Product news: the latest products for the week commencing 7 May, 2008

Product news: the latest products for the week commencing 7 May, 2008

ARN reviews the latest products

OWLink Digital Light Link

This transmitter/receiver set uses optical wave division multiplexing (WDM) to transmit uncompressed audio and video over a single transparent fibre cable. The DLI interface, which includes patented technology, allows the transmission of high-speed HD digital video, audio, IR remote control information, USB, LAN, RS232 and other control and data information through a transparent 'fish line' thickness fibre. The device is capable of transmitting the data over distances of up to 300m. Having been designed for both home and commercial applications, this allows the Digital Light Link to be placed in convenient places without having to open walls to pull cables around. Intel has given its approval to specifications for transmitting High Definition Digital Content Protection (HDCP) video signals over OWLink's DLI Fiber Optic Links for Encrypted High Definition Video Transmissions. OWLink has two models available: The entry-level FO2800 and the FO2850.

Distributed by Anyware.

RRP FO2800 - $760; FO2850 - $970


HTC Shift

The HTC Shift communications device weighs 800g with battery and measures 207 x 129 x 25mm. It has a slide-out keyboard and two mouse buttons with a MicroPad for control. Units feature Intel Stealey 800MHz and Qualcomm MSM 7200, 400MHz chipsets and a 7-inch TFT LCD display, which is touch sensitive and has adjustable angles. For video conferencing the unit features a colour CMOS VGA camera, built-in microphone and dual speakers and 802.11b/g wireless connectivity. The HTC Shift also supports Bluetooth 2.0 and has a USB 2.0 port. A fingerprint sensor is included for security, and HTC claims the lithium battery will last for two hours, or up to 11 days under optimum standby conditions. The Shift also features HTC's SnapVUE technology - an always-on mode that provides instant access to emails, calendar, SMS messages and contacts without the need to fully boot up the device. The handheld runs off Windows Vista Business.

Distributed by Brightpoint.

RRP $1999


Netgear FVS336G

The FVS336G is a security firewall for small- to medium-sized businesses to protect the computer network from viruses and hackers. The appliance provides a secure link over the Internet to Web-based applications and the corporate network to enable branch offices and remote workers to share information. The FVS336G supports up to 25 users simultaneously and provides two types of VPN tunnels: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Internet Protocol security (IPsec). It can manage up to 25 IPsec VPN tunnels and 10 SSL VPN tunnels simultaneously, and has four Gigabit LAN ports and two Gigabit WAN ports. An integrated four-port 10/100/1000Mbps switch can support two broadband connections, while Auto Detect protocol facilitates fast connection to an ISP and the FVS336G's Web-based configuration and management interface, Pro-Safe Control Centre.

Distributed by BMS Technology, Dicker Data, Express Online, Ingram Micro, J Mills, NetWorld Systems and Synnex.

RRP $529


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