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What you should know about SDN and Wi-Fi

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is coming to Wi-Fi to give IT end-to-end control of the unified (wired and wireless) network.

Is Sony's Walkman set to make a comeback?

Some question whether you can really discern the difference between Sony's new high-definition music players and compressed audio files

IoT inspires new components for energy, wireless

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

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Say goodbye to desktop phones

VoIP apps and a high-density 11ac Wi-Fi network let an Oklahoma insurer scrap its desktop phones.

How the FCC's in-school Wi-Fi program could affect vendors

With the FCC pushing to increase Wi-Fi investments in schools, these vendors could step up to fill the need.

802.11ac Wave 2: Sooner Than You Think, Part 2

Xirrus’ recent almost-announcement is a further indication that Wave 2 is going to get started in the market this year.

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How Aerohive is trying to personalize in-store shopping

Aerohive’s Personalized Engagement Platform packages up its own products alongside some from some strategic partners to remove much of the complexity around creating personalized services.

Future Wi-Fi

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. Here's what to expect in the next few years, as engineers tease more bandwidth and faster transmission speeds out of Wi-Fi.


What to expect from 11ac’s next big deal: multiuser MIMO

802.11ac is already delivering much higher Wi-Fi throughput. Later this year, with “Wave 2” of the standard, a feature called multiuser MIMO will boost network efficiency and help Wi-Fi nets handle the explosion of mobile clients.

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

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

Mobile devices to beam 4K video direct to TVs with Qualcomm buy

Qualcomm will integrate WiGig in the Snapdragon 810 chip

Ericsson hits 5Gbps in 5G labs demo

The first 5G network is expected sometime around 2020 in Japan or South Korea

And there's something else wrong with Comcast's Xfinity customer-based Wi-Fi hotspot plan ...

A blog post by Speedify reveals that Comcast's plan to create the world's biggest Wi-Fi hotspot has yet another downside; it shifts the cost of powering the service to the end user ...

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Revisiting Comcast’s Xfinity public hotspot strategy

Last week I wrote about Comcast’s plan to build the nation’s biggest Wi-Fi service by co-opting their customers’ Xfinity gateways and, following a detailed conversation with a representative from Comcast’s Corporate Communications...


Police test smartphones over cellular for undercover use during Boston Marathon

BeOn system from Harris Corp. lets public safety networks talk to cellular networks

Comcast’s latest bad idea turns your Wi-Fi into everybody’s Wi-Fi

Bad ideas are a dime a dozen, but Comcast’s plan to use their customer’s Wi-Fi to build out their mobile presence is a really bad idea.

Outlook Web App goes native on Android

Preview requires KitKat and an off-premises Exchange mailbox

Stretchable electronics could lead to robotic skin, computerized clothes

Thanks to a basic sewing machine, your shirt might someday connect to the Internet

Amtrak explores trackside network to upgrade Acela's Wi-Fi service

Wi-Fi's not always available on trains during rush hour

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