Spotlight Gadget – Beetle BANG Wi-Fi Optimizer

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 …

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Slacker G2 Personal Radio Review

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

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

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)

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

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 …

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pocketGEAR Australia SDIO Wireless LAN Card

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 …

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Canary Wireless Digital Hotspotter Review

  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 …

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ASUS WL-330 Pocket Access Point

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 …

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PCTEL WiFi Seeker Review

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 …

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Smart ID WiFi Detector Review

  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 …

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Sony PEG-WL110 Compact Flash Wireless LAN Card Review

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 …

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