Various types of wireless technology and networks allow devices to speak (send data) to each other and to the web without cables. There are a number of different wireless technologies out there that can be implemented in hardware products.
Wireless technology is rapidly evolving, and is playing an increasing role in the lives of people throughout the world. In addition, ever-larger numbers of people are relying on the technology directly or indirectly.
One of the best-known examples of wireless technology is the mobile phone, with more than 4.6 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide as of the end of 2016. These wireless phones use radio waves from signal-transmission towers to enable their users to make phone calls from many locations worldwide. Phones will often have a wide range of wireless communication methods to help support wireless hardware, such as Bluetooth, infrared, Wi-Fi and airplay.
With the continuous evolution of the mobile phone, comes the evolution of hardware and accessories compatible with them. If you’d had asked me 10 years ago whether I thought that you’d be able to listen to music from a phone (even that concept 10 years ago seemed a little… out there) on headphones without wires, I would have called you crazy. Technology develops at such a rapid pace and more often than not, it’s hard to keep up with the latest components to get the most out of your phone in this digital age…
… But fear not, this is what we at MyMemory are here for… We have put together a bit of information on the most popular wireless devices, and what to look for when picking the right wireless device for you.
Wireless no longer means poor sound, either. These days, Bluetooth wireless stereo audio sounds much better than it ever has. Even though the stereo Bluetooth data signal is compressed, various headphone and earphone vendors have discovered ways of enhancing the signal to compensate for deficiencies in fidelity. Having said that, audiophiles will still hear a difference and should probably stick with wired headphones.
Wireless speakers have exploded in popularity, and nearly every major consumer electronics vendor has a cord-cutting model of some sort. Speakers can vary wildly in size, shape, and even the type of wireless connection they use, but every speaker is different, and there’s bound to be one out there suitable for your needs.
Wireless Card Readers
These are pretty much the same as normal card readers, except they use the power of WiFi to upload your images on to whatever device you want them to. Useful when you want to upload straight to a mobile device without wires, or even if you’re on holiday and you want to upload your images straight onto cloud storage to make space for more holiday snaps. This is still a relatively new idea on the market, so products are limited.
Wireless Hard Drives
Again, Wireless Hard Drives don’t differ from plug in hard drives. The only exception is that cables are no longer required… Here are a few key things to look out for in any wireless drive…
SD OR NO SD? A few drives, such as the Toshiba, Kingston, and WD models outlined below, include an SD card slot, which can make accessing (and/or backing up) the contents of a camera card easy.
RAW CAPACITY. Most of these drives that have an internal platter drive inside are 500GB or 1TB models. You’ll want to do the math on the cost per gigabyte on any drive you are considering to assess the relative value.
BATTERY LIFE. This is an important factor, not just for Hard Drives, but for wireless devices in general. You will want to favour devices that have a longer battery life more as a convenience – there’s nothing worse than a device dying on you at those crucial moments.
MAXIMUM CONNECTABLE DEVICES. Wireless drives vary in terms of how many tablets or other mobile devices you can connect to, or stream from, them at once. It is also worth noting that the kind of content you are streaming can affect the smoothness of playback. Three simultaneous MP3-music streams are a lot different in terms of demands on the drive than three streams of 1080p video.
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