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Key-ring device pinpoints WiFi hotspots up to 50 metres away


September 18, 2005

September 19, 2005 With an ever-increasing number of notebook users relying on WiFi connection to the Internet, finding access points has become a major consideration. Targus has come up with a great low-cost answer for this problem with the release of a neat little ‘key-ring’ device that can quickly detect WiFi (802.11b/g) access points and indicate the strongest through a simple LED display. The most significant advantage is of course that the WiFi Scout locates hotspots up to 50 metres away with no demand to boot-up your notebook until you wish to do business.

Measuring a compact 5.9 x 4 x 1.3cm and weighing a mere 25grams, the device has a single push-button operation, with red, yellow and green LEDs indicating signal strength. Normally carried on a keychain, the black/silver WiFi Scout has an expected retail price of only US$19.95, making it a ‘must have’ accessory for the mobile net browser. The WiFi Scout is available from Targus and there's also a guide on the Targus web site to help you find a local stickist.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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