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Wireless USB makes an appearance in Japan

Y-E Data has announced the first wireless USB hub based on Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology. The Y-E Data YD-300 UWB Hub has received official Japanese certification and is available now.

The YD-300 is based on an UWB chipset from Wisair and can replace any wired USB connection with a wireless link. As a result, a USB peripheral such as a printer, scanner, digital cameras or removable hard drive can be placed anywhere in a room rather than having to be in close proximity to the host PC. The hub communicates with the host PC via a dongle that plugs into a free USB port.

The YD-300 provides four USB 2.0 ports and provides full 480 Mbps transfers over the air at distances up to 10 meters. As of now, the only listed operating system supported is Windows XP. Y-E Data also plans in the near future to provide ExpressCard/34 and PCI Express Mini Card UWB solutions.



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dual devices now, wireless only in 5 years?
By Kuroyama on 11/2/2006 12:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
I imagine this will be like parallel printer ports. For a few years printers had parallel and USB, but now almost all are USB only. In the near future I imagine computers will ship with wireless USB built in, perhaps a year after that printers and other devices will have both wireless USB and regular USB, then finally in perhaps 5 years printers and such won't have any plugs other than for power.

I suppose most USB powered things like cameras and Skype phones can get a wire to some power source, or go re-chargeable. Heck, if the phone has a wireless handset then it'll need to be re-chargeable whether or not it uses wireless USB or WiFi.




RE: dual devices now, wireless only in 5 years?
By Aikouka on 11/2/2006 1:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I think printers would keep the industry standard WiFi/ethernet connection on them. The range that you get simply beats out WUSB in this case. I have an all-in-one HP photosmart 3210 at home and the printer is so nice to use on the network. I have it connected through a USR WiFi bridge connecting to my linksys wireless router, since I didn't get the printer with the built-in wifi (it cost $100 more and the bridge was $50 :P). Although this is nice, since the living room pc's wifi card died (go netgear), so now it connects to the switch that the printer and wifi bridge connect to :).

All in all, WUSB may end up being added to PCs as an extra added feature on high-end boards, but I think wifi/ethernet will still be top dog when it comes to items like printers.


By TomZ on 11/2/2006 3:28:45 PM , Rating: 2
It's really a function of how many computers will directly connect to the printer. If there's just a single PC, then wired or wireless USB is far more convenient because it is simpler and easier to use.

But if you have a number of computers needing to share a printer, and you have some wired or wireless Ethernet infrastructure in place, then Ethernet is the way to go. But the latter solution involves a slighty higher cost in terms of hardware, setup, and maintenance.


By Soviet Robot on 11/6/2006 3:03:55 AM , Rating: 2
Ditto. The built in Wifi on my PS C6180 is much more useful and valuable than wireless USB. Why? Because I don't have to buy a print server.


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