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Intel Turns Off WiFi In New Chipset

We reported late last month that Intel will be producing a new chipset featuring an integrated WiFi router. ExtremeTech is now reporting that Intel will have this feature turned off by default to prevent any sort of unauthorized access. Personally, we could do without the WiFi router altogether.

The new Grantsdale chip-set promises to be a particularly consumer-friendly product, designed to enhance playback of DVDs and provide home-theater-quality sound.

One of its more intriguing features will be a built-in Wi-Fi router. Rather than buying and installing a separate router to set up a home wireless network, users can plug their Internet cable into the back of the PC and the computer acts as its own router, linking up with other wireless devices in the house, said Bill Leszinske, marketing and planning director for Intel’s digital home initiative.