If your growing business wants to give employees fast 802.11a (Wi-Fi5) wireless access to an existing Ethernet network yet still support slower — but more popular — 802.11b (Wi-Fi) equipment, then Intel has a deal for you.
Intel’s Pro/Wireless 5000 LAN Dual Access Point is one of the first to support both types of wireless networks, and at $949 it’s only slightly more expensive than buying an access point for each standard. In my tests, an 802.11a file transfer took slightly longer while an 802.11b file transfer was in progress.
But, in general, the speeds were about what you’d expect for each wireless variant — somewhat less than half the specified top speeds of 11Mbps for Wi-Fi and 54Mbps for Wi-Fi5.
If you’ve already invested heavily in Wi-Fi access points, you could save money simply by purchasing Wi-Fi5 access points and installing them next to the Wi-Fi boxes. On the other hand, if you’re expanding your wireless network and need the superior speed and user capacity of 802.11a, but you don’t want to abandon any 802.11b aficionados, the Dual Access Point’s approach might justify the small price premium.
Intel Pro/Wireless 5000 LAN Dual Access Point
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