Very Short Range Wireless Network

Hi,
Are there any short range (<20 feet range) wireless networks that feature high speed access (>10Mpbs), and is relativley cheap ($<802.11b)? If not, what's the closest thing? I'm looking for somthing that's like a sinlge room wireless network.
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jhanceConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There are some wireless systems that are less expensive than 802.11b systems but they are NOT 11 Mb/s.  These "home networking" setups are 1 Mb/s.  They are pretty hard to find now since the 802.11b systems are 10X faster and only a bit more expensive.

So the bottom line is that there really isn't a USEFUL lower cost solution than 802.11b.  The prices of these things have really come down, I think you can get 2X 802.11b wireless network cards for under US$150, perhaps less if you shop around.
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magarityCommented:
Bluetooth is not that speed, but it is that range.

Why the range specification?  Security? With 802.11b cards starting at $38 just how cheap do you need to have it?
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jhanceCommented:
I've not seen Bluetooth devices anywhere near as low as 802.11b devices.  While they should be less expensive, the market is clearly such that it is not there.

I knew 802.11b cards were getting cheap but $38!!  That's a steal!  There are many WIRED network cards that cost more than that.
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magarityCommented:
Whups - I put '802.11b' in the Pricewatch search and it came up with $38...  I didn't notice that it was for a PCI adapter for a PCMCIA 802.11b card.

The best price I can find for a combo is $59 (plus shipping):
http://www.comready.com/adawwirpciad.html

So, revision 2:

With 802.11b cards starting at $59 just how cheap do you need to have it?
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magarityCommented:
And if you have USB, this one:
http://www.comready.com/dlindw80wirl.html
is $69 up front with a $10 mail in rebate.
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willinoisCommented:
Back to the question.  I would like to know what reason the network will be used?  For example: If for print sharing there are other options...IR.  By the way, a 20' ethernet cable is cheap, so why wireless?
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JGJCommented:
I use both and prefer cable - cheaper, faster, and easier to configure.  Wireless is nice but not cheap if you are gonna do it right
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