Wow, time flies! I reviewed the original Chumby almost two years ago and coming in early November we'll get a chance to check out a brand new version: the chumby one clock radio. It looks like this new model is focusing more radio features as it has Pandora (and can access other internet radio stations) [...]
For part of the year I live in an area where the local telecom company advertises dial-up as high speed Internet access. To keep my sanity and actually get something done, I spend a lot of time at the library using their broadband connection or war-driving looking for open hot spots. With the Wi-Fire WiFi [...]
I'm a big fan of the Logitech Squeezebox devices. Earlier this the year, we reviewed the Squeezebox Boom, which I really enjoyed. Now there's even more to like with two new devices: the Logitech Squeezebox Touch (pictured on the Left) and the Logitech Squeezebox Radio (on the Right). The Touch features a 4.3-inch color touch [...]
Never find yourself in need of a WiFi hotspot again-it will be in your pocket. The Verizon MiFi 2200 is an uber-portable (roughly the size of a credit card, about as thick as an iPod) hotspot, connecting up to 5 WiFi-enabled devices simultaneously to Verizon's 3G network. Added bonus--when attached to a laptop through [...]
When I bought my first wireless router, I was a pioneer in a the vast and largely-empty 2.4GHz radio band. Times have changed though, and my neighborhood is now a war zone of wireless access points battling for control of their chosen channel. It's become so crowded that I occasionally have to revisit and tweak [...]
The Archos 704 wifi Mobile DVR is packed with features that are sure to appeal to many different types of consumers. And although it carries a premium price, Archos is hoping that you'll see the value in the plethora of features and options that the 704 wifi offers. If you want a device to carry [...]
The Wi-Fire from hField Technologies, Inc. is a compact, range-extending USB device that claims to enable you to access a wireless Internet connection from up to 1,000 feet away–three times the range of your internal wireless adapter. It's priced at $59.00.
The new X-series Sony Walkman personal audio and video device has a 3 inch OLED touchscreen and a Slacker Radio application built in to it. The player comes with special noise canceling earbuds and is Sony's first Walkman product with Wi-Fi integration. The device looks really sexy, but the $399 price for only 32GB is [...]
The Mvix claims that their new Nubbin USB Wireless-N adapter is the world's smallest. The price is pretty small too. It's only $39.
The Ira from Myine brings wireless internet radio to your home entertainment system by way of a 2 x 6 x 3 inch module. They claim that it takes only 3 minutes to set it up. Anyone else out there in gadget land enjoy listening to streaming radio? Would you buy the Ira for $149.99?
I'm not quite sure who came up with the name of this device but ummm... yay them! The Beetle BANG is a handheld WiFi Optimizer that verifies, sweeps, measures and optimizes all popular 802.11 Wi-Fi network standards including 802.11b/g (2.4 GHz), 802.11a (5 GHz) and even 802.11n. It can be yours for the low low [...]
It's only been four months since I reviewed Slacker's first generation Slacker Personal Radio Player, and now they have a new model available called the G2. I've loved using their first player, so I was super excited to be able to get my hands on a second generation unit. Second generation units are always better than their predecessors right? Let's find out...
It's been three years since I reviewed my favorite WiFi scanner / finder, Canary Wireless's Digital Hotspotter. I've reviewed other scanners, but always liked the Hotspotter best due to its one button super fast scanning ability. That's why I was very happy when the folks at Canary Wireless sent me their 2nd generation Digital Hotspotter HS-20 to review.
My never ending quest to find the world's coolest and most feature loaded clock recently led me to the chumby. What the heck is a chumby you ask? It's a small touch screen device that functions as a clock and also displays information from the web such as news, stocks, photos and more by connecting to the internet via WiFi. At the time of this writing, the chumby is not yet selling to the public. I was lucky enough to get on a list to buy one of the first 50 units that were available. That means that it is possible that some features and hardware details may change in the production version of this product that should be available before the end of the year. With that said, let's take a look at this cool little device.
Wi-Fi finders or detectors are nifty little gadgets to keep in your gear bag for those times when you want to scope out nearby hotspots, without booting up your laptop or traversing menus on your WiFi enabled phone / PDA. These finders are typically small pocket friendly devices, whose sole purpose is to report information regarding detectable hotspots. I have one today from StarTech.com that not only will help you find nearby access points (hotspots), but can turn your computer into one.
We have had several WiFi finder reviews posted here on The Gadgeteer. They are great little tools that make finding a WiFi hotspot an easy task. At least easier than the chore of booting up your laptop and checking manually for available networks. Of the 3 reviews (Canary, Kensington and Smart ID) that I've personally [...]
If you happen to be using a Pocket PC that doesn't have built-in WiFi, there is no need to settle for a bulky card which sticks awkwardly from the SD slot. Instead, take a look at the pocketGEAR Australia SDIO Wireless LAN Card, touted as being the "World's Smallest WiFi Card". Included in the package [...]
Whoo hoo, another WiFi sniffer review! Come on, you can never get enough reviews of WiFi detectors. Since this is my third such review, I now consider myself a WiFi savant. Ok, not really... but I have learned a little bit about these gadgets and it's my job to convey that info to you. [...]
Our friends at ThinkGeek were nice enough to ship me a new toy: The Digital Hotspotter from Canary Wireless. This is probably the best portable 802.11b/g WiFi signal detector that I've tested so far. We've had several detectors reviewed here in the past that were either disappointing or just plain mediocre. They usually consist [...]
Product Requirements: Device: Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP An Ethernet (10Base-T or 100Base-TX) adapter for wired client A least one 802.11b (11Mbps) or 802.11g (54Mbps) wireless adapter for wireless mobile client An installed TCP/IP and Internet browser I've been a big fan of ASUS products for a long while now. In fact, I have built two [...]
About a year ago, I reviewed the first of the stand-alone WiFi detection devices to hit the market, the Kensington WiFi Finder, a neat little (3” long) product whose main drawback was that it didn’t work. Subsequently, I found (on The-Gadgeteer.com, of course!) the Smart ID WiFi Detector, a somewhat larger (4”x2.25”x.625”) and clunkier (1.82 [...]
Fans of wireless networking (otherwise known as WiFi, 802.11b, or g) will probably have heard the term Warchalking before. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this term, warchalking is the practice of marking a series of symbols on sidewalks and walls to indicate nearby wireless access points. When these symbols are seen [...]
Product Requirements: Sony CLIÉ PEG-NZ90 / PEG-NX80V / PEG-NX73V / PEG-NX70V / PEG-NX60, a wireless router, requires 118K RAM It didn't take long for the CLIÉ NZ90 became my "daily driver." I could go on and on about what makes this PDA work so well for me, but instead I am going to focus on [...]
It is fairly annoying to try to locate new places where your WiFi equipped laptop or PDA will pick up a signal, if you don’t want to continually set it up and experiment (perhaps attracting curious onlookers who then smirk when you can’t get a signal). My experience with Starbucks, hotel, and other hotspot [...]