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    Intel Anypoint USB Wireless Networking Kit Review
    September 1999

    Before 1997, Home networking was not in the minds of computer makers and companies. At that time, only large corporations or businesses bothered to network their systems for efficiency and cohesiveness. Now, everyone is seeing the obvious benefits of home networking and the great things about it. With it you can share Internet access simultaneously with more than one computer, play games and transfer and read files on other computersí hard drives. This is a time when computers are driven cheap because of competition and the growth of the Internet is making people want to buy more computers for that use alone. If you walk into a computer store, half of the computers are fitted with Ethernet cards, especially Apple computers. Ethernet has itís advantages and disadvantages and it is not frequently used in the home because of itís complex wiring that most people donít know how to set up.

    Usually, home network buyers have two or more computers in their homes and are preparing to purchase a new printer and sign up for broadband service, most of them tend to choose AOL over other ISPís and 68% of them have win95 or 98 on their main PC and 60% have win95, 98 on their second PC. 80% of the target people for home networking has PCís located in the same room as a phone jack. These products appeal to the general public because they are great for everything, including gaming, ever wonder what it feels like to play a super-low ping FPS games but never have before? This kit provides more than enough bandwidth to play at the highest speeds.

    Several home networking products are available on the market today, especially from companies like Diamond and Intel. Although these products are inexpensive (from $99-199 for hardware for 2 computers and from $79-149 each computer thereafter), they are not as fast as Ethernet which can reach 100mbps, the highest these home networking kits can go to is 2mbps. But 2mbps is fast enough for almost all uses, including gaming, transferring files, etc.. and the easy setup kits offer is worth the trade in for speed for most households. In the present day, phone lines present the best performance to convenience ratio. Intel says that effective rates on phone line networks are usually 20% less than reported raw rates but power lines can be up to 75% less.

    Diamond is known for their HomeFree networking system which has a PCI, Parallel, and USB version of the phone line system. All three of these are compatible with each other so you can use PCI for a desktop and hook it up with a USB for your laptop. Intelís AnyPoint Network is only 5 months old and debuted exclusively at CompUSA and it went from a wireless parallel port and PCI slot model to a phone line USB model. This product complies with the HomePNA specifications for phone line networking systems, HomePNA is an industry consortium that has companies as members and they all contribute to making a standard that all kits like this run on, the common speed for the standard is 1mbps. Hereís some tech info for you: data signals are multiplexed on the wire at frequencies from 5.5 to 9.5MHz, that is above both phone equipment and DSL, so it doesnít interfere with any other things that run on the phone system. Also, this adapter can be used with other vendorís products that use HomePNAís standards pretty smoothly. This system was definitely designed for the home user because of how Intel designed it and how it came with a very helpful setup poster and simple instructions on installing all the hardware and software you need.

    Intel AnyPoint Home Network for Phoneline USB

    After I received my review model of the AnyPoint network kit, I found 2 boxes. Each box had a sleek, black tower/adapter measuring about 8 inches tall and 3 inches wide, accompanying that was a AC power cord, a phone cord and a USB female/male cord. Behind the tower were 3 output and 1 input port. power, USB, and modem/phone ports all direct information from the phone line input port. There are little features to this that make it a great product for networking like very good rubber grips on the bottom of it so it wont slip and fall and a setup diagram on the back of the tower with a key on what the lights mean when they are on and blinking. Also, the weight surprised me, it was about the same weight as a 10 pack of floppy disks, very light. But this is not a good thing because it is easier to tip over when itís light. In the front, there is the familiar Intel logo at the bottom and a green light and a orange light. The green light means itís on and communicating with your PC and the orange light means itís communicating with the other PC. The two adapters have to be within 300 feet of each other which is a pretty far distance and good enough for most users.

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    Author: Chris Oh
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