It may look like Belkin’s Darth Vader answer to the Apple TV, but this unassuming slab is in fact a WiFi-enabled USB hub. In effect a tiny system running embedded Linux, it has five USB 2.0 ports that communicate with any PC on a network via 802.11n – devices plugged in show up as if they’re connected directly to the PC itself.
There are two front-mounted ports and three more around the back, and Belkin promise that extended functionality such as ink-level monitoring in printers will be preserved. Windows drivers will be present from launch, with Mac equivalents landing in August.
The Networked USB Hub will be on sale in the US in June, followed shortly after in the UK, priced at $130.
Belkin 802.11n hub to link up USB add-ons remotely [Reg Hardware]