I’ve not bought a Wi-Fi detector yet for one reason, while these devices are great at locating Wi-Fi access, they won’t let you know whether encryption is enabled or not (and so you end up having to boot up anyway, which makes the device somewhat useless). What I was waiting for was a device that would show whether encryption was enabled, and a friend of mine just told me that he found exactly what I want. Canary Wireless has released The Digital Hotspotter HS10, a full-featured Wi-Fi detection and analysis device which provides information on signal availability and strength as well as essential network information, including ID, security status and channel, on an LCD display. And it is priced at a mere $50.
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