So you have a nifty gadget you built and you want to get it wirelessly on the net or talking to your computer.
You could use:
- BlueSMiRF ($60)
All of these are too expensive for practical ubicomp stuff. The BlueSMiRF is the cheapest overall, but doesn’t give you IP connectivity. The cheapest IP solution is the frankensteinian concoction of a SitePlayer and pocket AP. Not exactly as plug-and-play as something like the Wi-ME.
But, what about power concerns:
|BlueSMiRF||5VDC @ 48mA, can be reduced to 2mA with config tweak|
|Digi Connect ME||3.3VDC @ 250 mA typical|
|Digi Connect Wi-ME||3.3VDC @ 400 mA max|
|Lantronix XPort||3.3VDC @ 267 mA nominal|
|Lantronix WiPort||3.3VDC @ 460 mA peak (388mA avg @ max data rate)|
|Asus WL-330 pocket AP||5V @ 680mA|
|Netgear WGR-101 pocket AP||??? 5V @ 2A power supply|
|Dlink pocket AP||??? probably similar to netgear|
Obviously, BlueSMiRF wins at power consumption too. But jeez, I want my gizmo to have an IP address! None of the WiFi solutions above are efficient enough to run long on a battery. I wish someone would make available these custom WiFi chipsets that are coming out in phones and things like the Nintendo DS.