Belkin Network USB Hub makes your USB devices wireless
May 18, 2007 Belkin have announced their Network USB Hub, which works in conjunction with an existing wireless router to provide wireless connectivity to five USB devices. While certain high-bandwidth devices like HD webcams are out of the question, the more common applications like printers, scanners and external hard drives are all compatible.
The Hub works by simulating a direct USB connection with the device, so your computer thinks the devices are physically connected. This unfortunately means only one computer will be able to access a device at any given time. The included software allows you to transfer each connected device to a certain computer, so we hope they nail this aspect - the ease of use will make or break the device in terms of functionality.
Belkin is promising a setup time of three minutes, which sounds almost too good to be true - we'll look forward to testing one in June. Mac heads will have to wait until September for drivers - but the very fact they are coming is welcome enough.
The Network USB Hub will be available in late June for US$129.99, with launches outside the US to follow.