As expected, iiNet has today announced that their BoB2 and Wireless Bridge products are now available for customers.
The availability of both the BoB 2 and Wireless Bridge products comes after hints from the internet service provider (ISP) last week which suggested the duo would be released within days.
The BoB2 is the successor to the original and highly successful BoB and BoB Lite devices – an all-in-one router which combines a home phone and wireless modem into one sleek device.
It’s one of the first devices to come from iiNet’s new internal Labs division, and has a number of new features including a colour display, improved wireless support, new-look design and an internal answering machine – a much requested feature.
USB-powered devices can also be charged via the BoB2, while the device also boasts support for fetchtv, the Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service which iiNet has a partnership with in Australia.
It can support up to five handsets, and obviously requires an iiNet Internet connection and phone service if the phone features are to be used. It does however support naked connections – where a phone line is only used for Internet.
The Wireless Bridge product meanwhile allows users to easily expand their home wireless networks, adding more range for homes where wireless signals may be too weak in areas to use Internet connected devices.
Mainly developed for use with fetchtv, it uses 5GHz wireless to also stream HD video between BoB2 and a fetchtv set top box, but also works with gaming consoles.
Available in pairs (one to connect to the BoB and another to your console or set top box) it will retail for $119 from today.
The BoB2 device meanwhile is also available from today, for $279 outright or $199 over the course of a 24 month contract. Existing iiNet customers looking to purchase a BoB2 can upgrade via iiNet’s Toolbox site.