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It seems that each year, one or two major companies pause to take a look at how we can do things better. How we can do things faster, and how we can be more nimble. As 2012 draws to a close, Cisco and Aerohive are offering forecasts on what to expect in terms of wireless technology. The 802.11 standard has been long since used in a multitude of Wi-Fi devices, but even 802.11n is getting stressed in some complex applications. Now, 802.11ac is on the horizon, expected to be ratified in 2013. Chris Spain, who currently serves as VP of product marketing at Cisco Systems, and Andrew vonNagy -- a senior Wi-Fi architect with Aerohive Networks -- sat down to take a look and offer some projections. Spain... Read more...
When it comes to flying in the U.S., and dealing with either the FCC or the FAA, "red tape" comes to mind. It's a heavily regulated industry, and with safety at the forefront, there's at least somewhat of an excuse. But, it's still no fun to deal with, particularly if you're waiting for Wi-Fi to come to your favorite airline. But now, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted a Report and Order establishing rules to help speed the deployment of Internet services onboard aircraft. In other words, this action allows in-flight Wi-Fi providers to get their equipment certified faster and installed with fewer delays. Here's the word straight from the horse's mouth: "The Report and Order formalizes... Read more...
Windows 8 is expected to be a key player at CES 2013, despite the fact that Microsoft's severely lessening its presence at the show after this year. As the products and accessories begin to roll out, Amped Wireless is introducing what it calls the first high-power Wi-Fi adapter for Windows 8, enabling Win8-based tablets and notebooks to pack up to 3x the range and performance versus stock. The TAN1 connects to the USB port (standard or micro USB) of the device, requires no additional software set up and provides instant long range Wi-Fi connectivity. It'll ship in early 2013, but there are no pricing details to share at the moment. Of course, we're just weeks away from finding out...... Read more...
Cabs really haven't changed much over the years. Sure, some of them now accept credit cards, and some of them arrive when you hail via your smartphone, but by and large things are mostly the same as they always have been. But now, it feels like the future is finally catching up with the taxi business. The city of London already has a growing network of free Wi-Fi hotspots, but taking them into the cab would certainly be a new approach. Reportedly, Eyetease has secured approval to equip taxis with Wi-Fi antennas that would give riders 15 minutes of gratis Internet for sitting through a 15 second advertisement. The antenna will hop between 3G and 4G towers as the vehicle moves about, in theory... Read more...
With so much at stake in the mobile sector, companies seem to be suing each other left right over various technology patents. The newest lawsuit comes from Nokia, which is seeking a BlackBerry sales ban in the U.S. and U.K. over Wi-Fi related patents. The Finnish handset maker wants Research In Motion (RIM) to pay royalties on sales of any Wi-Fi enabled devices. RIM isn't disputing that Nokia owns the patents in question, but the Canadian company does contend that an earlier license agreement with Nokia dating back to 2003 has the company in the clear. According to Nokia, the original license agreement only covers standards essentials patents and not the manufacture and sale of WLAN products.... Read more...
If you’ve connected to a WiFi network at an airport, convention, or even at the mall around Christmas, you’ve probably experienced a common problem: an overloaded WiFi network. Get too many people on the same access point, and you end up with a slow, spotty connection. Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a solution that can boost WiFi performance by as much as 700 percent, they claim. And here’s the kicker: it’s software, so businesses can add it to their systems without hardware upgrades. The software is called WiFox. Arpit Gupta is the lead researcher and developer for the WiFox project at NC State. Image Credit: CS Dept., NCSU. Researchers... Read more...
Eye-Fi ushered in the idea that Wi-Fi could indeed be embedded into a consumer flash memory card, and now Toshiba is introducing a wireless LAN embedded SD card of its own. It's a FlashAir card, which is an SDHC card with a WLAN chip + antenna inside. Also, for a limited time, Olympus will offer the FlashAir for free through a mail-in rebate when purchasing select Olympus Cameras. The FlashAir is fully compliant with SD Association Memory card standards and is offered with 8GB of storage. As you might imagine, data stored on the FlashAir can be read and transferred by using standard WLAN communication. Setting up the connection between the devices is a breeze as the FlashAir does not require... Read more...
As media streaming becomes more and more common, faster Internet speeds become more commonplace. D-Link is proving as much, introducing a new Wireless AC1200 dual-band USB adapter. It enables consumers to upgrade their existing laptops and desktop computers to support AC technology, which can be used in conjunction with an 802.11ac router for maximum throughput. For added flexibility, this adapter is backwards compatible with previous generation 802.11 a/g/n Wi-Fi standards. Users need only to plug the adapter into an available USB port and wirelessly connect to a network to access a secure, high-speed internet connection. In addition, it comes with a USB cradle for optimal ease-of-use and flexible... Read more...
In-flight Wi-Fi is one of those strange technologies. On one hand, it feels like the future. Being able to get online while cruising at 500MPH+, some 35,000 feet in the air, is truly venturing into Jetsons territory. But on the other hand, paying $12+ per session, and barely being able to load your e-mail, is a really frustrating experience. As Gogo's services have become more popular, and used by more and more people on planes, the overall speed has slumped. These days, it's more of a frustration than anything else when it comes to getting actual work done on an airplane Wi-Fi connection. Clearly, Gogo knows that current speeds aren't acceptable for the future. With other rivals looking to satellite-based... Read more...
Those looking to keep their surfing sessions private -- really private -- may find themselves looking over their digital shoulders when using public Wi-Fi hotspots. Boingo is one of the largest providers of public Wi-Fi spots around the globe, and it's taking action this week to bring a personal VPN to its Wi-Fi app for Windows and Mac. The latest Wi-Finder app for Macbook and Windows laptop and netbook users includes the Boingo VPN (virtual private network) to help protect users against security exploits in public Wi-Fi hotspots. Boingo's VPN – previously launched on iOS apps -- allows users to encrypt their Wi-Fi connection and protect their personal data with a single click. The Boingo... Read more...
It’s an interesting proposition, to be sure: What if, instead of locking down your wireless network with the strongest encryption available, you simply left it open and unsecured so that any Dick or Jane with a WiFi-enabled device nearby can use it? For most people, especially those who have been haranguing friends and family to protect their WiFi networks for years, this sounds completely insane. But for the members of the Open Wireless Movement--which includes the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Open Technology Institute, NYC Wireless, Openspectrum.eu, the Internet Archive, and more--this is the way that WiFi should be. The general thinking on WiFi is that if you leave your network... Read more...
We thought we saw the last of extraordinary long rabbit ears when flat panel televisions supplanted bulky CRTs and cable/satellite service became ubiquitous. Boy, were we wrong. They're back, and they're the secret sauce in Asus' recipe for a wireless router, access point, and range extender all rolled into one device. The new Asus RT-N12HP is that device, and it purportedly offers up to 300 percent wider wireless coverage compared to standard N300 routers. Getting that kind of range required a custom hardware architecture augmented with detachable 9dBi high-gain antennas and a discrete signal power amplifier, Asus says. Source: Asus Setup is supposedly "super easy" and takes all of 30 seconds... Read more...
That’s one more cut cord. Logitech announced its new Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam today, which it’s targeting at people who want to stream video live or need to place the Broadcaster in a location that a corded webcam can’t reach. The Broadcaster supports Ustream live streaming and can do some neat tricks with your MacBook and iMovie. The catch? Broadcaster is only compatible with Macs at the moment. The Broadcaster offers HD 720p video capture and has 3x digital zoom. It also supports digital pan & tilt. An external mic jack gives you the option to use your own if you don’t like the built-in mono mic. As for battery life, Logitech estimates that it’ll... Read more...
Boeing thinks you need even more ways to stay connected while on a plane. Agree? Not that it matters much, because the friendly skies are gradually becoming a place where you can no longer escape your work e-mail, and maybe, your work calls. The airplane maker has this week revealed that systems will soon be installed during production on the 747-8 and 777, enabling these aircraft to provide in-flight use of cellphones and Wi-Fi by the end of 2013. It's all a bid to bring more wireless waves and more robust in-flight entertainment options to passengers, and in an increasingly competitive airline marketplace, it sure sounds like a good plan. Additional connectivity systems are being evaluated... Read more...
Intel is leveling up its Wireless Display (WiDi) technology that was first introduced two years ago. The newest iteration -- version 3.5 -- adds a bunch of nifty new features that expand its capabilities, and of course implements support for Windows 8 and its touch-friendly interface. Before we dive into the new features, let's backtrack a quick moment. Intel's WiDi technology, if you're not familiar, cuts the cord and allows supported laptops and Ultrabooks to connect to a TV wirelessly. All that's required is a supported platform (Arrandale, Clarkdale, Sandy Bridge, and Ivy Bridge systems), an Intel wireless adapter, and a WiDi receiver, which you plug into your HDTV. Version 3.5 of Intel's... Read more...
These days, a disappointing router can ruin just about all of the fun within your home. Slow transfers, wonky connections; we've all been there. Amped Wireless is producing a new piece of gear that aims to make those woes a thing of the past. The AP20000G dual-band Wi-Fi access point delivers up to 7,500 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage, which ought to cover even that wild mansion you've been eying down the street. The unit has a 620MHz processor, 600mW 2.4GHz amplifiers, high power 5.0GHz Wi-Fi amplifiers and two dual band high gain antennas. There's a USB port here as well for sharing files on a USB storage device, as well as four Gigabit Ethernet ports. With all that horsepower, you'll be asked... Read more...
You could argue that the world would be a better, faster, and smarter place if it just had free Wi-Fi everywhere. And while that's a tall, tall task, Google and Boingo are stepping up the challenge, if only in a relatively small way. The two companies have announced today that millions of people will have access to free Wi-Fi at more than 4,000 hotspots thanks to Google Play. The Wi-Fi hotspots are part of Boingo's Cloud Nine Media platform, a global advertising network that enables brand advertisers to reach a captive audience through Wi-Fi sponsorships. Starting this week, Wi-Fi users with Android phones and tablets, as well as Windows and Macintosh laptops, will be offered complimentary Wi-Fi... Read more...
Can there ever be enough Wi-Fi in the sky? Conventional wisdom says "no," and it's a good thing, too. Gogo, the company responsible for providing in-air Internet to the vast majority of U.S. domestic flights, is doing everything it can to provide similar services in Canada. The goal here is to provide seamless connectivity service between U.S. and Canada for both commercial and business aviation, and considering just how many flights there are between the two nations each day (not to mention those flights to Alaska that spend most of their time in Canadian space), it's probably a goal worth pursuing. Announced this week, Industry Canada has issued Gogo a subordinate license for Canada's air-to-ground... Read more...
Who could possibly complain about excessive quantities of Wi-Fi? No one, particularly when you need it. Boingo is becoming a familiar name in the world of global hotspots, and now Google's taking notice. Boingo runs a worldwide network of hotspots where a single subscription nets you access on any of 'em. Now, Google Offers is expanding its sponsorship of Boingo Wi-Fi from six New York subway stations and more than 200 Manhattan hotzones, to 24 additional locations across the country. Starting today, Google Offers will sponsor free and discounted Wi-Fi offerings at eight malls and 16 airports in major cities nationwide, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and... Read more...
Public WiFi hotspots are notorious for being the playgrounds of snoops.If you ever use Apple devices on an open network, you'll want to take a look at Cloak, which uses VPN tech to keep your data safe. Cloak is a response to hacker tools like Firesheep and Reaver, which can snag important data while you're shopping from the comfort of your local coffee shop on your iPad, iPhone, or MacBook. The way to foil hackers is to use a VPN to protect your connection. Cloak uses VPN tech, but it's designed to be simple and unobtrusive.For example, although Cloak uses a variety of servers, it chooses the best server for you in the background. An interesting twist to Cloak's story is that the security service... Read more...
A decade ago, Internet in the automobile probably sounded like a pipe dream. Today, folks are probably wondering how we can have Gogo on hundreds of flights per day, but we can't find a new car with integrated web access. Naturally, it all comes down to cost, but Chrysler and Sprint are hoping to re-open those lines of conversation. Chrysler has selected the only major national carrier in the U.S. still offering unlimited data as its "strategic wireless partner." The reason? To beef up Uconnect Access. Under the deal, Sprint's network will be used in wireless system integration and telematics, with Uconnect Access being available first on the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup and SRT Viper. Because honestly,... Read more...
Samsung is now shipping its NX1000 compact system camera. The NX1000 is the most budget-friendly model in Samsung's family of NX SMART cameras which feature built-in Wi-Fi. The camera comes in black, white, and pink and has a price of $699.99. In addition to built-in Wi-Fi for easy picture sharing, the NX1000 features an all-purpose 20-50mm lens, a 20.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, external flash, 3-inch LCD, and 1080p HD video capture capabilities. The camera supports shutter speeds of up 1/4000 seconds. The NX1000 is compatible with Samsung’s Remote Viewfinder app which lets users control settings and take a picture from up to 30 feet away using supported Galaxy smartphones or tablets. Samsung’s... Read more...
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