Intel’s soon-to-be-released Pentium-powered computers with new ‘Grantsdale’ innards will boast updated capabilities. Along with more powerful video, audio and data-storage features, the next-generation PCs will be more Wi-Fi capable,” Julio Ojeda-Zapata writes for The St. Paul Pioneer Press.
“In essence, such PCs will double as Wi-Fi transceivers, potentially eliminating the need for standalone ‘access points’ that now serve as typical hubs of wireless-network activity in a home. Though a wave of Grantsdale-capable PCs is expected in coming weeks, Intel says the wireless feature won’t take hold until later this year because a required add-on component won’t be widely deployed until then. ‘This delay is another major stumble for Intel, which came late to the Wi-Fi party with Centrino,’ said Glenn Fleishman on the Wi-Fi Networking News weblog,” Ojeda-Zapata writes.
“Still, the implications for home Wi-Fi use are profound. Macintosh users already are able to turn their computers into ‘soft’ access points with a few mouse clicks, allowing any other Wi-Fi capable Mac or Windows computer within range to get on the Internet or swap files at high speeds. Standalone access points won’t go away. In fact, Apple Computer is getting attention for its soon-to-be-released AirPort Express device, a miniaturized access point that plugs directly into an electrical outlet instead of taking up space on a desk or shelf,” Ojeda-Zapata writes.
“In addition to linking up Macs and PCs, the AirPort Express device will add a home stereo to a Wi-Fi network. Digital music stored on a computer can then be transmitted over the wireless network and played on the stereo’s speakers,” Ojeda-Zapata writes. “‘The Apple product is phenomenally useful,’ said said Chris Shipley, organizer of the influential DEMO technology conferences.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been using Wi-Fi since July 1999, thanks to Apple’s Airport. Or for just about five years now. Today, we still meet Windows users who are utterly amazed at the technology that we have grown so used to that we don’t even think about it. As we’ve been known to write, “Apple leads. Wintel follows. As usual.