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Crowded Wi-Fi Networks Could Soon Get Three Times Faster

That feeling of wanting to smash your smartphone while connected to an over-crowded and impossibly sluggish public Wi-Fi network might soon be gone, as researchers at MIT have come up with a way to boost wireless network speeds by cleverly coordinating multiple routers.


Top 10 Ways To Boost Your Home Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is one of the most useful and important parts of using a computer and yet it’s also one of the most frustrating. If you’re plagued by slow speeds, bad reception, and other Wi-Fi issues, here are 10 ways you can power up the Wi-Fi in your home.


Telstra's New Frontier Gateway Modem Includes A 4G SIM For Backup Internet

Anyone who’s ever signed up for a NBN connection or even a regular ADSL line knows how frustrating it is to wait for a tech appointment. But eventually, one day that might be a distant memory. Telstra has just announced plans to release a home modem router early next year that includes integrated 4G as well as a fixed-line connection — cutting what can sometimes be a painful wait for customers to get their home ‘net connected.


Honeywell's Flying Tech Lab Is In Sydney, Testing Inflight Wi-Fi

If you see an especially odd-shaped plane taking off from Sydney Airport this afternoon, don’t stress. It’s not some secret government project — it’s the Honeywell Test Flight, which is in the country for a short while flying short trips across the Tasman to test out in-flight Wi-Fi. The Honeywell jet, which stands out because it has a distinctive pylon just behind the cockpit that can mount a third engine, is testing and demonstrating JetWave high-speed inflight wireless using the same Ka-band satellite technology that powers the NBN.


Qantas Is Launching Free, Fast Wi-Fi On Domestic Aircraft

Qantas is gearing up for the rollout of free in-flight wifi on about 100 domestic aircraft, under a partnership with global broadband services provider ViaSat that will tap into the NBN network.

The new service will feature speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board wi-fi, meaning you can not only stream movies, TV shows, the latest news bulletins and live sports on domestic flights via the internet, but the Qantas Flight Operations and Engineering teams are looking at how they can use inflight connectivity to help with turbulence, maintenance, medical emergencies and connections.


Qantas And Virgin Will Have Inflight Internet By 2017

Soon enough, you’ll stay connected to your social media even from 40,000 feet as you travel on Australia’s national carriers. A few months after Qantas promised free inflight internet via NBN satellite, Virgin has promised similarly zippy inflight Wi-Fi on both domestic and international flights from the middle of next year.


Linksys Has Three New Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Gadgets

If you’re looking to build a new high-speed wired or wireless network for your McMansion or inner-city penthouse apartment, then you’re flush with choices — and any modern Wi-Fi routers or modem-router will do a very good job. Routers are getting faster all the time, though, and Linksys has a new range that should be more than enough for even the largest and most technologically-advanced home — including a new router capable of wirelessly broadcasting 20 streams of high quality 4K video simultaneously, at a price $150 cheaper than the competition.


An Aussie Science Breakthrough Could Reinvent Wi-Fi

The internet of things is built on tiny, low-power, often wireless sensors that have small and very specific tasks. These devices are usually battery powered, which is convenient at low energy usage levels but which can be an impediment to long-term use when those batteries regularly require replacement. A team of researchers at the Australian National University has accurately modeled how much energy the wireless transfer of information takes from low-power sensors, which is the first step in designing devices that can harvest power from the ambient radio frequency communications in the air around them.


802.11ac Wi-Fi's 'Wave 2' Standard Is Faster Than Ever

The industry body that certifies devices and chipsets as meeting the Wi-Fi standard — that means they can use the black-and-white ‘Wi-Fi’ logo, and that those gadgets will be guaranteed to work correctly with the various wireless frequencies and communication methods that exist — has just signed off on a brand new level of performance that’s more comprehensive than ever. Expect your future smartphones, laptops and tablets to transfer data wirelessly up to twice as fast, with less interference and congestion and massively improved overall network efficiency.


Your Wireless Footprint Can Help Catch Thieves

With billions of wireless devices shipped across the globe every year, it is safe to assume that most of us carry at least one wireless gadget with us much of the time.


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