Proxim 802.11a Products Compatible with Win XP

Proxim, Inc. reported today that its Harmony 802.11a CardBus Card is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP. The company stated that the Harmony 802.11a products support data transfer speeds up to 100 Mbps, and can take advantage of XP’s native 802.1x security support.

Proxim Harmony is itself a multi-standard platform designed for enterprise-class applications, enabling deployment of both 802.11b and 802.11a products. Harmony incorporates user-based authentication and automatic key distribution for XP, 98SE, 2000, and ME.

The Harmony 802.11a CardBus Card began shipping in early October. Windows XP support will be available in the CardBus Card by the end of November, according to Proxim.

Information and detailed specs about the Harmony suite of 802.11a and 802.11b products can be found at the Proxim Web site.

In a related announcement, Proxim annnounced Skyline 802.11a, oriented towards SMBs and other cost-conscious deployments including schools. The Skyline 802.11a CardBus card and Access Point support IEEE 802.11a transfer speeds up to 54 Mbps and up to 108 Mbps in Proxim’s 2X mode. Supported operating systems include Win XP, 98SE, ME, and 2000. Proxim stated that Macintosh support is planned for Q1 of 2002.

Proxim reported that the Skyline suite of products is built around the Atheros AR 5000 chipset. It also stated that the CarBus Card and Access Point will be available in December at list prices of $179 and $499 respectively.

Information and detailed specs about the Skyline suite of 802.11a and 802.11b products can be found at the Proxim Web site.

Matthew Peretz is Managing Editor of

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