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802.11 Wireless Connectivity for Macintosh PowerBooks and PC Notebooks
Farallon Communications, Inc., developer of, plug-and-play networking solutions for Macs and PCs, has shipped the SkyLINE Wireless PC Card for portable computers. Farallon's SkyLINE Wireless PC Card provides both Macintosh PowerBook and PC notebook users access to network resources such as file servers, email, printers and the Internet without wires.
"SkyLINE is the best wireless card I've tested," exclaims Grant Balkema, Faculty Technology Coordinator, Biology Department Boston College. "The feature-packed Mac control panel is great -- The real-time statistics and signal strength indicator allow the local network administrator to quickly configure the optimum placement of access points, saving thousands of dollars in added hardware and engineering expenses. On top of it all, SkyLINE roams without failure."
SkyLINE offers Macintosh PowerBook users interoperability with Apple's new iBook and AirPort wireless option. In addition, SkyLINE-equipped computers can connect to a wired Ethernet network through IEEE 802.11 DSSS compatible access points from manufactures such as Nokia, Lucent, Maxtech, Nortel (formerly Bay Networks) and Zoom. SkyLINE users can also create an ad hoc peer-to-peer network between two or more portable computers. A unique Control Panel provides a real-time signal strength meter (Macintosh version), network statistics as well as dynamic configuration, omitting the need to restart.
"We are anticipating that mobile computing technologies, including wireless LAN, will move rapidly toward a wider horizontal market adoption than has been experienced to date," said Dan MacDonald, vice president marketing, Nokia Wireless Business Communications. "The Farallon initiative is a very important step toward wider market adoption because it wirelessly enables a very important user, namely the cross-platform Education and Business communities."
SkyLINE Wireless PC Card Specifications
SkyLINE Wireless PC Card Features
SkyLINE works in Macintosh PowerBook, Windows95/98 or NT notebooks with an available Type II PC card (PCMCIA) slot
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