La Jolla, Calif. - Microsoft today introduced 10 wireless and Ethernet hardware products, officially ushering the software giant into the 802.11b home networking category.
Microsoft is positioning the products as simple to set up with most of the process taking place automatically with the device first detecting a computer's ISP and modem setting and then properly configuring the network. The products are based on the 802.11b wireless specification and are available in notebook and desktop kits or can be purchased in an la carte fashion.
The roll out includes:
- The Wireless Base Station, suggested retail price $149.
- The Wireless USB Adapter, $79.
- Wireless Notebook Adapter, $79.
- Wireless Desktop Kit comprised of a Base station and USB adapter, $219
- Wirless Notebook Kit comprised of a Base Station and Notebook adapter, $219
- 10/100 Ethernet USB Adapter, $29
- 10/100 Ethernet Notebook Adapter, $39
- 10/100 Ethernet PCI Adapter, $24
- 10/100 Ethernet five-port switch, $39
The products are expected to ship later this year, however, Microsoft declined to be more specific. The company was also reticent about releasing any additional product details.
Randy Singer, general manager of Mircosoft's hardware division, did say that the 802.11b format was chosen due to its low cost and general availability in the market