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

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Mon Aug 14 04:06:03 UTC 2006

Easiest way I know, out of the box, is a Toshiba E740.  See if you can 
find one used, and get it.  It does a stellar job of sniffing access 
points, and telling you what the signal strength and ESSID are.  It'll 
also tell you if the AP is using one of the encryption protocols, but 
not which one, nor what the key is.


American Common Defence Review wrote:
>  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.
> *Socket Go Wi-Fi!™ P500 - 802.11g SDIO Wi-Fi Card*
> http://www.socketcom.com/product/WL6010-676.asp
> *Socket Go Wi-Fi!™ 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&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1115416826419&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper 
> <http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1115416826419&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper>  
> *WiFi Software*
> *PocketWinc* (PDA WiFi Finder & Connectivity Software)
> http://downloads.zdnet.com/download.aspx?&kw=pocketwinc&docid=206391 
> <http://downloads.zdnet.com/download.aspx?&kw=pocketwinc&docid=206391>
> *Winc* (Laptop Wifi Finder & Connectivity Software)
> http://downloads.zdnet.com/download.aspx?&kw=winc&docid=206392 
> <http://downloads.zdnet.com/download.aspx?&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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