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August 13, 2005

Tiny device combines Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder with access point

Tiny device combines Wi-Fi Hotspot Finder with access point

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August 14, 2005 With its ease of use and full featured capability, the ZyXEL AG-225H Wi-Fi Finder is an ideal tool for consumers to detect hotspots, provide a secure wireless connection and share wireless access with others. The AG-225H gives users detailed information about security, SSID and signal strength, and it detects all 802.11a and 802.11b/g access points, including 802.11-compatible MIMO and Pre-N networks on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands. By displaying detailed information about the access points it locates, the US$99 AG-225 provides a great tool for security professionals to monitor the environment for any unsecured access points.

The AG-225H is the first to combine an 802.11a and 802.11b/g USB 2.0 adapter with a fully functional stand-alone hotspot detector that can also turn your laptop into an access point to allow users to instantly share wireless access with others. The soft access point feature makes the AG-225H perfect for conference rooms, meeting rooms and hotels where there is one wired network connection but multiple users. The new device packs a dual-band USB wireless adaptor with advanced WPA2 security and 802.11a worldwide radio support, allowing users access to 802.11a networks anywhere in the world.

"As wireless networking increasingly becomes ubiquitous, more and more people are looking to access the Internet on the go to check email, access corporate networks, share music and pictures, and send and receive documents," said Munira Brooks, vice president of sales, marketing and business development, at ZyXEL. "The AG-225H is an ideal tool for the road warrior who can't be without Internet access. It also makes a great holiday gift."

With its ease of use and full featured capability, the ZyXEL AG-225H is an ideal tool for consumers to detect hotspots, provide a secure wireless connection and share wireless access with others. The AG-225H gives users detailed information about security, SSID and signal strength, and it detects all 802.11a and 802.11b/g access points, including 802.11-compatible MIMO and Pre-N networks on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands. By displaying detailed information about the access points it locates, the AG-225 provides a great tool for security professionals to monitor the environment for any unsecured access points.

The AG-225H uses the ZyDAS smart chipset for USB Wireless Client Adaptors. ZyDAS, a subsidiary of ZyXEL Corporation, is one of the largest manufacturers of smart chipsets for USB Wireless Client adaptors.

Key benefits of the AG-225H include:

    LCD Display - AG-225H supports a graphic LCD display that provides the following information: Signal Strength, Security & Encryption, Operation Channel, Radio Band and SSID.

    Built-in LiON Battery - allows users to scan the environment for hotspots without turning on their computer.

    Dual-Band - supports 802.11a and 802.11g/b wireless networking standards over 5GHz (a) and 2.4GHz (b,g) band. In dual-band environments, intelligent software constantly monitors the wireless connection and will change bands to avoid interference and maintain high throughput levels.

    Enhanced Wireless Security - AG-225H is WPA and WPA2 certified and protects data with 802.1x authentication.

    Soft AP - By turning a computer into an instant wireless access point, users can share their network connection by simply plugging the computer into the Ethernet port and the AG-225 into the computer.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon After Editing or Managing over 50 print publications primarily in the role of a Magazine Doctor, Mike embraced the internet full-time in 1995 and became a "start-up all-rounder" – quite a few start-ups later, he founded Gizmag in 2002. Now he can write again.   All articles by Mike Hanlon
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