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Wireless Access a Top Priority for Hotel Guests

Posted June 3, 2013

Wireless access is the top customer demand of hotel guests in their rooms and throughout the hotel properties, according to a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Motorola in April 2013. This survey includes responses from 500 North American hotel guests, including business and recreational travelers.

The results are very indicative of a common desire for wireless connectivity by the vast majority of hotel guests. 90% of guest wanted Wi-Fi as an amenity among both business and recreational travelers. Likewise, over 90% of the guests wanted Wi-Fi access in their hotel rooms and not just in common areas and 40% of business travelers would not stay at a hotel without any internet access.

It is fairly obvious that wireless internet connectivity has become a key concern for travelers and will be a key differentiator for hotel properties. Being able to provide comprehensive and easy to access wireless connectivity to guests is now becoming a default standard in the hotel experience.

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Getting Started with the Star Wi-Fi Power Pack

Posted March 29, 2013

With everything becoming wireless and mobile, getting existing POS hardware, like receipt printers, onto your wireless network often means getting a new printer. Luckily, Star has their Wi-Fi Power Pack to turn any of the Star LAN based printers into fully wireless capable units. The Power Pack is easy to install and is a very cost effective option for businesses that already have Star printers in place and don’t want deal with long cable runs. This also enables the Star printer using the WiFi Power Pack to connect with tablets, smart phones and other portable electronic wireless devices.

This video is a great intro and how-to explanation of how to set-up the Wi-Fi Power Pack  in just a few simple steps.


Code Announces Fully Integrated Wi-Fi Imaged-Based Bar Code Reader

Posted March 25, 2013

Code announced plans to launch its newest offering; a fully integrated Wi-Fi image based bar code reader this spring. The technology will be added to the existing Code Reader 2600 (CR2600), which raised the industry bar for image based decoding and omnidirectional reading of both 1D and 2D bar codes when it launched in the fall of 2012. Garrett Russell, vice-president of marketing at Code stressed the clear benefits to users: “With the introduction of Code Wi-Fi readers, companies now have a long range option for added mobility, increased security and greater profitability”.

The Code Reader 2600 available in Bluetooth and now Wi-Fi versions give users the flexibility to select a mobile bar code reading solution that best fits their present and future needs. The Code Reader 2600 Wi-Fi version will allow businesses to increase coverage range that were once restricted to Bluetooth, enabling real-time communication over existing Wi-Fi networks.

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Star’s New Wi-Fi Power Pack

Posted February 28, 2013

To meet the growing demand for wireless POS solutions, Star Micronics has introduced its WiFi Power Pack. The WiFi Power Pack is designed to make any Star LAN interface printer “wireless” in a cost effective way without a lot of messy cables. This, in turn, enables the Star printer using the WiFi Power Pack to connect with tablets, smart phones and other portable electronic wireless devices.

The included wireless router conveniently shares the wireless connection around small to medium size businesses at 150Mbps. The WiFi Power Pack’s tiny size makes it ideal for installation and is powerful enough to satisfy almost any basic wireless application requirement.

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Sato’s 802.11g Wireless Interface Update

Posted February 7, 2013

SATO CL408e Barcode PrinterSATO continues to update the 802.11g wireless interface to support the latest WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) standards. This enhancement is available for both existing and new 802.11g WLAN plug-in interface option for SATO “e” series tabletop and print engine models, as well as the SATO CT4i and MBi series WLAN printer models.

SATO’s 802.11g WLAN interface provides enhanced security for those who need to ensure their wireless infrastructure and security protocols are able to integrate seamlessly with SATO printers. The SATO 802.11g WLAN option enables SATO printers to support the same speed and security that companies invested in when selecting 802.11g equipment for their networks. The SATO 802.11g interface supports WEP, and WPA/WPA2-Enterprise standards to ensure maximum data security.  Such enterprise-level security platforms enable SATO 802.11g wireless radio to support a variety of mobile applications, including point of sale, price markdowns, warehouse/logistics labeling, and more.

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Intermec and Ruckus: Warehousing and Distribution Solutions

Posted January 21, 2013

Modern supply chains must meet ever higher customer service level requirements while also constantly reducing costs. Intermec and Ruckus Wireless combine the leading workflow performance company with simply better wireless connectivity to enable more efficient and high performance warehouse and distribution centers (DCs).

Intermec designs and builds the automated information and data capture (AIDC) industry’s most complete lineup of rugged, reliable and versatile equipment. Its bar code scanners, rugged computers and VoCollect data collection systems are deployed globally by leading warehouse, DC, 3GL and other enterprises that rely on accurate and timely data to track, manage and move products.

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