Dell Offers Three Laptops with My WiFi Option

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Last week, we introduced My WiFi technology as an option on the Dell Studio 15, Studio 17 and the Studio XPS 16 laptops to customers around the world. If you haven’t heard of it, My WiFi makes your Dell laptop into a personal area network. It’s an Intel technology that enables a laptop equipped with it to serve as a wireless access point to other Wi-Fi devices. Take a look at this demo from them for a bit more background about what it is and how it works.

My WiFi is part hardware (an internal Intel 5300 Wi-Fi adapter) and Intel’s management software. It allows you to connect up to eight Wi-Fi devices and to share files between them on a Centrino 2-based laptop running Windows Vista or and pretty soon on Windows 7.

So what could do with My WiFi? If you’re at a hotel and logged in for broadband access, you could share your connection with other Wi-Fi enabled laptops in a room, or transfer images from a Wi-Fi enabled smartphone to your laptop. In the home networking side, you could use it to print wirelessly or to share photos from your laptop directly to a photo frame without having to transfer the images through a cable or via an SD card. Pretty cool stuff.

My WiFi is not just about sharing an Internet connection. It’s also about cable replacement. Many other options allow you to do either of those things, but not both. Intel achieved the ability to do both concurrently by virtualizing the Wi-Fi radio so that the wireless LAN and the WiFi personal area network use two different modes. Take a look at Intel’s Tech Brief for more about how it works.

Intel’s been talking about My WiFi technology back in January and even before, so if you interested in learning more about it, take a look at their My WiFi site. The document repository includes a fact sheet, an FAQ , an updated device interoperability report and more. And speaking of device compatibility the Dell V305w and V505w printers work really well with My WiFi.

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  • Michael Taylor

    Contratulations Dell.  First it was launching WiMAX on the Studio 17 and Studio XPS 16 and now you have three laptops available with  Intel's My WiFi technology. These laptops offer exciting solutions for consumers everywhere to either connect and stay connected or to eliminate the octopus of wires that many of us faced with when tethering our devices for download or backup.  NO MORE sez Dell.  Untether your digital world and eliminate clutter with Intel My WiFi technology.  By using the technology along with WiFi enabled devices, like Dell's printers (V305w and 505w), or cameras from Nikon, XBOX 360, photo frames end users can eliminate those pesky USB cables.  Find out more about cerfitied devices by checking out the Wi-Fi Certified Prdoucts home page and reviewing the long list of certified devices http://certifications.wi-fi.org/wbcs_certified_products.php  

  • pjpalm1964

    Dear Ms Menchaca,

    Great article.  I love Dell products and support.  I would like to know if I can configure my XT2 Tablet I recently purchased as an Access Point (not Ad-Hoc/Peer to Peer) if I upgraded to this Intel Mini-Card?

    I want to create a mobile Laptop Hotspot, using a cellular data plan to connect to the Internet, using the Dell supplied WWAN, Gobi Card, and the Intel's My WiFi access point configuration.  I will then be able to connect various WiFi enabled devices anywhere I have cell data plan coverage.

    Any feedback you can provide is appreciated.  Keep Blogging!

    Regards,

    Paul

    FYI:  I am running Vista, and the  Dell Wireless 5600 Multi-Mode Gobi Mobile Broadband Mini-Card confgured in the device