Back around CES in January TRENDnet unveiled a new router called the TEW-655BR3G mobile router that was designed to let the user share a 3G mobile broadband connection between several users. The mobile router was pegged for an early April launch date when it was first announced in January.
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.
Remember the unusually rugby-ball shaped Qisda router that was spotted leaping through the FCC back in early December? The touchscreen media-player-cum-router has now been spotted - on sale - in Japan, as the Planex MZK-WDPR "Rugby" wireless network router. As the Qisda manual suggested, the wireless networking device supports WiFi b/g/n, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen and can play YouTube videos, locally stored media and internet radio stations.
D-Link's myPocket 3G mobile router has cleared the FCC, and with it some specification details for all of those wondering how this differentiates itself from Novatel's MiFi. According to the user manual, the myPocket 3G supports 850/1900MHz HSPA 7.2Mbps, making it ideal for the US market, and unlike the MiFi it can connect to up to 16 (rather than five) WiFi b/g clients at any one time.
Networking company TRENDnet have announced a new 150Mbps mobile wireless router, that - similar to a MiFi - allows you to create a wireless hotspot using 3G or 4G networks. However, unlike the MiFi the TRENDnet TEW-655BR3G has no internal WWAN connection of its own, and instead relies on a USB 3G or 4G modem. The company claims that no software or drivers are required, it's simply a case of slotting in your modem and sharing it with multiple WiFi clients.
Sprint have announced their latest 4G WiMAX modem, the Sierra Wireless Overdrive, and it's basically a MiFi on steroids. Like the MiFi, the Overdrive can connect to up to five WiFi clients simultaneously; unlike it, though, it's sharing out a high-speed WiMAX connection that's theoretically 10 times faster than regular 3G speeds.
Most of the country still has only 3G mobile broadband access and much of the rural US still lacks 3G service or only has marginally available 3G service. A few of the larger cities in the country enjoy 4G service though. For these 4G areas CradlePoint will be unveiling a couple new 4G products at CES including a portable router and a 4G router designed for the home or office.
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.