FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS)
today announced the 802.11n upgrade guarantee program for its draft-n
wireless solutions, the WL-500W Super Speed N wireless router and WL-100W
Super Speed N wireless adapter. With countless draft-n products in the
market ASUS is the first wireless vendor to announce an upgrade program to
guarantee compatibility with the future 802.11n standard, whether in the
form of firmware or hardware updates.
"The WL-500W and WL-100W, powered by Intensi-fi technology from
Broadcom, achieve data transfer speeds higher than 100Mbps, making it
suitable for multimedia streams to all corners of the your home," said
Hektor Tung, Director of Product Marketing for ASUSTek Wireless LAN BU.
"With the 802.11n upgrade program, the two ASUS draft-n products guarantee
future 802.11n compatibility and give users peace of mind when purchasing
The WL-500W router and WL-100W adapter feature Broadcom(R)
Intensi-fi(TM) technology, which complies with the latest draft-n
specification to provide new levels of wireless performance and range. The
leading brands of Wi-Fi(R) products use Intensi-fi chips, enabling
high-speed, reliable exchange of video, voice, music and data between PCs,
networking gear and consumer electronics. Intensi-fi also offers broad
compatibility with existing 802.11a/b/g devices, as well as various brands
of draft-n products.
"Draft-n products are rapidly proliferating into the mainstream market
as consumers demand more from their wireless networks," said Rahul Patel,
Director of Marketing for Broadcom's WLAN Business Unit. "While we
attribute much of this customer confidence to the maturity of the current
draft-n specification, we applaud ASUS for going one step further to
guarantee future compatibility. ASUS customers can enjoy the performance
benefits of Intensi-fi products today, with the peace of mind that they
will be upgradeable to the future standard."
What products are qualified for 802.11n upgrade guarantee program?
- WL-500W Super Speed N multifunctional wireless router
- WL-100W Super Speed N wireless card
This program will cover the units purchased before December 31st, 2006.
When will upgrade program begin?
Upgrade program will begin as soon as the 802.11n standard is ratified
and will continue for three months. Warranty will not be renewed. (ASUS
will make a formal announcement when this begins.)
How to upgrade?
If firmware upgrade is required, the latest firmware will be made
available on the company's website for free downloads. If hardware upgrades
are required, users can return the units to ASUS service centers. ASUS is
only responsible for the cost of shipping the upgraded products back to
users. Detailed service center locations will be included in the formal
WL-500W Super Speed N multifunctional wireless router
The ASUS WL-500W Super Speed N multifunctional wireless router uses the
latest 802.11n draft technology to deliver high-speed data transfer and
unparalleled interoperability between n-draft devices. It also incorporates
ASUS' innovative Download Master and USB Plug-n'-Share features for
convenient digital content downloads and sharing of printer, webcam and
external hard drive functions.
WL-100W Super Speed N wireless adaptor
To experience the fastest speed possible, the client side must support
n-draft as well. The WL-100W is also fully compatible with legacy 802.11b
and g standards, allowing users to experience the latest wireless
innovations without turning previous home network investments obsolete.
As the 802.11n standards process continues to evolve, draft-n products
are expected to be upgradeable, but most wireless vendors are unwilling to
provide such a guarantee. ASUS' upgrade program is created to give wireless
users peace of mind. It doesn't matter when 802.11n will be ready, the ASUS
WL-500W and WL-100W are ready for the next phase of wireless technology.
For more information on the upgrade program and the two draft-n
solutions, please visit the company homepage at www.asus.com
Ranks in Business Week InfoTech 100 for the 9th straight year, ASUSTeK
Computer Inc. is a leading provider of 3C total solutions. Its product
portfolio includes notebooks, motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives,
information appliances, desktop PCs, servers, wireless solutions, mobile
phones and networking devices. With strong engineering capability, ASUSTeK
won 1706 awards in 2005, translating to more than 4 awards per day. The
company is the perennial leader of the motherboard and graphics card
industries and a top 4 maker globally for notebooks.
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