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CURIOSITY: HP's WiFi Signal Locator as add-on for Pocket PCs
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 08.05.05 - 20:29:21 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 12286x
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HP is carrying a so called "WiFi Signal Locator" in its British iPAQ Choice store but I wonder who needs it:

This WiFi Signal Locator is the smallest and most convenient way to check for hot spots without checking on your iPAQ. By attaching the WiFi SL to your key chain you will always be immediately aware of the presence of local hot spots. The patent-pending technology instantly detects only WiFi signal presence.

This technology eliminates false readings from microwave and portable phone interference. It detects 802.11B and G Networks. Plus, with four bright LED's you can easily see your signal strength.

Features

  • World's smallest WiFi Signal Locator
  • No need to 'boot up' Pocket PC to find a signal

Hmmm... HP should know that Pocket PCs don't need to boot but are instant on. Also what does it helps me to know there is a W-LAN network available just to find out (with my Pocket PC) later that it is WEP-key encrypted.

If you think you need it, you can order it for £20.49 fro HP. If you have bought it please let me know, I would be interested in your feedback why you bought it and how you use it.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by hirsch on 09.05.05 - 09:56:46

Last year i bought a Wifi-Finder from Kensington.It has the same purpose to check if there is a hot spot or not. I think for PDA's it doesn't sense, but for notebooks it makes sense.You don't switch on your nootebook to check can i use a hot-spot in the area or not. So it helps you to check it. I've the same opinion like Arne, for Pocket PC it's not useful.

Best regards
hirsch

Posted by micaels on 09.05.05 - 10:37:04

hirsch wrote:

Last year i bought a Wifi-Finder from Kensington.It has the same purpose to check if there is a hot spot or not. I think for PDA's it doesn't sense, but for notebooks it makes sense.You don't switch on your nootebook to check can i use a hot-spot in the area or not. So it helps you to check it. I've the same opinion like Arne, for Pocket PC it's not useful. Best regards hirsch

I have the same opinion as you guys. Bought one last year from hawking but now I don't really use it. This make me wonder did I really need it?

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