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

ARN reviews the latest products

Acer Aspire One 3G

Powered by the Intel Atom processor technology, this 8.9-inch netbook is designed to make online activities fast, simple and convenient. Based on a Linux OS, the Aspire One weighs in at just over 1kg, and comes with a six-cell battery that Acer claims will provide up to seven hours of battery life. The display uses CrystalBrite LED backlit display technology to show content at a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. Features include a CrystalEye Web cam and 3G connectivity (UMTS/HSPA at 850/1900/2100MHz and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE of 850/900/1800/1900MHz), as well as a 160GB hard drive and 1GB of memory. The Aspire One is also available with Windows XP Home. The vendor claims single sign-on eliminates authentication delays by allowing users to login to all their profiles and applications simultaneously. The mail program can manage up to six separate email addresses and supports IBM Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange. The netbook is available in fi ve fashionable colours: Sapphire blue, seashell white, coral pink, diamond black and golden brown.

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RRP: $1199

ProCurve MSM410

This wireless access point has been designed for large-scale 802.11n networks such as hospitals, hotels, university campuses and multi-storey offices. The MSM410 includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet port with full 802.3af Power over Ethernet connectivity. The integrated wireless radios support 802.11a/b/g and 3x3 MIMO 802.11n, allowing complete flexibility for wireless LAN deployments. In addition, self healing wireless mesh features allow the access point to be configured to extend the wireless network into areas which lack an Ethernet backbone. The unit has been engineered to use a maximum of 8W of power, which is a 50 per cent power saving compared to typical 802.11n access points, ProCurve claims. This is critically important for situations where Power over Ethernet is used to provide power to the wireless network. The MSM410 works in conjunction with ProCurve’s enterprise wide WLAN management tools, making it possible to integrated security management with automated management and troubleshooting of the entire Ethernet network.

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RRP: On application

Linksys WRT610N

This simultaneous Dual-N Band wireless router supports 802.11n connectivity at 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands concurrently. The unit will cater to the needs of users who want to simultaneously stream audio and video traffic seamlessly to their digital media adapter using the 5GHz band while allowing others to share the same Internet connectivity for other purposes using the 2.4GHz band. It features StorageLink, which allows users to add gigabytes of storage space onto the network with USB 2.0 hard drives – or plug in a USB flash disk to access portable data files – and an UPnP AV Media Server, which adds a source for media stored on an attached USB hard drive. The WRT160N comes with the Linksys Easy Link Adviser (LELA) application, as well as Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), a simple push button feature which aims to make it easy to configure the security of wireless devices.

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RRP: $430

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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.

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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.

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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.

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RRP: $599