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  Internet Anywhere, Compex Wireless Networking 
  Oct 29, 2002, 07:30am EST 


By: Dan Mepham

The internet has revolutionized the way we think and live. Don’t worry, we’ll spare you the excessively verbose narrative, but at least take a moment to think about how different your life is compared with just a few years ago. And imagine what it will become.

The key to the development and success of the internet has been its omnipresence. And its future evolution into whatever it will become will likewise be dependent on deeper penetration. Connecting more. It’s only a matter of time before your phone, blender, and car are all connected, not only to each other, but to your neighbors’ as well. The more we can connect, the more powerful the tool, and, indeed, the entity, will become.

Naturally one of the driving technologies behind such integration is wireless data transmission. Despite being a driving force behind the evolution of the internet, wireless technology is, fundamentally, about flexibility and convenience. We already have the technology to connect everything in your home or office, but what we need is the technology to do it easily, conveniently, and inexpensively, and that’s what wireless is about.

Today we bring you a look at a small beginning to such technology -- the Wireless Internet Gateway. These devices have been around for a while now, and are rapidly increasing in popularity. Not only do they allow a single internet connection to be shared amongst an entire home or office, but they allow it in a completely cable-free fashion.

We hope to begin bringing you a series of wireless product reviews, as today we’re starting with Compex’s NetPassage 16 Wireless Broadband Router and WL11A Wireless Network cards. Compex is a smaller player in the networking segment, but while it may not be a household name just yet, its products, as you’re about to see, offer some unique features.

1. Introduction
2. Setting the Standards
3. Exploring the Hardware
4. In Use - Lab Notes
5. Configuration Utility
6. Summary

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