Novatel U727 EVDO stick reviewed

novatel u727 evdo stick

boing boing reviewed the Novatel U727 cellular EVDO USB stick that costs $280 (or $80 plus a $60/month 2 year contract with Sprint).

Overall they found it to be bigger than expected, installed easily, got good connectivity most of the time, and it doubles as a SD card reader.

If you live and spend most of your time in a large city this could be worth looking into.

(more at boingboing)

Planex DigiJuke NAS plays nicely with bittorrent

planex digijuke nas

I expect the MPAA lawyers are already working on lawsuits to sneak some tracking code into this device.

The Planex DigiJuke network attached storage device cost $525 for a 1GB system with gigabit ethernet. It’s big selling point is that it comes with a little browser for searching and tagging youtube videos and torrents for download directly to the DigiJuke.

(via engadget)

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Wifi predator: long range snooping

WiFi Predator

ihacked has created a long range smart wifi snooper for piggybacking off distant free or unsecured wireless routers.

It uses about $150 in parts (some of which you may already have lying around): a DD-WRT compatible router such as the Buffalo WHR-HP-G54, a Hyperlink 2.4GHz 14.5 Yagi Antenna, a cheap tripos, and some screws/velcro.

Construction of this seems really simple, although it is a big too big to carry on business trips to take advantage of nearby free hotspots instead of paying the hotel $15 a night for their internet.

(full instructions at ihacked)

Buffalo Linkstation Mini

Buffalo Linkstation Mini

We think Buffalo’s Linkstations are the best network attached storage solutions out there for the home or small office user, so we are excited to hear they are coming out with a mini version that accepts up to 2 500GB 2.5″ disks for a total storage capacity of a terabyte and supports RAID 1 mirroring and RAID 0 striping in a package measuring just 40mm x 82mm x 135mm (1.6″ x 3.2″ x 5.3″) and weighing 1.1lb

No word yet on price, but the Linkstation Mini will be available in May.

(More at buffalo)
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Power over Ethernet

power over ethernet POET 6000

DSP Design has unveiled the first PC that is powered through a standard ethernet (CAT5) cable.

The POET 6000 is less than an inch thick, silent, runs windows XP from a flash drive, has a touch screen, uses only 13w of power, and in our opinion would be perfect as a media center extender & web browser in your kitchen/bedroom etc.

(more from DSP Design via BBC)

Increase Bluetooth Range to a Mile

Increase Bluetooth Range to a Mile

The guys over at Popular Science came up with a fairly easy way to increase bluetooth range from 50 feet to about 5000 feet, as long as you are confortable wielding a soldering iron.

“So I detached the stock antenna from a Linksys USBBT100 Class 1 USB Bluetooth adapter ($70; and replaced it with a larger HyperGain RE05U 2.4GHz antenna ($15; With that simple mod, I can make a Bluetooth connection up to a mile away—about 4,950 feet farther than most.”

Sounds fun

(popular science via engadget)

Buffalo Secure Remote Gateway

Buffalo secure remote gateway WZR-RS-G54

Buffalo Technology has announced the first 802.11g wireless router designed for consumers and small business users that can operate a VPN (virtual private network).

A VPN allows you to connect to your home network over the internet from any location and sets up a secure encrypted network connection between your network and your computer.

The AirStation Wireless Secure Remote Gateway (WZR-RS-G54) will be available November at an estimated street price of $199.

Press Release

(via wifinetworkingnews)

Hawking Wireless Signal Booster

Hawking Wireless Signal Booster

Another interesting find at Digital Life last week was the Hawking Technology HSB1 802.11b/g wireless signal booster.

The Hawking wireless signal booster is a little box that you connect to the antenna connector of your wireless router. The wireless signal booster then boosts the power output from a typical 100mW up to 500mW.

The wireless signal booster works with just about any wireless router and the extra power should result in much better range: up to 1200ft indoors and up to 3800ft outside.

This looks like a great little gadget if you need your wireless to reach to all corners of your house.

The Hawking HSB1 wireless signal booster will be available November 1st.
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Netgear Double 108 Mbps Wireless

netgear extended range double speed 802.11g wireless

Jumping back to Digital Focus the other night, we wanted to tell you about some interesting 802.11g wireless technology we saw.

Unlike Belkin (who launched “pre-n” 802.11n technology and got told off by the official Wi-Fi standards organization) most wireless companies are focusing on improving and extending existing 802.11g wireless while they wait for 802.11n standards to be approved.

Netgear was at Digital Focus and they had networking gear that makes 802.11g both faster and longer ranged.

The Netgear Double 108 Mbps technology provides two simultaneous 108 Mbps wireless streams: an 802.11b/g stream perfect for fast file downloads, e-mail, Internet browsing, and online gaming, and an additional 802.11a ”fast lane”, free from congestion and interference, which is ideal for prioritizing traffic for applications such as home-based businesses and high quality video streaming.

The Netgear Double 108 Mbps technology also uses XRâ„¢ Extended Range technology from Atheros Communications offering up to three times the range of basic 802.11g technology.

Does it work as well as they claim? we’re not sure yet but we are going to try and get some Double 108 gear and try it out.

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Tivo 802.11g and Tivo to Go

tivo tivo to go humax 802.11g

Tivo were showing off the new Humax DRT800 DVD Recorder with Tivo Service, it’s basically an 80 hour tivo with a DVD recorder that lets you record to DVD as easily as you record a program to hard drive.

What Tivo weren’t showing at Digital Focus was just as interesting:

One of my pet peeves with Tivo is that my Tivo only operates wirelessly over 802.11b, which slows down the rest of my network from 802.11g speeds.

It is getting to the stage where I am tempted to setup two wireless networks: one 802.11g (or pre-n) for everything else and one 802.11b for Tivo.

Talking to a Tivo rep however I heard that Tivo will support 802.11g wireless “sometime next year”.

Another thing I wanted to talk about was Tivo to Go and the word there is that it’s getting close to being launched (Q4 or November – January), my guess is watch CES for the big announcements.

Bigger picture of the Humax below.
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