updated 02:30 pm EDT, Wed September 29, 2010
Wireless USB 1.1 spec goes live
The USB IF promised an easier time with wireless support today by posting and detailing the Wireless USB 1.1 standard. It now supports near-field communication (NFC) and proximity detection as a way of setting up peripherals. Owners only need to bring a device next to its host, such as a computer or a hub, to associate the two.
The technology should also be faster and support higher frequency ranges of 6GHz and up. Battery-equipped devices should use less power. Wireless USB 1.1's availability doesn't have a fixed date and will depend both on companies producing components for computers and for the devices themselves.
Most current Wireless USB hardware is limited to specialized hubs for attaching wireless devices, such as Belkin's Wireless USB hub, and a handful of computers that can add Wireless USB as an extra.