• Review

    Wi-Fi hard drive showdown: Corsair Voyager vs. Seagate Wireless Plus

    Posted April 16, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    A new class of portable hard drive creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Review

    Review: Best tools to set up secure Wi-Fi for BYOD

    Posted November 12, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    QuickConnect and XpressConnect offer cloud-based methods to automate BYOD client configuration and connection
  • Review

    Low-cost RADIUS servers for Wi-Fi security

    Posted September 10, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) servers are common in enterprise networks to offer centralized authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) for access control. But RADIUS servers can also be useful in small and midsize networks to enable 802.1X authentication and WPA2 (802.11i) security for Wi-Fi nets.
  • Review

    How to sabotage your wireless network

    Posted June 1, 2011 - 10:04 am

    Consumer-grade wireless gear and a consumer mind-set are bad for business networks.
  • Review

    T-Mobile 4G Hotspot: Svelte and speedy

    Posted May 18, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    The T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot ($80 with a two-year contract) joins a growing group of mobile hotspots that fit in your pocket and allow several Wi-Fi enabled devices to connect to the Internet via a single mobile broadband connection. (For background on this growing category, read our feature on stand-alone versus phone-integrated hotspots.)
  • Review

    Cisco CleanAir battles Wi-Fi smog

    Posted November 10, 2010 - 2:50 pm

    There's a long-standing need in wired networks to verify the quality of connectivity of wire, cable, and fiber with appropriate test equipment. But with wireless nets, this requirement extends beyond initial site surveys and occasional troubleshooting.
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    Review: Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    If you're like me, you need to be connected to the Internet constantly, on multiple devices, and at the highest speeds possible. Wi-Fi is great for connecting from places like home, work, and local coffee spots. But when I'm on the road, finding usable Wi-Fi hotspots for connecting my wireless devices is a challenge, and I often use (or wish I could use) cellular data service instead.
  • Review

    Same mobile router, different approaches

    Posted June 24, 2009 - 10:11 am

    About the size of a credit-card (but slightly thicker too), the MiFi 2200 from Verizon Wireless includes a 3G wireless connection (Verizon's EV-DO Rev. A network) and a Wi-Fi router built into it. Mobile users can connect to the device via Wi-Fi or USB and access the Internet through the 3G wireless connection.
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    Better Together: Wi-Fi, Powerline Networking

    Posted May 26, 2009 - 4:05 pm

    Exacting applications such as network backup, high-definition video streaming, BitTorrent downloading, and VoIP can choke even the fastest Wi-Fi: At best, a draft-2.0 802.11n router delivers a little over 100 megabits per second in real-world throughput. If multiple Wi-Fi clients claim a share, performance can rapidly--and, in the case of streaming video, visibly--deteriorate. For these reasons, our look at networking products has two components.
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    Powerline networking - a buyer's guide

    Posted December 31, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    While not as well known or widely used as Wi-Fi or Ethernet, powerline networking—using your existing home electrical wiring to transmit data, turning every outlet in your house into a potential network connection—can be a lifesaver when Wi-Fi won’t reach or when you can’t (or won’t) run Ethernet cabling.
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