We mentioned yesterday that the IEEE had finally ratified the 802.11n specification. The ratification meant that manufacturers could finally stop slapping their 802.11n hardware with the "draft N" caveat. Almost as soon as the specification was ratified, Belkin announced that its N gear was already compliant.
Motorola has announced two new WiMAX products, a desktop base-station which shares WiMAX over WiFi and supports VoIP - the Motorola CPEi 725 - and a USB dongle, the USBw 200. The two products - which will go on sale via WiMAX carriers, rather than directly to consumers - enable both deskbound and mobile workers to take advantage of the next-gen high speed networks slowly spreading across the US.
The CPEi 725 is perhaps the most interesting of the two new products, and has twin WiMAX antennas to support the 2.5GHz band. As well as WiFi it has an analog voice adapter port for plugging in a handset and using the WiMAX connection for VoIP calls. As for the WiFi side of the equation, there are MIMO antennas for improved coverage.
Alternatively, the Motorola USBw 200 is a USB dongle intended for a single user. It will be available in 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5GHz versions, and has a "power boost" system for better connectivity with reduced draw; in fact, it requires just 1.5W, which means the notebook you're using it with should last even longer.
ViewSonic have outed a couple of new projector systems, the PJD2121 pico-projector and the WPG-350 presentation gateway. The former is a 720p/1080i capable mini-projector which can throw a 60-inch image, while the latter hooks up to any projector or display with a VGA port and funnels presentations (up to 1024 x 768) or 1080p video via WiFi b/g/n from a nearby laptop or PC.
If you need to share storage, scanners, or printers across your wireless network at home or in the office, you have a few options for doing so. You can use a plain router along with a wireless print server, but that makes for extra clutter.
Each year when I travel to CES in Las Vegas I end up wishing that I had a router with me to share an Internet connection with coworkers and shed the wire in the room. The problem is that most routers are too big to carry easily with you on an airline if you pack light as I do.
Sprint have announced two 4G Mobile Broadband Routers, aimed at personal and business users, for both WiMAX and EVDO Rev.A connectivity. The Sprint Personal Hotspot PHS300S supports up to four simultaneous WiFi connections, while the Cradlepoint MBR-1000 Broadband Router supports up to 32; each rely on one of the carrier's USB modems for their 3G/4G connection.
UK carrier 3 have become one of the first to sign up with Huawei's E583X mobile 3G WiFi router,the company's rival device to Novatel Wireless' MiFi. Capable of acting both as an individual 3G USB dongle and a WiFi router, sharing the 3G signal among several wireless clients, the 3 Mobile WiFi will reach stores by Christmas 2009.
Official support for tethering is still one feature conspicuous by its absence from the Palm Pre's abilities, and the last we heard Palm were cautioning tweakers not to unofficially enable it lest Sprint get upset. If, though, the promise of sharing all that EVDO Rev.A goodness is just too good to miss, and you fancy some MiFi-style WiFi hotspot action, then homebrew app My Tether is the answer.
Apple have quietly added a new 2TB Time Capsule to their line-up, three months after the backup device refresh was tipped. As with the existing 1TB model, the 2TB Time Capsule acts as both a WiFi draft-n router with simultaneous dual-band support and as a backup facility that works with OS X Leopard's automated Time Machine app.
Standalone Twitter displays aren't anything new, but we're particularly enamored of David Nichols' Tweetster. Whether it's the open-air aesthetic, the laser-cut wooden parts or the fact that it reminds us of a flashing, Twitter-blurting sleigh, we don't know, but we've the OpenWRT project and an ASUS Wireless Router WL-520-GU to thank for the functionality.