REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 23, 2004 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the extension of its Wireless-G networking product line with the new Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter MN-710.
What: This adapter allows consumers to connect additional desktop computers to their wireless home networks by taking advantage of easy-to-access USB ports found on most computers today.
The Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter capitalizes on 802.11g by taking full advantage of its speed, and is backward compatible with 802.11b Wi-Fi networks as well as most USB ports (2.0, 1.1, 1.0).
The new Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter also comes equipped with Microsoft’s critically acclaimed software with default security. The adapter provides flexible support for all popular wireless security protocols including Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), meant for the home or small office, as well as 802.1x, designed for the enterprise environment.
When: The Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter is available now in the United States.
Pricing: $79 U.S. estimated street retail price*
Why: “Microsoft’s broadband networking products have been a hit with our customers over the past few months, and we expect that the new Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter will be just as popular,” said Todd Magnuson, senior buyer at Best Buy Co. Inc. “Microsoft Wireless-G products are attractive to consumers because they make it easy and affordable for anyone to install a high-speed wireless home network with enhanced security.”
Microsoft’s USB 2.0 Adapter features a unique software installation wizard that walks users through easy step-by-step setup instructions.
With the USB 2.0 Adapter, consumers can experience high-speed wireless freedom throughout their home and share their files, music, games and video with security by default.
Broadband networking and Wi-Fi growth is predicted to mirror that of mobile phone use.**
* Actual retail prices may vary.
** Pyramid Research, July 2003
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