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Kensington WiFi Finder

Kensington WiFi Finder
Have you gone wireless yet? Many new laptop computers and PDA's now come with built-in WiFi 802.11 wireless Internet access capability. More and more wireless "hot-spots" are popping up every day. They're in airports, Starbucks, McDonalds, hotel lobbies, outdoor park plazas, and other public places. Some are marked as hot-spots but many aren't. So, how do you know where you can "boot-up" to check your email or get directions from Mapquest? Walking around with a powered-up laptop is one option just not a very good one. They're called laptops for a reason. Some wireless PDA's can run sniffer programs to locate hot-spots, but you'll run down your batteries quickly that way. That's why you should spend the thirty bucks and buy yourself a Kensington WiFi Finder. Just push the button and its LED's will guide you to the most powerful WiFi signal in the area (the stronger the signal, the faster your downloads). So small, it's actually "keyring-able." Available at some computer superstores or from ThinkGeek.

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