Tested: Thrustmaster WiFi Key

Thursday 8 June 2006
Own a PSP but no WiFi connection? Be an offline exile no longer - Thrustmaster is releasing an 'Easy to Install' USB WiFi key to turn your PC into a wireless hotspot, just like Nintendo's dongle for DS. To see how easy it is to get started with WiFi, we hooked the gizmo up ourselves.

The pack contains the USB key, software and a poseable cable; sticking your dongle in a vertical position improves the signal, see. The software talks you through each step of installing the WiFi key, and even takes you through the process of setting up your PSP to connect to it.

Just 10 minutes after tearing open the plastic we were online. Thrustmaster's user-friendly setup is a real improvement on Nintendo's fairly confusing official WiFi key software, which can be a struggle to work with. Our only concern is that the signal on Thrustmaster's dongle can be erratic, drifting from top quality to half-strength, no matter how close you are.

Ben Richardson is a former Staff Writer for Official PlayStation 2 magazine and a former Content Editor of GamesRadar+. In the years since Ben left GR, he has worked as a columnist, communications officer, charity coach, and podcast host – but we still look back to his news stories from time to time, they are a window into a different era of video games.