A key hurdle to widespread gigabit-speed Internet is the high cost of getting fiber optic lines over the last mile — from the fiber backbone in nearby streets to each house.
But increasingly, cellular operators, broadband providers including Google Fiber and several startups are exploring a new, less expensive way to bridge the last mile gap – wireless technology.
Google Fiber – which named San Diego as a potential city for building an ultra-fast fiber optic Internet network — said last month that it would pause future fiber optic roll outs in San Diego and seven other potential Google Fiber cities while it explored new approaches.
Anybody with even an inkling of interest in the mobile world knows that 5G technology is coming. However, finding someone with a clear idea of what 5G technology entails and what it will look like in the consumer market is a much more difficult task. Fortunately, MIT is here to give us the scoop regarding what to expect from this world-changing network.
We often think of technological development as a gradual thing.After all, the batteries on our smartphones have been essentially the same for years, and each wave of flagship devices produces incrementally advanced iterations of their predecessors.
If your router needs help getting the Wi-Fi signal to part of your house or apartment, give it a boost with the TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender RE450. After spending 140 total hours researching Wi-Fi extenders and testing more than 20 over the past year and a half, we’ve decided that the RE450 is our new recommendation for most people.
Though it costs around $100 at this writing, it’s worth that investment, as it offers the best combination of range, speed, portability, and physical connections of any extender we tested.
People are aware of the risks that come with using Wi-Fi, but generally believe public hotspots, like those on airports, are secure. Those are the results published in Norton’s latest Wi-Fi Risk Report 2016, which said 64 percent of UK’s adults assume public Wi-Fi is safe enough to use.
However, Norton says this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“We know many consumers believe that using a password to access public Wi-Fi means their information is safe, but that’s not necessarily the case”, said Nick Shaw, vice president and general manager at Norton EMEA.
The new line of WorkForce 2700 series printers from Epson are designed to give the home office a piece of equipment that can effortlessly connect with a smartphone, tablet or computer wirelessly and print from anywhere.
This type of connectivity is key to the way many work today, because the office is no longer a static location. As long as you have the right mobile device, your office is with you, and it can be in the same city, another state or even country, and access to the tools you need can still be seamless.
Low-income Americans will be eligible for a monthly subsidy of $9.25 to receive high-speed Internet service in an effort approved by federal regulators on Thursday to close the so-called digital divide and expand access to broadband.
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines to expand a 3-decade-old program that subsidizes phone service for people who cannot afford it.
Now consumers will be able to apply the monthly Lifeline subsidy to broadband service or a bundled voice-and-data package from an Internet service provider.
So far, the solutions to wireless spectrum crunches have involved either offering relatively untapped airwaves or reusing frequencies that were previously assigned to something else. However, DARPA knows this can’t go on forever — and it’s looking for help to devise a clever way around the problem.
The military research agency has launched a new Grand Challenge that will have teams develop artificial intelligence-powered radios that cooperate with each other to avoid wireless congestion. Rather than force devices to use narrow frequency ranges regardless of how crowded they may be, DARPA would like to see those gadgets negotiate frequency sharing whenever they need it.
Alexander Graham Bell was certain his greatest invention would change the world. He was almost right. The telephone was indeed revolutionary, letting people talk to each other across great distances as if they were in the same room. Unfortunately, Bell thought his greatest invention was not the telephone, but the photophone. That was a complete flop.
Perhaps it was just ahead of its time. Because the basic idea behind it – using pulses of light to bounce information through free space – is once again set to change the way we communicate. Radio waves have been the medium of choice for sending signals wirelessly for the best part of a century.
It seems Microsoft is developing its own SIM cards that will allow Windows 10 devices to access a range of different cellular data networks without the need for a contract.
The Verge has noticed that Microsoft has just released a new app called Cellular Data. It explains that the service will allow you to “connect with – and pay for – a mobile data plan on your Windows 10 device using only your Microsoft account information.