Boost WiFi with a pop can

MAKE has a link to a metacafe video where a lady demonstrates how to use a soda can or two to boost your WiFi signal. The instructions are simple, and all you need is a marker, an empty pop can or two that have been cleaned out, a hole punch, and something that can cut the cans without bending them too much.

You start by removing the tab, making some markings, cutting the can in half from top to bottom, punching a hole for your WiFi router/AP’s antenna, and then putting the antenna through the hole. There is a recommendation of using a marker to make the cans uniformly black, but I don’t think that matters.


Linksys WRT600N

Oh, all this WiFi N business makes me chuckle, they don’t even have a set standard, its still in draft stages, and they have been selling the hardware for like a year or something like that, so dumb. Anyways, Linksys is bringing you the latest from Draft 2.0.

It uses a Broadcom chipset for dual-band 802.11n goodness and even had gigabit Ethernet ports. You can even hook up an external USB drive and make it into and NAS as well.


Sonos ZoneBridge 100

So what does this thing do? Who is Sonos? Sonos is the company that enables you to literally spread your music and other web-based audio streams around your house like its your manifest destiny.

The ZoneBridge 100 does one of two things, lets start by saying that without this device, you have to dedicate on of the ZonePlayers to wherever your router or internet connection is, with this device you no longer have to do that, it can take the place of the one device with an internet connection allowing the rest of the system to be wireless. Or, if you’d prefer, and you have a hugemongous house, you can use it as a simple range extender for your Sonos system.


Motorola CPEi300 and CPEi800 WiMax Modems

What better place to unveil your offerings of WiMax modems than at WiMax World USA? That’s exactly what Motorola did, with one of their offerings, the CPEi300, appearing to be production ready or better.

The CPEi800 is mostly the same thing as the CPEi300, except the i800 has 4 Ethernet ports and WiFi, so I am just going to give the stats of the i300. First thing I must say, it looks pretty good for a wireless broadband modem, other than that, there are 4 ports and a reset button on the back. From left to right, there is a phone jack, Ethernet port, power port, reset button, and lastly another phone jack.


New HotSpot @Home router revealed by FCC docs, is T-Mobile looking at VoIP?

T-Mobile is really pushing their HotSpot @Home service, which is good for everyone. Who wouldn’t want a phone that makes calls for free when you’re at home, or at some of your most frequented places? According to a new FCC approval, they may be teaming up with Linksys for a new router. This time they’re not just looking at your cell phone.


Phoebus MB6000 – Walk and Connect Wirelessly Like An Egyptian

First the facts, its shaped like a pyramid, but no one is buried inside. Second the technical specs, 802.11b/g WiFi router powered by your 3G card.


Belkin N1 Vision router

Belkin comes up with fresh new design for its N1 Vision router. The N1 Vision router simplifies setup process and making it easy to monitor your wireless network. It has a display on the router itself to give you real-time reports of activities on your router.


Powerline-ethernet technology continues to grow with new I-O DATA routers

Ethernet over powerline is one of those technologies I never really thought would take off, but given the number of new products launched using PLC – everything from streaming media to expanding your home network without relying on WiFI – I guess I’ve been proved wrong!  Latest is I-O DATA’s PLC-ET/MY range, which offers you a choice of wired (the MY-R) or wireless (the MY-G54) ethernet distribution options.



Bring the internet along on your next road-trip

Mobile data access via your cellphone is nothing new, but the costs can certainly mount up if a number of people are using it.  Add in the inconvenience of either tethering your handset to a computer (whether by Bluetooth or cable) or, worse, trying to do all your surfing via your phone’s display and you start to see the business model for AutoNet Mobile’s product.  They’ve taken all that’s good about high-speed mobile internet access and bundled it inside a WiFi router that’s powered by your car’s battery.  Net product is seamless internet on the move, with some help from AutoNet’s own cell-tower transition smoothing wizardry.

The fact that it pumps out WiFi means no specific cables, no Bluetooth speed or range limitations and no need for handset/carrier specific software.  It’ll be offered on select Avis rental cars later on this year in 10 major cities, or available to private buyers for around $399 with a $49/month service rental charge.

AutoNet Mobile [via Autoblog]

ASUS WL-700gE Router Supports For Computer-less BitTorrent

Anyone and everyone who share software, videos and music online need to get the ASUS WL-700gE.  This bad boy gots the goods.  Everything from support for computer-less BitTorrenting directlyover the box’s WAN port, 3.5-inch 160GB internal disk drive, 3 x USB 2.0 jacks, 4 x wired Ethernet ports, a built-in firewall and other applications such as FTP, Samba, and UPnP/DLNA.  It will even share speakers, printers and USB tethered webcam across the net.  While ASUS has every good intention for the WL-700gE to be used in a legal fashion, there are those who will abuse it for illegal activities.


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