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Wireless USB ready for mainstream

Wireless USB (WUSB) has been in the offing for some time, but we were assured 2008 would be the year it hits the mainstream – at least in the US.

The technology seeks to tackle cable clutter by allowing us to connect printers, cameras and MP3 players to our PCs and laptops wirelessly. It promises 480Mbps transfer rates at distances of up to 3 metres, and 100Mbps over ten metres. A number of high-profile names are offering supporting products in the US - D-Link and Belkin are showing WUSB hubs at CES, while Dell and Lenovo have laptops that support the technology.

But more high-profile brands will be launching products over the next few months, and the group promoting the technology at CES said we could see WUSB devices in the European market by the end of 2008.

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