Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL), a provider of wireless data communications access solutions, today announced that its Merlin(TM) Wireless PC Card Modem received certification for Metricom, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:MCOM) Ricochet 128 kbps wireless mobile access network. The Merlin for Ricochet(TM) began shipping to Novatel Wireless distributors this week. The Merlin for Ricochet is a Type II PC Card that takes advantage of Ricochet technology to provide wireless data communications at end-user speeds of 128 kbps.
"Novatel Wireless continues to provide the mobile professional the tools required to stay connected with the office and customers," said John Major, CEO, Novatel Wireless. "Merlin for Ricochet offers a high-bandwidth, flexible solution that gives users the powerful option to add wireless connectivity to their Windows and Macintosh based laptops or type II slot handheld devices."
The Merlin for Ricochet connects to the high-speed Ricochet network, which offers wireless access to the complete Internet, private intranets, local-area networks, email, and other online services. The modem has a robust removable antenna enabling maximum network connectivity with the highest mobile wireless data throughput available. The Merlin for Ricochet has a Type II PC Card interface, is compatible with Windows(R) 98/NT/2000/Pocket PC and Macintosh laptops.
"Completing the certification of Novatel Wireless' Merlin for Ricochet is an important leap toward our goal of making Ricochet broadly available in the marketplace," said Glen Estell, President and COO of Metricom. "The Merlin for Ricochet wireless PC card modem will markedly expand the range of devices subscribers can use to wirelessly access all the information they need via the powerful Ricochet network."
The Merlin for Ricochet works with existing communications software and ships with a Wireless Modem Manager to monitor the status of the wireless connection. The modem connects through the familiar Windows dial-up networking interface allowing the user to control the wireless connection.
The Merlin for Ricochet will be available through Novatel Wireless' distribution channels as well as through Ricochet Authorized Service Providers.
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