A hub of activity in Wireless USB

The USB Implementers Forum has approved two more hubs that will allow PCs to connect with peripherals via wireless USB.

As promised, more gadgets have been approved as official Wireless USB devices. D-Link and IOGEAR both announced Wireless USB hub and adapter kits Monday.

D-Link
D-Link

D-Link's Wireless USB Adapter & 4-Port Wireless USB Hub and IOGEAR'S Wireless USB Hub & Adapter Kit are both backward compatible with wired USB and have bandwidth capabilities of up to 480 Mbps at a distance of 10 feet, and 110 Mbps at 30 feet. While Wireless USB does free you from using cables, the signal does not go through walls, so make sure your laptop and the peripherals you want to connect have a line of sight to each other.

The kits bring the list of approved devices to six , joining Dell's Inspiron 1720 notebook and Lenovo's ThinkPad T61 and T61p notebooks, also announced today.

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