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Many ad hoc Wi-Fi networks from the outset of COVID-19 still in use

Public-access Wi-Fi extensions have helped students in areas with poor internet access to attend online classes, often with the help of non-profit groups and vendors.

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5G can make for cost-effective private backhaul

While 5G use cases tend toward connecting many devices to a network, using the wireless technology for private backhaul can have a surprising amount of utility.

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Juniper expands WiFi 6 access point family to support remote workers

Taking aim at helping enterprise customers support tons of remote workers, Juniper this week extended its family of WiFi 6 wireless access points.

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8 free Wi-Fi stumbling and surveying tools for Windows and Mac

Measuring signal strength, channels, MAC addresses and security status of Wi-Fi networks is essential to understanding their health, and here are free tools – some for Windows, some for Macs – that can do just that.

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5G: CBRS license bids top $2.4 billion in FCC auction

The CBRS window is open as bidders battle for choice parts of a unique chunk of U.S. airwaves.

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Gartner: 5G rises as overall wireless infrastructure spending falls

The pandemic took a measurable toll on the market for wireless infrastructure, but 5G spending remains a bright spot.

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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.

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Test and review of 4 Wi-Fi 6 routers: Who's the fastest?

We tested Wi-Fi 6 routers from Extreme, Cisco, EnGenius and Meraki to find out whether these access points deliver on the promise of better throughput from the latest Wi-Fi standard

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NIST aims to make frequency sharing more efficient for wireless networks

Machine-learning formula will help different radio protocols, such as Wi-Fi and LTE, work together more efficiently in the same wireless spectrum.

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Wi-Fi 6E: When it’s coming and what it’s good for

New wireless spectrum recently dedicated to Wi-Fi allows for more channels and higher density deployments, but gear to support it won’t be widely deployed until 2020, according to an Extreme Networks exec.

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What is Wi-Fi and why is it so important?

The ubiquitous wireless technology Wi-Fi has become indispensable for home networking, public internet connectivity, supporting the internet of things and much, much more.

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Hot job: Wireless LAN engineer

Given the realities of COVID-19, WLAN engineers are finding ways to extend enterprise security and Wi-Fi management capabilities to employees' home networks. They've also got a new role to play as enablers of future, contactless...

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Wireless upgrades from Cisco, Aruba, Juniper aim at helping businesses reopen safely

Cisco, Aruba and Juniper are unwrapping packages aimed at helping organizations safely re-open as some Covid-19 restrictions ease

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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.

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802.11x: Wi-Fi standards and speeds explained

To help clarify the many Wi-Fi standards, here’s an update on these physical-layer standards within 802.11, as well as standards still in the works and the new naming scheme that includes Wi-Fi 6.

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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.

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Cisco goes after wireless IoT with Fluidmesh acquisition

Cisco wants Fluidmesh to bolster wireless connectivity applications in large-scale distributed sites

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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.

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