IBM enhances wireless notebooks

Big Blue on Monday will release a new family of ThinkPads that feature dual-band wireless and fashion choices when it comes to the navigational stick on the keyboard. [CNET News.com Enterprise Computing]

The high-end members of the line come with dual-band wireless technology built in. Dual-band wireless makes it possible to create 300-foot zones to send and receive files wirelessly using both the 802.11b and 802.11a technologies. Although most wireless networks now use 802.11b–also known as Wi-Fi–802.11a networks transfer data at a much faster rate and feature more communications channels. As a result, 802.11a networks, and another standard called 802.11g, are expected to grow rapidly.

I guess it would have been too much to have expected that Apple and the rest of the world would have chosen the same technology. If PowerBooks have 80211.g and PC books have 802.11a, what happens when you travel to another company with your machine? Looking like you are going to be SOL.

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