Researchers at the University of Washington this year came up with an ingenious method to wirelessly charge electronic devices via an everyday Wi-Fi router. Appropriately dubbed Power Over Wi-Fi (PoWiFi), UW’s team of researchers have already managed to use the technology to charge a number of low-powered devices, including a low-res grayscale camera and a Jawbone activity tracker.
We all love Wi-Fi, but Wi-Fi routers can also be one of the most annoying pieces of technology in your home if not set up correctly. There are some ways a poorly configured wireless network can hinder your entire wireless Internet coverage, including spotty coverage in certain areas of the house and poor download speeds. Thankfully, there are some straightforward measures you can take to make sure you have the best possible Wi-Fi experience at home. More →
While we’ve heard a lot about municipalities using public telephones as locations for Wi-Fi hotspots, Virgin has come up with a way to deliver public Wi-Fi in a way that most of us will never see. Virgin on Thursday announced its first deployment of “Smart Wi-Fi Pavement,” which is really just a clever marketing term for the company’s new Wi-Fi hotspots that are embedded inside of manholes. More →
Last week, Google quietly unveiled a brand new $200 Wi-Fi router it calls OnHub. As we detailed recently, the OnHub router brings with it a number of compelling new features that promise to make managing your Wi-Fi connection significantly easier and, dare we say, more enjoyable. On top of that, Google’s new router promises to deliver more robust Wi-Fi connectivity through proprietary software coupled with Google’s own unique antenna design.
It all sounds great, but early reviews of Google’s OnHub router have yielded some mixed results. While some complaints might simply be some software kinks Google needs to iron out, you might want to be aware of them before jumping on board and picking one of these bad boys up.
Moms and dads everywhere should check out the following threatening note that a fed up father wrote to his teenage kids after they had left the kitchen a mess one too many times. More →
Japan recently installed Wi-Fi hotspots on Mt. Fuji because even adventurous mountain climbers, apparently, need Internet access. So if you’re one of the brave souls intent on climbing to the top of the most visited mountain in the world, you’ll now be able to email selfies of your achievement to friends with ease.
Having a clean room, running water or a comfortable bed aren’t the only requirements guests have from hotels. Wi-Fi – and especially free Wi-Fi – is slowly becoming one of the top demands from travelers. More →
Next month during the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas, security researcher Ben Caudill will unveil a potentially game changing device called a ProxyHam. Without question, the promise of ProxyHam should leave proponents of Internet privacy and anonymity beyond excited.
By relying upon a 900 MHz radio connection, Caudill’s device effectively serves as a long-distance Wi-Fi router. Specifically, the ProxyHam can transmit a Wi-Fi connection up to a distance of 2.5 miles in ideal conditions. As a result, even in scenarios where authorities manage to track down a target’s Internet connection, they might arrive on the scene (presumably a location with public w-fi access) only to find a ProxyHam device transmitting a low level signal perhaps thousands of feet away in any direction.
Researchers from the University of Washington have found a way to use a Wi-Fi router to wirelessly charge batteries for a variety of devices, while simultaneously offering users unhindered access to wireless Internet. The best part about it is that the new tech is compatible with existing wireless routers, which could be upgraded via a simple firmware update to support it. More →
Searching for flights via Google Flight has instantly become more informative and useful. Thanks to a recently inked deal with Routehappy, Google Flight users will now be able to see which upcoming flights have Wi-Fi options available while also being able to compare flights based on other “happiness” variables such as leg room, in-seat power, and more. More →
When’s the last time you had to plug-in an Ethernet cable into your computer to connect to the Internet? Many people will likely struggle to answer that question, considering that most home computing is currently done on devices that are mobile and that connect wirelessly to networks.
But Wi-Fi networks aren’t always reliable, and can be very annoying at times, as can be seen in an amazing new illustration. More →