SURF FROM ANY ROOM--WITH A WEB JACK
WANT TO GO ONLINE FROM the bathroom, the basement, or the backyard? Well, now there's a solution for Internet junkies whose personal computers happen to be nowhere near a phone jack. The Wireless Web Jack from Phonex Corp. in Midvale, Utah, will allow you to send data across the electrical wiring in your house. The setup is a snap: Simply plug a Web Jack base into a phone jack and a nearby outlet, then stick one or more remote jacks into outlets elsewhere in the house. When you connect your modem to the remote jack, its signal is converted so that the data can be carried at up to 33.6 Kbps over your AC wiring and out to the Net via the base unit.
The Wireless Web Jack--which costs $99 for a base and remote unit and $49 for additional remotes--is not just for the home: Schools and small businesses could find it a nifty way to get around the expense of installing phone jacks. The Wireless Web Jack will be available in retail stores in October.
EDITED BY IRA SAGER
Updated Sept. 11, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.