Clearwire demos new way to increase WiMAX connections

During the Consumer Electronics show last week, Clearwire demonstrated a new battery-operated router from Cradlepoint Technology that converts a WiMAX signal into a WiFi signal that can connect to as many as eight WiFi devices in a customer's home. The operator hasn't officially announced the device yet, but is expected to release the product in the coming weeks for around $125.

The offering is significant it allows any device ranging from laptops to gaming devices to connect to WiMAX via WiFi. That helps the nascent operator to cast a wider net into the market. Motorola is also developing a CPE that combines WiMAX with a WiFi front-end radio but the vendor so far is only making that product for the 3.5 GHz band.

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