updated 11:10 am EDT, Thu September 25, 2003
AmbiCom's new allows users to send printer data across a wireless communications link. The virtual cable is based on a Bluetooth system-on-chip technology and will provide cable-free USB wireless replacement for other peripherals. "The retail price [$70] tag is designed to beat the cost of alternative Wi-Fi (802.11) options." The Wireless Printer Kit supports HP, Lexmark, Epson, and Canon devices and includes two adaptors with built-in software, power supply and A/B connector converter. It will be available initially through CompUSA beginning next week. A $40 PC adaptor will also be available for enabling additional PCs.
The AmbiCom Wireless Printer Kit complies with conventional USB 1.1 standard protocols and deploys a 2.4 GHz wireless communications link. It creates a virtual cable, which allows PCs, notebooks or other computing devices with a USB port to be wireless capable. The data is passed unmodified to the receiving device. Its operation is completely transparent to users – they perform functions just as if they are using a hardwired cable connection. It delivers print speeds comparable to cable and at ranges that can exceed 100 feet in most home and office environments and also has a range in an open environment of up to 200 feet.