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Connect your USB devices wirelessly

Belkin today announced its new Cable-Free USB Hub. The Belkin Cable-Free USB claims to be the industry’s first cable-free USB hub. However, this isn’t the case as DailyTech previously reported Y-E Data announced its YD-300 UWB hub last month in Japan. Nevertheless, the Belkin Cable-Free USB hub uses Ultra-Wideband technology to allow USB device connectivity wirelessly.

The Belkin Cable-Free USB targets laptop, desktop users and promises the ability to access any USB device without being entangled in wires. Supported devices include any USB or High-Speed USB device including printers, portable media devices, scanners, CD burners etc…  The device offers speeds up to 480Mbps and device access up to 30ft away.

Availability is expected later this month with pricing around $199.99. The Belkin Cable-Free USB hub ships with a 4-port hub and included USB dongle. Do note the Belkin Cable-Free USB hub is not a Certified Wireless USB device.

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Does it run on batteries?
By SexyK on 12/4/2006 3:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'm assuming the hub runs on batteries... any clue?

RE: Does it run on batteries?
By M0nkeytronic on 12/4/2006 3:55:06 PM , Rating: 3
Actually, the tech specs state that it runs on the tears of baby squirrels.

RE: Does it run on batteries?
By Misty Dingos on 12/4/2006 4:07:00 PM , Rating: 2
M0nkeytronic that is hilarious! My trip to work today is not wasted. A new power source is revealed. As there are many squirrels in my state perhaps I can get enough to power a car? Wait one second, you don't work for Exon do you? Because if you have been hiding baby squirrel tears from the public.

RE: Does it run on batteries?
By jkresh on 12/4/2006 4:41:25 PM , Rating: 2
it doesn't seem to say but it might be powered by any of the usb devices plugged into it (though that might pose an issue if you tried to use a bus powered drive with it). Looking at the images on belkin's page it seems to have a dc input, so it might have to be plugged in to the wall anyway. For $200 i don't think it has a lot of use (unless you have a printer/scanner... far enough away from your desktop to make running a cable impractical).

RE: Does it run on batteries?
By MrSmurf on 12/4/2006 5:13:06 PM , Rating: 2
There is a female power adaptor connector to the right on the USB ports.

WIreless USB?
By Mudvillager on 12/4/2006 3:10:18 PM , Rating: 2
Why didn't they make it WUSB?

RE: WIreless USB?
By Pandamonium on 12/4/2006 4:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
Are there any WUSB products on the market right now?

For $200...
By Brainonska511 on 12/4/2006 3:09:02 PM , Rating: 3
For $200, I'd expect more than a 4 port USB hub and a little less cable clutter.

By yacoub on 12/4/2006 4:31:25 PM , Rating: 1
Great, more signals to be intercepted!

RE: ugh
By Wwhat on 12/4/2006 5:07:20 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't wireless USB encrypted btw, I'm pretty sure it is but I don't know what version they use for this experimental thing of course.
Perhaps that's why they don't bill it as adhering to the WUSB standard

By hondaman on 12/4/2006 5:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
I want powered dongles on the remote usb devices, and the hub connected to the computer to which said remote devices control.

For instance, in a HTPC PVR. I need remote control receivers in different rooms in the house, while the HTPC's themselves are in my office.

Or, remote webcams, where I can plug the dongle into the end of the webcam, and the hub connected to the webcam server.

I don't get
By MobileZone on 12/4/2006 9:02:06 PM , Rating: 2
I still don't get the point of cutting only the cable between the computer's usb port and the hub. When I first head of WUSB, I thought about wireless cameras, mouses, keyboards, printer... so, what's the point of the hub?

Belkins vs MS
By crystal clear on 12/5/2006 1:03:09 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft, Belkin settle patent dispute
Robert Mullins, IDG News Service

04/12/2006 11:21:23;2031417096;f...


On August 1, Microsoft filed a patent-infringement complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) that said Belkin was importing products that infringed on a Microsoft patent for peripheral device technology. According to Microsoft, Belkin uses a technology called U2 in several of its mouse products. Microsoft's patented U2 technology enables a peripheral to automatically sense whether the device is being plugged into a PS2 or USB port on a computer and then make the connection.


MS can block your imports.

OK, great but...
By mindless1 on 12/5/2006 5:27:04 AM , Rating: 2
This is really cool but where's the iPod dock on this thing?

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