Creating a Wireless Desktop
We live in an age of technology and as such we are always looking
for ways to make life easier or ways to make things look better.
In the home or office (or even the home office) making things look
better involves getting rid of clutter. This is where the wireless
desktop comes into play. No wires means less clutter and because
when using Bluetooth wireless devices line of sight is not needed,
you can use your desk space to its optimum with no worries.
There is more to the wireless desktop than you might think as well.
You will all be aware that you can get a wireless keyboard and mouse.
But wireless technology and Bluetooth in particular stretches much
further than that. Your mobile phone if a recent one will probably
have Bluetooth technology built into it. This means that you can
easily connect it to your PC. Companies such as Logitech offer software
that really gets your mobile phone and your PC working together.
Synchronization is just one aspect of this, but how about being
able to type an SMS text message on your keyboard and send it without
having to touch your phone. This is all possible with the power
of Bluetooth. Communication with your mobile phone is not the only
method of contact with Bluetooth. You can also get Bluetooth headsets
that work with Microsoft Messenger so you can add an easy chat functionality
to your desktop. As new products come on the market Bluetooth becomes
more and more popular. Peripheral devices such as Printers and Scanners
can now be found.
The Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
This is the first device that you will probably buy for your wireless
desktop. This is the basic starting point and probably the most
effective. The keyboard and mouse wires cannot be hidden away from
sight as they have to be straight in front of you. plus limiting
the mouse wire can mean limiting the mouse movement as well. So
A wireless keyboard and mouse will give you a better looking desktop
as well as freedom to move your keyboard where you want it. You
can have it on your lap or anywhere else in range. Having a wireless
mouse will also help in gaming. Most wireless mice are just as responsive
as corded ones and your wire wont snag at that vital moment when
While printers are not being produced as wireless as yet. The idea
is very much being worked on. Currently what you can by for your
USB connected printers is a two small connecters that plug into
your printer and USB port which connect together like a wireless
network. Its almost a wireless USB connection if you like. I doubt
that is how it will be described though. The advantages of the wireless
printer as well as the lack of wires behind your PC is the range
can be increased as well as you being able to place your printer
in a place where a USB cable would be unsuitable to travel. A second
advantage would be that connecting your printer to a wireless network
for sharing will be much easier.
I think the biggest advantage of wireless technology has to be
Wireless Networking. While Bluetooth technology is does not have
the range in which to be affective at networking computers together.
RF technology is still used however and is very easy to setup. For
a simple network (peer to peer) on two computers all you need is
two wireless networking cards setup to the same channel. More complex
networks can also be setup using a server and workstations. Anything
you can do with a wired network you can do with wireless technology.
While we keep saying that the main advantage of wireless technology
is that you don't have wires lying around everywhere, this is more
true than ever when we are talking about wireless networking. When
your computers are likely to be located in different room, the last
thing you want is for wires to be laid around your home or office
being an eyesore. Plus should you wish to move your computer at
anytime, you don't have to re-route the wires connecting your network
together. Security on Wireless networks is set by adding a name
for your network which all computers on that network must be assigned
to connect to, plus then you can add a password to keep unwanted
intruders out from your files. Software firewalls are also recommended
on wireless connections (as well as wired) just for added security
against unwanted virus' or Adware/Spyware.
Wireless Headphones / Microphone
Wireless headphones are readily available from many manufacturers.
These are really one of the most practical uses of wireless technology
behind the networking. Wireless headphones allow you to freely listen
to your music, game or whatever noise your PC is making anywhere
in your room without the restriction of wires. Even if your wires
are long enough they will still be a little dangerous stretched
across the room. And we all know you like to dance around your room
listening to your favourite tracks. A set of wireless headphones
could save you a few quid on broken items that your headphone wires
have snagged on and brought crashing down to the floor :).
Wireless speakers are poking out of the woodwork and those of you
that have a 5.1 or above sound system will just how many wires are
involved in that setup. Not only do you have connection to the computer
but each speaker is connected to the sub / power box and and you
also have the volume control to deal with. At time of writing this
the US seem to have a decent supply of wireless speakers where as
only a few can be found in the UK. I am very sure that wireless
speakers will become a lot more popular in the UK over the next
couple of months. Wireless speakers will remove loads of wires from
the back of your computer. Using a 5.1 wireless system will allow
you to place your speakers in the perfect position without any restrictions
or ugly wires running along your walls or floor.
Stephen Orgill Editor / Webmaster - http://www.pantherproducts.co.uk
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