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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