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ASUS Pocket Access
Point - Review by Paul Zazzarino
Doing demos in Ad-hoc mode (IBSS) has its limitations,
not to mention carrying around an access point along with additional hardware
can be cumbersome. Enter the ASUS WL-330. It is the size of a credit card and
about 3/4 of an inch thick. The photo here shows one sitting between an IPAQ
and a Nokia phone. Note: it is smaller than the PDA and even smaller in height
than the phone. Packed with a good deal of functionality:
BSS / IBSS modes
Wireless Distribution System
TX Power 15~18 dBm
Range 100 to 300 ft max.
Outdoor LOS up to 1500 feet
The unit is powered by an 4V (1000mA) adapter, but it comes with a USB cable
which you can use to power it right off of any USB port. You can setup the
device via any internet browser. The device also comes with site survey
software. Additionally you can configure the device as a hub, connecting it to
broadband or DSL, via its 10BT ethernet port. For example when traveling just
plug this into your hotel rooms ethernet connection and your laptop or PDA can
now hit the internet cable free. While I would not consider using these for
long term deployment. For demos, on-site trouble shooting, and other road
warrior tasks the WL-330 is worth every penny. Unit comes complete with
software, 10BT ethernet cable, USB cable, power supply and carrying case. You
can purchase one over the internet at www.newegg.com for $51.99
Zazzarino began programming on Altairs and
other microprocessor based devices in the early 80's. This was
followed by over a dozen years of tool development and mobile
handheld applications in the nineties long before the term "wireless"
"802.11" and "mobile computing" were part of the common
lexicon. Focusing primarily on CE.NET solutions,
Paul develops and evaluates mobile and wireless solutions in a
variety of models. Paul extols the virtues of "Fat Clients" with
the ability to operate stand-alone and independently buffering and storing
data, adjusting connectivity and data delivery based on network
availability and access. Paul works as an independent consultant in a
B2B format and can be contacted at