intercepting the business problems of prospects."
Toshiba's programme is expected to result in the deployment of 10,000 hotspots throughout the UK and across Europe by mid-2004.
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