SAN FRANCISCO ó Intel is building into a forthcoming microchip an ability to let desktop computers act as a hub in home and office wireless networks, taking aim at the market for stand-alone wireless access points.
While the move could simplify the process of setting up the networks, which use a popular networking technology known as Wi-Fi, it could be bad news for companies such as Cisco and Netgear, which sell wireless routers used in such networks for between $75 and $150 each, analysts said. (full story)
My spin: Built in Wi-Fi access points will make it that much easier for end users to set up their own wireless networks. As the article points out – this is bad news for AP makers like Cisco, 3Com, Netgear, Linksys, D-Link and others though.
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