Wireless

An emerging brand from upstart San Jose-based Ubiquiti Networks,  Amplifi (pronounced “amp-lye-fye“) currently offers three top-shelf Wi-Fi router/extenders for home and office use. Amplifi™ is known as a Wi-Fi “mesh” system where a router and bridge extenders (“mesh points”) stretch … 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

Back in 2014, ipass 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

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

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

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

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

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

Wi-Fi and Cellular: at first blush, most of us consider them both wireless technologies — i.e., radio — but share little else in common. So how different are they? Turns out, not much at all. Both use transmitters and receivers. … Continue reading

Whether one calls it “My-Moh” or “Me-Moh,” multiple input – multiple output (MIMO) technology is an integral part of today’s wireless communication standards. By deploying multiple antennas at the source and destination to transmit and receive data, MIMO manipulates multipath … Continue reading

As ubiquitous as the Java programming language, Bluetooth is found almost anywhere there’s a need to link devices to the Internet. According to bluetooth.com, “it is built into billions of products on the market today and connects the Internet of … Continue reading

Ruckus recently announced the release of a device that caters to the needs of the SMB market both in the indoor and outdoor environments. Ruckus, a primary producer of high bandwidth services and devices, recently introduced a new series that … Continue reading

It was not too long ago that wireless hotspots were not as common as they are today. Since then, companies such as FON have been striving to increase the availability of public Wi-Fi networks. FON Wireless is also known as … Continue reading

Ruckus Wireless is one of the pioneers of the wireless infrastructure industry and delivers innovative solutions for wireless networking in an affordable manner. Lately, the company has redefining its role in the industry of wireless networking with new technologies that … Continue reading

Bluetooth speakers are a great way to enjoy your favorite radio program, music title, or enjoy hands free conversations while driving your car without having to install an excessive amount of wires. But what are some of the different types … Continue reading

Comcast has been rolling out a new Wi-Fi service for its Internet subscribers that appears to be a good idea but, at the same time, is causing controversy among Comcast customers. Comcast recently introduced a new feature for subscribers to … Continue reading

Hotspot 2.0 is a technology that promises to advance the development of our rapidly growing mobile ecosystem with the ability to seamlessly move from one wireless hotspot to another. It is estimated that more than 800 million new mobile devices … Continue reading

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