Mainboard manufacturers looking to integrate Wi-Fi

— 12:04 PM on January 5, 2004

According to this story over at Xbit Labs, Gigabyte will soon join Asus and MSI in offering an integrated Wi-Fi option on select motherboards. For now, the 802.11b support will come as an optional upgrade for high-end mainboards, but wireless networking could become a bundled extra when Intel releases its Wi-Fi-equipped ICH6W south bridge later this year.

Wi-Fi has been huge for laptops and should be great for small form factor PCs, home theater systems, and even the LAN party crowd. Unfortunately, it looks like the first wave of integrated Wi-Fi products will be 802.11b, which could be a huge limitation for bandwidth-hungry enthusiasts accustomed to 100MBit speeds.

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