Apple To Sell NetComm Pocket-Sized Wi-Fi Router

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Apple has scored an exclusive deal with Netcomm to launch a pocket-sized 3G wireless router. The company said that the new device can connect to an iPad, netbook/notebook, gaming console, and even smartphones wirelessly.

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Called MyZone, this mobile 3G Wi-fi router is 9mm thin, weighs 77g, and comes with a Li-ion battery that claims to provide up to 6 hours of operation.

NetComm’s Managing Director, David Stewart said, “In addition to its performance and lightweight design, a key feature of the MyZone is its superior battery life.  Battery life is important, whether you are a business or consumer. We have therefore concentrated development around maximising battery life.”

From our short hands-on at a press conference this morning, we found that the MyZone was easy to set-up. After turning the unit on, all a user needed to do was to connect to the wireless network named NetComm MyZone and type the default password. Once a user is connected, he/she can easily change the security settings (WEP, WPA, WPA2) by typing my.zone on a browser. A user can also change the Access Point Name if the unit has not connected to the Internet and even manually adjust the settings. The default interface is simple and shows you the battery level and the 3G connection status.

“Another important feature we addressed is user experience. NetComm has focused on developing a simple user interface for ease of use.  The MyZone employs NetComm’s “Smart Connect” technology that preloads the MyZone with carrier connection information, meaning customers can connect to their 3G network with minimal configuration,” added Stewart.

Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, the MyZone delivers download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps and upload speeds of 5.76Mbps for large file transfers. The MyZone platform supports 3G Tri-band 850MHz, 1900MHz, and 2100MHz for local and international services.

The MyZone will be exclusively available at Apple stores and Apple’s online store in Australia for 8 weeks for $299.

Read our full review of the MyZone here.

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