It looks the barrage of draft-spec 802.11n
gear being released isn't slowing down anytime soon, and helping the yet-to-be-ratified protocol gain more ground is SMC
. Making good on its promise to ship draft-N
gear, the networking company has reportedly launched the Barricade N, which utilizes "multi-antenna MIMO
support" to connect at rates of "up to 300Mbps," sports a four-port Ethernet switch, and can automatically prioritize duties such as music / video streaming to keep things skip-free. Complementing the new router
are pre-N versions of the company's EZ Connect CardBus and PCI wireless adapters, which will give your lappie or desktop the ability to take advantage of the ultra-speedy 802.11n standard. All three devices are purportedly available right now, with the Barricade N selling for $120, the PCMCIA adapter demanding $80, and the PCI card costing $90.