Mac networking hardware maker MacWireless on Wednesday introduced a wireless USB interface it calls the USB Stick and, in something of a departure for the company, a wired broadband router. Both are available now.
11b USB Stick looks like a USB thumbdrive. It attaches to an available USB port of a Mac and includes a 7.5-inch “flex” extension cable that’s stiff but bendable — you can raise the USB Stick on the end of the cable to help get the best reception. The USB Stick is IEEE 802.11b-compliant and supports 64-bit and 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption. The USB Stick costs US$79.98, and requires Mac OS X 9.0.4 through Mac OS X v10.3.5 (excluding Mac OS X v10.1).
Broadband Router features a four-port 10/100baseT Ethernet switch built-in, and features a WAN port suitable for connecting to a DSL modem, cable modem or other broadband interface. It’s plug-and-play and features a Web-based configuration utility that lets you manage the built-in firewall, access control and access logs. The Broadband Router costs US$49.98.