One of the major reasons why you may opt for a notebook over a desktop is for the added portability that it can provide. However, most of us can be pretty useless if we are without Internet access, so you’ll want a quick and easy way to check for the availability of interwebz where you are.
I guess you could whip out your laptop, turn it on, and let it do the search for wireless networks, but that’s an unnecessarily cumbersome way of doing it. Instead, you may want to consider the generic Wi-Fi Seeker and Light.
This car remote-sized device offers two features, as you can probably tell. Hit one of the buttons and the single LED flashlight will turn on to light your path. Hit the other button and it will show you the signal strength of any Wi-Fi network in the area.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that this handy little remote will not tell you the SSID of said network, nor will it tell you if the network is password-protected in some way. It also won’t tell you if the network is for internal purposes only or if it opens up to the world wide web.
Yeah, I guess it can be pretty handy, but I think I’ll stick to my WiFi-enabled smartphone for scanning instead.