Wi-Fi Network Issues Bands

Speeding up your home Wi-Fi might be as easy as changing one setting

February 8th at 4:32 PM

Speeding up your home Wi-Fi might be as easy as changing one setting

You’ve tried everything when it comes to fixing your home Wi-Fi, but it’s still broken and the first thing you should do is check our tips, tricks and hacks to see if any of them help. There’s another issue we haven’t covered in the past that could be causing issues with your home network though, and it has something to do with the Wi-Fi bands that you’re using. Now, Apple and Cisco have just acknowledged the issue and provided some details that might help.

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Cisco Design Fail

Design fail flashback: This Cisco product may win the award for the worst design of all-time

October 11th at 12:30 PM

Design fail flashback: This Cisco product may win the award for the worst design of all-time

A group of expensive Cisco Network Switches released a few years ago set a new bar for boneheaded industrial design. Sure, it’s pretty frustrating to potentially damage your Galaxy Note 5 by inserting the stylus the wrong way, but it’s monumentally worse to accidentally and completely wipe an entire server by using the wrong type of Ethernet cable.

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iPhone Cisco

What the first ‘iPhone’ looked like… back in 1998

August 11th at 11:15 PM

What the first ‘iPhone’ looked like… back in 1998

Though Apple popularized the ‘i’ prefix as it pertains to product branding, they weren’t the first company to release a product called the iPhone. Indeed, it’s easy to forget that when Steve Jobs first unveiled the company’s iconic smartphone back in 2007, the ‘iPhone’ trademark at the time actually belonged to Cisco.

With this as a backdrop, the Internet History Podcast recently took a look back at the original iPhone, a product which, believe it or not, Infogear launched all the way back in 1998, a good nine years before Jobs shocked the world with Apple’s own take on what a smartphone should be. Infogear was subsequently acquired by Cisco which is where Apple and Cisco’s trademark dispute originated from.

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Opinions
TWC vs. Google Fiber Netflix

Despite what Time Warner Cable says, we really do need bigger, faster Internet services

June 11th at 3:12 PM

Despite what Time Warner Cable says, we really do need bigger, faster Internet services

Time Warner Cable earlier this year said that it just doesn’t see why it should create a high-speed fiber network on par with Google Fiber since most of its customers just don’t “need” that kind of speed. However, a new study from Cisco shows that even if we don’t “need” to have super-fast networks right this instant, we definitely will in the near future as more and more people watch their video online instead of through cable boxes or over the air. More →

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Internet of Things Market Value

‘Internet of Things’ will be worth more than the national debt

February 26th at 7:30 PM

‘Internet of Things’ will be worth more than the national debt

The “Internet of Things” was a major focus at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, with virtually every company introducing more connected devices. This is for good reason, as a report from last December said the Internet of Things industry would be worth $309 billion by 2020. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though, according to Cisco CEO John Chambers. More →

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Worldwide Internet Traffic

Nearly half the world’s population will be on the Internet by 2017

June 14th at 8:45 AM

Nearly half the world’s population will be on the Internet by 2017

Networking company Cisco estimates that Internet traffic will grow three-fold between 2012 and 2017 to reach an annual run rate of 1.4 zettabytes, more than a trillion gigabytes per year. The firm expects traffic to reach nearly 121 exabytes per month by 2017 — equal to 30 billion DVDs, 28 trillion MP3’s or 750 quadrillion text messages — and an increase from 44 exabytes per month in 2012. Roughly 3.6 billion people worldwide are expected to access the Internet by 2017, or around 48% of the world’s projected population. In 2012, 2.3 billion people worldwide used the Internet, accounting for nearly 32% of the world’s 7.2 billion people. Cisco also estimates that the average fixed broadband speed will more than double from 11.3Mbps in 2012 to 39Mbps in 2017. Unsurprisingly, non-PC Internet traffic is expected to reach 49% in 2017, up from 26% in 2012.

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Cisco CEO Chambers Interview Mobile Data Prices

Cisco CEO predicts that mobile data prices will ‘come down rapidly’

May 30th at 7:30 PM

Cisco CEO predicts that mobile data prices will ‘come down rapidly’

It’s not often that we hear speculation about wireless carriers actually charging customers less for wireless data services, but Cisco CEO John Chambers seems to think that it’s really going to happen in the near future. AllThingsD reports that Chambers told the D: All Things Digital conference on Wednesday that new developments in wireless transport will let carriers aggressively lower their prices as expansions in Wi-Fi capabilities will help absorb increased traffic from wireless devices over the next several years. More →

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Cisco Patent Troll Suit

Cisco’s attempts to sue patent trolls over ‘shakedowns’ go bust

February 7th at 10:03 PM

Cisco’s attempts to sue patent trolls over ‘shakedowns’ go bust

It seems that Cisco’s (CSCO) efforts to hit back at patent trolls have hit a potentially fatal roadblock. Although the networking equipment vendor last year decided to go on offense against firms that buy patents in bulk and sue other companies for infringement despite not making any products of their own, the Wall Street Journal reports that a federal court has shot down one of Cisco’s first major attempts to go after an alleged patent troll. According to the Journal, U.S. District Judge James F. Holderman this week “that the aggressive licensing strategy used by [patent holding firm] Innovatio IP Ventures LLC against Cisco customers is protected by the U.S. Constitution.” More →

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Cisco Mobile Data Growth Estimates

Cisco lowers mobile data growth estimates – while doing its best to hide the drop

February 6th at 1:05 PM

Cisco lowers mobile data growth estimates – while doing its best to hide the drop

Cisco (CSCO) recently released its new 2012-2017 mobile data growth projections and the numbers seem strong. The company is calling for 66% compound average growth between 2012 and 2017, leading to 7.4 exabytes per month in 2016 and 11.2 exabytes per month in 2017. These are impressive numbers, but they are far below what Cisco projected last year. In its 2011-2016 projection, Cisco was calling for 78% annual growth leading to 10.8 exabyte per month mobile data volume in 2016. More →

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Cisco Patent Troll Lawsuit

Cisco goes on offense against patent trolls, calls them criminal shakedown artists

November 12th at 4:29 PM

Cisco goes on offense against patent trolls, calls them criminal shakedown artists

Cisco (CSCO) is finished messing around with pointless patent litigation. The Wall Street Journal reports that Cisco has decided to go on offense against firms that purchase patents in bulk and sue other companies for infringement despite not making any products of their own by flat-out accusing them of breaking the law. According to the Journal, “the networking-equipment maker has captured the attention of patent experts and lawyers across the country by filing strongly worded legal claims against two companies that buy up patents and seek to make money from them through licensing and litigation.” More →

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