The COOK report interviewed David Hughes about Wi-Fi .
COOK Report: So is it safe to assume that you can buy an actual 11 megabit per second radio for under $1,000?
COOK Report: Way under a thousand?
Hughes: Yes. But there is a difference between buying a Base Station radio - that can handle hundreds of client radios, and a one IP/MAC address radio - for the client end. Both prices have come down rather dramatically, with client radios now below the magic 'consumer'$500 price point. Which happens to be what I had to pay for a 1200 baud Hayes Micromodem back 15 years ago.