Wireless USB or Bluetooth?

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USB is presently the business typical. If you spend any amount of time on a laptop or computer odds are that you have used a USB device, such as a mouse or a keyboard. Presently there are currently more than 2 billion USB devices in use around the globe.

When USB first turned common (around the year 2000) everyone loved the technology and accepted it. It was so easy to use and presented inter-compatibility together with almost every laptop or computer. As we became progressively more more dependent on USB for most of the devices that connected to our system the nest of cables at the rear of the average computer continued to raise.

Bluetooth was released a couple of years following the primary launch of USB and grew in acceptance because it offered computer users a way to link valuable devices to the computer without stressing over the tangle of wires behind the computer and the inescapable "inventive" wiring possibilities needed to connect multiple pcs and printers positioned around the room.

Bluetooth has come to be really common in Europe and Asia. Not only is Bluetooth popular with computer users, but furthermore cell phone users wanting for a way to employ a hands-free headset with out stressing about carrying around a different wired device. For some reason the technology became very popular abroad initially, but several US computer and cell phone users have reliability concerns about the technology, or ended up unimpressed with its fairly lower speed for data-intensive applications.

Wireless USB provides the comfort of Bluetooth with the security and smooth integration of present USB technology. In addition, the first launch of Wireless USB (aka WUSB) can make it possible for you to use legacy USB products wirelessly. Here's how it will work - you will plug a Wireless USB dongle in your desktop or laptop and after that plug the Wireless USB hub into an external power source - this could range from a few feet to a large number of meters away. Then you can plug your USB devices into the Wireless USB hub and work with them as if they were linked directly to your computer. This could be particularly useful for a printer, scanner or any other device you may possibly would like to share with local computers but not necessarily over a network.

The most apparent big difference between Bluetooth and Wireless USB is the speed - empirically you will generally always see speeds less than 1 Mbps with Bluetooth. Wireless USB, on the other hand, is scored for 480 Mbps at 5 meters. Both technologies are not so quick at further distances, although Wireless USB should generally be faster compared to Bluetooth. A further obvious difference between Bluetooth and Wireless USB is security - Bluetooth devices are really susceptible to signal-hijacking wheras the security standard for WUSB is quite rigorous and should result in a considerably more secure connection - this is very important for virtually any application that might involve the exchange of sensitive data or information.

Wireless USB dongles and hubs are now in manufacturing and should be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2006. A few suppliers have undoubtedly received consent from the FCC and other stanards institutions.

If you can hold off a couple of months to try out out a seriously cool wireless technology I highly advise that you take into account WUSB. It may require some time to refine the protocols and iron out a few bugs in the design but the hold out ought to be well worth it.

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Jason McKenzie has been in the internet marketing business for the last 2 years. Focusing mainly in the consumer electronics industry.

 

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This article was published on 2011/03/08