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Netgear Announces 54 Mbps Wireless Pocket Router

Netgear today announced the launch of the breakthrough WGR101 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router, a pocket-size 802.11g router to enable wireless access during travel. In addition to delivering up to 54 Mbps wireless Internet access when linked to an existing wired Ethernet connection, such as found in a hotel room or conference room, the WGR101 also provides the added security of a “double firewall” along with routing functionality, and can be used in both single and multi-user environments. Capable of providing up to five times the data throughput speed and twice the range of 802.11b wireless networking solutions, the small, attractive WGR101 has an internal antenna that eliminates the concern of breakage during packing or transport. A convenient carrying case is also included, enabling users to easily pack and carry the router and other essential accessories when they travel.

“As mobile workforces have made wireless Internet access part of their daily lives, there is a natural emergence of the desire to do the same during their travels. Now, a user with a notebook PC need not be tethered to a desk in a hotel room to gain Internet access, but can sit where most convenient. This is the inflection point to the next level of wireless Internet access experience,” explained Vivek Pathela, NETGEAR Senior Director of Product Marketing. “This product is ideal for the mobile salesperson or executive who wants to establish a wireless connection in a hotel room with a broadband Internet connection, but additionally can be used to connect a group of people to the Internet wirelessly on an ad hoc basis in a conference room. This multi-user feature can also be used in a LAN party-type environment. There truly are a myriad of applications that such a compact, portable wireless router is suited for.”

WGR101 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router

The WGR101 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router is 802.11b/g compliant and delivers up to five times the data throughput speed and twice the range of 802.11b wireless products. Measuring a mere 0.7 x 2.3 x 3.4 inches, the pocket-size WGR101 incorporates an internal antenna to eliminate concerns of breakage during packing and travel.

Though the WGR101 is small and compact, it packs a robust security feature set including both NAT routing and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) forming a “double firewall”, VPN (IP-Sec and PPTP) pass-through, 64 or 128-bit WEP encryption, wireless SSID suppression, and is Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) upgradeable. A three-mode switch enables users to select between single-user and multi-user modes, simplifying configuration.

The WGR101 54 Mbps Wireless Travel Router is backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, and is available now via leading retailers, direct marketers, e-commerce sites, and value-added resellers at a retail price of $99.99.

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