We’ve all been there: You find yourself at a massive public event, whether it be a concert, a sporting event or a political rally and your reception is atrocious. In an instant, your smartphone with blazing fast LTE all of a sudden feels like it’s a flip phone on Edge circa 2006. In an effort to combat this, many places have started implementing complimentary Wi-Fi so that attendees can text and browse the web with ease. That’s great and all, but sometimes even an abundance of wireless routers can’t help prevent congestion and painfully slow browsing speeds.
Look, I get it. Bad Wi-Fi is one of life’s worst tortures, up there with rush-hour traffic and Comcast customer service. But surely there’s a solution that’s a little more sane than this $400 Linksys router that looks like it wants to rip my head off?
Walk by any Starbucks within 100 miles of your house and chances are that you’ll see several people sitting at a table, drinking coffee and enjoying the free Wi-Fi.
Starbucks and free Wi-Fi have become synonymous with one another over the past few years — one unable to exists without the other — but the next time you log on to a public coffee shop hotspot, you might want to consider the risks you’re taking.
When Windows 10 first launched, one of its most controversial features was Wi-Fi Sense. If ticked, a couple harmless-looking boxes shared internet access to your Facebook, Skype and Outlook friends by default.
The setting (and its enabled-by-default nature) caused some people to get a little angry, although Microsoft defended Wi-Fi Sense as a useful feature. A year later, and it looks like Microsoft is changing its tune.
AT&T earlier this week unveiled a nifty new gadget that can even to turn your old clunker of a car into a mobile hotspot. Called Mobley, the gadget plugs directly into your car’s ODB II (on-board diagnostics) port and is powered by the car itself once the ignition is turned on. In other words, there’s no need to worry about charging it.
With a Wi-Fi connection enabled in just a few seconds, the Mobley will allow up to five separate devices to hop on and surf the web, play games, and watch videos all via a robust LTE connection. AT&T notes that the device will work on most vehicles manufactured in 1996 and onward. More →
With Google’s OnHub router attracting a lot of press lately, we thought it’d be a good time to run down some easy ways you can improve your Wi-Fi signal without having to plunk down $200 bucks for a fancy new toy.
Without question, the OnHub router introduces a number of compelling new features, but the reality is that most folks will likely stick with whatever router their ISP gave them at sign-up. If you fall into this category, the following tips should be helpful.
Google earlier this week unveiled a new Wi-Fi router dubbed OnHub that promises to solve all of your Wi-Fi related woes. While mobile technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years, the routers we use today — and their associated problems — haven’t really made similar advancements.
So in comes OnHub which features a unique antenna design, smart software for improved performance, and just as important, an associated app which makes adjusting router settings much simpler than tinkering around with a confusing piece of hardware with blinking lights.
Earlier this month, we highlighted an intriguing new piece of hardware capable of providing secure and anonymous Wi-Fi connectivity within a 2.5 mile radius. The brainchild of researcher Ben Caudill, the device, dubbed ProxyHam, was scheduled to be officially introduced at Def Con in Las Vegas early next month.
But then something funny happened.
Caudill’s talk was abruptly cancelled under extremely mysterious circumstances over the weekend.
If one were to list out all of the things that make air travel so damn frustrating, it’d be hard to know where to even begin. From delayed flights and cramped seating to what is often an exceedingly long check-in process, air travel is rarely a seamless experience.
All that aside, the notion of accessing the Internet while mid-flight is certainly a surefire way to relieve some in-flight boredom and discomfort.
Or so you would think.
Unfortunately, in-flight Wi-Fi is not only pretty expensive, but it also has a tendency to be painfully slow if you’re trying to do anything more intensive than checking a few emails. The end result is that many fliers often find themselves paying a pretty penny for shoddy service, a losing proposition on both ends.
In a report released earlier this week, U.S. government watchdog group GAO (Government Accountability Office) warned that the increasing connectivity of our aircraft, from flight tracking technologies to in-flight WiFi, could give hackers an access point to tap in and potentially hijack a flight. More →
It’s always heartbreaking to test your home WiFi speed. The results are likely only a fraction of what you signed up for, no matter how much you’re paying your service provider. Have you ever wondered why this is the case? Culling from a variety of articles on the subject, BuzzFeed has put together a list of reasons why your home Internet is always much slower you expect it to be. More →
The 5Mbps, 10Mbps or even 20Mbps download speeds we see now are fast, and the 5G data speeds we have been promised down the road are even more impressive. But wait until you hear about the next big advancement in WiFi technology. WiFi is already much faster than any current-generation cellular network will ever be, of course, but the wireless standard’s limited range is a big barrier to its utility outside of homes and offices. In 2015, however, we can now look forward to WiFi that is exponentially faster than current networks and also has a much further range. More →
Wi-Fi is about to get absurdly fast. Per Business Insider, chip maker Marvell on Monday announced it is partnering with Israeli startup Wilocity to create tri-band Wi-Fi chips that will run on the 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 60GHz bands. The 60GHz band is particularly significant because it’s the spectrum band being used by the new 802.11ad Wi-Fi standard that will offer peak download speeds at a whopping 7Gbps, more than 100 times faster than the current generation of Wi-Fi technology. Business Insider estimates that the new chips will be available sometime next year. More →