Belkin Intros 802.11n Router, Client Cards

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Belkin on Monday introduced its line of 802.11n wireless devices, including a router and desktop and laptop cards. While the setup assistant for the router works on the Mac, OS X client driver support for the other two products wonit be available until the fall, a Belkin representative told The Mac Observer. The new products ship on June 1.

Belkinis N1 Wireless products offer speeds up to 300Mbps in 40MHz channel mode and up to 150Mbps in 20MHz channel mode. The company touted the new router as a way to run multiple applications, such as playing online games while streaming video and/or audio, simultaneously without a performance hit.

The new router also features WPA-2 personal security, 64-bit or 128-bit WEP encryption, and an enhanced firewall. All of the N1 Wireless products are backwards compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g networks.

The new router will sell for US$149.99 while the laptop card will be $99.99 and the desktop card will be $119.99. A USB adapter card will ship in the third quarter.

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