Jon Gold

Senior Writer

Jon Gold covers IoT and wireless networking for Network World. He can be reached at jon_gold@idg.com.

Private 5G can solve some enterprise problems that Wi-Fi can’t

Private 5G can solve some enterprise problems that Wi-Fi can’t

While service providers might think of private 5G as a competitor to Wi-Fi, short-term its enterprise use will be supplemental.

Are newer medical IoT devices less secure than old ones?

Are newer medical IoT devices less secure than old ones?

Legacy medical IoT devices may lack security features, but newer ones built around commodity components can have a whole different set of vulnerabilities that are better understood by attackers.

How 5G frequency affects range and speed

How 5G frequency affects range and speed

5G spectrum use falls into three major bands, each with different characteristics that can influence coverage and deployment strategies.

Project OWL: IoT trying to hold connectivity together in disasters

Project OWL: IoT trying to hold connectivity together in disasters

IoT devices configured in a wireless mesh network can be quickly deployed to provide basic connections when natural disasters knock out traditional communications links.

Ripple20 TCP/IP flaws can be patched but still threaten IoT devices

Ripple20 TCP/IP flaws can be patched but still threaten IoT devices

A serious security flaw in a TCP/IP library used by thousands upon thousands of IoT devices remains difficult to address even though a fix exists.

Microsoft is buying CyberX to bolster its Azure IoT security

Microsoft is buying CyberX to bolster its Azure IoT security

Azure IoT users can look for additional security and monitoring capabilities as Microsoft announces plans to buy CyberX

FCC makes it easier to deploy 5G in cities

FCC makes it easier to deploy 5G in cities

FCC rules limit the restrictions cities can place on where 5G wireless base stations can be placed and what they look like.

IoT takes aim at social distancing

IoT takes aim at social distancing

How IoT technology can help enforce social-distancing rules by monitoring occupancy in workspaces.

Creating complex digital twins requires sharing intellectual property

Creating complex digital twins requires sharing intellectual property

The possibilities of digital twinning are rapidly expanding, but the networking and interconnection technology behind it need to keep pace.

Coronavirus pandemic highlights medical IoT security risks

Coronavirus pandemic highlights medical IoT security risks

With more of us connecting with our healthcare providers virtually during the coronavirus pandemic, hackers may find it more appealing to attack medical or hospital systems. Increased amounts of data due to telemedicine and medical...

COVID-19 pandemic ratchets up threats to medical IoT

COVID-19 pandemic ratchets up threats to medical IoT

The coronavirus isn’t just a threat to the health of human beings as cyberattacks against healthcare providers ramp up, experts say.

Wi-Fi to the rescue as governments react to COVID pandemic

Wi-Fi to the rescue as governments react to COVID pandemic

Improvisation and partnerships are the name of the game, municipalities struggle to provide wireless internet access to those who don't have it but need it.

IoT down on the farm: Drones and sensors for better yields

IoT down on the farm: Drones and sensors for better yields

Farmers have come to rely on the internet of things to help them save water, choose the right amount of fertilizer, and find out how plants in distant fields are doing.

Wi-Fi 6E explained, and when to adopt Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6E explained, and when to adopt Wi-Fi 6

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the U.S. recently approved some wireless spectrum within the 6GHz band for Wi-Fi 6 use. This will nearly quintuple the existing Wi-Fi 6 spectrum. The version of Wi-Fi that will take...

How Wi-Fi 6E boosts wireless spectrum five-fold

How Wi-Fi 6E boosts wireless spectrum five-fold

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a chunk of wireless spectrum called the 6GHz band for unlicensed use by Wi-Fi 6, and gear that supports it could be available by the end of the year.

IoT offers a way to track COVID-19 via connected thermometers

IoT offers a way to track COVID-19 via connected thermometers

The COVID-19 pandemic has catapulted one manufacturer of connected thermometers to national prominence, as Kinsa provides a possible window into the spread of the disease.

Contact tracing via Bluetooth could help track COVID-19 transmission

Contact tracing via Bluetooth could help track COVID-19 transmission

MIT scientists may have a way to quickly – and privately – follow the spread of the coronavirus.

IoT roundup: Tech companies step up to help fight against COVID-19

IoT roundup: Tech companies step up to help fight against COVID-19

This month, we look at some of the ways the IoT sector is helping to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

FCC wants to add a new swath of bandwidth to Wi-Fi 6

FCC wants to add a new swath of bandwidth to Wi-Fi 6

If approved, a Federal Communications Commission proposal would add the 6GHz band to the unlicensed spectrum used by Wi-Fi 6, making room to support more devices from a single Wi-Fi access point.

COVID-19 to delay enterprise 5G adoption

COVID-19 to delay enterprise 5G adoption

A key industry standard for the development of new-radio 5G will remain unreleased for at least two more months, holding back the availability of 5G products for the enterprise.

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