It takes a dedicated technophile to invest in the first iteration of a new tech product, which often has minor bugs that never appear until end users start rigorously putting a device to the test. Beyond glitches, early adopters also pay a significantly higher price to wear the crown of being first to use new technologies. The AOL WalletPop.com article “150,000 iPad early adopters might not be the smartest consumers
” highlights some famous early adopter tribulations and the price these “Lighthouse Consumers” paid both monetarily and in the user experience.
For the average consumer, however, being first in line is not as high a priority as getting a working product at a good value. So for every person who paid $599 for an 8 GB iPhone when it first came out, there's infinitely as many who paid $99 (with service plan) later in the year. One way value-conscious tech consumers squeeze every last breath of functionality out of their devices, is with computer and A/V accessories
One such example of a product that acts as a fountain of youth for old computers is the new IOGEAR USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet Adapter
. This handy adapter gives netbooks, PCs, laptops and Macs without an Ethernet port or Wifi capabilities the ability to surf the web. Even older computers that already have web access can benefit with speedier World Wide Web browsing via the USB 1.1 or 2.0 port. If USB ports are all filled, a USB to Serial RS-232 Adapter
can be connected to the serial port to offer the same functionality.
Getting started with the USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet Adapter requires a simple driver installation, which is included on a CD, and inserting the Ethernet cord (which is connected to your network router or hub), into the Fast Ethernet Adapter's RJ45 port. Voila, you have the Internet streaming
to your netbook, PC, laptop, or Mac.
While early adopters may scoff at the notion of using older electronics, the fact is, many consumers don't want or need to upgrade just because there is something better or faster. They want a computer that can access the Internet and provide adequate browsing speeds for checking email, online shopping, using social media and other low-bandwidth activities. The USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet Adapter delivers this without early adopter headaches.
Do you have some old hardware laying around that you could revive and put to use? Tell us about it here on the blog, on Facebook
. We look forward to your thoughts.