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[Ham-80211] Which PDA to buy as a WiFi Finder?

Rik rik at ticnet.com
Sun Aug 13 17:18:04 UTC 2006


The Siemens SX66 has it all.  My only problem with it is that I can't do a
dial-up data call to my personal ISP.  Gotta use Cingular's data service.

 

-Rik.  K4TTT-TV

 

 

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Subject: [Ham-80211] Which PDA to buy as a WiFi Finder?

 

>From Don Hamrick/KI5SS,

 

Ok! I am a newbie with PDAs. Never owned one and didn't know much about
them. Now I am doing a fast study on PDAs to find out which PDA is best to
use as a WiFi Finder as its primary use and for other applications such as
Amateur Radio as cascading into its secondary use, if feasible. My marketing
research revealed the following products that fits the bill for what am
looking for. 

 

I am a merchant seaman. I travel constantly. I want to use a PDA as a WiFi
Finder so that I don't have to pull out my laptop from its wheeled-bag every
time just to check for WiFi availability. It is easier to use a PDA for this
purpose. 

 

SDIO CARDS:

 

Socket Go Wi-Fi!T P500 - 802.11g SDIO Wi-Fi Card

http://www.socketcom.com/product/WL6010-676.asp

 

Socket Go Wi-Fi!T P300 - 802.11g SDIO Wi-Fi Card

http://www.socketcom.com/product/WL6217-664.asp

 

Linksys Wireless-G Compact Flash Card, WCF54G

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2
<http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2F
Layout&cid=1115416826419&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper>
&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1115416826419&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVis
itorWrapper   

 

WiFi Software

 

PocketWinc (PDA WiFi Finder & Connectivity Software)

http://downloads.zdnet.com/download.aspx?
<http://downloads.zdnet.com/download.aspx?&kw=pocketwinc&docid=206391>
&kw=pocketwinc&docid=206391

 

Winc (Laptop Wifi Finder & Connectivity Software)

http://downloads.zdnet.com/download.aspx?
<http://downloads.zdnet.com/download.aspx?&kw=winc&docid=206392>
&kw=winc&docid=206392

I downloaded Winc and installed it. Instantly it became my default WiFi
Connect Utility over Windows barebones utility in the System Tray. I was
impressed with its intuitiveness and ease of use.

 

 

PDA

 

Looking for a PDA ($300 TO $600 price range) with 802.11g capability so that
I do not have to buy an SDIO card listed above since the majority of PDAs
have 802.11b.

 

NEXT EDUCATIONAL PHASE: Amateur Radio and 802.11b/g Applications

 

How is Amateur Radio applied to 802.11b or 802.11g services?

 

APRS? PACKET? Other?

 

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