TROY Wireless, which specializes in wireless and connectivity systems and electronic payment solutions, released a new 802.11b wireless product at the COMDEX trade show in Las Vegas. (802.11b is a standard for 11 megabits-per-second wireless LAN communications.)
The US$299 EtherWind is a print server that lets multiple users share a printer without the need for physical cable connections. It’s Mac compatible, Wi-Fi certified by the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) to ensure proper operation with devices made by other companies.
EtherWind is primarily aimed at applications where the printer has to be moved around, or where it’s difficult to run cables. However, it’s also a practical replacement for hard-wired print servers, according to the folks at TROY. Based on the company’s print server technology, EtherWind works with such network operating systems as AppleTalk, Windows NT/2000/XP, AppleTalk, Novell NetWare, as well as Unix, Linux and other TCP/IP-based systems.
It’s also compatible with Hewlett-Packard’s popular JetDirect print server and JetAdmin software. In addition to supporting Windows computers, EtherWind provides “excellent” Mac compatibility, including the ability to work with complex binary PostScript graphics files, according to Vane Clayton, TROY Wireless’ president. EtherWind features a Java-based setup utility that works on Mac, Windows and Linux computers.