networking

Here’s how to clear your router history

Here’s how to clear your router history

Your wireless router is basically the gateway to your internet connection and sometimes you might want to clear your router's history. If you're looking to clean out the history log on your router, then you're going to need to follow a few steps. Luckily, the process isn't that difficult, but you'll need a couple of key bits of information to get started.

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Huawei and ZTE face stricter US restrictions

Huawei and ZTE face stricter US restrictions

Although Huawei's mobile business has learned to survive without Google, Qualcomm, and some of the usual pieces that have come from the US, the company's profits don't revolve only around smartphones. It's arguable that its biggest revenues might actually come from networking technology and hardware, like those used by Internet service providers or ISPs. That has always hung in the balance ever since the US and its allies started pushing Huawei out of their networks. Now the Biden administration has just imposed an even bigger limitation on Huawei, ZTE, and other suspected companies that will practically keep them out of the country completely.

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T-Mobile CDMA network shutdown pushed back by three months

T-Mobile CDMA network shutdown pushed back by three months

The industry-wide push to get 5G adopted as fast as possible doesn't come without costs, even for those who have no intention of moving to the next-gen network yet. As part of upgrading their systems and infrastructures, carriers are also taking the opportunity to sunset old technologies and equipment, from 2G to even some 3G. T-Mobile is similarly using the time to quit using the CDMA technology it inherited from its Sprint acquisition, and it's moving its deadline for that shutdown next year to give partners like Dish more time to prepare.

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Researchers demonstrate ultrafast optical circuit switching

Researchers demonstrate ultrafast optical circuit switching

Researchers are working hard around the world to try and improve the speed available for data sharing. Microsoft Research and EPFL recently demonstrated ultrafast optical switching utilizing a chip-based soliton comb laser and a passive diffraction grating device. Project researchers believe the architecture may enable the transition to optical data centers that are energy efficient and can better meet the ever-increasing need for bandwidth around the world.

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Rockspace AC2100 tri-band mesh Wi-Fi system is a bargain

Rockspace AC2100 tri-band mesh Wi-Fi system is a bargain

Anyone who lives in a larger multistory home and wants to get Wi-Fi signals in every room of the house knows that the modem and Wi-Fi router combo most Internet providers give you with the service doesn't perform well. One surefire way to expand Wi-Fi coverage within your home and ensure signals in every room and on every level is by using a mesh Wi-Fi system.

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T-Mobile confirms data breach but isn’t sure what was accessed

T-Mobile confirms data breach but isn’t sure what was accessed

2021 didn't start out great for T-Mobile, and it seems that its luck isn't turning for the better just yet. In addition to the severe winter freeze earlier this year and increased scrutiny over its Sprint acquisition, it is facing not one but two severe hacking incidents. T-Mobile just confirmed that it has indeed been the victim of a data breach, but it is still investigating what data was illegally accessed and if that data really included customer information.

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Kindle e-readers will lose 3G connectivity in December

Kindle e-readers will lose 3G connectivity in December

Amazon's Kindles have long been the device of choice by voracious readers, especially those that want to take their books with them anywhere. Of course, the books they hold inside don't come from thin air and have to be downloaded directly to the device or transferred from a computer. The former naturally requires an Internet connection, which almost all Kindles have. Unfortunately, some older models support don't support anything beyond 3G networks, and those will lose their ability to connect to the Internet by the end of the year.

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Japan breaks Internet speed record with 319 Tbps figure

Japan breaks Internet speed record with 319 Tbps figure

The need for speed on the Internet has never been greater than before, and not just because of video streaming or game streaming. From mass video conferences to real-time collaboration on a multimedia project, much of today's society has become dependent on the Internet. While network operators and carriers push 5G and WiFi 6 forward, computer scientists and engineers are setting their sights on even bigger numbers, numbers for which Japan's National Institute of Information and Communication Technology or NICT just set a record.

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This $60 mesh router is Vilo’s fix for home WiFi’s biggest headache

This $60 mesh router is Vilo’s fix for home WiFi’s biggest headache

Mesh routers have arguably been the secret weapon for successful remote working and home-schooling over the past 18 months, but upgrading your network for maximum coverage has so far come at a price premium. Not so with Vilo, a new name in networking, and one betting that a lot more people would go mesh if they could get a three-pack for under sixty bucks.

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I just opted out of Amazon Sidewalk: Here’s how and why

I just opted out of Amazon Sidewalk: Here’s how and why

Amazon Sidewalk launches this month, but I just headed into the Alexa app to make sure I wasn't automatically enrolled into the controversial shared neighborhood network. Part of Amazon's Echo and Ring products, Sidewalk makes big promises about more resilient connectivity, useful features like lost object tracking, and even helping get new smart home devices online. At the same time, though, Sidewalk and the way Amazon is launching it has given many users pause.

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Amazon Sidewalk Wi-Fi sharing experiment goes live next month

Amazon Sidewalk Wi-Fi sharing experiment goes live next month

It might not be as big a name in tech as Google or Apple or Microsoft or in social networking like Facebook but it's hard to argue that Amazon may have actually trumped them all. Best known for its e-tailer business, Amazon's empire actually covers a whole range of industries and there seems to be no stopping its ambitions even in the face of controversy, criticism, and lawsuits. Its latest will surely put it under a microscope once more as it prepares to flip the switch on its controversial Internet sharing experiment known as Amazon Sidewalk.

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Linksys’ WiFi 6E mesh router hits shelves with an eye-watering price

Linksys’ WiFi 6E mesh router hits shelves with an eye-watering price

Linksys' latest mesh network system has arrived on shelves, and if you need broader coverage and are willing to pay handsomely for WiFi 6E, you're in luck. Announced at CES 2021 at the start of the year, the Linksys Atlas Max 6E (AXE8400) system looks at first glance like the familiar mesh totems we've seen from Linksys before.

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