<span class="gmail_quote"></span><div><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">Maybe something small enough to clip on a belt. Then connect to it
<br>through bluetooth and have it connect to wifi and redirect network
<br>traffic.<br><br>I am sure its possible.. Has anyone ever heard of anything like that?</blockquote><div><br>Something like this DID exist, the PX20:<br><a href="http://www.blueunplugged.com/p.aspx?p=105816" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
</a><br><br>Launched in 2002 by a company called Possio, it seems to
have instantly faded away, despite plenty of hype when they unveiled
it. Possio don't make anything particularly similar any more (<a href="http://www.possio.com/" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
It "allowed Bluetooth devices access to WLAN networks" and looks as
though it was based on an embedded Java web server, and was apparently
pretty cheap. It wasn't quite ideal - relatively compact but not
comfortably pocket-sized, and although it has an internal battery it
was designed to plug into the mains most of the time.
<br><br>As for something available today, there's this seriously OTT option:<br><a href="http://www.ipwireless.com/products/mobile_bband_gateway.html" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">
<br>The "mobile broadband gateway" is a "slim, pocket-sized" router
that creates bluetooth and wifi networks and bridges them to a UMTS-TDD
data network, so that your bluetooth and wifi devices can connect to a
UMTS-TDD network wherever you go. It doesn't say that it could bridge
wireless and bluetooth connections together but it's got all the right
bits so I bet it could be made to.
<br>I don't know anything about it but it looks very, very expensive.<br><br>I
haven't spotted anything feasable on the web. It's worth bearing in
mind that wifi is a considerable power drain, and bluetooth isn't that
great itself, so I'd imagine this device would have to have a
fair-sized battery, and would need to be recharged frequently. However,
it would certainly be possible to hack something together by taking any
embedded Linux project with USB (ie a gumstix <a href="http://www.gumstix.com/" target="_blank" onclick="return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)">http://www.gumstix.com</a>) and adding wireless and bluetooth dongles, then setting it up to bridge the two connections. Gumstix aren't cheap though.
<br><br>I reckon modding a wireless usb dongle to be internally powered is the way to go.
<br><span><br>Justyn<br><br>ps something went wrong sending the first time, so apologies if anyone has received this message twice.<br></span> </div><br></div><br>