It’s easy to become jaded when you review as much cutting-edge hardware as we do. We try not to be curmudgeons, but we do get grumpy when next-gen hardware fails to make a leap in performance—or worse, when it falls behind the gear it’s intended to supplant. So we’re happy to report that benchmarking Netgear’s new WNDR4500 left us grinning from ear to ear. This is the fastest router we’ve ever tested, and it’s packed with new features.
A new survey of 259 service providers and Wi-Fi vendors reveals that global pulbic Wi-Fi hotspot numbers are roadmapped to grow from 1.3 million in 2011, to 5.8 million by 2015. That's a 350 percent increase and doesn't even include community hotspots created by users sharing their own Wi-Fi access points. Those will add another 4.5 million to the tally.
It seems like some sort of crazy fever-dream. A $199 off-contract Android phone with unlimited calls, text, and data for just $19 per-month. This is what a new cell carrier known as Republic Wireless is offering, and it might just be crazy enough to work. Although, the reason it might work is that there are some caveats.
Pretty soon it will be nigh impossible to walk around one of New York's popular parks without a Wi-Fi signal bumping into your smartphone. That certainly holds true for Brooklyn's Prospect Park Picnic House and Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, two of New York's most iconic parks now covered with free Wi-Fi courtesy of AT&T. The wireless carrier also added Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan.
Starting alter this month, Beijing will start rolling out a free public Wi-Fi network dubbed “My Beijing.” The service is being supported by three of China’s biggest telecom companies; China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. In the next few years, the government hopes to have roughly 60% of the massive city covered with Wi-Fi. As with all free things, there is a catch. Users will have to hand over their wireless numbers to connect to the network.
AT&T seems to have figured out that at this point in time, mobile broadband access Ain't Nuthin But a 4G Thang and beginning November 6, 2011, the wireless carrier will offer its first 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) smartphones. These include the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, a pair of 4.5-inch smartphones that will bring the total number of AT&T Android devices introduced in 2011 to 21 (AT&T had originally committed to a dozen).
Trying to stream HD video into your living room or man cave can test the boundaries of your wireless home network and introduce unwanted lag or ugly jitter. That's a bummer, but if you're having trouble connecting multiple media center devices to your high-speed network, TRENDnet's new TEW-680MB media bridge might be the no-fuss solution you're looking for.
While connecting to a wireless network can be as simple as a few button presses or taps, there is a lot that goes into making the bits magically travel through the ether. We’re going to take a look at some of the building blocks that go into making your wireless network stable and fast, with an eye toward security and standards. We’ll also look at some of the devices that can improve your wireless network, and ways you can use your Wi-Fi capability while away from home.
Think Apple’s patent war against Samsung is ballsy and ridiculous? You’re right – it is. But there’s an even worse patent troll sculking around, and it’s much more sinister; while Apple and Microsoft are busy targeting other megacorporations, the Deleware-based Innovatio IP Ventures, LLC, is busy suing any mom-and-pop restaurant or hotel franchisee that offers Wi-Fi to its customers.
A leaked user guide has outed Comcast’s upcoming AnyPlay service, which will let customers stream live TV to assorted mobile devices. On initial offering will be iPad support, but other tablets are expected to be added as well. The service will rely on in-home Wi-Fi, and users will have to get a special Motorola cable box from the cable provider.