Netgear said Monday that it will roll out a new family of inexpensive Wi-Fi equipment based on multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology.
The company said that its RangeMax 240 router, PC Card and USB adapter will be based on the latest generation chipsets from Airgo Networks. That technology is designed to provide effective throughput speeds of about 100 Mbps - the same as Ethernet networks. MIMO, which uses multiple antennas, also has been shown to increase range.
Other vendors, such as Belkin (review here) already have released products using this generation of Airgo's MIMO chipsets. MIMO will be part of the forthcoming 802.11n standard, which is currently mired in the standard-setting process, but has not yet been standardized.
The company said in a statement that the products are aimed at small offices and early-adopting consumers who are using high-bandwidth applications in the home. The products will be available early next year. While Airgo's latest chipset is designed to be more inexpensive than earlier generations of MIMO technology, Netgear did not announce pricing.