Sub Zero Tech looks at the Compex NP16 Bundle... It's a wireless kit, pretty
if you ask me!
Wireless networking is becoming stronger every day. 802.11's list of revisions
is getting bigger at a fast rate. First came 802.11, which transferred at 1
or 2 Mbps. Then came 802.11a, which could have a throughput of up to 54 Mbps.
802.11a's throughput is very attractive, but it just can't pull the range of
its successor, being 802.11b. 802.11b is the third revision to 802.11, and is
the most commonly used standard to date. It can only transfer at 11 Mbps, but
has a much greater range than any of its predecessors. Today, I'm going to take
a look at Compex's Net-Passage 16 (NP-16), which incorporates 802.11b. The NP-16
has a built-in 4-port switch, and has the option of being a wireless access
point via a PCMCIA slot on the top of the unit. Compex now sells the unit bundled
with the WL11A PCMCIA card, which runs around $150 street price. I find this
to be a fair price based on everything this unit says it can do. Lets see if
it will prove to be a worthy product of your home or office.