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Rise of the MiFi

on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Posted in: Travel Gear, Wireless

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 throughRead More…

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WiSpy 2.4i Spectrum Analyzer analyzes your spectrums

By: Andy Simmons
on Friday, August 14th, 2009
Posted in: Wireless

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 tweakRead More…

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Archos 704 WiFi Mobile DVR Review

on Saturday, August 8th, 2009

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.

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Come on baby light my Wi-Fire

on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Posted in: Wireless

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.

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New Sony X-series Walkman has a built in Slacker Radio app

on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

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 isRead More…

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Don’t swallow the Mvix Nubbin WiFi adapter

on Monday, May 4th, 2009
Posted in: Wireless

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.

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Myine Ira Wireless Internet Radio

on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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?

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Spotlight Gadget – Beetle BANG Wi-Fi Optimizer

on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Posted in: Uncategorized

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 lowRead More…

Slacker G2 Personal Radio Review

on Thursday, November 13th, 2008

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…

Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter WiFi Finder HS-20

on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
Posted in: Gear, Wireless

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.

chumby Internet Appliance / Clock

on Friday, October 12th, 2007

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.

StarTech.com WiFi Detector with LCD (WIFIDETG)

on Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
Posted in: Gear, Wireless

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.

ZyXEL AG-225H WiFi Finder and 802.11a/b/g USB 2.0 Adapter

on Monday, January 16th, 2006
Posted in: Gear, Wireless

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 personallyRead More…

pocketGEAR Australia SDIO Wireless LAN Card

on Friday, January 6th, 2006

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 packageRead More…

Kensington WiFi Finder Plus Review

on Friday, April 15th, 2005
Posted in: Gear, Wireless

  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.Read More…

Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter Review

on Friday, April 8th, 2005
Posted in: Gear, Wireless

  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 consistRead More…

ASUS WL-330 Pocket Access Point

on Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

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 twoRead More…

PCTEL WiFi Seeker Review

By: Jeffrey Friedman
on Friday, May 28th, 2004
Posted in: Gear, Wireless

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 (1.82Read More…

Smart ID WiFi Detector Review

on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
Posted in: Gear, Wireless

  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 seenRead More…

Sony PEG-WL110 Compact Flash Wireless LAN Card Review

on Thursday, August 21st, 2003
Posted in: Wireless

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 onRead More…

Kensington WiFi Finder Review

By: Jeffrey Friedman
on Thursday, August 14th, 2003
Posted in: Gear, Wireless

  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 hotspotRead More…