Product News: The latest mobility products from Acer, ProCurve, Linksys, D-Link, Cisco & HTC

Product News: The latest mobility products from Acer, ProCurve, Linksys, D-Link, Cisco & HTC

ARN reviews the latest products

D-Link DIR-451 3G Mobile Router

This mobile router allow users to create a 802.11g/b-compatible wireless hotspot within range of a 3G mobile network. By plugging a compatible 3G notebook adapter into the DIR-451 3G Mobile Router’s built-in card bus slot or USB port, users can get immediate access to UMTS or HSDPA networks including networks operated by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. The D-Link router can then share this signal via 802.11g/b Wi-Fi technology to notebooks, PCs or other Wi-Fi-enabled devices. For security, the 3G mobile router supports the latest wireless security features to prevent unauthorised access including WEP, WPA and WPA2 that ensure a secure Wi-Fi network regardless of the connected devices. It also employs dual active firewalls (SPI and NAT) to prevent potential Internet attacks. The D-Link unit can be installed as a wireless network in minutes to quickly establish high-speed Internet connectivity, the vendor claims. The built-in, four-port full-duplex 10/100 switch allows seamless connection of Ethernet-based devices.

Distributed by: Bluechip Infotech, Edsys, Ingram Micro, Lan 1, Pacific Datacom, Page Data Products and Synnex.

RRP: $300

Cisco Mobility Services Engine 3300

The Mobility Services Engine (MSE) is an extension of the Cisco Unified Wireless Network, and integrates with Cisco Unified Communications and compatible devices to deliver a comprehensive approach to business mobility regardless of network or device, the vendor claims. A combination of hardware and software, the MSE is an appliance-based solution that supports a suite of software services to provide centralised and scaleable service delivery. It transforms the wireless LAN into a mobile network by abstracting the application layer from the network layer, allowing administrators to deliver mobile applications across different types of networks including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, cellular, WiMax and RFID. Primary services include: Mobile Intelligent Roaming; context aware location services; wireless intrusion prevention system; and mobile device management. This solution builds upon the existing investment in Cisco wireless solutions and provides a platform that is both flexible and scalable. It supports open APIs based on XML and SOAP, as well as context-aware software for tracking mobile assets.

Distributed by: Express Data, Westcon Group and Ingram Micro.

RRP: From $14,700

HTC Touch with enhanced UI

The HTC Touch, launched in Australia in November last year, now comes with an Touch FLO 2D interface, aimed at enhancing finger- and stylus-based navigation. The new smartphone brings together communication, entertainment and professional capabilities. The HTC-designed homescreen provides one-touch access to emails, text messages, calendar appointments and contacts, as well as weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world. The HTC Touch leverages the broad functionality of Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and includes Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile, Windows Live and the capabilities to run thousands of third-party applications. Users can surf the web with Internet Explorer, send and receive emails, chat on Instant Messenger and send files to their own web space through Windows Live. There’s also HTC’s Audio Manager and Windows Media Player. The phone has a 2.8-inch LCD touchscreen with backlight, 240 x 320 resolution with 65,536 colours, a microSD card slot and comes with a 2 megapixel CMOS colour camera.

Distributed by: Brightpoint.

RRP: $599

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