Farallon Corp. has started shipping an upgraded version of its SkyLINE wireless card for notebooks. The new card supports speeds of 11 megabits per second, up from 2 Mbps in the previous version. Farallon is offering discounted pricing for those who purchased the 2 Mbps version.
The SkyLINE 11 Mbps card is based on the IEEE 802.11b Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum standard and will interoperate on the same wireless network along with other 802.11 DSSS solutions. This includes Apple's AirPort cards and docking station and some products from Lucent and Nokia. It also comes with support for 40-bit WEP encryption and enhanced Control Panels for simplified configuration and management. It also supports protocols like AppleTalk, TCP/IP, NetBEUI and IPX. It has an operating range of about 150' to an access point or other wireless device with automatic fallback rates of 5.5 Mbps, 2 Mbps and 1 Mbps for maximum range.
SkyLINE requires a Type II PC Card slot. It sells for $199. Users of earlier version of SkyLINE can upgrade for $159. For more information, visit http://www.farallon.com. For information about the upgrade, visit http://www.farallon.com/products/wireless/skyline/upgrade.html.
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