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The 10 best Wi-Fi gadgets

They've got wireless, and you'll love them

We've rounded up what we think are the 10 best Wi-Fi gadgets currently available. Add these devices to your network for a new world of wireless productivity and entertainment.

VoIP phone: Wi-Fi calls for less

Panasonic KX-WP1050 Wi-Fi phone for Skype
By combining Skype's inexpensive Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phone service with Panasonic's wireless KX-WP1050 phone, calling anywhere in the world just got a lot cheaper.

Everything you'll need comes with the £249 KX-WP1050, including the handset, access point (the handset has to use its own) and cables. Setting it all up took me about 10 minutes. Although I was able to quickly type the network connection information with my computer's keyboard, I had lots of trouble entering my Skype username and password with the handset's awkward alphanumeric keypad.

Happily, you only need to do this once. After that, calls connect as fast as with a mobile phone, are about as reliable and sound surprisingly good. The phone's 60ft range is a bit skimpy and the phone can use only an 802.11b/g network, but the handset's battery was good for four hours 30 minutes of talk time; it's recharged with a mini-USB cable from the access point.

The KX-WP1050 is expensive. On the other hand, once you've got it, the costs are low, proving that talk really is cheap.

Wi-Fi Web radio: Tune in the world

Pure Evoke Flow internet and DAB radio
Pure's Evoke Flow not only lets you listen to internet radio without being tied to your PC, but it also lets you enjoy DAB radio, listen again content and podcasts through Pure's online media portal The Lounge. Users can even stream audio files from their PC through the device, all for £125.

Utilising the styling of Pure's Evoke 1-S, the sleek black device features touch-sensitive controls, a black chrome trim and an OLED display. All audio is broadcast through the Evoke Flow's 3in speaker.

A search function located on the Pure Evoke ensures internet stations can be accessed quickly and efficiently without having to scroll through hundreds of station names. Search topics include country, language and genre while the My Favourites facility ensures stations can be stored in the device's memory.

Setup took around five minutes, although we did find it was a bit fiddly using the device's dials to select the letters when entering out Wi-Fi encryption key. After that we found it takes between 30 seconds and a minute to connect to and start streaming an internet radio station. However we did love the device and couldn't fault it.

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