Intel has launched a range of wireless home networking products to enable homes with more than one PC to share a single internet connection and peripherals without having to plug into phone or power lines.
Sean Maloney, Intel's senior vice president, demonstrated the first product in the Anypoint Wireless Home range during his keynote speech at the Internet World conference in Los Angeles yesterday. The PC card enables laptop users to surf the web from any room in their home.
The chip giant also launched a 10Mbps USB Phoneline device that connects PCs together using traditional phone lines.
Dan Sweeney, general manager of Intel's home networking division, said: "The addition of wireless products to the Anypoint Home Network product line gives customers a choice between a phoneline-based home network or a wireless home network."
In his keynote speech, Maloney stressed that the internet environment is "brutal" and left companies with "no room for slack" regarding margins, inventories or time to market.
As a result, businesses still need to pay attention to traditional considerations such as costs, capital investment expenditure and the flexibility of their operations, he said.
As companies adopt an ebusiness model, such concerns would become even more important than before the arrival of the new economy, added Maloney.
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