Intel has announced its AirPort-friendly wireless solution, following the announcement five months ago that it was switching its wireless standard support from HomeRF.

Intel's AnyPoint Wireless II Network solution, is based on IEEE 802.11b, which is called AirPort by Apple, and is also referred to as Wi-Fi.

Intel's new product wirelessly connects WiFi-enabled PCs and laptops. It allows file sharing, network printing and the sharing of Internet connections. Like AirPort, it supports up to ten machines at speeds up to 11Mbps. Unlike AirPort, though, Intel claims a maximum range of 300 feet, rather than 150 feet.

Analysts liken the battle between HomeRF and Wi-Fi as similar to the VHS and Betamax tussle in the early days of VCR.
They agree that Intel's decision to switch to Wi-Fi gives 802.11b the edge on HomeRF.

Apple, Dell, Cisco Systems, Agere Systems and 60 more companies already support Wi-Fi. The standard is represented by the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA), whose members include Apple, 3Com, Epson, IBM and Motorola.