First Look: ORINOCOT AP-200 – A WI-FI Wireless Lan AccessPoint

Wayne N. Kawamoto
Managing Editor,

Agere Systems announced its new ORiNOCO AP-200, a dual 10/100 Ethernet port wireless access point that’s optimized for use in small office environments. With a list price of $199, the AP-200 includes microwave oven interference resistance technology, network management capabilities and security features.

According to the company, the AP-200’s network management features include web browser management that allows configuration of the AP-200 with a standard web browser. For those who need more control over their networks, the AP-200 also includes network management features like SNMP management, TFTP kernel upload, extended MIBs, and embedded Telnet and CLI.

The AP-200 may be configured as a base station for a standalone wireless network or set up as a bridge between a company’s wired network and its wireless workstations. Because each AP-200 has two 10/100BaseT Ethernet ports, several AP-200s may be connected together to create a more extensive wireless network with multiple cells without requiring the use of additional Ethernet hubs.

The AP-200 offers high levels of wireless security by using 128-bit encryption and ORiNOCO’s WEPplus encryption scheme that helps prevents message interception by hackers. The AP-200 uses MAC address access control that protects the wireless networks from access by undesired or unwanted users. Only those users with pre-approved MAC addresses will be able to access the network.

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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