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Wireless Connectivity

Linksys WRT55AG Wirless Router (AG) Teardown

04 December 2003
The following is an overview of a teardown analysis conducted by IHS Technology Teardown Services.

Broadcom BCM94712 reference design

  • 802.11g
  • Complete Broadcom solution from radio to Ethernet switch
  • Broadcom SmartRadio™ technology that claims to deliver higher throughput, greater range, and lower CPU utilization versus other 802.11g solutions
  • Ethernet and USB interfaces
  • WPA and 802.11x security

Atheros AR5001A reference design

  • 802.11a
  • Radio and baseband/MAC
  • Atheros' 108Mbps turbo mode
  • Ethernet and USB interfaces
  • WEP and 802.11x security
  • Not a streamlined combo solution
  • 802.11a/g combo solutions can be done with a single baseband/MAC



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