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  • Broadcom to unveil four faster Wi-Fi chips

    Posted January 5, 2012 - 9:05 am

    The International Consumer Electronics Show next week may be a major launchpad for a new, faster generation of Wi-Fi that goes about three times faster than current gear, with at least one major silicon vendor announcing and demonstrating a set of chips for the IEEE 802.11ac standard.
  • Skype offers free holiday Wi-Fi for travelers

    Posted December 21, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    Skype will help ease the pain of holiday travel this winter by offering free Wi-Fi at over 50 U.S. airports to certain customers.
  • 20 best U.S. airports for tech travelers

    Posted December 17, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Where you'll find the most electrical outlets, USB ports, charging stations, internet kiosks, and work desks, and the fastest (and free) wi-fi.
  • Drink on the job, boost your enterprise's WiFi signal?

    Posted October 19, 2011 - 11:38 am

    Attaching a clean, empty beer can to your WiFi router supposedly can improve wireless signal strength.
  • Xirrus revamps its Wi-Fi arrays for the enterprise

    Posted October 11, 2011 - 2:32 pm

    Xirrus has revamped its Wi-Fi arrays, making the cake-like housing thinner, adding optional modular 450Mbps 802.11n radios, beefing up the on-board network processors, and boosting range and signal quality with a new directional antenna design.
  • Patent troll suing free WiFi providers like coffee shops

    Posted October 4, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Love free WiFi in places like coffee shops? Enjoy it, because if patent troll Innavatio IP Ventures gets its way, every corner coffee shop and Panera Bread will be sued for offering the WiFi you enjoy. And they can sue you, too.
  • Canadian Wi-Fi management provider bought by AT&T

    Posted September 26, 2011 - 5:55 pm

    A Canadian maker of a Wi-Fi turnkey network management solution for hotels is being bought by AT&T.
  • University develops WiFi network that monitors hearts

    Posted September 24, 2011 - 8:54 am

    University of Utah researchers have found even more ways to use all those pings coming from a Wi-Fi hotspot. On top of being able to see through walls, they’ve found a way to use a wireless network to monitor a person’s heart rate.
  • 802.11u and Hotspot 2.0 promise Wi-Fi users a cellular-like experience

    Posted September 7, 2011 - 3:27 pm

    Why can't connecting to a Wi-Fi network be as easy as connecting to a cellular network?
  • Skype WiFi app delivers affordable Wi-Fi around the world

    Posted August 17, 2011 - 3:09 pm

    Skype is known primarily for providing Internet-based VoIP calling, with video chat and conferencing a close second. You might not be aware that Skype also has a service to provide cheap Wi-Fi access at over one million locations around the world -- and now it's available for iOS devices.
  • Adtran buys Wi-Fi vendor Bluesocket

    Posted August 10, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    Enterprise Wi-Fi vendor Bluesocket has been bought by Adtran, which plans to hammer Bluesocket's "virtualized" wireless LAN like a stake into the hearts of its WLAN rivals, Cisco and Aruba Networks.
  • Open source effort will deliver low-cost Wi-Fi for all

    Posted August 4, 2011 - 8:38 pm

    One of the great things about open source software is that it doesn't just bring a wealth of benefits to businesses. Rather, by making low-cost, high-quality software widely available to everyone, it also has the potential to change lives around the world.
  • Cisco shipping special Wi-Fi gear for arenas

    Posted July 6, 2011 - 8:07 am

    Cisco has announced a new Wi-Fi access point and stadium antenna that covers a smaller cell area for use in arenas and large venues to help improve user access and wireless speeds.
  • After dismissing 4th Amendment for FBI, court slams Google for tapping open WiFi

    Posted July 1, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    Court rules Google broke wiretap laws by tracking open WLANs, while sweeping away Constitutional limits on almost every form of warrantless search and seizure.
  • Gigabit Wi-Fi spec edges closer to reality

    Posted June 28, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    Wi-Fi that can sustain multi-gigabit data rates? That fantasy is edging closer to reality: This week an industry group published the latest spec for gigabit Wi-Fi, and plans a first round of early interoperability tests with prototype products in fall 2011.
  • Video

    D-Link Amplifi aims to boost signals, kill dead spots

    Posted June 28, 2011 - 1:28 pm

    Keith Shaw chats with D-Link about its Amplifi line of products, which includes a 4-port gigabit powerline adapter, Wi-Fi signal boosters and a media router that prioritizes multimedia and gaming traffic.
  • Wi-Fi client surge forcing fresh wireless LAN thinking

    Posted June 20, 2011 - 9:23 am

    Mobile Wi-Fi clients are surging on wireless LANs. The growth is forcing IT groups to adapt to a new, more dynamic RF environment and rethink WLAN design.
  • 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.)
  • Six things that block your WiFi, and how to fix them

    Posted May 17, 2011 - 11:50 am

    Does your wireless network seem slow? A recent study by Epitiro, a UK-based broadband-analysis firm, shows that consumers lose an average of 30 percent of the data speed their broadband connection supplies when they use Wi-Fi connections in the home.
  • New Wi-Fi gear aims to wipe out Ethernet edge switches

    Posted May 4, 2011 - 11:41 am

    Meru's new Wi-Fi gear combines a trio of powerful 802.11n radios with a battery of new software that together will let enterprises replace wired Ethernet at the network's edge, the company says.
  • First White Spaces access point gives grandma the Internet

    Posted April 19, 2011 - 11:47 pm

    A prototype access point uses low frequency White Spaces spectrum to forge a reliable Internet connection in a Houston trial. Wrongly dubbed "Super Wi-Fi," the frequency band carriers farther than conventional Wi-Fi, uses different frequencies, and has narrower channels.
  • Google tests cell-phone NFC link to let crooks clean you out

    Posted March 16, 2011 - 10:46 am

    Lack of standards and security will make "wave and pay" digital wallets an excellent way to give away money unintentionally, at least for the near future.
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n: Still evolving

    Posted March 14, 2011 - 11:17 am

    With 802.11n ratification a distant memory, news reports regarding this giant leap in WLAN capability have also waned. But while 11n has quietly receded into the background, WLANs have crept out of our data-only world and taken flight as full-fledged network platforms.
  • Full-duplex radio breakthrough can double Wi-Fi capacity

    Posted February 16, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Stanford University researchers have found a way to double the capacity of wireless networks, while at the same time making them more reliable and efficient.
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