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U.S. Robotics Establishes An Instant Wireless Connection


CHICAGO –April 7, 2004– U.S. Robotics is connecting desktops and notebooks to wireless networks faster and easier with its new 802.11g Wireless USB Adapter. Introduced today, the adapter is USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible and uses accelerated 802.11g technology for up to 25 percent better performance*.

U.S. Robotics’ Wireless USB Adapter saves users the trouble of opening the case of their desktop computer and eliminates the need for tools to install the equipment. The adapter simply plugs into any available 1.1 or 2.0 USB port. Since its powered by the USB connection, no power adapter is necessary. Equipped with the latest wireless security, including WPA and 802.1x authentication support, this adapter is a great fit in business and/or home environments. The included Profile Manager software provides the ability to automatically connect to commonly used wireless networks and its built-in 2dBi single dipole antenna delivers superior range and coverage than other products in its class.

According to Jim Thomsen, senior product manager for U.S. Robotics, “Nearly all desktop and laptop computers today come standard with USB ports. U.S. Robotics new wireless USB adapter is ideal, because it provides customers with the flexibility to use those ports for high-speed wireless connectivity.” Thomsen added, “The device allows for an instant wireless network connection to any 802.11g Access Point for sharing Internet access, files and peripherals such as printers with other computers on the network and the USB connection provides versatile obsolescence protection in situations where customers change computing platforms.”

U.S. Robotics Wireless USB Adapter (Model 5420) will be available for purchase in the United States later this month for the suggested retail price of $79. Also, this device (Model USR805420) will be available in Europe for purchase from most independent retailers and mail order outlets at an RRP of £59.99 inc. VAT.

The versatility and simplicity of U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless products makes it easy to set up a wireless network with, or without, an existing wired network and without expensive infrastructure costs. The unique, SecureStack, modular case design of U.S. Robotics networking gear requires minimal space, so both home network users and small-to-medium size business owners alike can grow their networks with an entire family of other U.S. Robotics networking and broadband devices.

* U.S. Robotics is compliant with all 802.11g and 802.11b standards. When used with other products which support standards-based Frame Bursting, 54g+ provides up to a 25% performance improvement over standard 802.11g products. Actual performance may vary depending on operating environment and distance between networked devices.

About U.S. Robotics

For three decades, U.S. Robotics has been the world’s leader in Internet access, delivering the highest quality and most innovative modems available. U.S. Robotics also provides a selection of wireless and wired networking products and security devices for homes and small offices. The company is partnering with key industry players and new technology providers to bring consumers connectivity solutions through its extensive worldwide distribution channel. U.S. Robotics is privately held and headquartered in the Chicago area. For further information regarding the company and its products, please visit the Web site at

U.S. Robotics is a registered trademark of U.S. Robotics Corporation. All rights reserved. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.