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Hello HaLow: Your guide to the Wi-Fi Alliance’s new IoT spec

The Wi-Fi Alliance recently announced a new IEEE specification, 802.11ah, developed explicitly for the Internet of Things (IoT). Dubbed HaLow (pronounced HAY-Low), it’s aimed at connecting everything in the IoT environment, from smart...

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Worm infects unpatched Ubiquiti wireless devices

Routers and other wireless devices made by Ubiquiti Networks have been infected by a worm that exploits a one-year-old remote unauthorized access vulnerability.

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Time for digital detox? Searching for Wi-Fi becomes normal vacation behavior

If you are more concerned with getting and sharing a photo of a sunset than experiencing it, you might need digital detox

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Review: Wave 2 Wi-Fi delivers dramatic performance boost for home networks

In our testing with a Linksys SoHo router, we found that beamforming and MU-MIMO technologies could transform Wi-Fi networks


What is Wi-Fi beamforming and MU-MIMO?

New home Wi-Fi routers have some impressive advanced features to help boost speed, range and capacity. Network World Lab Alliance member David Newman explains how beamforming and MU-MIMO technologies work in the latest Wi-Fi routers.


Artificial intelligence will revolutionize Wi-Fi

The use of artificial intelligence to ensure uninterrupted performance of Wi-Fi isn't science fiction anymore.

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T-Mobile, Qualcomm get FCC approval to test LTE-U

A controversial new wireless technology is closer to widespread use, after Qualcomm and T-Mobile got an official green light from the FCC to test LTE-U in four U.S. locations late last week.

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3 interesting wireless networking research projects

Here's a quick look at three academic research projects that explore existing and future uses of wireless networking technology

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18 most powerful wireless networking companies

Our list of power players in enterprise networking, and beyond


Wi-Fi's next step: High-density scenarios

At Interop 2016, Network World chats with Mike Leibovitz from Extreme Networks, about what comes next for enterprise Wi-Fi deployments after they've covered the office building and/or large campus.

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5 free/low-cost Wi-Fi analyzers for Windows 10

Now we’re reviewing apps, published as Universal Windows Platform apps on the Microsoft Store, that run on Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones. The Wi-Fi features that developers can utilize in the Universal Windows Platform are still...

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Windows 10-based Wi-Fi analyzers: No frills, low cost

WiFi Tool, WiFi Commander stand out in test of five stumbler and surveying apps.

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Emergency call location for mobile UC: slow progress on E911 improvements

The current unified communications E911 system works but in the most unsatisfactory manner.


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

So-called gigabit Wi-Fi, or 802.11ac, is slowly starting to show up in homes, buildings and public hotspots, but it’s not delivering a gigabit to smartphones, according to an analysis by research company OpenSignal.

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Kansas City gets 'smart': New streetcar line opens amid free public Wi-Fi zone

Kansas City, Missouri, has high hopes for the smart technology it's deploying as it launches on Friday a new streetcar line in its downtown innovation district and public Wi-Fi that spreads over two square miles.

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5 secure habits of the paranoid PC user

Are you getting a little sloppy with your security? Time to shape up. Practice these five habits to protect your data at home, in the office and out in the world.

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Coolest drone projects at big enterprise IT companies

Cisco, AT&T, IBM and Microsoft are among the big enterprise IT companies with drone-related projects underway.

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Meet Cisco's go-to guy on commercial drones

Cisco sees network infrastructure, collaboration, security and other opportunities in commercial drones

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