Smart ID Wi-Fi Detector
Editor's note: We have changed the ratings in this review to reflect recent changes in our rating scale. Click here to find out more.
The flashing lights on the $30 Smart ID Wi-Fi Detector indicate signal strength, but be careful: the flashing could also induce a seizure. To activate the iPod Mini-size detector, you press a small button. If there's an 802.11b or 802.11g signal in the area, the lights will flash; the more lights, the stronger the signal. If the lights are solid instead of flashing, the Smart ID could be detecting other devices, such as microwaves or cordless phones that operate in the 2.40GHz to 2.48GHz range, or it could also mean there are many Wi-Fi hot spots around--there's no way of telling which is the case. The signal grows stronger as you get closer, so you may be fooled into thinking that a coffee shop has Wi-Fi access, when it's really just the person who lives above the cafe. And as with all Wi-Fi detectors, you're out of luck if the network is WEP protected; the detector won't tell you whether the access point it's found is public or private.
Smart ID Wi-Fi Detector
Best Wireless Routers for 2019
Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit RouterStarting at: $134.00
Looking for a Wi-Fi router that has it all? Asus' latest RT-AC68U will fit the bill.
ASUS RT-AC86U Dual-Band Wireless RouterStarting at: $176.48
With top speeds and added features for gaming, security and network prioritization, the...
Synology RT2600acStarting at: $199.99
The Synology RT2600ac might be the best thing that's ever happened to home networking...
Asus Blue CaveStarting at: $130.97
The Asus Blue Cave smart router is the whole package with style, speed, security and all...
Asus RT-AC88U RouterStarting at: $239.99
More Best Products
Best places to buy prescription glasses online
Trying to figure out where to buy RX glasses online? Here's the quick skinny on the top...
Best live TV streaming services for cord cutters
Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue and others let you ditch your...
The Best VPN Services for 2019
A virtual private network (VPN) enables users to send and receive data while remaining...
The best antivirus protection of 2019 for Windows 10
Your PC needs protection against malware, and free antivirus software may be enough. Here's...
The 13 best Apple Watch bands to get on Amazon
From stainless steel to silicone, find an Apple Watch band for every purpose.