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I am a big fan of wireless computer gear; I have more cables running across my desk than I want. It would be great to shed all those cables and go wireless. Iomega has announced a new external storage interface device called the iConnect that will cut some of those wires.
The device has built-in wireless connectivity and a pair of USB ports that allow the iConnect to be used as a wireless print server and a wireless network storage device, assuming you plug an external hard drive into one of the USB ports. The device supports 802.11b/g/n networks and has a wired gigabit Ethernet port as well.
The iConnect is compatible with Apple Time Machine backups and works with Windows computers as well. It supports CIFS/SMB/Rally (Microsoft), AFP/Bonjour (Apple), HTTP, HTTPS network protocols and can be configured for remote access from anywhere in the world. The device will ship in February for $99.99.
WirelessHD will be given an update in the near future and the companies backing it up have already outlined the goals for this 2.0 revision.
The WirelessHD Consortium says the next-gen WirelessHD specs bring :-
- Data transfer speeds in the range of 10 to 28 Gbps so as to provide enough bandwidth for higher resolution content
- 3D over WirelessHD
- Support for 4K resolution for digital theater-like visuals
- Support for sync'n go file transfers at 1Gbps for portable and fixed devices and for IP connectivity
- Added support for streaming and connectivity in portable devices like media players, netbooks and smartphones
- HDCP 2.0 content protection
The 2.0 standard will be backwards compatible with existing WiHD hardware, whilst as mentioned above, bandwidth increases from the previous 4GBps - theoretical 25Gbps to 10 - 28Gbps. This additional bandwidth gives the ability to handle all of the aforementioned tasks.
But while the pricing for wiHD is still up in the sky, this doesn't mean too much for most of us. Hopefully the group can bring it down to earth in reach of mainstream buyers before too long.
One of the ways that computers can get smaller and consume less power is by going to more efficient and integrated chips inside. If what takes two chips today can be pared down to a single chip tomorrow out portable computers and device can run longer on a single charge.
Ralink has unveiled the world's first single chip 450Mbps 3x3 802.11n AP and client that uses beam forming technology. The chip will be offered in two styles including the RT3883 and the RT3593. The RT3883 has three dual band 2.4/5GHz radios inside, a 500MHz MIPS74K CPU and a variety of connectivity interfaces.
The RT3593 has a 450Mbps client solution with an embedded media access controller, baseband processor, and three 2.4/5GHz radios on a single chip. Both of the devices use the IEEE optional Beam forming technology.
McDonald's in America are feeling generous for 2010 with a plan to offer free WiFi to customers beginning mid-jan next year, where currently it costs $2.95 for 2 hours of access.
In a recent interview McDonald's USA Chief Information Officer, David Grooms said 11,000 of the 14,000 domestic locations across the country will give the free WiFi lovin' after having sealed a deal with AT&T Inc. the restaurant's WiFi provider.
We can all agree that more wireless bandwidth is a good thing. The more bandwidth we have the faster we can send HD video around our homes and offices and the faster we can share large files. 802.11n is only recently ratified, but a new specification called WiGig has just been completed with lots more speed than 802.11n.
The specification is called WiGig and promises up to 7Gbps of wireless bandwidth. The spec supplements and extends 802.11 and is backwards compatible with 802.11 standards. In fact, many of the silicon designers for WiGig are well known WiFi companies.
The spec uses beam forming to support distanced of up to 10M, which will allow connectivity throughout many homes. The completed spec will be offered to WiGig members in Q1 2010 and products will probably hit in 2011.
802.11n is a sure benefit over the older b and g standards we were stuck with for a long time, but like all technologies, sooner or later they'll be superseeded in one way or another and there's no doubt even faster wireless capabilities than the 300Mbps on tap at the moment would be widely accepted and embraced by the masses.
Sure enough, we learn today that it is indeed coming, albeit could be as late as 2013 before it arrives. The upcoming new standard is called 802.11ac and it is reported to be able to push wireless speeds of up to 1Gbps; very tasty indeed.
Edimax has today announced a new portable 3G router with a difference that it will release into its extensive router line-up early next year.
The 3G-6210n is a world first in that it can run entirely off a rechargeable Li-ion battery, giving the user the ability to share their 3G Broadband access on the go without the need to plug the router into a wall socket.
This tidy compact unit has compliance for wireless 802.11b/g as well as sustaining 150Mbps in 802.11n mode. Edimax report that the 3G-6210n will hit retail channels early next year. Pricing has not been disclosed.
Google is being quite jolly and generous this holiday season by offering free Wi-Fi from now through until January 15 next year across 47 airports in America. Amongst many others, airports include Las Vegas, San Jose, Boston, Baltimore, Burbank, Houston, Indianapolis, Seattle, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, St. Louis, Charlotte, Burbank and Seattle.
"We're very happy to extend our Holiday Wi-Fi gift to the millions of people who will spend time in airports over the next few months," said Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google. "We know that this is a very hectic travel season for people, and we hope that free Wi-Fi will make both traveling and connecting with friends and family a little bit easier."
"As a pioneer in providing complimentary Wi-Fi to airport customers, we are very excited about Google partnering with McCarran International along with other airports across the country to bring holiday cheer to so many travelers," said Rosemary A. Vassiliadis, Deputy Director, Clark County Department of Aviation.
For a complete list of the participating airports and further info about the networks, head over to http://www.freeholidaywifi.com. More information about the freebie from Google can be found within the official PR here.
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