Linksys WUSBF54G Wireless-G USB network adapter with Wi-Fi finde
With the introduction of its new WUSBF54G, Linksys joins the growing ranks of manufacturers that are adding handy wireless hot-spot detectors to their Wi-Fi adapters. The WUSBF54G scans for and displays the details of available Wi-Fi networks on its built-in LCD screen, then taps into the network of your choice using its integrated 802.11b/g radio. Though the WUSBF54G's core features resemble those of other devices, such as the, its well-organized documentation, extensive configuration tool, and handy docking cradle are worth its slightly higher price.
Toting the Linksys WUSBF54G is akin to carrying a Swiss Army Knife with about 11 implements. The front of the device sports a diminutive LCD screen that's powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery inside the case; the battery charges through your computer's USB port. If you have a desktop with USB ports on its back panel, Linksys makes it easy for you to charge the adapter--just place it in the included docking cradle, then plug the cradle's long extension cable into your USB port.
After juicing up the Linksys WUSBF54G's battery, you can unplug the adapter and activate its LCD by hitting the on/off switch on the right edge. The opposite edge features two more buttons: Scan, which causes the device to search for available 802.11b/g networks (it can show you up to 15 networks); and Scroll, which spools through those wireless networks one after the other, showing onscreen specifics such as SSID, mode (b or g), channel, signal strength, and whether the network has associated security codes. Our only advice on the WUSBF54G's design would be to expand the display size a bit and permanently attach the removable cap to prevent its loss.