updated 10:50 am EST, Tue January 8, 2002
Proxim has introduced the first 802.11b USB and 10 Mb HomeRF wireless networking solutions and is demonstrating its new 802.11a 100 Mbps wireless networking, which will offer Mac compatibility this spring.
new Skyline 802.11b USB Adapter ($150) for the Mac offers AirPort compatibility to non-AirPort-ready Macs, while the Symphony HomeRF for the Mac is an interference-resistant, 10 Mbps wireless networking solution for the home and small office markets. It includes a new Symphony Maestro user interface that provides Mac users a familiar, intuitive look and feel. It is designed to support voice and streaming-media-based entertainment products and services. The Symphony HomeRF PC Card, USB Adapter and Base Station are available for $100, $100 and $200, respectively. The new Symphony Maestro Macintosh user interface will be available at no additional charge on the Proxim web site in February.
Macintosh-compatible versions of Proxim's Skyline and Harmony 802.11a product lines are due to ship this spring and will be fully compliant with the IEEE 802.11a standard for speeds up to 54 Mbps as well as Proxim's 2X mode, which offers connection speeds up to 108 Mbps.