updated 12:20 pm EST, Mon December 4, 2006
Cable-free USB hub
Belkin today debuted its cable-free USB hub (site not updated) that enables instant wireless connectivity of USB devices. The device utilizes Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology with the Wisair chipset, allowing users to place a laptop anywhere in a room and still access USB-based devices such as printers and scanners. The device offers connectivity up to 30-feet from the hub, transferring data at up to 480Mbps for USB 2.0 devices. The cable-free USB hub includes a USB dongle that connects to a computer as well as a Dongle stand to provide optimum wireless reception. The device is scheduled to ship in the U.S. in mid-December for $200, with planned launches to take place overseas at an undetermined date.