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7 enterprise-grade gadgets built for business

John Brandon | Nov. 6, 2014
The consumer technology market abounds with gadgets. Many are cool, but they won't help you get work done. However, these seven devices will.

Teknion Livello
Using a unique spring-loaded adjuster lever, this workstation table rises from 22 inches to 48 inches with one quick pull. Unlike other stand-up desks, the Livello doesn't use a crank or an electronic switch, which can be time-consuming and discourage employees from going into "stand-up mode" during the day. There's also no crossbar, which allows for greater leg and knee clearance. The Teknion Livello Counterbalance Workstation Table is available in multiple sizes up to 10 inches wide and comes in a lush flintwood, seamless, veneer or laminate finish. Prices vary according to dimensions, finishes and edgings.

Transporter Genesis
Many large companies are starting to see how Dropbox might not be the best choice for sharing business presentations across the Internet -- especially those that contain privileged knowledge about finances or future plans. The Connected Data Transporter Genesis appliance (prices vary) provides many of the same "cloud" functions, but runs entirely on-premises, so employees can share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other files with each other easily and quickly. The data is still available from any location in the world, but the appliance runs in your own data center. Connected Data offers five appliances, from an individual version to the Genesis 150, which supports up to 150 users and 24TB capacity per node.

Wireless N Travel Router
A low-cost travel router ($50) for business use, this slim pocket device is about the size of two fingers. It connects to the Ethernet connection in a conference room or hotel, for example, to share a Wi-Fi signal at 802.11n speeds -- around 100Mbps depending on the conditions. The Wireless N Travel Router runs off USB power from your laptop using a Micro USB cable. The router also runs in a "repeater" mode to extend the range of a Wi-Fi connection. To make sure the connection is secure, you can enable WEP or WPA2 encryption for the Wi-Fi signal.


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