Buffalo (Japanese Manufacturer) has today announced the "AirStation WLI-CF-S11G" 802.11b (also known as Wi-Fi) wireless Compact Flash Type II card. To me at least this type of wireless card is far more interesting than Bluetooth because of the additional range, bandwidth (11 mbit/s) and acceptance of this standard. With a much higher bandwidth the idea of carrying a large capacity storage device in a back-pack and having this wireless CF card in a digital camera may still become a reality (assuming digital camera manufacturers decided to support it). PDA owners will also be very interested in this card.

Buffalo AirStation WLI-CF-S11G 802.11b wireless CF Type II card

Product code WLI-CF-S11G
Device format Compact Flash Type II
Standard 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
Encryption 128 / 40 bit WEP
Frequency range 2,412 - 2,484MHz (1-14ch)
Power supply 3.3 V (from CF interface)
Power consumption 660 mW or less
O/S support Windows CE 3.0 (later Windows 98, 2000 and XP)
Tested PDA devices Compaq iPAQ, Toshiba GENIO, NTT DoCoMo GFORT, NEC Mobile Gear MC-R450
Dimensions 43 x 58 x 5 mm
Available November 2001 (Japan)
Price 14,800 YEN (approx. US$120)