We've seen a few 3G routers in our day, and now Option's back with its newest, aimed at homes and small businesses. The GlobeSurfer III was designed to look like something you'd actually want in your house (whether or not they actually hit the mark is your call -- the company used the word "stylish" so much in its PR that we felt we had to mention it) and the management software is meant to be easy enough that even networking novices could get their collective heads 'round it. Based on the Qualcomm 7225 chipset, this guy boasts HSUPA uploads up to 5.76 Mbps and downloads up to 7.2 Mbps. Also part of the deal is a USB port for sharing hardware over the network -- perfect for serving up media, sharing printers and the like. Pricing and availability to be announced.


Jan 22, 2009 01:19 ET
Option Shipping Stylish New Wireless Router: the GlobeSurfer III

LEUVEN, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - January 22, 2009) - Option N.V. (EURONEXT Brussels: OPTI; OTC: OPNVY), the wireless technology company, today announced that it is shipping a new 3G wireless router to mobile operators, distributors and Value Added Resellers. Offering businesses and households a versatile communications hub that creates an instant Wi-Fi hotspot the GlobeSurfer III enables multiple users to share a superfast HSPA broadband connection.

A USB interface turns the GlobeSurfer III into a central hub: connecting an external hard disk drive via the device's USB interface allows users to share or back-up important files to a central storage system; multimedia files such as MP3's or AVI's can be streamed across the Wi-Fi network; a central printer can be shared by all members of the household or business. Basic and advanced functionality is all managed from the device's intuitive user interface incorporating a vibrant colour display indicating functions, events and device activities.

Option placed significant emphasis on product design during the development of the GlobeSurfer III: the device will not look out of place among the many stylish consumer electronic devices commonly found in the modern home. With its completely wireless configuration the GlobeSurfer III can be wall-mounted or sit on a desktop or shelf. This allows the router to be placed anywhere in the home, office or workshop to ensure optimum coverage and performance.

Based on the Qualcomm 7225 chipset, this device offers HSUPA upload speeds up to 5.76 Mbps and download speeds up to 7.2 Mbps, as well as AWS support for US markets -- making it a front-runner in the market.

New features and ease-of-use raise router performance to new heights and eliminate the barriers to adoption among households and small businesses wishing to share a high speed HSPA connection. The GlobeSurfer III reiterates the role of wireless broadband as a real alternative to DSL.

The product datasheet and pictures of the new GlobeSurfer III are available at: www.option.com/gsIII

For the PDF version of the press release in English or in Dutch, please click on the link below:

Option shipping stylish new wireless router: the GlobeSurfer III -- http://hugin.info/133962/R/1284035/287625.pdf

Option lanceert nieuwe stijlvolle draadloze router: de GlobeSurfer III -- http://hugin.info/133962/R/1284035/287633.pdf

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E-mail: j.pote@option.com

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