According to the company, the adapters rely on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard, which powers 6LoWPAN and ZigBee. The new technology is not intended as a replacement for Wi-Fi, but rather intended as a long-range Bluetooth. It will not be compatible with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Ben WPAN has a range of about 10 meters in ‘standard’ mode while pushing 250Kbps. Turning on the ‘non-standard’ mode boosts throughput to 2Mbps, but unfortunately cuts the range in half.
The new pre-built adapters will start at around $42 for the atben and $59 for the atusb at Tuxbrain. Please take note that, for now, Ben WPAN will be compatible with Linux only.