The Marriott hotel chain issued a statement saying it has decided not to block guests from using their personal Wi-Fi hotspots at any of its locations. It's a decision that comes three months after the chain was fined $600,000 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for jamming personal Wi-Fi networks at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which Marriott manages, while at the same time charging travelers and exhibitors as much as $1,000 per device to access its own Wi-Fi network.
Amped Wireless is beginning to integrate touch functionality into its home networking devices. We saw it first with the TAP-EX, a high-power Wi-Fi range extender with a built-in touchscreen, and now there's the TAP-R2, an AC750 Wi-Fi router with touch display. This isn't the first router with a touchscreen we've seen, though Amped Wireless is billing it as the industry's first high power touch screen Wi-Fi router.
The northern Portuguese port city of Porto is now home to the largest and most advanced vehicular Wi-Fi network in the world. The network, built by a startup that originated in the city itself but is now headquartered in California, consists of over 600 wireless router-toting vehicles — buses, cars and even garbage trucks — and is responsible for providing wireless internet connectivity to around 70,000 people each month, who would’ve otherwise had to rely on cellular data.
Granted, Maximum PC readers are not the type to mind having to grapple with some ornery hardware every once in a while — ah, the thrill of taming such devices — but it’s no fun when an entire device class is a royal pain the derriere. One such class of devices is that of wireless networking equipment.
The further you get from your wireless router and the more obstacles that are in the way, the weaker the signal. That's especially true if you're connecting on the 5GHz band (it doesn't penetrate objects as well as the 2.4GHz band). What do you do when there's a dead spot in your home or surrounding area? There are several possible solutions, one of them being a more powerful Wi-Fi adapter. On the topic, Amped Wireless says its new UA230A high power Wi-Fi USB adapter can offer up to the two times the distance of your current adapter.
Want faster Wi-Fi? Well hang onto your shorts because Samsung just announced the development of a 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that it claims will improve today's speeds by a factor of five. Under ideal conditions, you would be able to transfer a 1GB movie between devices in under three seconds. The technology would also allow for uncompressed high-definition videos to stream from mobile devices to TVs in real-time.
Netgear today announced what it claims is the industry's first AC3200 tri-band Wi-Fi router, the Nighthawk X6. That claim is born from the fact that this is the only consumer tri-band router that's available to purchase today (in pre-order form, with shipping expected in July) -- Asus has its RT-AC3200 on tap as well, though it doesn't look like it will beat Netgear's newest unit into homes.
This is the fastest rated consumer Wi-Fi router yet
Router makers aren't messing around these days. Taking full advantage of the 802.11ac spec, which incidentally is no longer in draft form, Asus today announced the RT-AC3200 wireless router. Asus is billing the RT-AC3200 as the world's fastest Wi-Fi router, and as far as we're privy to, that's an accurate claim. Of course, like all other high-speed routers, Asus is taking liberties with nomenclature to describe the speed.
You can now install third-party DD-WRT firmware on certain Trendent AC routers
We don't know if a war is brewing between Trendnet and Linksys, but like the latter's WRT1900AC router, Trendnet today announced open source DD-WRT firmware compatibility for its high performance TEW-818DRU (v1.0), TEW-821DRU (v2.0)l, and TEW-811DRU (v1.0) Wireless-AC routers. This is pretty big news for networking gurus who like to tinker but are other otherwise bound by their router's stock firmware.
OnStar will offer data plans in select GM vehicles
Beginning next month, OnStar will make available 4G LTE data plans in the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, followed by 30 other Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles by the end of the year. New car buyers will receive a trial period that runs three months or three gigabytes, whichever comes first. After that, plans start as little as $5 per month ($10 for non-OnStar subscribers) for 200MB of data, which OnStar says is enough to stream more than 6.5 hours of music, surf the web for 13 hours, or send more than 10,000 emails without attachments.