Today we bring something not related to robotics, but something very handy that any tech geek will appreciate. How to make any USB wireless and connect it to your computer wirelessly? How to remove the hassle of connecting cables and allow yourself the freedom to roam and stay connected? There are some ways to make any USB wireless and reduce the effort of having to connect to everything through the use of cumbersome wires.
Unfortunately, wireless USB has not made quite a leap across all devices that are connected to a computer. If you are someone with a phobia of wires, then you have come to the right place. Read on to find out how you can make any USB wireless by utilizing your very own soldering skills or investing some money in buying a hub.
Making any USB device wireless using a DIY HID Relay
To make any USB device wireless, the main component you need is a Bluetooth adapter. You essentially have two parts, one where you attach your USB device, and one that you attach to the computer. You can make both parts by using a USB host shield, a Bluetooth module, an Arduino Pro and other parts. You will also need some serious soldering skills to create your very own DIY project. However, the final output is worth the effort. You can find YouTube guides on making a DIY HID Relay which makes any USB device wireless.
Making any USB device wireless using easily available extenders and hubs
Buying a hub or a wireless extender is a somewhat pricey option in comparison to creating your very own wireless relay. However, these hubs and extenders which are readily available in your nearby stores, have better speed and lower latency in comparison to something you make yourself. If you are in need of a better alternative to wired USB devices and have the money to spare then buy these extenders and hubs to suit your needs. Two devices that can make USB wireless are WiRanger or Belkin Home Base.
The WiRanger is a USB 2.0 Hub which is recommended to be used in environments that have low wireless interference. It has a four-port hub and can be used with keyboard, mouse and flash drives. The maximum reach of the hub extends to 30 m.
The Belkin Home Base also connects up to four USB devices which include thumb drives, printers, hard drives, etc. With a bit of research, you can land the best hub or wireless relay to meet your specific needs.is slow and is undoubtedly slower than wired devices. Making any USB wireless essentially means slowing it down regarding data transfer. Using a wireless USB device also creates and chugs up more power than wired USB devices. However, if you are a cleanliness freak with an outright disgust for wires, then you can either make your extender or buy one to suit your wireless needs.
Cons of wireless USB
Yes, by making your USB wireless, you save yourself the trouble of having to deal with wires. You can work on your computer or any other device by placing them within a 10m distance. You effortlessly manage your space and hide your ugly looking wires to reveal a smooth, clean finish to all your gadgets. However, Bluetooth has its problems.Bluetooth is slow and is undoubtedly slower than wired devices. Making any USB wireless essentially means slowing it down regarding data transfer. Using a wireless USB device also creates latency problems and chugs up more power than wired USB devices. However, if you are a cleanliness freak with an outright disgust for wires, then you can either make your extender or buy one to suit your wireless needs.