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November 11th, 2010

Think you’re up on “wireless”? If the word still means only Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices like CRE’s iPad rentals, cable-free office printers and tablet PC rentals, you need a vocabulary update. The new frontier of wireless includes hard drives, monitors and (right out of sci-fi) wireless power charging. Let’s take a look!

Wireless hard drives

Wireless Hard DriveWe mentioned wireless USB in a recent blog, as it will be the primary connective technology for wireless hard drives. Wireless hard drives present a challenge to developers as security concerns are more serious than with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which have relatively weak encryption and password protection. The answer for developers came from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) – namely, a one-to-one connection with the host computer via a small USB “dongle” with a high-speed radio transceiver. This technology will be compatible with the computer rentals from CRE Rentals until such time as Apple and other manufacturers build the capability into future models.

Specifications will likely change after the rollout of USB 3.0, but for now peak speed is the USB 2.0 standard (480Mbps) within 10 feet. However, speed drops 50% with every additional 10 feet, until you’re only getting 110Mbps at 30 feet. Your wireless office will take a little planning if you are intent on sharing storage among several people, like a post-production team working collaboratively on iMac rentals. Clearly, it will be some time before standards ensure that various makes and models of devices will work together. But that day is coming.

Wireless monitors

IOGEAR Inc. recently introduced a product that wirelessly connects USB ports and VGA ports, allowing you to extend your desktop working space without cables. Just add the USB adapter to your computer, and the VGA adapter to the monitor, to set up the connection. The technology is not Wi-Fi and it’s not Bluetooth, and the product is currently available only in the U.S. due to the wireless regulations in the EU (European Union).

The range maxes out at about 30 feet, supporting resolutions up to 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+) with a maximum streaming resolution of 720p. This opens up all sorts of possibilities for moving one of the plasma rentals around your exhibit booth or breakout room for real presentation flexibility.

Wireless power, too

Intel’s new wireless power technology has been tested successfully, and WildCharge’s flat pad is already on sale. It can wirelessly charge various leading edge wireless devices. CRE stays on the leading edge, as well, but we don’t jump on any bandwagons until technologies are proven and stable. As the wireless confusion clears up, you can count on us to carry the best of the wireless equipment that can speed your workday along.

Now, as in the future, out Account Executives are ready to advise you about powerful tools for your digital workflow, convention rentals and storage solutions for your mountains of data. Call or e-mail, or fill out the online Quick Rental Quote form, and an experienced Account Executive will get a solution in place for you – right now, the right way!

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