Once again, marketers have muddied the tech waters by misleading consumers with less-than-truthful descriptions of their products. Like “4G Smartphones.” Or “4K TVs.” Here, AT&T has gone beyond the pale with their ‘MicroCell’ offering, which is actually a femtocell. It’s … Continue reading

In business since 1996, California-based iPass today is a multi-national global Wi-Fi service provider (GSP) with a truly worldwide Wi-Fi footprint. Thanks to a number of key acquisitions over the years — including Safe3w and Mobile Automation, both in 2004, … Continue reading

On the high tech frontier of the 21st century where the borders of reality and fantasy blur, gamers and other consumers are obliged to wade through concepts such as virtual reality (VR) and today’s topic, augmented reality (AR) aka artificial … Continue reading

You’ve probably heard your local cable provider (Multiple Service Operator or MSO, as they’re called) trumpet claims that cable has “blazing” fast Internet speeds compared to clunky ol’ telephone company DSL. True, legacy DSL (with speeds up to 3 Mbps, … Continue reading

What currently drives the increase in cellular network user capacity is due in part to the ongoing evolution of micro- and picocellular networks. Mobile device users have a voracious appetite for cellular bandwidth, driving app usage and faster connection speeds. … Continue reading

You maybe have friends in Austin or Kansas City or Atlanta or Nashville or Charlotte who rave about their Google Fiber connection and the warp drive speeds they have for the Internet. Or perhaps you’re part of the 12% of … Continue reading

Back in 2014, ipass.com predicted that by 2018 there would be one public hotspot for every 20 people on earth. That’s a lot, especially when considering that there’s still developing countries where Wi-Fi penetration is mostly limited to a few … Continue reading

What on earth is LTE?

by Morgan Staggers on September 11, 2016 in 4G

The initials stand for Long Term Evolution but the term sounds more akin to anthropology than technology. Network engineers tend to talk around the phrase rather than define it. Many (particularly marketers) equate LTE with 4G, as if they were … Continue reading

Earbuds – you either love ’em or hate ’em. Most people who listen to music have strong opinions about using them. And, trending as everything else these days does, earbuds are increasingly going wireless. Of course earbuds, as they apply … Continue reading

Smart TVs have been The Next Big Thing in tech for the past several years and to an extent reality is living up to the hype. Sales of Smart TVs are soaring — from 52 million in 2011 to 141 … Continue reading

The primogenitor of Near Field Communication (NFC) – illustrated previously in this series – Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a mid-20th century technology deployed across the globe for all and sundry purposes. Its usage is so ubiquitous that many of … Continue reading

In May 2016 when we examined Bluetooth, readers will recall that it connects devices using radio waves across relatively short distances, typically up to 10 meters. But while Bluetooth is a hoary technology — at least by the standards of … Continue reading

Mention a TV antenna to the baby boomer crowd and one is likely to hear windy anecdotes about TV before cable with three or five over-the-air (OTA) channels and “rabbit ear” antennas. Now it’s back to the future as “cutting … Continue reading

Although “Wi-Fi” has become a more or less generic term for wireless transmission, it in fact is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™, a registered trademark, is only allowed to describe products that have “undergone rigorous testing by … Continue reading

A network analyzer — sounds like a good idea but what is it and what does it do? Perhaps more accurately described as a Wi-Fi analyzer, this tool maximizes the efficiency and performance of  computing devices, both on private and … Continue reading

Known as Domain Name System, DNS is an Internet service that ciphers domain names into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. “The DNS is the central database of the internet, and without it, the internet would cease to exist as we know … Continue reading

Travel routers aka pocket routers aka mobile routers are a specialized type of broadband router specifically meant to connect with mobile devices. These handy gizmos are designed for the business traveler’s convenience with features such as: Battery Operation. Many travel … Continue reading

From laptops to smartphones to digital cameras to video game consoles and beyond, the 802.11 family of media access controls (MAC) and physical layer specifications (PHY) determine how wireless local area networks (WLANs) function. Commonly called WiFi, the original specifications … Continue reading

Satellite telephones, sat phones or satphones are extraterrestrial mobile phones linked to orbiting satellites rather than land-based cellular towers. While bandwidth is limited compared to the latest 4G SmartPhones, satphones essentially have the same capabilities as terrestrial mobile phones. Typically … Continue reading

Wondering what to do about pricey cell phone calls? Struggling with data caps and throttling? Mired in an area with patchy cellular service? Consider Wi-Fi calling, available for both Android and iOS Smartphones. It’s a free service over a Wi-Fi … Continue reading

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