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June 01, 2010

Small-Sized 11n AP unveiled by SparkLAN

A SpeedPlus Access Point based on Ralink's (News - Alert) Router-on-a-Chip RT3050, SparkLAN WAPR-150GN has been unveiled by SparkLAN Communications, Inc., a broadband wireless networking solution provider. WISP, SI, and SOHO market users are targeted by SparkLAN WAPR-150GN for simple wireless sharing.

A small-sized, 802.11n portable AP, SparkLAN WAPR-150GN can achieve up to 150Mbps data rate. It is more cost-effective than the legacy 11g model as it is 3 times faster and also priced at a lower rate. AP, AP Client, Router, Bridge, and WDS modes are supported by the WAPR-150GN making it ideal for business travelers as they can share wireless connection in the conference or at exhibition. It is also ideal for guests in the hotels.

By supporting 64/128-bits WEP, WPA, WPA2, WAPR-150GN helps protect data and privacy during transmission. Moreover, the AP incorporated with WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup), which is designed to help make connection between wireless devices more secure and easier. Simply push the WPS button on the AP and on another WPS-enabled wireless device to create an encrypted wireless connection.

Wireless connection for apartment buildings and hotels can be deployed with the WAPR-150GN SpeedPlus AP as it is suitable for WISP or SI. SOHO users can convert wired to wireless environment with the WAPR-150GN SpeedPlus AP.

The Smart Client Adapter can be powered-up by a laptop via a USB port when it is operating under AP Client mode, WCR-150GN Smart Client Adapter. This eliminates the need to carry an extra power adapter. No driver is required for the installation of the WCR-150GN and with its Plug and Play functionality, the setup process is simplified.

Manufacturers can embed WAPR-150GN and WCR-150GN which are available in the PCBA form factor, in their devices to enable wireless function. AP boards based on 11a/b/g/n and 11a/b/g technology are also provided by SparkLAN apart from WAPR-150GN and WCR-150GN. Full product line of Wi-Fi modules in various form factors including Mini PCI (News - Alert), Mini PCI Express, and USB module are also provided by the company. Chipsets from Ralink and Atheros are used in these modules which can be integrated into various applications. Customers can make choices to their needs based on individual requirements with the most cost-effective model to the highest-performance model from SparkLAN.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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