Daily Giz Wiz 542: Cradlepoint Personal Hotspot

Episode 542 of the podcast

Cradlepoint Personal Hotspot
Subject: Review of Cradlepoint Personal Hotspot
Released:Tuesday 8 April 2008
Length:about 12 minutes
Download file:dgw0542.mp3 (5.5 MB)

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Short info

Leo shares online access with an EVDO card and the CradlePoint Personal Hotspot.

Detailed information

A tip from Ron Rosberg who appears on The Tech Guy, Leo's radio show.  The PHS300 works like your router at home, except that instead of connecting your DSL or cable modem to the WLAN port, you connect a USB 3G modem or your 3G-enabled cellphone to the USB Host Port.  Other devices can then use the 3G mobile broadband (HSDPA or EVDO from A T & T, Sprint and Verizon) via the PHS300 using wifi (wirelss b/g compatible).  Cradlepoint calls it their WiPipe technology.  Otherwise it works just like any other router, with WEP and WPA support, and device management via web browser.  4.7" x 2.8" x 0.8" in dimensions, 4 ounces in weight, with a Li-ion battery which can also charge your 3G-phone or power the USB modem.  An ultraportable mobile personal hotspot.

For a list of compatible devices, check here.  The firmware can be upgraded.

Other models with different feature sets are also available.  The CTR350 is a similar to the PHS300, except that it has no built-in Li-ion battery, but has an extra ethernet port for standard internet connection.  Like the CTR350, the MBR1000 has an ethernet port for internet connection via a DSL or cable modem, an Express Card Slot for express card 3G-modems, and supports wirelss-N in addition to wirelss b/g, with 3 external antennae to broaden the range of reception.  The only thing it doesn't have is a built-in battery.

And Fun For All ...

... and things that make life easier, or not.  Shane Shellenberger writes in about a fun site: andfunforall.blogspot.com.  From the Smart Cup (with built-in cookies holder), the Penguin Tea Timer, to the Banana Guard and the Lock-Cup, you get the wackiest of gadgets on this page of andfunforall.

Alternatively, you can find the same gadgets on Cool Inventions at fwdemails.com, or Things That Make Life Easier Or Not by LiYu, or Cool Inventions/Things That Make Life Easier by AlvinPoh, or XPigs Part 1 and Part 2, with no attribution to the source.  Fun for all indeed.

The Banana Guard is available here.  The Penguin Timer has been covered before, in Episode 501 (and suggested by George from Ajax, Ontario, Canada).  The Lock-Cup is still awaiting a manufacturer.

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