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Pocket PCs Break Through to 11g

Most handhelds transmit data over Wi-Fi networks at the 11 Mbps supported by 802.11b--even though third-generation 802.11g networks deliver much better performance at 54 Mbps. As a result, many mobile users are missing out on the benefits of faster access, such as smoother multimedia, speedier webpage loading, and maybe even improved IP telephony.

With the announcement today of a new CompactFlash expansion card for Windows Mobile devices, including Hewlett-Packard's iPAQs and Dell's Axims, Linksys offers welcome news to Pocket PC owners: The Wireless-G CompactFlash card--as the name implies--brings 802.11g performance to Pocket PC PDAs and smartphones. In fact, the card supports all Windows Mobile handhelds running Windows Mobile 2002 or later, which makes it compatible with a wide range of devices.

Here's how it works:

The card installs into a Pocket PC using a CompactFlash Type II slot. As with most 802.11g adapters, Wireless-G is backward compatible with 802.11b wireless networks too. That way you can use the device with older Wi-Fi networks and hot spots.

According to Linksys, the adapter can roam seamlessly among multiple 802.11g/b wireless network access points or wireless routers. It also operates in ad hoc mode (without an access point) to download data from wireless PCs without a cradle or network connection, and can share data directly with other wireless PDAs.

Linksys's Wireless-G CompactFlash Card is available now for $99.

Reprinted from PocketPCcity.