Gigabyte combines Wi-FI, USB Flash drive
Is that a WLAN in your pocket?
Gigabyte has a novel idea for fans of go-anywhere computing: a USB Flash drive that features a built-in Wi-Fi adaptor.
The GN-WLBZ201 offers 128MB of Flash storage accessible using any OS that supports USB storage devices. The device sports a fold-up antenna module with activity lights.
Unhooked from a notebook or desktop, the device's cap fits over the USB connector and provides a clip ready to be inserted into an self-respecting geek's front shirt pocket.
The device ships with a Windows 2000/XP software access point, allowing other devices to connect to the Net via the host PC. As yet, neither 802.11g nor WPA are supported - the GN-WLBZ201 only supports 64- and 128-bit WEP.
And for those of you who don't need the Flash drive, Gigabyte is offering a WLAN-only version, the GN-WLBZ101.
Pricing and availability was not disclosed. ®