Looks like the IOGear and other Certified Wireless USB products are available now on Amazon. I just received a Google Alert telling me that Tom’ Hardware Review Holiday Gift Giving Guide recommends the IOGear product. My dad has been bugging me for a USB 2.0 Hub, but I think this is better. The USB 2.0 Hub works great, but if I give him the Wireless Version, all the peripherals stay plugged into the Wireless Hub and he just plugs a USB Stick (like a flash drive) into the Laptop and he’s done. One less cable. I looked under my desk at home the other day, and with the 8 Power Cables, 6 USB cables, 2 1394 cables, and 2 speaker cables. At least I could reduce the 8 USB cables to 1 with Wireless.
The Price of CWUSB products. As I recall WiFi pairs when they were introduced were $500 or more at their introduction back in before 1999? And that was when $500 was worth something. I adopted WiFi in 2003 when the pairs cost about $230. As I recall this is around the time 802.11b was introduced at a price premium in the laptop chipset. You still needed to buy a router for $120 in those days. How fast did the throughput those systems run? Did we need to cut cables in 2000? 2003? Can we live without WiFi today?
I agreed to do this blog because there is so little opinionated stuff debunking the debunkers of Wireless USB. Yes, I’m a USB chauvinist, and a Wireless USB chauvinist, but I understand how this stuff gets adopted and used. At least in my own mind. 🙂