Wireless LAN system boasts 22-Mbit/sec speed

Nov. 2, 2001
November 1, 2001 The new system operates in the 2.4-GHz band.

MELCO Inc. (www.buffalotech.com) has introduced the new generation of the Buffalo wireless LAN series, AirStation 2x. The series offers twice the data rate of 11-Mbit/sec AirStation models.

The series is the first deployable high-rate (22-Mbit/sec) product in the 2.4GHz band, delivering the most aggressive data rates available in the 2.4 GHz WLAN market.

MELCO Inc., based in Nagoya, Japan, is a manufacturer of computer peripherals and wireless LAN solutions for business.

As broadband access becomes widely available, users in both homes and businesses are demanding more data processing and sharing of information, which requires the next level of broadband networking functionality, utility and convenience. The AirStation 2x will provide the high performance required for the simultaneous use of multiple bandwidth-intensive applications such as presentations, sharing large-size files and generating high-quality multimedia content. For these purposes, 11Mbps of bandwidth can be quickly exhausted. Therefore, higher data-rates are required.

Because it is designed for Wi-Fi interoperability, the AirStation 2x offers compatibility with other products. The AirStation 2x, with several transmission modes, is compatible with current Wi-Fi systems. MELCO Inc. is offering the AirStation 2x with a 22 Mbps rate extension as a value-added feature beyond the specifications of today's Wi-Fi products.

The AirStation 2x utilizes the latest WLAN technology from Texas Instruments Inc., the ACX100, to deliver 802.11b compatibility and interoperability while achieving 22Mbps data rates, making the product better suited for bandwidth-intensive multimedia applications.

The AirStation 2x will be available through MELCO Inc. and its foreign subsidiaries, Buffalo Technology USA and Buffalo Technology UK. Buffalo's original wireless LAN product, the AirStation series, was introduced in January 1999.

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