Compaq Computer's IPAQ offers solutions to home-based businesses

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With the number of home offices increasing due to convenience and economics, many computer users have had to struggle with lack of fast networking devices. This has cost the small business owner lost revenue as well as patience.

Compaq Computer Corp. is now offering an alternative to existing systems with several iPAQ end-to-end networking solutions used primarily in homes and small offices with multiple PCs and broadband Internet services. Each of the eight networking tools was designed for easy set-up and use.

The iPAQ wireless broadband gateway has a range of up to 300 feet at speeds up to 11Mbps (million bits per second) with a built-in four-port 10/100 Ethernet auto-sensing switch that allows up to four PCs on the single-hub network. The cost is under $300 and is cable/DSL ready.

The wireless USB adapter and PC card also stretch 300 feet and allow connection speeds of up to 11 Mbps. The adapter costs $140 and the card, which allows the user to connect to a notebook, costs $130.

Another new product is the 10 Mbps phone line networking USB adapter. At a cost of $80, the user can tap into the office’s line from another location via an outside phone line without DSL, fax or phone call interruption.

The Ethernet automatic sensing switch can accommodate up to five ports with 100 Mbps data transfer for about $60. The $50 10/100 Ethernet PC card is used with the notebook and allows users to transfer data through the Ethernet network.

The 10/100 Ethernet USB adapter at $40 permits users to connect the Ethernet cable to their notebook or PC via a plug. They can get the benefits of a fast Ethernet (up to 100 Mbps) regardless of the network platform. The 10/100 PCI card provides the user with a networking station for $25. It operates across networking stations, 10BaseT and 100BaseTX networks with speeds up to 100 Mbps.

Compaq, established in 1982 and based in Houston, Texas, has about 3,000 employees at both of its Colorado Springs locations on Rockrimmon Boulevard.