A Wireless Videophone

By John Quain  |  Posted 2004-01-29 Print this article Print

D-Link looks to make videoconferencing easier.

The hang-up with video-conferencing has always been that its a hassle to set up and use. And who wants to be bound to a computer just to call someone? D-Link is hoping it has solved that problem with its wireless broadband videophone.

The new D-Link Wireless i2eye videophone ($230 street) is designed to work with a standard television using RCA jacks. Its camera—which has a microphone, remote control, and an adjustable tilt and zoom lens—includes built-in support for 802.11b, so it can connect to a wireless home network. By hooking up to a home network, the Wireless i2eye can take advantage of any broadband Internet connection without having you string Ethernet cables to your den or living room.

"Its the first wireless broadband videophone over IP for videoconferencing," says Daniel Kelley, D-Links director of marketing. More important, says Kelley, the Wireless i2eye can transmit full-duplex audio and full-motion, 30-frame-per-second video at a compressed 640 by 480 pixels, meaning that calls require only about 512 Kbps of bandwidth.

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John Quain John Quain is the Wireless Center Editor and wireless columnist for Ziff Davis Media. He is also the on-air Computer Consultant for CBS News, appearing regularly on the network's overnight newscast Up to the Minute for over 7 years. In addition, Quain does occasional reports for CBS News The Early Show and has been reporting on technology and related business and entertainment news for over 20 years. Quain has appeared regularly on ABC News, CNN, CNNfn, MSNBC, and CNBC.

In addition to his online and on-air work, Quain currently contributes articles about computers, the Internet, consumer electronics, and technology to PC Magazine, Popular Science, Esquire, and The New York Times. Other publications Quain contributes to include Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Men's Journal, Tech Edge, and Good Housekeeping.

Past positions Quain has held include working as a Contributing Editor at Fast Company magazine for 4 years and at PC Magazine for 9 years. He also wrote a technology column for Brill's Content magazine, was the gadgets columnist at My Generation magazine, was the daily Internet columnist for Time Warner's Pathfinder, and was the computer columnist at The Globe and Mail newspaper.


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