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Here's an interesting concept: a USB hubsand WLAN router, together. That's what IOGEAR has just introduced a new 4-port USB Sharing Station (GUWIP204), detailed as a computer accessory that allows wireless sharing of up to four USB peripherals in a home or office. By simply connecting devices to the sharing station and configuring it to a Wi-Fi network, devices can be shared by multiple users without the 16-foot USB distance limitation. Basically, this allows users to share four ports over a wireless connection. USB devices such as external hard drives, flash drives, webcams, memory card readers, speakers and multi-function printers can be shared by multiple computer users with home or office... Read more...
AT&T has announced their first LTE products.  But, contrary to popular belief, neither product is a phone. To be fair, this is actually fairly straight-forward. The first WiMAX devices that took advantage of Clearwire's services were network adapters, and the first LTE devices for Verizon Wireless were also WWAN devices. So, following traditions, AT&T has announced the USBConnect Momentum 4G and Elevate 4G. The first is a USB WWAN device, and the second is a souped-up WWAN module. What makes these unique is that they'll support both HSPA+ and LTE. That way, if you scoot outside of a 4G area, both of these will hop over to a 3G network to keep your connection going. The Momentum 4G... Read more...
USB sticks have been around forever. No surprise there. But they've been improving in recent years, proving that there's still demand for these little guys so long as capacity increases along with transfer rates. The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Ultimate is the company's latest, complete with an eight-channel MLC architecture and write speeds as high as 120MB/sec. Read rates are pegged at 200MB/sec, with capacity options of 64GB and 128GB. That's huge for a USB key, and could very well replace some of those old USB hard drives you have been lugging around. The Sharkoon Flexi-Drive Ultimate uses a powerful Single Chip USB3.0 Controller and four eight-channel controlled MLC storage cells. The memory stick... Read more...
NAS adapters, or dongles that allow people to create their own Network and Cloud Storage networks, aren't totally new. But throwing USB 3.0 into the mix? That is! Addonics Technologies has done exactly that with their new 3rd-generation NAS adapter, which offers 30% faster performance, added support of NTFS and exFAT file systems, a WebDAV server, two drive volumes and a few others. The NAS 3.0 adapter enables creating a Network Attached Storage with capacity as large as 128PB and with features that rival many expensive NAS storage solutions. Any USB storage can be attached to the NAS 3.0 for sharing over the LAN or over the internet, just like your own private cloud storage. Like its predecessors,... Read more...
We've often wondered how long it would take companies to finally start adopting USB 3.0 en masse. It's been a couple of years now, and SuperSpeed ports are still few and far between. It's not like the USB standard stands any chance of being neglected, so what's the holdup? Well, these things always take time, and implementation is always easier said than done. But Lenovo, a major player in the notebook and desktop market, now thinks that next year is "the year." What do we mean? 2012 will be the year that USB 3.0 becomes "the norm." Jason Parrish, worldwide product manager for Lenovo ThinkPad, told C|NET the following: "In 2012 USB 3.0 will be a mainstream technology. And we see 2011 as the transition... Read more...
Is it a hard drive? Or is it a media streamer? Or is it both? The answer, believe it or not, is "C." Seagate has just created a totally wild new portable hard drive, which not only holds 500GB of storage and ships with a GoFlex adapter and a USB 3.0 cable, but also has a built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi module that enables it to serve media (photos, videos, music, etc.) to any device with a web browser. The company's shipping it with an iOS app that works with iPod touch, iPhone and iPad, but Android devices and PCs/Macs are supported as well so long as there's a web browser ready to be used. It's called the first battery-powered external hard drive to wirelessly extend the storage capacity of any... Read more...
Flash drives are a dime a dozen these days, and finding one is as simple as looking hard enough. But finding one with robust security features is a bit tougher. Aleratec has made that a bit easier with the introduction of the PortaStor secure 256-bit AES Encrypted USB Flash Drive, which feature encryption on a hardware level. The device provides a secure partition for confidential files, for which all information in this secure partition is encrypted using a time proven, always-on hardware encryption method known as 256-bit AES that was approved by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) in 2001. Aleratec's PortaStor Secure USB flash drives are available in four sizes to fit any... Read more...
Looking to bring faster transfer rates to your notebook or USB-enabled PC? TrendNet has a new option, the TEW-684UB. This is the world's first ultra-high performance 450Mbps wireless USB adapter, a dual-band Wireless N affair that outperforms the generic 150Mbps or 54Mbps adapters that ship with most computers. This won't be needed for those who just check email and surf the Web, but for those who engage is a lot of high-bandwidth streaming, this will definitely come in handy. Advanced Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology with three spatial streams per antenna generates a maximum theoretical wireless throughput of 450Mbps, and it'll connect to 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless networks.... Read more...
It's not likely that the average consumer will have a real need to duplicate flash drives, but those in enterprise markets may be looking for this very functionality. Aleratec's portable USB flash drive duplicator could be just the thing your business has been after, and if you're a self-proclaimed "road warrior," well you're in the target market indeed. The new 1:10 USB Copy Cruiser Mini is a portable 10-target USB flash drive duplicator created to support the mobile businessperson, and it's engineered to be paired with a laptop. Of course, copying information about a business onto hundreds of these drives can be a royal pain, hence, the introduction of this. The whole thing weighs less than... Read more...
There are flash drives, and then there's this. Kingston has had their feet in the entierprise market for years now, and while they're obviously responsible for a number of the more traditional USB keys, the newest is definitely meant for the pros. The company's new "Managed" government-level secure USB key is tailored for use by corporate customers, ones that simply cannot ever afford to have their mobile data in harm's way. It offers high-end security from BlockMaster, and the company's calling the DataTraveler 4000-M Managed a "fully managed version of the company’s DataTraveler 4000 product. Specifically developed and priced for enterprise deployments." It uses the company's SafeConsole... Read more...
USB really is universal. The port has been used for an untold number of things in the computing universe, and more recently, accessory makers have figure out how to transmit video signals through the same cable that's more commonly used to connect printers and scanners. IOGEAR is one of those companies, recently introducing a USB-to-HD adapter that basically acts as an external video card in order to drive yet another monitor. This is particularly useful when connected to notebooks; it's pretty easy to pop a new graphics card into a tower, but if your notebook doesn't have a video output, you're basically out of luck without one of these. The GUC2025H utilizes DisplayLink technology in order... Read more...
It has taken USB 3.0 a serious amount of time to really gain steam in the industry, but late really is better than never in this case. More and more machines are shipping with USB 3.0 support, and rumors are flying that next-gen Intel chipsets will support the protocol natively. Texas Instruments has today announced that it is the first semiconductor company to receive certification from the USB Implementer's Forum (USB-IF) for its SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0) four-port extensible host controller (xHCI). That may not sound like anything important to you, but if you're hoping for more USB 3.0-enabled machines to ship, it is. In addition to the four-port host controller, the TUSB7340, TI also achieved... Read more...
It's not unusual these days to see an aftermarket car stereo with a USB port. Most of these players have USB sockets in order to give users the ability to easily load up MP3 files that they may have stored on a thumb drive, but the issue that most run into has nothing to do with the player -- it's the drive. A typical USB thumb drive is pretty long -- at least 2 or 3 inches -- and with that sticking out of your dash, all it takes is one accident to rip your drive in two. Verbatim is helping to solve that problem with their Store 'n' Go USB car audio drives. These mini USB thumb drives are incredibly small, and are about the size of Logitech's Unifying receiver nub. The company claims that these... Read more...
This is a pretty interesting situation. Had this shipped a decade ago, we suspect D-Link would've sold out in record time. But today, we aren't sure how many people will even give these two new products a passing glance. Much like Logitech's new Unifying USB nub, the Wireless N 150 Pico shown here is probably the smallest external Wi-Fi dongle out there. It plugs right into a USB port and just barely sticks out; it's so tiny that you could definitely leave it plugged in at all times. But when even netbooks and low-end tablets have Wi-Fi as standard equipment, is there seriously a need for external Wi-Fi adapters for PCs? D-Link apparently thinks so, as they are introduced the Wireless N 150 Pico... Read more...
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