CLEAR has launched a new modem for use with its WiMAX service, though it's targeted at home or small-office users rather than mobile mavens. The unimaginatively titled CLEAR Modem with WiFi is, as you can probably guess, a CLEAR WiMAX modem with an integrated WiFi b/g/n radio, for sharing the 4G connection with multiple users.
I am a big fan of convergence, when you can wrap the functionality of several devices into one device it's a great thing. A company called AudioCodes has announced a new home gateway that will work with just about any mobile device allowing the device to connect to the web called the MediaPack 252.
A new CLEAR modem with 4G and WiFi has been spotted passing through the FCC, promising home or office high-speed wireless connectivity without a cable or DSL internet connection. Unlike the existing CLEAR mobile hotspots - such as the SPOT duo or the Rover Puck - the new Clear Modem with WiFi lacks a battery for portable use.
We're big fans of portable 3G hotspots here at SlashGear, and Huawei's new E585 follows in the footprints of the Sprint Overdrive by adding a compact display to the pocket-sized WiFi router. Headed to UK network Three in early July 2010, the E585 can share a 3G connection with up to five WiFi clients - such as your iPad, for instance - with the monochrome OLED display showing network and battery status together with how much mobile data has been used.
Apparently, Sprint wants you to know that the iPad works with their 3G/4G Overdrive mobile hotspot. And, why should they stop at the iPhone, right? And, while commercials are all well and good, the next logical step is obviously creating an accessory for your Overdrive mobile hotspot, and Apple's iPad. We're wondering if AT&T, the carrier that's supporting the 3G iPad, is going to start showing this kind of support for the tablet, or if Sprint will continue to lead the way.
If you're one of the people out there that enjoys Verizon Wireless' FiOS connection, then there's a chance you've got one of their Actiontec or Westell hotspots in your home. If you do, you've noticed that if you want faster wireless connections to all your gadgets, which means support for the 802.11n standard, you've had to buy an extra router to get the job done. Not for much longer, though, according to a Verizon Wireless spokesperson.
Cisco have gone networking crazy today (though, given networking is their core business we're glad they're taking it seriously) with the launch of both a new consumer range of routers, the Cisco Valet series, and a "tech enthusiast" range, the Linksys E-Series. The Valet range - which consists of the Valet and Valet Plus - prioritises ease of setup, using a USB stick onto which all of the network settings are installed, meaning you can get a new machine online simply by plugging it in once.
Video demos after the cut