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Spawn Labs HD-720: remote console gaming on your PC [Video]

Spawn Labs HD-720: remote console gaming on your PC [Video]

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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WiFi 802.11n gets ratified

WiFi 802.11n gets ratified

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.

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Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d NAS: up to 8TB plus optional Bluetooth

Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d NAS: up to 8TB plus optional Bluetooth

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.

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Atlona HDMI extenders for up to 825ft between HDTV and source

Atlona HDMI extenders for up to 825ft between HDTV and source

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.

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Netgear XAVB1004 Home Theater 4-port Powerline switch kit

Netgear XAVB1004 Home Theater 4-port Powerline switch kit

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.

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Hitachi CP-X3010N network-projector unveiled

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.

 

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Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex 7762 outdoor draft-n access point

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.

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Blame it on the network

Blame it on the network

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.

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D-Link DIR-685 Xtreme N router gets reviewed: expensively excellent

As hugely convergent devices go, D-Link’s DIR-685 Xtreme N Storage Router could be best of breed.  Announced at CES in January, the DIR-685 not only offers WiFi draft-n support and four gigabit ethernet ports, but a 3.5-inch display with multimedia widgets, dual USB 2.0 ports for sharing printers and external drives, and an internal 2.5-inch HDD bay for turning it into a NAS.  Overkill or network overlord?  OhGizmo! took a look, and while the DIR-685 is expensive it’s also just as capable as you’d hope.

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Western Digital My Book World Edition II NAS gets capacity boost, reviewed

Western Digital My Book World Edition II NAS gets capacity boost, reviewed

Western Digital have updated their My Book World Edition II NAS, boosting the dual-drive device to a total of 4TB.  Two models will be available - 2TB and 4TB -each offering either RAID 0 or 1 setup for a choice of mirroring or striping. 

 

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Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD adapters

Belkin have launched what they’re calling the first-to-market gigabit-capable Powerline adapters, promising theoretical transfer speeds of up to 1,000Mbps.  Offered initially as the Belkin Gigabit Powerline HD Starter Kit, the bundle includes two single-port adapters, one for connection to your router and the other for a console, mediaplayer or HDTV.

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D-Link DCS-1100 and DCS-1130 IP webcam promise simple setup

D-Link have announced two new network webcams which promise plug-and-play remote viewing using the company’s online streaming portal.  The D-Link Network Camera DCS-1100 launches today, while the DCS-1130 – with WiFi draft-n – arrives later in the month.

Both cameras can be accessed from any browser by going to D-Link’s mydlink.com portal.  However they can also be used to stream live video to cellphones, with sound from the integrated microphone and remote control of 16x digital zoom and motion detection.

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