Belkin Puts Out Five New Wireless Networking Gadgets
Wireless home networking, despite its price tag, lets you hook up all of your computing devices without the negative effect that punching holes in walls and running cables can produce in your landlord. Belkin's efforts to keep you from getting evicted include a slew of new 802.11b-compliant wireless devices that will begin shipping in North America next month. Belkin says its line of products offers 11Mbps data transfer rates, data and network security with 64/128-bit WEP data encryption, and its own Belkin SOHO Networking Software. The Belkin 11Mbps Wireless Access Point, priced at $179.99, gives you a command point for hooking up your devices. The Belkin 11Mbps Wireless Cable/DSL Router, priced at $229.99, has an integrated 3-port 10/100 Base-T Ethernet switch and an NAT firewall. Features include IP-Sec pass-thru, to let you use Virtual Private Networking (VPN), and DMZ hosting, which lets you place computers outside of the firewall for online gaming and the like. The Belkin 11Mbps Wireless Universal Serial Bus (USB) Adapter, which costs $99.99, lets you hook computers up to the network without cracking open the case or wasting a PCI slot. Last but not least, Belkin is pitching two add-in cards: the Belkin 11Mbps Wireless Notebook Card ($99.99) for notebook computers, and the Belkin 11Mbps Wireless Desktop PCI Network Adapter Card ($39.99). While I'm generally against cutesy names for computer products, such utilitarian product names seem a tad uncreative.