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WiFi Detector - £9.99 - Staples
WiFi Detector - £9.99 - Staples

WiFi Detector - £9.99 - Staples

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Quickly and easily find a hotspot for wireless internet connections without having to boot up your computer. LEDs indicate the presence of a wireless network and signal strength

Detects 802.11b and 802.11g
Omni-directional
Three LED indicate signal presence and strength
Battery operated

WiFi Detector
Item Number 386710

If you look for this deal via staples.co.uk, the price comes up as £19.99 - however, in the email I recieved, it is showing as £9.99. The "Go To Deal" link is the link from the email. Hope it works!

EDIT: "Just to add that the prices at Staples are ex. VAT so you need to add 17.5% to the cost plus it's £2.90 p&p unless you spend over £30 NET of VAT." (Thanks, sootyvrs)

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Good if your out and about, because you can run off the pubs network e.t.c.
Hot!!

Nice, voted hot!

But presumably it isn't going to tell you whether it's a free connection or a chargeable one. If it's a pay connection it isn't going to be any use to you.

Thanks to the OP.

Just to add that the prices at Staples are ex. VAT so you need to add 17.5% to the cost plus it's £2.90 p&p unless you spend over £30 NET of VAT.

Newbold;1588515

But presumably it isn't going to tell you whether it's a free connection … But presumably it isn't going to tell you whether it's a free connection or a chargeable one. If it's a pay connection it isn't going to be any use to you.



My thoughts exactly. Also, if it is a secure private connection you'd just be booting up your laptop (or wasting your PDAs battery) for no reason. A better option would be to look for wifi stickers/signs in the windows of the shops around you, eg: Starbucks and McDonalds - they're everwhere you look anyway! (You may need to pay but at least you're guaranteed a good safe connection.)

This is hot how? I bought one a year back for a fiver :X

There are a lot of alternatives out there at a better price. Although I have never seen the point of them. Your own wifi equipment will tell you what networks are around and inform you whether they are free or not. If you cant find a free one where you are then drive towards your nearest Mcdonalds - As far as i know all there branches broadcast free internet.

J

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Jakg;1588578

This is hot how? I bought one a year back for a fiver :X


its hot unless you can tell us where it can be had for a fiver :whistling:

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Jakg;1588578

This is hot how? I bought one a year back for a fiver :X



Thanks for all the comments.

I don't care if a deal I post is voted hot or cold - as long as it results in confirming a good deal, or highlighting a better one.

Put your money where your mouth is, help us out, and tell us where to get a similar product for a better price.:thumbsup:

solid;1588752

Thanks for all the comments.I don't care if a deal I post is voted hot or … Thanks for all the comments.I don't care if a deal I post is voted hot or cold - as long as it results in confirming a good deal, or highlighting a better one. Put your money where your mouth is, help us out, and tell us where to get a similar product for a better price.:thumbsup:



I think there's more of a problem with the concept of the product than the price. There's not much point in knowing that there's a wifi signal unless you also know whether you can access it without a subscription.

Thanks for the post, though.

These products are vital for another use - IT engineers/technicians, when setting up a wireless network. No point in setting up a Netgear wireless router in a location if the signal wont reach the room the client wants the wireless!! I've never seen a similar product for less than around £25, and I've been on the lookout for precisely this reason - voted hot.

pcfairs;1588582

There are a lot of alternatives out there at a better price. Although I … There are a lot of alternatives out there at a better price. Although I have never seen the point of them. Your own wifi equipment will tell you what networks are around and inform you whether they are free or not. If you cant find a free one where you are then drive towards your nearest Mcdonalds - As far as i know all there branches broadcast free internet.J


All Wetherspoons pubs now have totally free connection.It used to be a voucher system,but they have now ditched that idea and it is free automatically.

without having to boot up your computer


Learn to use stand by

These products are vital for another use - IT engineers/technicians, when … These products are vital for another use - IT engineers/technicians, when setting up a wireless network.



They use WiFiFoFum for PDAs or Netstumbler for PCs (both free)
aspecto-software.com/rw/…um/
netstumbler.com/dow…ds/

I've never seen a similar product for less than around £25, and I've been … I've never seen a similar product for less than around £25, and I've been on the lookout for precisely this reason


This one also detects microwaves and cordless phones ;-) These wifi detector keyrings are useless, and no one actually buys them, they are usually just corporate freebies given away like pens and thrown in the bin. If you really don't want to open your laptop check out this Linksys usb wifi adaptor, it has an LCD display that shows the names of networks and security mode.
google.co.uk/pro…g=p
Bit expensive though, money would be better spent towards an iPhone which you can use to detect the network and also actually use it too.

I wouldnt want to use a laptop for the job - bloody faffy if you want to set out a range map of the wireless network. The PDA software is a good idea though - thanks for the link!

As an alternative, the one I was looking at(admittedly somewhat different from this one) is:
ebuyer.com/pro…859

I just use my phone....

MrShed;1589161

These products are vital for another use - IT engineers/technicians, when … These products are vital for another use - IT engineers/technicians, when setting up a wireless network. No point in setting up a Netgear wireless router in a location if the signal wont reach the room the client wants the wireless!! I've never seen a similar product for less than around £25, and I've been on the lookout for precisely this reason - voted hot.



or you could be detecting the wifi from another router.. you have no idea if its your wifi unless you are based in the middle of nowhere.

My Pda phone does a better job.

MrShed;1589161

These products are vital for another use - IT engineers/technicians, when … These products are vital for another use - IT engineers/technicians, when setting up a wireless network. No point in setting up a Netgear wireless router in a location if the signal wont reach the room the client wants the wireless!! I've never seen a similar product for less than around £25, and I've been on the lookout for precisely this reason - voted hot.


Maplin have had these in for a tenner.

maplin.co.uk/Mod…6m2

http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/300/a37cj.jpg

OrangeJuice;1589440

or you could be detecting the wifi from another router.. you have no idea … or you could be detecting the wifi from another router.. you have no idea if its your wifi unless you are based in the middle of nowhere.



yep I use my PDA and wififofum when seting up wireless routers for clients.
aspecto-software.com/rw/…um/

http://www.aspecto-software.com/rw/applications/wififofum/screenshots/files/page11-1001-full.jpg

If you put wireless routers on girls' heads and then you send them all off to hide, you can use this keyring to find them later. Voted hot.

Newbold;1588515

But presumably it isn't going to tell you whether it's a free connection … But presumably it isn't going to tell you whether it's a free connection or a chargeable one. If it's a pay connection it isn't going to be any use to you.



That's what I was thinking, does it flash differently if the wifi connection is open, or password protected?

pakichan;1589308

I just use my phone....



Same here. Displays name, security, signal strength..

TYTN II (Vario III) if anyone is interested.

dee69;1589441

i use one of these lol http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/illuminated/991e/


lol

As they're too lazy at ThinkGeek to even pull out a keychain wi-fi detector from their pockets; taking a look at the washing instructions of this t-shirt and the work involved, who is washing it? Their mums or geeky girlfriends... :oops:

Purely geektastic! http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/8982/tshirthr2.gif

I just use my PSP and a free app called Road Dog. Shows everything you need to know and speaks if it finds an open network...:-D

Blanco;1589588

If you put wireless routers on girls' heads and then you send them all … If you put wireless routers on girls' heads and then you send them all off to hide, you can use this keyring to find them later. Voted hot.



Genius! :thumbsup:

This isnt a hot deal. I give these away to fellow workers when i get sent one...
Use your phone / laptop / etc instead, if you are geek enough to need this then you'll have one of those.

Sorry but cold

Can't see the point - if a store has a free or paid-for open connection they want you to use, they'll be at pains to promote it to you. If it's a secure private network you won't be able to use it, and if it's an insecure but private network you'll be both breaking the law and being a mean person by using it.

It's obviously only to sniff out private but insecure networks, which is pretty mean. For the first time ever, and hopefully the last, I'm rating cold because I think it's basically just a law-breaking product.

You're making quite a few assumptions there.
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