August 1, 2007 in Hardware (E)
[prMac.com] Keyspan announced today that it is now shipping its new USB 2.0 Server. The server combines the functionality of a USB print server and USB extender. It allows PC and Mac clients to access two Hi-Speed USB 2.0 devices over Ethernet or WiFi.
Keyspan's USB 2.0 Server lets multiple users share USB devices on a network and extends a USB connection—between a host PC and the USB device - over any distance. The USB 2.0 Server eliminates the need to dedicate a PC as a host for a USB device. Students, wireless office workers and road-warriors alike can access USB devices from a laptop via WiFi.
USB 2.0 Server Features:
- Connects two USB 2.0 Hi-Speed devices to a (10/100) Ethernet network
- Compatible with USB printers, scanners, digital cameras, storage devices, data loggers and other USB devices
- Supports bi-directional communication with printers that e.g. allows users to monitor ink and paper levels remotely
- For use with PCs running Windows XP or Windows Vista, or Macs running Mac OS X(R) (10.3.9 or later)
"Enabling users to access USB devices over a network connection offers many new possibilities", noted Mike Ridenhour, president of Keyspan. "Sharing USB devices and extending a USB connection over long distances are key applications for a USB server." Ridenhour notes that letting users connect to USB devices over WiFi from their laptop, "saves the time and effort of going to the USB device and plugging in a cable."
Now shipping, the Keyspan USB 2.0 Server retails with an MSPR $129, and is available to consumers now at the Keyspan online store, CDW, PC Connection, and other leading resellers. The Keyspan USB 2.0 Server is available to resellers in the USA via Ingram Micro, D&H, and Wynit. Check Keyspan's web site for a list of international distributors.
Keyspan products provide "Connections for Your Computer." Keyspan's USB cards, servers, adapters, and remotes offer reliable connectivity solutions for the home, school, and office. Editors can reach Keyspan at 510-222-0131 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Keyspan website is located at http://www.keyspan.com