Wi-Fi We Can Be Thankful For

Black Friday is fast-approaching—and so is the end of Q4. If you’re looking to make a Wi-Fi-related purchase for business or personal use before the year ends, let our 2008 reviews help guide you. These are some of the Wi-Fi services, access points, client devices, accessories, and software we are most thankful for this year:

Services

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iPhone 3G (AT&T) [Reviewed: October 14, 2008] It’s not just hype that’s made the iPhone the hottest smartphone around. If you’re due for an upgrade, take a good look at the iPhone 3G.


iPhone 3G (Rogers) [September 23, 2008] Another expert weighs in on the iPhone 3G, this time the version from Canadian carrier, Rogers. His verdict? “What’s not to like?”


iPhone 3G (Génial!) [Reviewed: July 24, 2008] Paris-based iPhone user and reviewer, Joe Kissell, goes in-depth to describe what’s so great about–and what still needs improving on–the iPhone 3G.


HAVA Titanium HD Wi-Fi [Reviewed: October 13, 2008] The Hava Titanium HD Wi-Fi’s ability to stream high-quality, if not high-definition, video and audio to around-the-house or around the world–and do it completely wirelessly–provides great television-watching flexibility. Anyone that wants to keep up with shows while on the move should check it out.


Polycom SpectraLink 8002 Wireless Telephone [Reviewed: October 8, 2008] If you’re looking to put voice on a WLAN powered by low-cost wireless hardware, the Polycom SpectraLink 8002 ($349) can do the job.


The Netflix Player by Roku [Reviewed: September 12, 2008] Oh, Netflix Player ($99), how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. For those of us who have a deep and meaningful relationship with our Netflix queues, the opportunity to remove the wait—and the possibility of scratched, damaged, or lost DVDs—is something of a dream come true.

HP iPAQ 110 Classic – PDA [Reviewed: July 11, 2008] The iPAQ 110 may look like a museum relic from the days when everyone had a PDA in his or her pocket, but that’s not a bad thing. And some modern upgrades–such as Wi-Fi–give this old school device a contemporary edge.


T-Mobile Shadow–A Smooth Operator [Reviewed: January 9, 2008] This new Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone from T-Mobile is both full-featured and surprisingly easy on the eyes.


ASUS AIR Internet Radio [Reviewed: January 30, 2008] The interface is awkward, but the sound quality, design, and easy set-up more than make up for it.


Accessories


BlueAnt Z9i Bluetooth Headset [Reviewed: September 26, 2008] BlueAnt’s $99.99 Z9i, while relatively pricey, has features and performance that make it a well-above-average Bluetooth headset.


BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Handsfree Kit [Reviewed: August 20, 2008] Although the ease of setup and availability of voice dialing will vary depending on the capabilities of your specific phone, the BlueAnt Supertooth 3 Bluetooth Handsfree is a solid product that can make in-car phone use safer and more convenient.


TRITTON AX Micro Bluetooth Headset [Reviewed: July 24, 2008] This tiny, shiny earpiece is a worthy solution for users looking for a non-bulky, affordable Bluetooth headset.


Security Tools


Pure Networks Network Magic Pro 4.8 [Reviewed: September 10, 2008] Network Magic Pro 4.8 ($49.99) makes setting up, troubleshooting, securing, and managing home and small business Wi-Fi networks easier.


Review: Motorola RF Management Suite (Part 1) [Reviewd: July 30, 2008] This comprehensive four-in-one toolkit provides integrated end-to-end network management for large, distributed Motorola WLANs.


Review: Motorola LANPlanner (RF Management Suite, Part 2) [Reviewed: August 11, 2008] This 3D modeler, part of the Motorola RF Management Suite, uses “RF intelligent” WLAN design to cut cost, improve performance.


Software


Three Linux Wi-Fi Managers [Reviewed: October 23, 2008] An overview of three Linux programs that help users manage Wi-Fi connections: Network Manager, Wicd, and KWifiManager.


Motorola Mobility Services Platform (MSP) (RF Management Suite, Part 3 of 4) [Reviewed: September 24, 2008] In the third installment of this four-part review, Lisa Phifer takes an in-depth look at the Java-based network management console that enables unified configuration, maintenance, and monitoring for large, diverse Motorola WLANs.


LobsterTunes [Reviewed: August 19, 2008] Stream PC audio to your smartphone via Wi-Fi or EDGE, “Rock Lobster”-style.


Apple MobileMe [Reviewed: August 12, 2008] Now that the bugs are worked out, MobileMe delivers a smooth and seamless experience that makes using the service hassle-free for iPhone and iPod touch users.


iPhone 2.0 Software Upgrade [Reviewed: July 21, 2008] There’s much to like about the 2.0 software upgrade, which adds a huge variety of features and programs to the iPhone and iPod touch.


Windows Live FolderShare 2008 Beta [Reviewed: June 24, 2008] Microsoft’s Windows Live FolderShare 2008 software makes sharing (and synchronizing) files across multiple systems an exercise in simplicity even when working remotely.


Yugma: CoIP (Collaboriation over IP) [Reviewed: June 23, 2008] Yugma conference participants can share desktops and control of applications, mark up documents, and record the whole session.


Wi-Spy 2.4x Wireless Spectrum Analyzer [Reviewed: April 14, 2008] A perfect spectrum analyzer tool for most non-enterprise and small 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network users.


AirMagnet’s OQO Analyzer/Survey Bundle [Reviewed: March 21, 2008] Popular Wi-Fi analyzer and survey tools go “ultra mobile” in this symbiotic package from AirMagnet and OQO.


Best Mac Tools: Five Indispensable Apps [Reviewed: March 19, 2008] Guest columnist Michael Hall offers up a handful of Internet applications that every Mac owner needs to know about. Some have their flaws, but they’re certain to enhance your daily ‘Net experience.


Propel’s Personal Bandwidth Manager [Reviewed: March 7, 2008] Introducing the tool that shows the user when the problem’s on the PC, not on your network.


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