Belkin Corporation, the leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions, has introduced its Bluetooth Access Point with USB Print Server (F8T030 – ESP $149.99). A winner of the “Innovations 2003 Design and Engineering Award”, the Bluetooth Access Point with USB Print Server from Belkin is an ideal solution for Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and mobile road warriors with devices enabled with Bluetooth technology needing to connect to networks as well as printers. The Bluetooth Access Point with USB Print Server from Belkin is set to start shipping in North America on February 1, 2003.
Offering access to local area networks (LANs) with devices enabled with Bluetooth technology such as Pocket PC PDAs, Palm™ PDAs, notebooks, desktop PCs, and mobile phones, the Bluetooth Access Point with USB Print Server offers connectivity to the Internet, corporate LAN, and home networks. It also enables any USB printer to be accessed via a Bluetooth connection when connected through the Access Point’s USB print server ports. At the same time, the product functions as a USB print server where the printer can be visible to the entire wired LAN, which allows the connected USB printer to be accessed by any client on the wired LAN. Up to seven users can simultaneously share the Internet, the LAN, or print to a USB printer via a Bluetooth connection. It features two USB type A connectors, an RJ45 Ethernet port, and the front has seven multicolored LEDs that depict connection activity quickly and easily.
The Access Point requires no manual configuration. It can be installed and start running in under two minutes, needing only a power source and an Ethernet connection. The IP is obtained automatically via DHCP upon power-up or can be set by any Bluetooth client.