New WaveLAN Available for Education

Lucent Technologies has announced the availability of a new WaveLAN wireless local area network (WLAN) that is compliant with the latest 802.11b High Rate (HR) standard. The WaveLAN Turbo 11 Mb system provides Ethernet quality performance to mobile users within an enterprise and is also compatible with WaveLAN’s previous 2 Mbps and Turbo versions.

The system consists of PC cards for use with mobile computers. For desktop systems, users can select between an ISA card and a new PCI card. For the network, the WavePOINT-II access point is used to create an enterprise-wide WLAN. Interoperable with other high-speed 802.11b branded systems, the WaveLAN Turbo 11Mb system is designed to be compliant with the WECA (Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance) wireless fidelity standard.

While delivering the prescribed high rate performance, the cards consume less power than other makes and models and provide improved coverage and range. They also provide a choice of security levels. The standard level, called the "Silver" PC card, uses Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) security. The "Gold" PC Card provides enhanced security with a 128 bit key using RC4 encryption. Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill, NJ, (800) WAVELAN,


This article originally appeared in the 12/01/1999 issue of THE Journal.