SMC Goes Multimode

SMC Networks introduces multimode EZ Connect 2.4Ghz 54-Mbit/s 802.11 device

October 16, 2003

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IRVINE, Calif. -- SMC Networks (www.smc.com), leading provider of networking solutions for the Enterprise, the SMB and all the way home, today announced the newest member of its EZ ConnectÔ g family of wireless networking products: the SMC2870W 2.4GHz 54Mbps Wireless Multi-Mode Device. Designed to provide the ultimate in easy and fast wireless connectivity, the SMC2870W 802.11g adapter installs and communicates without drivers. It can be configured to serve as a wireless access point, to provide network access to other wireless 802.11g and 802.11b devices; as a repeater, through its support for Wireless Distribution System (WDS), to extend the range of a wireless 2.4GHz network using either a point-to-point or point-to-multipoint configuration; or as a wireless adapter, to connect virtually any Ethernet-capable device into a wireless network. Available in November, the new SMC2870W not only makes connectivity easy, but also practical, with an MSRP of $129.99 and the industry’s best limited lifetime warranty.

Easy to install and use, the new 802.11g-compliant SMC2870W EZ Connect™ g 2.4GHz 54Mbps Wireless Multi-Mode Device is Plug‑and‑PlayÔ compliant, and works without drivers, so there’s no software to install. Simply plugging it in sets it up to communicate in Infrastructure mode with any 802.11b or 802.11g wireless client to connect a unique Ethernet capable device or to repeat signals for better distance. Configured as an access point, it provides an entry-point for other wireless clients to access the network. And, like all SMC 802.11g products, the SMC2870W incorporates PRISM® Nitro technology, which provides up to 50% more throughput in g-only networks; up to 300% more in mixed-mode (802.11b and g) networks, by eliminating collisions and employing packet bursting technology. Fully-compliant with IEEE standards, PRISM Nitro technology is also backward-compatible with legacy 802.11b. Where security is an issue, advanced setup via the Web Browser lets users configure its 64-bit or 128-bit WEP encryption, Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), disable SSID broadcast and MAC address filtering.

“The bandwidth, speed, features and incredible flexibility that this multi-mode SMC2870W brings are really exciting,” said Chris Alexis, SMC Network’s Product Marketing Manager for wireless networking products. “It’s the one device that can create the whole wireless network: connect one to the wired network to serve as the wireless access point, then plug others into computers, printers, set-top boxes, PDAs—any Ethernet capable device, to connect to the wireless network. If the signal isn’t making it across the building or around obstacles in the house, set up another to distribute the signal further in WDS repeater mode. With this device, people have the freedom to put a printer wherever they want, play multi-player games from across the room or across the building—even link set-top boxes to TVs, PCs, PDAs, phones, and other Internet appliances in the home—and it has the bandwidth to handle it, thanks to the speed and range of 802.11g.”

SMC Networks Inc.

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