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WiMAX-Equipped Personal Wi-Fi Hot Spots

3/25/2010 01:29:29 PM Eastern

Las Vegas
- The selection of WiMAX-equipped personal Wi-Fi hot spots is growing with the
introduction by Franklin Wireless
of the battery-operated R536 WiMAX Wave II, due in May through Franklin
Wireless and carriers.

The San Diego-based company brought the WiMAX-only Wave II to
CTIA Wireless 2010 here, where the device joined the currently available 3G/4G Overdrive
from Sprint and Clear's Clear
Spot
. The latter device is a portable Wi-Fi router that accepts an optional
WiMAX USB modem or a WiMAX/CDMA modem.

The 2.5GHz-band Wave II weighs about 2.46 ounces, features 802.11b/g
Wi-Fi, and supports the Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems. It
comes with replaceable, rechargeable lithium-ion battery and a Web-based user
interface to set up the device.

Details on pricing and distribution were unavailable.

Franklin
is a maker of cellular USB modems and PC cards and embedded cellular modules.