It’s very common these days to see a media player with a USB port. Whether it be a Blu-ray player or a set-top box, chances are, a USB port is somewhere in the front or back.
At first glance you say to yourself, “sweet, a USB port so I can play content off my flash drive” but then you think a bit more and wonder if you can hang a wireless dongle off the media player and stream content to your media box from a source computer?
Well, Home Server Technologies Inc is one step ahead of you. Their new Wireless Media Stick will do exactly that; stream digital content to your media player.
Whether it’s a laptop, TV, DVD player, Stereo or game console the Wireless Media Stick can stream the content and your media player will play it. There is no limit to the type of format, music, audio or video.
Currently the USB Wireless Media Stick will only stream saved content from the source computer, but future updates will include the ability to stream internet content to your wireless setup, so now you’ll have the best of both worlds.
The Wireless USB Media Stick is $99 USD.
Cisco is basing their new Wireless Valet product off a study that finds only about one third of US households are set up for wireless Internet—and that low rate of adoption is due in part to the complexities of setting up wireless networks.
Cicsco is the leader in backbone routers, switches and networking gear, but have always been business enterprise focused. Today that all changes with the Valet.
The Valet is Cisco’s answer to getting a simple wireless network connected for the non-tech people…and honestly, I think they are on to something. Here is how it works.
Simply power up the Valet and connect it to your cable connection in your house. Then take the Cisco Valet USB key and plug that into each computer you want on the network. Answer three simple questions, Cisco does the rest.
Cisco says the Valets are so easy to set up that all users have to do is pop the included USB Setup Key in their PC or Mac, and the Valet software does the rest. Cisco says its Valet system takes the 20 or 30 steps normally involved in setting up a wireless network down to just three steps, and users can then move the USB Setup Key to additional home computers to painlessly get them up and running on wireless. Included Cisco Connect software then makes it straightforward to add more devices to the network (think iPhones, game consoles, etc.), set up a separate network for guests, establish parental controls, and customize security settings.
Cisco is offering two models of Valet routers. The Valet and Valet Plus. The Valet offers 802.11n Wi-Fi networking and four 100 Mbps Ethernet ports for connecting to a wired network. The Valet Plus steps up to four gigabit Ethernet ports. The Valet is priced at
GetUSB Dealz just spotted a D-Link RangeBooster for your laptop or PC for only $9. Sure you can take a piece of tinfoil and make a paraball and reflect your signal off the router, but where is the fun in that? Besides, it looks cheap.
So here is the dealz…the D-Link RangeBooster has a list price of $48. There is a $41 discount and Buy.com is throwing in free ground shipping. Net cost, only $9 USD.
Here is the company line:
ENHANCED WIRELESS PERFORMANCE
Connect to a fast and secure wireless network by adding the D-Link RangeBooster G™ USB Adapter (WUA-2340) to your desktop or notebook PC. Access your network’s high-speed Internet connection while also getting secure access to shared files, music, and photos from other computers in your network.
RANGEBOOSTER G™ TECHNOLOGY
Built with RangeBooster G Technology, this Wireless USB Adapter delivers faster wireless signal rates and better reception than most other 802.11g devices. Having a faster connection gives you more time to enjoy listening to music and watching videos rather than spending time waiting for files to finish transferring. With better wireless reception, you can connect to the network from farther distances.
TOTAL NETWORK SECURITY
This USB Adapter offers total network protection by supporting WEP and WPA encryption. These features safeguard your data and privacy by giving you access to a secure wireless network.
EASY TO INSTALL AND USE
Set up the Wireless USB Adapter in minutes with D-Link’s Quick Setup Wizard. In addition, D-Link’s new utility detects available wireless networks so you can quickly connect to the network. It also keeps track of the networks used most often so that you can easily rejoin them. This Wireless USB Adapter is backward compatible with 802.11b standard, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of wireless routers and networks.
MacBook laptops don’t come with VGA out or DVI out connectors for extending one’s video screens to more then the MacBook itself. Today Wisair announced a solution for just that with their Wireless USB DisplayDock Set.
Wisair’s DisplayDock solution allows Mac users to connect to a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers, via a single wireless link with a single adapter that connects to a USB port on the MacBook. Since we haven’t seen a big offering to help out MacBook users we expect this to be a big hit with the MacFanBoys.
Wisair will be OEMing the solutions via three vendors [Atlona, Source R&D, Cables Unlimited and Olidata in the UK.
Some major points to consider:
- Point to point plug and play USB wireless
- Universal solution for MacBooks
- Distance up to 30 feet
- Doesn’t load over WiFi so your internet USB gadget surfing remains fast
- Wireless video supports up to 1440 x 1050 screen resolution
- Mac Leopard (10.5) and Snow Leopard (10.6) OS support.
No price yet was announced from the Press Release or OEM sites. Product will be available the first of March.
iCarte is a snap-on device for the iPhone to allow it to receive RFID signals. This is great for all sorts of on-the-go applications.
The iCarte could be used for micro payments, such as public transportation payments or vendy machine purchasing.
Another application is getting RFID signals for promotional material. Such as walking past a movie theater and you would be asked to download the trailer for an upcoming movie. Or past a music store and you can get a sample of the latest releases.
Makes you wonder what the world will be like in a couple years, doesn’t it?
UberGizmo rumors that Apple might integrate an RFID feature in the next release, but who knows.
Source: UberGizmo. Product by: Wireless Dynamics.
We’ve been talking about USB 3.0 for almost one year now and last week we hear the maker, Intel, is looking to put on the breaks. This isn’t the first time Intel has rallied the industry, gotten chip makers to support it, then corporate shut it down via lack of integration [Wireless USB].
What the general population might not understand is that USB is a fairly inconsistent bus for enumeration with peripherals. Sure, for the average user their USB devices work, but for an engineer or tech savvy user, they all pretty much agree – USB is problematic.
Maybe this is just one reason why Intel is slowing it’s adoption of it…the other is probably the new development of Light Peak. Light Peak is a fiber optical cable which supports up to 10Gbps [now] and expandability to 100Gbps [future]. Light Peak doesn’t use complicated protocols like