If you're the sort of person who squeals with delight at seeing what logo might be plastered across your next laptop, then prepare to, well, squeal. The WiFi Alliance have unveiled their latest graphics now that 802.11n has been officially welcomed into the fold, and to make things extra-confusing there are now several different versions and taglines depending on just what the networking manufacturers have bothered to include.
Sharp Japan have outed four new LX-series HDTVs, each boasting massive 2,000,000:1 contrast ratios. The range starts from the 40-inch LC-40LX1 and tops out at the 60-inch LC-60LX1, with 46- and 52-inch models in-between; each offers Full HD 1920p resolution, "industry's lowest" power consumption, and a six-speaker integrated sound system with dual sub-woofers on all but the smallest.
WiFi-sharing enthusiasts FON have released their latest router, the Fonera 2.0n. As the name suggests, the Fonera 2.0n packs 802.11n support, but they've also packed it with social networking integration, hard-drive sharing, Twitter status updates (for when someone connects to your router), BitTorrent downloading and webcam hosting.
Spawn Labs have announced their HD-720 remote gaming adapter, and from the sound of it they're trying to do to console games what Slingbox did for TV. The HD-720 hooks up to your console - both Xbox 360 and PS3 are natively supported, with adapters for other versions - and then streams gameplay over WiFi to your PC. While that might not seem much use if you're at home, it does mean you can keep up with your favorite game while on the road without having to lug your console along with you.
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In "about bloody time" news, the IEEE Standards Association have finally ratified the WiFi 802.11n standard, meaning we can finally drop the clumsy "draft-n" terminology that has been in use since 2006. Already to be found on many laptops and other devices, WiFi 'n' offers significantly higher throughput compared to 802.11g - theoretically up to 300Mbps - together with improved signal stability.
If only this were a desktop microwave-cum-coffee-machine, ideal for topping up your caffeine levels and heating up your harried lunches, but sadly it's just Iomega's latest NAS. The Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d squeezes four SATA-II 3.5-inch drive bays into a reasonably compact footprint, promising RAID 5, 10 or JBOD setups and up to 8TB of standard storage.
Atlona Technologies have unveiled their next high-end AV connectivity gadgets, and if you've ever lamented the limitations of lengthy HDMI cords then the AT-HDS100SR and AT-HDS250SR may appeal. Each can take an HDMI input, stereo audio and RS-232 control signal and shuttle it over ethernet cable for up to 825ft.
Back before HDTVs, set-top boxes, consoles and Blu-ray players sprouted ethernet ports, the only people who needed a network hook-up near their AV kit were those with media streamers. Now one cable might not be enough, so Netgear have stepped into the fray with their XAVB1004 Home Theater Internet Connection kit. Consisting of a four-port ethernet switch with Powerline support, the kit funnels an internet connection across your mains wiring and shares it with multiple devices.
Hitachi have unveiled their latest networked projector, the CP-X3010N. Based on the existing X3010, the new projector boasts 3,000 lumen brightness, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and 16W integrated speakers, but throws in wired ethernet connectivity and optional WiFi b/g.
Ruckus Wireless have announced a new outdoor access point, which the company claims is the "world's first and only outdoor dual-band 802.11n with dynamic beam forming." The ZoneFlex 7762 supports WiFi draft-n along with concurrent dualband 2.4/5GHz and up to sixteen simultaneous SSIDs, inside a heated weatherproof casing.
We've come a long way. It was not long ago when most of us had but a single screen in our homes – the television set. (Of course in our house growing up, we had a lot more than that. I come from a family of early adopters). Over time, we added second and third TVs as well as an entirely new category of screen in the form of the personal computer. Increasingly, both TVs and PCs are now found throughout the home, connected to each other as well as the Internet. Net result, a dramatic increase in the complexity of consumer infrastructure. In short, it just doesn't work most of the time for too many folks and I blame the home network. Oh, it's not merely three screens consumers are dealing with but rather multiple PCs, TVs, and other stuff with a screen on it.