Infrared Transceiver

Infrared transceivers are a form of wireless signal transmission that makes wireless Internet connections happen. This technology is easily recognized by the blinking of light on the device. The light is actually at work rather than electricity, thus the name infrared transmission. A little known fact is that desktop PCs have the capability to use infrared transmission devices, so there actually is a way to hook up Internet to such a device without cables. This can be accomplished by either installing a infrared transceiver to your motherboard or getting a device that includes the infrared technology, such as the USB adapter (and make sure to have a wireless access point).

One predominant brand when it comes to infrared transceivers is Vishay, which offers the TFBS4711 transceiver, a very small device that works great with micro, hand-held systems and picks up coverage ffor short distances. Consider this device for mobile phones and PDAs. You also may opt to purchase a wall or ceiling-mounted infrared transceiver. An example of one of these is the TOA TS-907, which is meant for line-of-sight tranceiving and has a range of 16 to 23 feet high. If you opt to build an infrared transceiver and install it to your motherboard, you will need am IC and resistors and capacitors.

Manufacturers are racing for the latest and best infrared transceiver devices, and the latest includes a module that allows the device to pick up signals at multiple angles. This is accomplished because the module actually has a larger surface area than the transceiver device. By retracting light, wireless signals can be picked up in more places.

When dealing with any kind of wireless signal, you will need to keep in mind that environmental factors can obstruct the quality of your wireless connection. Be mindful of hot spots and dead spots that can occur, and consider a wireless repeater if need be. A wireless repeater will help spread your wireless coverage, and many times your wireless access point can double as a wireless receiver.

USB adapters are which are tiny, pocket-sized devices with blinking lights that you can plug into any USB port on your desktop or laptop PC. When you plug most of these into your computer, it will automatically search for a wireless signal. Of course, you must first install the software that comes with the device, and if for some reason you lose this CD, there is software you can usually download on the manufacturer’s website. If you have trouble installing the USB device on your computer, phone tech support or find online support on the manufacturer website.

It is imperative to keep these USB devices clean, dry and unbent. The latter is especially crucial if you’re sitting somewhere with a laptop on your lap and the USB device is plugged in on the side. If the device is bent, it wil be hard for the device to connect to your computer and pick up a signal. Also, while the device will pick up nearby signals, you will most likely need authorization to use the signal. You will have to set up a profile for your wireless signal during installation, and although there are automatic login capabilities, it is smart to write down the user name and password and keep it somewhere safe in case you need it. All of these devices require a free USB port and a working CD ROM drive. There are a couple of issues you will want to keep in mind before shopping. For one, you will need to make sure your device is compatible with your operating system and that you have enough available memory to host the device. Look out for other compatibility issues such as speed,

A few examples of popular USB adapters include the Linksys WUSB11 Wireless-B USB Network Adapter v4 ; the NETGEAR WG111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter; and the BELKIN Wireless G USB Adapter. The Linksys WUSB11 Wireless-B USB Network Adapter v4 is a device that is compatible with PCs with a speed of 400MHz or faster and at least 128MB of memory. Compatible operating systems include Windows98, Windows200, WindowsXP or later. The NETGEAR WG111 Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and more and you will require at least 8Mb of free memory. The BELKIN Wireless G USB Adapter is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and has a range of 400 feet. Other commendable devices include the 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g USB Adapter; the ActionTec External USB 802.11b Wireless Adapter; the Buffalo AirStation 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless USB Adapter-g; the D-Link 802.11G 54MBPS USB 2.0 ADAPTER; the Proxim Orinoco 11B USB Adapter Gold; the SMC USB ADAPTER 802.11G 54MPBS; the Syntax Wireless LAN Adapter; and the TRENDware 54MBPS WIRELESS USB ADAPTER NIC 802.11G.

This Infrared Transceiver Review is Written/Updated on Aug 29th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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