Wireless LAN - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2085 en USB Type-C: Simpler, faster and more powerful http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/usb-type-c-simpler-faster-and-more-powerful-240500?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>USB has become ubiquitous as the way to connect our mobile devices to power sources and to other devices. There are currently seven different types of USB connectors already in use: USB 2.0 A, B, mini B and micro B; and USB 3.0 A, B and micro B. There's about to be one more: the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247389/First_images_of_reversible_USB_cables_emerge" target="_blank">USB Type-C</a>.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Wireless LAN Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:12:05 +0000 admin 240500 at http://www.infoworld.com 7 reasons to deploy Wi-Fi security in Enterprise mode http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/7-reasons-deploy-wi-fi-security-in-enterprise-mode-240008?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Although it's tempting to use the Personal mode of Wi-Fi security, which is easy to setup and use, businesses and organizations really need to use the Enterprise mode of WPA2--also known as 802.11i. Although it requires a RADIUS server to do the 802.1X authentication and is more complex to setup, it provides superior Wi-Fi security and can save you time and money in the long run.</p> <p>Here are several reasons why businesses and organization should utilize Enterprise-level Wi-Fi security.</p> Networking Security Wi-Fi Wireless LAN Network Security IDG Insider Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 240008 at http://www.infoworld.com Gigabit Wi-Fi case study: Erickson Living upgrades to 802.11ac http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/gigabit-wi-fi-case-study-erickson-living-upgrades-80211ac-236023?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Erickson Living, a company that manages 16 Continuing Care Retirement Communities in nine states, faces a unique challenge when it comes to installed a wireless network each retirement community has common areas where residents share available bandwidth, but there are also individual residential units where end users have their personal phone and Internet connections.</p> Networking Wi-Fi Wireless LAN IDG Insider Mon, 10 Feb 2014 15:35:56 +0000 admin 236023 at http://www.infoworld.com Mobile data traffic is expected to explode 11-fold by 2018 http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/mobile-data-traffic-expected-explode-11-fold-2018-235763?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Networking experts are running out of superlatives to describe the coming tidal wave/explosion/cataclysm of mobile data traffic.</p> <p>Cisco today said mobile data is expected to grow by 11 times in the next four years, reaching 18 exabytes per month by 2018. An exabyte is 1 billion gigabytes.</p> Mobile Technology Wireless LAN Mobile Technology Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:36:34 +0000 admin 235763 at http://www.infoworld.com MacBook Pro delivers blazing speed in Gigabit Wi-Fi test http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/macbook-pro-delivers-blazing-speed-in-gigabit-wi-fi-test-235094?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Gigabit Wi-Fi is starting to appear in mobile devices, so we got our hands on three smartphones and two laptops running the 802.11ac standard and put them to the test. Though you won't see anywhere near Gigabit speeds in real-world environments, our testing proves that 802.11ac can offer increased throughput over 802.11n.</p> <p>We tested the 802.11ac wireless capabilities in three Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and Motorola Moto X. Plus, we tested a Dell XPS 15 laptop running Windows 8.1 and the MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Networking MacBooks Smartphones Wide Area Networking Wireless LAN IDG Insider Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 uphan 235094 at http://www.infoworld.com Old-school Wi-Fi is slowing down networks, Cisco says http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/old-school-wi-fi-slowing-down-networks-cisco-says-235108?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>The early Wi-Fi standards that opened the world's eyes to wire-free networking are now holding back the newer, faster protocols that followed in their wake, Cisco Systems said.</p> <p>The IEEE 802.11 standard, now available in numerous versions with speeds up to 6.9Gbps and growing, still requires devices and access points to be compatible with technologies that date to the late 1990s. But those older standards -- the once-popular 802.11b and an even slower spec from 1997 -- aren't nearly as efficient as most Wi-Fi being sold today.</p> Mobile Technology Networking Wi-Fi Wireless LAN Mobile Technology Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:37:32 +0000 admin 235108 at http://www.infoworld.com Fon working with Qualcomm to expand Wi-Fi hotspots http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/fon-working-qualcomm-expand-wi-fi-hotspots-234587?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>With new Qualcomm-based products, more funds and a U.S. expansion, free Wi-Fi aggregator Fon expects to reach 35 million hotspots by 2016.</p> <p>Since its inception in 2006, Fon has been working to build a crowd-sourced network of hotspots, where users share their broadband connection via Wi-Fi and in return get free access to other hotspots around the world. The company also has programs for small businesses and enterprises that are invitation-only, for now. The recipe has been successful: Fon's network now stands at over 12 million hotspots.</p> Networking Wi-Fi Wireless LAN Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:25:31 +0000 admin 234587 at http://www.infoworld.com Cisco promises to fix admin backdoor in some routers http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/cisco-promises-fix-admin-backdoor-in-some-routers-234037?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Cisco Systems promised to issue firmware updates removing a backdoor from a wireless access point and two of its routers later this month. The undocumented feature could allow unauthenticated remote attackers to gain administrative access to the devices.</p> Networking Security Cisco Systems Network Router Wireless LAN Security Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:49:43 +0000 admin 234037 at http://www.infoworld.com Default settings leave external hard drives connected to Asus routers wide open http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/default-settings-leave-external-hard-drives-connected-asus-routers-wide-open-233894?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Files on thousands of hard drives connected to broadband routers from Asus are easily accessible over the Internet due to unsecure default settings, according to industry experts and tests conducted by PC World Norway and TechWorld Sweden.</p> <p>Broadband routers with USB ports that allow users to connect external hard drives have become increasingly common. Shared storage that can be remotely accessed via the Internet using protocols such as FTP is convenient, but it also comes with security implications.</p> Security Authentication Network Router Wireless LAN Security Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:11:50 +0000 admin 233894 at http://www.infoworld.com More unlicensed spectrum could be on the horizon, FCC chairman says http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/more-unlicensed-spectrum-could-be-the-horizon-fcc-chairman-says-233830?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Wireless users in the U.S. could gain new blocks of unlicensed wireless spectrum as several high-profile auctions are completed over the next 18 months, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Major wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth currently operate in such spaces -- blocks of the radio spectrum that are open to use by any technology and do not require formal FCC licensing -- but some of those spaces are now crowded with signals.</p> Networking Federal Regulations Wireless LAN Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:33:44 +0000 admin 233830 at http://www.infoworld.com The 5 mobile technologies to watch in 2014 http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/the-5-mobile-technologies-watch-in-2014-233049?source=rss_wireless_lan <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/mobile_app_dev.jpg" alt="TITLE" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><br /><em><p align="right">Credit: iStockphoto</p></em></div> Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Wi-Fi Android iOS iPad iPhone Processors Smartphones Tablets Wireless LAN Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Galen M. Gruman 233049 at http://www.infoworld.com San Francisco gives its main street free Wi-Fi, eyes citywide service http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/san-francisco-gives-its-main-street-free-wi-fi-eyes-citywide-service-232765?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>If you want something done, sometimes you just have to do it yourself.</p><p>The city and county of San Francisco <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/010607-update-san-francisco-earthlink-agree.html" target="_blank">teamed up</a> with Earthlink and Google nearly a decade ago to build what was planned as a citywide Wi-Fi network, only to see Earthlink <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/networking/update-current-earthlink-deal-sf-looks-dead-977" target="_blank">retreat from</a> its municipal Wi-Fi business in 2007. The citywide system was never built.</p> Networking Wi-Fi Wireless LAN Government Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:44:22 +0000 ccraig 232765 at http://www.infoworld.com Enterasys buy puts Extreme in networking's big leagues http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/enterasys-buy-puts-extreme-in-networkings-big-leagues-231736?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Now that Extreme Networks has closed its acquisition of <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/extreme-networks-acquires-enterasys-some-long-overdue-industry-consolidation" target="_blank">Enterasys</a>, it's time to focus on the task at hand as a company twice its previous size.</p> Networking The Industry Standard M&A Network Switch Wide Area Networking Wireless LAN Data Center Networking Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:31:17 +0000 uphan 231736 at http://www.infoworld.com Researchers find way to increase range of wireless frequencies in smartphones http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/researchers-find-way-increase-range-of-wireless-frequencies-in-smartphones-230537?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Researchers have found a new way to tune the radio frequency in smartphones and other wireless devices that promises to reduce costs and improve performance of semiconductors used in defense, satellite and commercial communications.</p> <p>Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) and Northeastern University in Boston presented the research findings at the 58th Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference in Denver this week.</p> Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Smartphones Wireless LAN Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:45:40 +0000 admin 230537 at http://www.infoworld.com Cisco weighs in for multi-gigabit addition to Wi-Fi http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/cisco-weighs-in-multi-gigabit-addition-wi-fi-230332?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>A high-frequency supplement to Wi-Fi that's several times faster than most of what's available now appears headed for enterprises through a partnership between Cisco Systems and a specialist in the technology.</p> Networking Cisco Systems Wi-Fi Wireless LAN Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:42:33 +0000 admin 230332 at http://www.infoworld.com Security by default takes one step forward, two back http://www.infoworld.com/t/security/security-default-takes-one-step-forward-two-back-229296?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>It seems that every time we take a step toward better <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/topic/17/Security">security</a> by default, we end up taking one or two back just a short while later. Take the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9108338/Continuing_coverage_Apple_s_iPhone">iPhone</a> 5s. It's got that fingerprint scanner, betokening renewed attention being paid to security. But it also has what I'd have to call reckless out-of-the-box security configurations.</p> Wireless LAN Mobile Technology Security IDG Insider Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 admin 229296 at http://www.infoworld.com Back to the past: BlackBerry founders consider buying the beleaguered company http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/back-the-past-blackberry-founders-consider-buying-the-beleaguered-company-228625?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>BlackBerry's co-founders, Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, are working with advisors to explore buying all or part of the ailing BlackBerry, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1070235/000119312513396388/d610704dsc13d.htm" target="_blank">Schedule 13 D filing</a>, posted online Thursday, says that the two men have agreed to work exclusively with each other "with respect to any potential acquisition of all or a part" of BlackBerry.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard BlackBerry Wireless LAN Technology Business Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:27:20 +0000 admin 228625 at http://www.infoworld.com Apple's next revolution may be Bluetooth-powered iBeacons http://www.infoworld.com/d/consumerization-of-it/apples-next-revolution-may-be-bluetooth-powered-ibeacons-227574?source=rss_wireless_lan <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/estimote-beacon.jpg" alt="Apple's next revolution may be Bluetooth-powered iBeacons" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><p align="right"><em>Courtesy Estimote</em></p></div> Applications Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Networking The Industry Standard Apple iOS Wireless LAN Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 227574 at http://www.infoworld.com Ericsson thinks small for a big solution to workplace wireless http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/ericsson-thinks-small-big-solution-workplace-wireless-227569?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Ericsson says it has a small solution to the big problem of weak mobile service in enterprises.</p> <p>On Wednesday, the world's largest cellular network vendor introduced a radio that can fit in the palm of your hand and hook up to a full-size base station via conventional LAN cables. The so-called Radio Dot System, due to ship late next year, will let carriers fill large and medium-sized buildings with strong voice and data signals while keeping their equipment and management costs low, Ericsson said.</p> Mobile Technology BYOD Wireless LAN Mobile Technology Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:04:40 +0000 admin 227569 at http://www.infoworld.com BlackBerry sale might not include smartphones http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/blackberry-sale-might-not-include-smartphones-227010?source=rss_wireless_lan <p>Potential bidders for BlackBerry are only interested in parts of the business, concluding that the firm's smartphones, such as the recent Q10 and Z10, have little or no value, reports say.</p> <p>Bidders from private equity firms are interested mostly in the BB 10 operating system that powers the new BlackBerry smartphones, along with selected patents related to keyboards, unnamed sources familiar with the potential sale told news agency <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/13/us-blackberry-private-idUSBRE98C12420130913" target="_blank">Reuters</a>.</p> Mobile Technology BlackBerry Smartphones Wireless LAN Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:58:22 +0000 admin 227010 at http://www.infoworld.com