It's the holiday season again, the time of year when much of our attention inevitably turns to gift giving--or receiving. If you're looking for technology items to round out your shopping list, check out our collection of Wi-Fi-enabled products (all prices listed are MSRP) for use at home, work, while traveling, or for no particular reason other than fun. If you see something you'd like for yourself, feel free to drop a hint to a friend or loved one...
At the office
Wired NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices are commonplace these days, but the D-Link DSM-G600 lets you set up a wireless NAS using an ordinary (and inexpensive) internal IDE hard drive. You can also expand its storage capacity by connecting external drives to the unit's pair of USB ports.
HP's Officejet Pro L7780 can print, copy, scan, fax in both color and black-and-white, plus it sports an automatic document feeder, two paper trays, and a duplexer that allows printing on both sides of a page. Best of all, built-in Wi-Fi lets you put the L7780 anywhere in the office you want, not just within reach of an Ethernet port.
Using Skype's VoIP service is a good way to save a business money on long-distance and international phone charges. Since it works over Wi-Fi, Netgear's SPH 200W lets you make your Skype calls without being tethered to a PC--you can even use it from hotspots when you're out of the office.
Nokia's E61i GSM smartphone is a tad larger than most, but the extra size nets you a large widenot tall--screen and a pretty spacious keyboard for working with documents and e-mail. When a cellular data connection isn't available (or you just want a faster connection than you can get through EDGE), you can use the E61i's Wi-Fi.
Around the house
The Acoustic Research ARRU449 Universal Wi-Fi Remote can control every device in your audio/visual arsenal, and the wireless capability means you don't need to connect the remote to your PC to program it. The ARRU449 can also use its Internet connection to display program guide information and other data.
Nobody ever said wireless gear had to be housed in a bland box with nondescript blinking lights. Belkin's N1 Vision is an 802.11n wireless router that sports a large LCD display providing easy access to information like your network's wireless data rate, what devices are connected, and even the upload and download speed of your broadband connection. [Read our full review.]
The first step to uploading photos to a photo sharing site is usually to download them from your digital camera to a PC, but the Eye-Fi can cut out the middleman. This 2GB SD card also has Wi-Fi built in, so it can transmit your photos directly from the camera to one of over a dozen different sites like Flickr, Picasa, or Snapfish.
There's no need to enjoy your vast music collection camped out in front of your PC, because when you hook the Squeezebox up to either an audio receiver or a dedicated set of speakers, you'll be able to wirelessly stream music from your PC to any other room in your home. The large OLED display and remote control makes browsing your music easy, and you can even use the Squeezebox to listen to podcasts, Internet radio stations, or access your Real Rhapsody account.