Wireless Wi-Fi Charging

New tech can wirelessly charge your electronics with a standard Wi-Fi router

By on November 24, 2015 at 9:17 AM.

New tech can wirelessly charge your electronics with a standard Wi-Fi router

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.

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Home Wi-Fi Network Setup Tips

Tricks for building a Wi-Fi network that covers your entire house

By on November 19, 2015 at 2:52 PM.

Tricks for building a Wi-Fi network that covers your entire house

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 →

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Virgin Smart Pavement Manhole Wi-Fi Hotspots

Virgin rolls out ‘smart pavement’ that embeds Wi-Fi hotspots in manholes

By on October 15, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Virgin rolls out ‘smart pavement’ that embeds Wi-Fi hotspots in manholes

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 →

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Google OnHub Router Reviews

The biggest early complaints about Google’s new OnHub W-Fi router

By on September 2, 2015 at 5:15 PM.

The biggest early complaints about Google’s new OnHub W-Fi router

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.

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Mt. Fuji Wifi

Japan installs free Wi-Fi on top of Mt. Fuji

By on July 13, 2015 at 6:25 PM.

Japan installs free Wi-Fi on top of Mt. Fuji

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.

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Proxyham

New Device Provides Secure and Anonymous Wi-Fi With an Incredible 2.5-mile Range

By on July 1, 2015 at 4:50 PM.

New Device Provides Secure and Anonymous Wi-Fi With an Incredible 2.5-mile Range

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.

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New York Free Google Wi-Fi

Google’s Plan to Bring Free Superfast Wi-Fi to the World Has Begun

By on June 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Google’s Plan to Bring Free Superfast Wi-Fi to the World Has Begun

Your prayers have been finally answered – that is, if you asked for Google to come to New York City with free Wi-Fi for all. Because that’s totally happening this year, and it’s all part of Google’s grandiose plan to bring free Wi-Fi to the world. More →

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iPhone Wireless Charging PoWiFi Wi-Fi Router

Wi-Fi routers could soon wirelessly charge your iPhone’s battery without cutting the Internet

By on June 8, 2015 at 6:25 PM.

Wi-Fi routers could soon wirelessly charge your iPhone’s battery without cutting the Internet

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 →

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Google Flights Search WiFi

New Google search features help you prep for your upcoming flight

By on March 16, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

New Google search features help you prep for your upcoming flight

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 →

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3D Map Home Wi-Fi Network

Mesmerizing video shows a 3D map of a home’s Wi-Fi signal

By on February 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM.

Mesmerizing video shows a 3D map of a home’s Wi-Fi signal

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 →

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