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An overview of Wireless USB

An overview of Wireless USB








The Wireless USB

Wireless USB is the extension of the legendary USB port for wireless applications. Any device which you have and you would like to use wirelessly, say, at some distance or simply to avoid the hassles involved in using a cable; you get a Wireless USB adapter. The technology behind it involves the work of WiMedia Alliance, which developed the radio technology used for transferring data in Wireless USB.

Wireless USB example

Officially known as "Certified Wireless USB", this technology was first introduced back in May 2005. The Wireless Promoter Group consisting of key companies such as Intel, Samsung, HP and so on laid down the primary specifications with contributions by a further 100 more different companies. This project was undertaken in the context of the successes seen by the USB port and widespread application it is enjoying. The transfer protocol used is Ultra-wideband, a technology allowing for transfer rates of up to 400mbps.

To ensure seamless functionality and performance, critical attention has been paid to numerous details including security, architecture, design and transfer rates. The benefits here are innumerable. Space restrictions for portable and smart devices such as smart phones, cameras and tablets will virtually cease to exist. Rather than depending on internal flash memory; these devices can make use of larger, dedicated devices stored in a bag, pocket or in a car for example.

Coming over to usage, rather than having to acquire a wireless version of the devices under your use; Wireless USB functions as a hub as well allowing you to simply plug in your devices to it and enjoy wireless connectivity. According to manufacturer claims; wireless USB can handle and connect up to 127 devices at a single time. You can well imagine what would happen if you had 127 devices or even USB ports for that matter on your desktop PC let alone a laptop. However there are devices directly incorporating the wireless USB standard. The HuddleCam Air is an excellent example of this.

Inspired by the onslaught of issues pertaining to cable management, pre-installation structural changes, tripping hazards and highly dependent solutions; the HuddleCam Air was created using the best in line technology to create for a zero-latency video conferencing experience. A quality camera nowadays is nothing new, but quality combined with wireless is definitely a head turner. The Air model comes in two variants of 72⁰ and 55⁰ angle view lens. Technical specifications include HD resolution, capable of up to 30 FPS, USB 3.0 connectivity, IP streaming, a redesigned network interface and 64 presets. Coming over to compatibility, the camera supports a wide range of conferring platforms such as Cisco, Adobe, Google Hangout, Skype, Lifesize and so on.

All in all; Wireless USB is currently in its infant stage despite the time passed since it was first released. The reason lies in implementation and adaptation by manufacturers. Microsoft, for example, has explicitly stated about how drivers are still in the primary and not even beta stage. Apart from that, wired solutions are not going away any time soon given the noticeable cost and hassle free usage.   


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