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  • 802.11n Wi-Fi essentials for enterprise IT

    Posted September 13, 2010 - 9:16 am

    The rapid adoption of IEEE 802.11n as the Wi-Fi standard is transforming the wireless experience for users, and the enterprise network. Here's a round up of the news, issues, trends, and information you can use for keeping up with the fast-changing Wi-Fi world.
  • Speeding up 802.11n: Getting the most from channel bonding

    Posted September 9, 2010 - 8:03 am

    Using 'double-wide' channels is great ... when it works.
  • iPhone 4 Wi-Fi proves a challenge for university

    Posted September 7, 2010 - 9:20 am

    The iPhone 4 is the first to use 802.11n for Wi-Fi connectivity. But it runs only in the crowded 2.4GHz band. And that poses some complex challenges if you have 500 students trying to connect their iPhone 4 in a lecture hall.
  • 6 useful Wi-Fi tools for Windows

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 8:53 pm

    We live in a mobile world; if you have a laptop (and who doesn't?), that means constantly connecting to the Internet via Wi-Fi. You most likely use Wi-Fi not just when you're on the road at cafés, airports or hotels, but to connect to your home network too. You might even connect to a wireless network at the office.
  • Bluesocket unveils virtual Wi-Fi controller on VMware

    Posted September 1, 2010 - 11:35 am

    Bluesocket now offers its Wi-Fi controller functions as software that can be deployed on virtual machine platforms, staring with VMware. The goal is lower capital and operating costs, and an enterprise WLAN that's highly scaleable.
  • Your Broadband Isn't Fast, and You're Furious: Fix-It Tips

    Posted August 30, 2010 - 2:02 pm

    The FCC is now criticizing broadband providers for a situation well-known to most of us: Sometimes, speed stinks. But what can you do about it? Here are some tools, tips and tricks to self-heal your sluggish net connection.
  • Dell expands Wi-Fi reseller deal with Aruba

    Posted August 17, 2010 - 2:31 pm

    Dell plans to actively market and support WLAN products from Aruba Networks for the midsize and small enterprise market. Previously Dell was a reseller only, leaving marketing and support functions to Aruba.
  • Meraki adds Wi-Fi management tools to cloud-based controller

    Posted August 11, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    Wi-Fi vendor Meraki unveils new management tools for its cloud-based wireless LAN offering, adding bandwidth controls, diagnostic tools, and spectrum analysis.
  • Coping with Wi-Fi's biggest problem: interference

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    Over the last 10 years 802.11 technology has made remarkable strides -- getting faster, stronger and more scalable. But one problem still haunts Wi-Fi: reliability.
  • NetJets orders Aircell Wi-Fi equipment for 250 aircraft

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 4:35 pm

    NetJets is betting that its business customers want Wi-Fi access in the air and has has selected Aircell technology to outfit more than 250 of its private planes.
  • Wi-Fi WPA2 vulnerability FAQ

    Posted July 28, 2010 - 8:15 pm

    AirTight Networks says it's found a weak point in Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), the mainstay of enterprise Wi-Fi security. But has it? Security expert Matthew Gast says the attack seems to be a familiar ARP spoofing exploit that works as well on wired as wireless LANS. If so, it can easily be contained.
  • AT&T adds Wi-Fi hot zone zone in Charlotte, N.C.

    Posted July 26, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    After setting up a special Wi-Fi hot zone in Times Square in May, AT&T has now taken a similar step in busy downtown Charlotte, N.C.
  • Wi-Fi available on 1 in 3 U.S. planes

    Posted July 16, 2010 - 4:36 pm

    Wi-Fi service is offered on more than one-third of the nation's passenger planes, so it's no longer rare to see travelers connecting to the Internet in midflight.
  • Starbucks Free Unlimited Wi-Fi: A User's Guide

    Posted July 5, 2010 - 9:03 pm

    Just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend Starbucks is now offering free, unlimited Wi-Fi access at nearly 7,000 company-operated locations across the United States. The policy change came into effect Thursday a little over two years after Starbucks began offering two hours of free Wi-Fi to Starbucks card holders. Now, however, the time limits are gone, and you can enjoy unlimited free Wi-Fi at your local Starbucks any time you like for as long as you like.
  • Starbucks Wi-Fi Signals End of Reliance on 3G

    Posted June 16, 2010 - 10:59 am

    Effective July 1st you will be able to get free Wi-Fi access to go with that venti iced chai latte at more than 6,700 Starbucks coffee shops. Combined with the free Wi-Fi at 11,000 McDonald's restaurants, and free wireless networking at a wide variety of other shops and cafés across the country, access to 3G (or now 4G) networking is becoming increasingly irrelevant.
  • Starbucks' Free Wi-Fi: Bring on the Loafers, Loiterers

    Posted June 16, 2010 - 10:51 am

    So, Starbucks plans to offer free wireless Internet at all of its U.S. stores starting July 1. It's a friendly gesture, certainly, one that could very well draw more customers to the coffee chain's thousands of outlets. Then again, the Wi-Fi perk may prove a little too successful, particularly if it attracts a particular breed of wireless hound.
  • Starbucks CIO Brewing Up Much More than Free Wi-Fi

    Posted June 16, 2010 - 10:51 am

    Yesterday, coffee-purveyor Starbucks reversed course on its long-standing in-store Wi-Fi policy by announcing that starting July 1, Wi-Fi would be free in all its U.S. establishments.
  • Free Wi-Fi, digital content coming to Starbucks July 1

    Posted June 14, 2010 - 9:48 pm

    Free unlimited Wi-Fi is coming to nearly 7,000 company-operated Starbucks stores in the U.S. beginning July 1, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said today.
  • Wi-Fi, WiMax service launched in San Francisco Bay

    Posted June 1, 2010 - 10:02 pm

    Milt Gregory is on a mission to set up wireless networks across bodies of water. His latest accomplishment: San Francisco Bay.
  • AT&T adds Wi-Fi hot zone to relieve Times Square congestion

    Posted May 25, 2010 - 9:47 pm

    Months after admitting to excessive wireless congestion in Manhattan for its iPhone and other wireless customers, AT&T announced the launch of a pilot Wi-Fi hot zone in Times Square.
  • VeriWave captures users' view of Wi-Fi networks

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 10:00 pm

    Enterprise Wi-Fi networks are often mysteries, because it's difficult for IT to get a user perspective on how applications such as voice and video are performing over 802.11. VeriWave's new WaveDeploy system shows the quality of the user's Wi-Fi experience.
  • London to get full wi-fi coverage by 2012 Olympics

    Posted May 18, 2010 - 2:08 pm

    Speaking at a Google event today Boris Johnson has promised that "every lamppost and every bus stop will one day very soon, and before the 2012 Olympics, be wi-fi enabled."
  • Best practices for effective Wi-Fi RF management

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 3:34 pm

    Wireless LANs have evolved significantly over the years, with controller-based architectures offering a system-level approach to wireless management. But with many businesses now relying on their WLANs for critical operations, it is crucial for IT managers to gain visibility into the radio frequency spectrum.
  • Google has been snooping on your wireless network

    Posted May 17, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    Right about now Facebook should be sending Google a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates, because the search/advertising giant has committed a privacy violation that makes Facebook's recent troubles seem trivial.
  • For IT, enterprise wireless to be more gnarly in next decade

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 9:07 pm

    From Wi-Fi to smartphones, wireless technology has become ubiquitous in businesses and is growing more vital every day. But it also can be frustrating as hell for IT groups.
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