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Microsoft Unveils Wi-Fi Platform

Microsoft launched Tuesday several Wi-Fi networking products meant to enable consumers to share a broadband Internet connection, information files, printers and other services across home computers.

The Redmond, Wash., company said the Wireless-G products move data at five times the speed of typical 802.11b wireless networks.

The new products include the Microsoft Wireless Base Station MN-700, a router with an integrated 802.11g wireless access point and four-point Ethernet switch. Other products include the Wireless PCI Adapter MN-730 for connecting desktops to the network; and the Wireless Notebook Kit MN-820, which provides everything needed to create a wireless network for a desktop and notebook.

Microsoft also unveiled the Xbox Wireless Adapter MN-740 for playing computer games with the company's Xbox console.

The new products will ship by the end of the month. The Microsoft Wireless Base Station MN-700 will sell for a retail price of $109; the Wireless Notebook Adapter MN-720, $84.95; the Wireless PCI Adapter MN-730, $84.95; the Wireless Notebook Kit MN-820, $179; and the Xbox Wireless Adapter MN-740, $139.

This story courtesy of TechWeb.

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