Sony Creates New Option For Accessing Broadband Content Wirelessly

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New 5GHz Wireless LAN Products Allow for High-Speed Transfer of Streaming Video Up to 100 Yards Away from the Nearest Access Point

Sony Electronics is providing PC users the freedom to have wireless access to broadband content with the introduction of high-speed wireless LAN products, giving users the benefit of being connected eliminating the clutter of cables.

With the new VAIO® 5GHz wireless LAN PC card (PCWA-C500) and access point (PCWA-A500) announced today, consumers can wirelessly connect two or more desktop or notebook computers and access rich digital content, such as a DVD movie, from the bedroom to the back yard.

“VAIO PC users have had the tools to create and enjoy video content like DVDs and digital home movies on their computers for years, but the content was confined to the individual PCs,” said Mark Hanson, vice president and general manager for VAIO PC marketing for Sony Electronics. “The wireless LAN turns a home or small office into a broadcast center, allowing the content to break free from the confines of just one PC.”

The VAIO 5GHz wireless LAN is based on the IEEE 802.11a standard, which offers data transfer speeds of up to 54 megabits per second and can effortlessly handle large files such as large business applications and high-quality streaming video. With this technology, there is no worry about interference from other 2.4GHz wireless devices like cordless phones, microwave ovens or Bluetooth™ adapters.

The access point base is about the size of a hard back novel and plugs into a standard wall outlet and a phone line, cable modem or DSL. The wireless LAN card fits into the PC card slot on a VAIO notebook or desktop PC. The access point has two Ethernet ports for connecting to multiple PCs.

Serve Up High Quality Content

With two wireless LAN cards, home users can set up an Internet-connected VAIO Digital Studio with Giga Pocket™ Personal Video Recorder feature as an entertainment server to broadcast video content to notebook PCs throughout the home. Using the PicoPlayerTM software that comes standard on select current VAIO notebook PCs, up to 16 mobile users can receive and enjoy home movies, watch live television and listen to personal music. Data-heavy files can also be accessed between two notebook PCs networked with two wireless LAN cards.

The LAN access point comes in a lightweight, small-footprint design with an adjustable stand for desk or wall mounting. Users can purchase the LAN PC card for about $180 and the access point for approximately $400. Both will be available later this month.

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