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Gigabit Wi-Fi's faster, but it needs a fast wire behind it

Gigabit Wi-Fi, or 802.11ac, is slowly starting to show up in homes and public hotspots, but it’s not delivering a gigabit to smartphones

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Cisco fixes serious denial-of-service flaws in wireless LAN controllers, other products

One of the vulnerabilities is critical and the rest are rated as high severity

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Google to test innovative 3.5GHz wireless in Kansas City

Tests will last up to 18 months and use shared spectrum the FCC created last year

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New wireless tech from MIT promises password-free Wi-Fi

Chronos system developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab could also help make smart homes smarter

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Network World Explains: All about HaLow

Confused about the new HaLow wireless standard proposed by the Wi-Fi Alliance? Worry no more! Network World explains what this is all about in this handy animated video.

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5 things you need to know about 5G

While it may still be years away, understanding how 5G will impact the enterprise now will help you plan accordingly

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Wi-Fi startup gets $25 million backing from Cisco, Verizon, others

By eliminating self-interference from Wi-Fi radios, Kumu Networks aims to make Wi-Fi hotspots twice as efficient

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Dreaming of a wire-free laptop? It's closer to reality

Laptops from Acer and Asus will ship with WiGig, and wireless charging products will be shown at CES

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Battle over LTE in Wi-Fi bands may soon be resolved

The controversial idea could make cell service faster in crowded areas

5 tips for using public Wi-Fi securely

Wi-Fi hotspots are wonderfully convenient, even for hackers; follow these tips to stay safe

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Five things you should know about unlicensed LTE

Here are five things you should know about unlicensed LTE, the concept of sending 4G cell traffic over channels also used by Wi-Fi and other networks.

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FCC strikes again on Wi-Fi blocking

Hilton and a big electrical contracting company are fined thousands for blocking consumers' Wi-Fi connections

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Worries mount that upcoming LTE-U deployments will hurt Wi-Fi

Despite the assurances of its inventors, there’s an ominous lack of proof that LTE-U technology won't muck up current Wi-Fi deployments

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Ditch the cables with WattUp wire-free charging

Energous' WattUp wire-free system powers devices up to 15 feet away from a router.

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In-flight WiFi speeds up

Gogo’s 2Ku service received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration this week, clearing the way for it to be installed on commercial airplanes later this year.

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Carriers want to take your Wi-Fi for their own use

An unlikely alliance of consumer advocates, cable providers, and tech companies push back on carriers' congestion-handling technology

AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot reportedly stuffs extra ads into Web pages

A Stanford computer scientist said the practice poses privacy and performance risks

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College kids to the rescue with IT support startup HelloTech

Not that Baby Boomers or Gen X homeowners are clueless about technology, but startup HelloTech is banking on people of a certain age needing a bit of assistance to live the Internet of Things dream.

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