WiFlyer Wireless over Dial-up

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WiFlyer Wireless over Dial-up

WiFlyer

WiFlyer

I found an interesting product retailing for $149.95 that lets you convert your dial-up Internet connection to wireless WiFi. So instead of your laptop being tetherered to the phone line, you can roam about freely using a wireless connection to this device. Even better, with the compact and portable WiFlyer, you can actually SHARE your dial-up Internet connection with other members in your family (or your neighbors) - so no more fighting over one dial-up connection.

With a sleek, ultra-compact "pocketable" design and integrated V.92 modem and Ethernet port, WiFlyer plugs into a standard telephone line or Ethernet cable to provide a personal or sharable WiFi 'hotspot'. It's pretty "dummy proof"; you simply launch your browser automatically and it directs you to very easy to use setup and configuration screens.

Other features include:
- Manual volume control for telephone line monitoring and a miniature power supply that doesn't block adjacent outlets

- Multiple safeguards for wireless data access, such as support for 128-bit WEP encryption, a built-in firewall, and various levels of password protection.

The WiFlyer also doubles as a portable broadband wireless access point when an Ethernet connection is available. Using 802.11b, any WiFi-equipped PC or laptop can immediately access the Internet at distances up to 300 feet and network speeds up to 11Mbps.

They mention VoIP on their home page, but it's nothing more than supporting the ability for IP packets to traverse over the dial-up or broadband connection.



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