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T-Mobile takes Wi-Fi voice and text everywhere

The new Un-leashed offering allows unlimited calls and text message outside the U.S. and on U.S. airliners with Gogo in-flight service

4 cloud horror stories -- and how to survive them

Here are four cloud horror stories along with spoilers, so you can make it out alive


Researchers promote battery-free Wi-Fi technology

A research team at the University of Washington pushes forward with technology that uses radio frequency for power

PwC: IoT will become multitrillion-dollar market by 2020

The number of businesses adopting 'Internet of things' technology continues to grow

The data dangers of free public Wi-Fi

New York's plan to turn pay phones into free Wi-Fi stations could be a template for other cities, and bad news for IT trying to protect corporate data and IP

IoT inspires innovations in energy, wireless

A vibration-harvesting power supply and a chip architecture for low-power communications are the latest developments

Must-have tools for setting up a Wi-Fi net

AirMagnet, Ekahau and TamoGraph simplify Wi-Fi planning and surveying.

What's next for Wi-Fi? A second wave of 802.11ac devices, and then: 802.11ax

While you consider which 802.11ac router to buy, the industry is working hard to render it obsolete

Linksys WRT1900AC: The best open router yet

Linksys' ambitious, prosumer-grade Wi-Fi router is pricey compared to the classic WRT54G router that inspired it, but it comes with a great feature set

Can we talk? Internet of things vendors face a communications 'mess'

There's a wireless battle brewing, as many communications protocols that allow home devices to exchange information aren't interoperable

USB Type-C: Simpler, faster and more powerful

The next generation of USB cables will be easier to use and able to push more data faster

7 reasons to deploy Wi-Fi security in Enterprise mode

SMBs may find the Personal mode of Wi-Fi security easier to deploy, but that may be a costly mistake

Review: Riverbed brings branch office storage back to the data center

Riverbed Granite 2.5 eliminates remote office server administration and backup pains by delivering iSCSI and Fibre Channel storage over the WAN

Phone foolery: Caught between a malcontent and a merger

After a company takeover, cold shoulders and closed ranks greet a techie trying to figure out the phone and Internet bills

10 cities delivering high-speed Internet to their communities

Municipal broadband faces challenges from the big telcos, but 1-Gig Internet adoption is growing nonetheless

Gigabit Wi-Fi case study: Erickson Living upgrades to 802.11ac

A retirement community plans on retiring wired networks in individual residential units

Big carriers go political to kill local broadband

Major telcos are afraid that locally owned FTTH deployments will cut into their fat profits, so they seek to cripple competitors

Mobile data traffic is expected to explode 11-fold by 2018

Wearables will affect mobile traffic, too, but it's hard to predict by how much

MacBook Pro delivers blazing speed in Gigabit Wi-Fi test

In a test of three smartphones and two laptops, all five products validate the superior throughput of 802.11ac

Old-school Wi-Fi is slowing down networks, Cisco says

Cisco engineers propose standards change to pare down traffic sent using old, slow forms of Wi-Fi that clog channels

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