Peripherals go wireless with WirelessUSB


— 11:40 AM on August 22, 2003

PC World has the goods on WirelessUSB LS, a new connectivity standard aimed at peripherals. With Bluetooth and three flavors of Wi-Fi, the need for yet another wireless standard may not seem apparent. However, unlike Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, WirelessUSB LS is a point-to-point interface rather than a networking technology.

A transfer rate of only 62 kilobits per second will keep WirelessUSB LS out of networking and even printer and digital camera applications, but the technology's four millisecond latency should be responsive enough for keyboards, mice, game controllers, and remote control devices. With a claimed range of 30 feet, WirelessUSB LS may have a shot at RF devices like ATI's Remote Wonder.

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