The Max Takes Talk Wireless

 
 
By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2003-09-08 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ClearOne's Max table-top conference phone will allow you to move your conference call down the hall—while the call is still in session.

ClearOnes Max table-top conference phone will allow you to move your conference call down the hall—while the call is still in session.

Hoping to beat the ubiquitous Polycom at its own game, ClearOne has armed its $699 Max with a 150-foot wireless signal range. Phone conversations are secured by the 2.4GHz digital spread spectrum.

I recently looked at the Max, which uses the 2.4GHz WDCT (Worldwide Digital Communications Technology) standard. After untangling phone and power cords running over and under the eWEEK Labs conference table, I set up the unit and could place calls with crisp sound. I could also move the unit down an office corridor with no deterioration in sound quality.

Most conference calls are littered with noise and echo cancellation. The Max enables bidirectional conversation without the sputtering that occurs on most speakerphones when more than one person, on two separate lines, is talking.

Although phone conversations are unlikely to be interrupted by other devices running on the 2.4GHz spectrum, executives at ClearOne said its possible that the unit could interrupt Wi-Fi (802.11b) connections.

More information is available at www.clearone.com.

 
 
 
 
As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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