Intel Offers Three-Way Wi-Fi Support

Aug 26, 2004 (12:08 PM EDT)

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Intel on Thursday introduced tri-mode Wi-Fi support for its Centrino mobile-processor platform, as well as software to make it easier for businesses to set up a wireless connection to any available network at maximum speed.

The PRO/Wireless 2915ABG network connection will be featured in Centrino-based mobile computers that are expected to begin shipping next month, said Jim Johnson, VP and general manager of the Intel Wireless Networking Group during a teleconference.

The device will support the 802.11a, b, and g wireless standards. The 802.11b standard supports data speeds of up to 11 Mbps in the 2.4-GHz band; 802.11g can handle 54 Mbps over the 2.4-GHz band; 802.11a transmits data at 54 Mbps in the 5-GHz band.

Along with the new chipset, Intel also is delivering the PROSet/Wireless Software version 9.0. The software includes a tool called the Intel Smart Wireless Solution, which is made up of a configuration wizard, automated security set up, and built-in troubleshooting capability. The software will be able to detect and show all available networks, and offers a profile manager so users can more easily connect to different networks at home, in the office, or on the road, Johnson says.

For enterprise users, the chipset will support the IEEE 802.11i security standard.