Wi-Fi

Google Station free wi-fi system ending service soon

Google Station free wi-fi system ending service soon

Google has announced that it will begin sunsetting Google Station, which offered free public Wi-Fi in a number of countries around the world. The area where Google Station was most prevalent in was in India, where the company outfitted 400 rail stations with these free Wi-Fi hotspots. The good news, however, is that one of Google's partners in that endeavor - India's RailTel - will continuing operating these Wi-Fi stations after Google winds down its program.

Continue Reading

Apple, Broadcom owe CalTech $1.1 billion over Wi-Fi patents lawsuit

Apple, Broadcom owe CalTech $1.1 billion over Wi-Fi patents lawsuit

Patent lawsuits are a matter of life for any tech company and the bigger you are, the bigger the target painted on your back. Many of these lawsuits go unnoticed, especially when filed against giant companies that can make them disappear. Apple, however, wasn't able to win one against the California Institute of Technology and now has to pay the university what is perhaps its biggest patent-related damages sum in its history.

Continue Reading

Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods work with Linksys mesh wi-fi devices to track the people living in a home. This system tracks breathing, tracks sleep, and detects falls. The Wellness Pods are one of two parts of the latest round of devices in this home monitoring system from Linksys. The Linksys Vehicle Presence Detection system allows the user to detect motion and/or breathing when the vehicle is turned off, aiming mostly at accidentally forgotten children or pets left in unattended cars.

Continue Reading

Linksys 5G modems and WiFi 6 mesh internet devices revealed for 2020

Linksys 5G modems and WiFi 6 mesh internet devices revealed for 2020

This week Linksys brought their first set of 5G devices to the public at CES 2020. This range of devices is aimed at release for "Spring 2020" and more will be revealed throughout the year. Linksys revealed one 5G mobile hotspot, one 5G modem, one 5G mesh gateway, and one 5G outdoor router. Linksys also showed off a couple of Wi-fi 6 (or WiFi 6 if you prefer) devices, one WiFi 6 mesh router and one Velop WiFi 6 mesh internet system. 5G and WiFi 6 are popping up in a big way here at CES 2020 - look at the full set!

Continue Reading

TP-Link HomeCare Pro adds smart home protection to Wi-Fi security suite

TP-Link HomeCare Pro adds smart home protection to Wi-Fi security suite

TP-Link just announced a handful of new networking products designed to accommodate the increasing number of devices in our homes that connect to the Internet. Not just the usual culprits like computers and smartphones but now TVs, ovens, and even refrigerators want to access the Internet. That, unfortunately, also means that there are now more points of entry into your home network, which is why TP-Link has partnered with security software company Avira to put shields around the hub of all that Internet activity: your TP-Link router.

Continue Reading

TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 line adds tri-band routers, PCIe adapter, and extender

TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 line adds tri-band routers, PCIe adapter, and extender

5G might be the one making headlines in the mobile industry but when it comes to computing at large, Wi-Fi 6 is the name of the game. Grabbing the chance to make waves in that market, TP-Link is putting out router after router to enable computer users of all kinds to experience blazing-fast Wi-Fi 6 speeds. Presuming, of course, they have devices capable of handling all that bandwidth.

Continue Reading

TP-Link Deco Mesh Routers lead the Wi-Fi 6 march this year

TP-Link Deco Mesh Routers lead the Wi-Fi 6 march this year

When it comes to wireless networks, 5G has had the lion's share of attention in the past months. It isn't, however, the only big change that's happening in that space. The Wi-Fi 6 evolution is also underway but it has mostly been under the purview of routers rather than phones. At CES this year, network equipment makers are grabbing the chance to display their Wi-Fi 6 wares and TP-Link is leading the march with its latest generation of Deco Mesh Whole Home Wi-Fi routers.

Continue Reading

Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Today the official Wi-Fi Alliance introduced the term Wi-Fi 6E as a differentiator from the original Wi-Fi 6. With Wi-Fi 6E, users will know that a device will have access to 6Ghz wi-fi spectrum. Devices out right now with Wi-Fi 6 have access to 5Ghz operation. In the near future, some new devices will be capable of Wi-Fi 6 and beyond - into 6Ghz - so the Wi-Fi Alliance created a slightly more elite term, Wi-Fi 6E.

Wi-Fi 6E vs 6: What's the difference?

Wi-Fi 6E has access to all the benefits given to devices with the Wi-Fi 6 designation. Wi-Fi 6E ALSO has access to 6Ghz operation, or what the Wi-Fi Alliance defines as "an important portion of unlicensed spectrum that may soon by made available by regulators around the world."

Wi-Fi 5 was another name for the 802.11ac parameter, while Wi-Fi 6 is aka 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 5 had access to 5Ghz Frequency, while Wi-Fi 6 has access to 2.5 and 5Ghz frequency. The max data rate of Wi-Fi 5 is 3.5 Gb/s, and Wi-Fi 6 goes up to 9.6Gb/s. Wi-Fi 6E is the same as Wi-Fi 6, except that it ALSO has access to 6Ghz spectrum frequency.

This is sort of separate from 5G, but it compliments the near future of the internet data market. Once 5G gets rolling across the world, we'll see apps and networks that depend on 5G-speed data. To make sure Wi-Fi is ready to meed that demand, 6Ghz spectrum and all the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 (and 6E) are defined by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Why should I care?

If you're reading this in early 2020, you probably don't need to care about Wi-Fi 6E at all. If the marketplace evolves at an immense speed, we might see 6Ghz released for use by governments around the world for use by everyday average citizens.

"6 GHz will help address the growing need for Wi-Fi spectrum capacity to ensure Wi-Fi users continue to receive the same great user experience with their devices," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. "Wi-Fi Alliance is introducing Wi-Fi 6E now to ensure the industry aligns on common terminology, allowing Wi-Fi users to identify devices that support 6 GHz operation as the spectrum becomes available."

The Wi-Fi Alliance wants to get out ahead of the industry here with a term they can all use. If they were late on this particular point, we'd see a variety of terms used for Wi-Fi 6 (plus 6Ghz!) and so forth - and that's just messy.

Once 6GHz spectrum is made available by regulators, you'll likely see "Wi-Fi 6E" appear on promotions for new routers and smartphones in short order. The difference between Wi-Fi 6 devices and Wi-Fi 6E devices won't be massive right out the gate. Unless you depend on the absolute cutting-edge speeds and lack of latency and so forth, you can probably just choose Wi-Fi 6 devices if you have the choice between 6 and 6E, unless the prices between those two devices are quite similar.

The overarching story here has us all benefit from the opening up of 6Ghz spectrum because we'll all have more mobile data elbow room, so to speak - and faster data, and and lower latency.

[timeline]

New D-Link routers work with Wi-Fi 6 and EasyMesh

New D-Link routers work with Wi-Fi 6 and EasyMesh

D-Link revealed a new collection of routers and router-adjacent products today with the newest Wi-Fi 6 technology right out the gate. They've brought a new set of products to the market at CES 2020 with a mix of future-ready tech and super simple setup. "Most people don't want to fuss with their Wi-Fi," said Rayan Fakhro, product line manager, consumer solutions, D-Link Systems. "They want to grab a router, set it up, and go."

Continue Reading

Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo form alliance for easy wireless file transfer

Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo form alliance for easy wireless file transfer

It is both ironic and comical that, despite all the advancements in mobile technology, sharing a simple photo between two phones can still be a hassle. Unless you're talking about AirDrop, but that only works between Apple devices. Despite using a single base platform, sharing between Android smartphones from different manufacturers is no easy task. That is why three of China's biggest smartphone makers have agreed to make it easy to share files with just three taps, at least when sharing between Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo phones.

Continue Reading

AmpliFi Alien Wi-Fi 6 router promises true Gigabit Internet anywhere at home

AmpliFi Alien Wi-Fi 6 router promises true Gigabit Internet anywhere at home

5G may be the battle cry of network operators and device makers in the mobile industry but it isn't the only revolutionary change as far as wireless connectivity goes. Wi-Fi 6 is slowly but surely making its way to mainstream markets but it is hampered by the lack of products for consumers. That's where Ubiquity's new AmpliFi Alien router comes in, promising to deliver 8x8 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 Internet in blazing Gigabit speeds wherever you are in the house or even in the building.

Continue Reading

Very Low Power 6GHz Wi-Fi category pushed for mobile VR, video streaming

Very Low Power 6GHz Wi-Fi category pushed for mobile VR, video streaming

While smartphone makers and network carriers are all hyping 5G, some of those are also pushing for advancements in Wi-Fi technology. Wi-Fi 6 is the battle cry of that industry but it seems that some tech companies are rallying behind a subset of that new spectrum. They're calling it VLP 6GHz short for Very Low Power 6 GHz Wi-Fi and it could be the kind of wireless connection that portable devices and services will need to truly thrive.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 Next