The Belkin AC 1200 Router offers a new generation of WiFi with more extensive coverage and a speed of up to 2.8x faster than N routers. Its dual-band offers up to 300Mbps (2.4GHz) and 867Mbps (5GHz.) The AC 1200 works with PCs, game systems, tablets smartphones or other WiFi devices.
Plug the NTT DoCoMo's Drive Cradle 02 into your cigarette lighter socket and you get a handy GPS unit (stand not included.) Coupled with their Drive Net navigation, the device works with Galaxy Tab, Note and NEC Media Tab N-06D. The Bluetooth cradle charges while plugged in and has Eco-drive diagnostics.
Cisco has unveiled its first Linksys Smart WiFi Router with 802.11ac. Backward compatible, the technology provides speeds up to 3 times faster than the current 802.11n. Cisco's Connect Cloud app is included and the router works with a universal media connector that utilizes the 5Ghz band. Hook up to game console or Smart TV and stream HD and 3D HD at the same rapid speed. Look for a holiday release later this year.
Belkin has a new pair of modular WiFi based devices that can turn an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch into a remote control. The WeMo Switch plugs into any outlet and can be connected into any network. It can be turned on and off at home or remotely with the free WeMo app. It can even be placed on a time schedule. Opt for the WeMo Switch + Motion Bundle and you get the added benefit of a sensor that can detect motion and turn on within 10 ft. Since it is a module system, more can be added down the line.
Leave it to the military to come up with a plan to snatch more funding to explore and develop centers that would allow wireless recharging from as far away as 50 ft. The plan would cost $5 - 6 million and soldiers would be able to charge their devices without plugging in. The Army plans to build wireless transmitters on bases for passive recharging, including perhaps drones.
Plug in this Wall Powered Wireless Signal Repeater and your WiFi range can be extended or connect to cable to utilize as a standard access point. The device is great for larger areas like airports, hotels or convention center or any multi-floor building with CAT5 sockets. The repeater carries a $24.95 price.
NetZero is now offering free 4G data with its hotspot or USB stick for the first year, $9.95 monthly after that. The Hotspot can be used with up to 8 devices while the stick is perfect for laptops. You then select a plan, from the freebie 200MB to $49.99 for 4G with no overage charges or contract. The service is available in 8,000 cities so head for their site to find one near you.
Logitech has a Wireless Touchpad for PCers, at a size of 5.25 x 5.13". You can track with up to four fingers for multi-touch navigation. The 2.4GHz wireless pad can move your pointer on screen and you can scroll and swipe as well. It needs 2 AA batteries (included) and can connect to up to 6 Windows 7 devices.
Apple's alternative is a Magic Trackpad for Mac folks which is about 80% larger than the one on the MacBook Pro. It does everything that the Logitech pad does and also needs 2 AA batteries (included.) It connects via Bluetooth and can run on any Mac or notebook.
While most companies are concentrating on notebooks, tablets and laptops these days, Lenovo decided to come out with what they claim is "the world's smallest desktop PC." At a size of 6.1 x 7.56 x 0.86", the IdeaCentre Q180 has a dual-core Intel Atom D2500 processor, 4GB memory, AMD Radeon GPU, 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. Prices start at $349.00, less with holiday pricing.
Wi3's WiPNET is a clever port hub that delivers Ethernet connections to multiple locations at full speed. Hook up a PC, HDTV, or even additional ports and choose from other cartridges for additional devices. You don't have to do any drilling as the WiPNET can be placed in a standard low voltage bracket and if you have a router to plug in, you get access to all your home PCs. Contact Wi3 for price and availability.
Home networking is taking giant steps when it comes to climate control as evidenced by the Nest Learning Thermostat. Using advanced technology, you train this WiFi device by setting what temperature you want and at what time. After a week of working, it gets more accurate and learns from your behaviors and preferences to the extent that it lowers the temperature when you are not home. While the overall idea seems a bit too personal, maybe you have to try it to believe it. Nest Labs says not only is this a good idea for your comfort, it will teach users how to save on energy.
Stem Innovation has a surveillance system that works via your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with an app controlled device. The iZon Remote Room Monitor can be used over 3G or WiFi to record, watch or upload said recordings to YouTube, in case you find someone doing something humiliating view-worthy. Sensors detect both audio and motion and a magnetic base means the camera can be mounted at almost any angle. Once you purchase the monitor, the app is free.
RIM has lowered the price of its PlayBook, undoubtedly to compete against some of the recent overload of tablets. With a 7" diagonal touchscreen, what was $499 for 1GB RAM, BlackBerry Tablet Os, 1 GHz dual-core processor and two cameras has had about 30% chopped off its price tag for the 16GB model. The Playbook is also available in 32 and 64 GB models and all have wireless Internet access.
Startup EnergyHub seems to be making quite an impact on home energy buffs with their shiny and sleek Home Base with a 4.3" LCD color capacitive touchscreen. The interface uses ZigBee for home management and WiFi for net connection with a cloud service. A communicating meter reads the energy usage while the wireless thermostat manages heat and cooling systems. Once the basics are set up, the system is self-regulating. Contact the company if you are ready to upgrade your home network.