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.