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How the Verizon Hub Works


Verizon Hub Hardware
The Verizon Hub's base has a 7-inch touch screen that can display information such as the time, date and weather report.
The Verizon Hub's base has a 7-inch touch screen that can display information such as the time, date and weather report.
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You can split the Verizon Hub hardware into three elements: the Verizon base, the charging stations and the handsets. The basic Verizon Hub comes with one base and one handset. According to the user manual, each Hub can support up to four additional handsets.

The Verizon base is 9 inches (23 centimeters) tall, 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) wide and weighs 1.5 pounds (0.7 kilograms). It has a 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) WVGA LCD touch screen. Verizon provides a stylus to use with the touch screen. The base comes with a support stand and a power cord. It also has a cradle to hold one handset. Placing a handset in the cradle will charge the handset's battery. In addition, the base has an Ethernet port for wired connections as well as a wireless Internet card, an audio-out port and a USB 2.0 port.

The base runs on special proprietary software, some of which Verizon has designed and some of which is licensed from other companies. To run that software, the base has a 500-megahertz dual processor and 128 megabytes of RAM. It has 2 megabytes of memory set aside for ring tones. The base supports several audio, video and image file types and even has a picture-in-picture mode.

The handsets are 7 inches tall, 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) wide and weigh half a pound (0.2 kilograms). They have a 2.5 millimeter audio-out port with microphone support so you can plug a headset into the device if you wish. Each handset has an LCD screen measuring 1.8 inches (4.6 centimeters) in diagonal. The handset can display bitmap images and play MP3 files.

The handsets communicate with the base using a 1.9 gigahertz frequency, and they'll only work while in range of the base. That range is about 164 feet (50 meters). Verizon warns that walls and ceilings can interfere with the signals and may decrease the handsets' effective range.

Consumers can also buy charging stations and additional handsets for their Verizon Hub. The charging stations are small cradles that plug directly into a power outlet. Before you can use a handset with the base, you have to activate it by placing each handset in the base's cradle.


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