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ASUS Draft-n Wireless LAN Solutions Guarantee 802.11n

ASUSTeK Computer 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 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 ASUSTek Wireless Business. ?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 draft-n solutions."

The WL-500W router and WL-100W adapter feature Broadcom? Intensi-fi? technology, which complies with the latest draft-n specification to provide new levels of wireless performance and range. The leading brands of Wi-Fi? 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 Product Management 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.? dual-GPU mode.

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 the 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 announcement.

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-500W Super Speed N multifunctional wireless router

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

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