Best Hardware

Spectrum-analysis tools cure Wi-Fi headaches

If you’re suffering from poor Wi-Fi performance, dropouts, or dead zones despite having the latest and greatest router, it’s time to check your airwaves.

Metageek’s inexpensive Wi-Spy spectrum analyzers will root out rogue access points, interfering neighbors, cordless phones, and more — giving you back control over your Wi-Fi net.

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USB cable prints to parallel printers and allows file-sharing

Need to print to a printer with a parallel interface? Need to transfer files
between a laptop that has only USB ports and an older PC that has only a
parallel port?

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Flat-panel wide-screen monitor/TV drops below $500

Sharp’s flat-screen, 16:9 television/computer monitor, which is a reasonable
17-inch size with 1280 x 768 resolution, has been out for a few months now. But
its price has just recently fallen as low as U.S. $475 with an $80 manufacturer’s
rebate that some vendors are able to offer. (This rebate is good through Aug. 15
but is apparently only available in the United States.) You can work on your PC
while a separate picture-in-picture tuner displays a smaller window showing what’s
on your favorite cable channel.
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