wi-fi

Samsung M7 Wireless Speaker: Australian Review

If you have a smartphone or tablet in your household, you need not be tied to either its tiny, tinny speaker or a single Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speaker — why not play your music through half a dozen different speaker at once, all in different rooms? Multi-room audio has been around for a decade now, but the race is heating up of late; Samsung’s new M5 and M7 wireless multi-room speakers are the company’s attempt at dethroning Sonos as the Wi-Fi hi-fi system of choice.


Future Wearables Could Communicate Using Reflected Wi-Fi

Sending data between small, portable devices is full of compromise: higher transfer rates usually means a bigger drain on the battery. But UCLA researchers have a plan to use reflected Wi-Fi signals to help solve that problem.


How Your Hotel Room Price And Wi-Fi Speed Are Linked

Ever wondered if you’re paying for the bed linen or the Wi-Fi? The network-analysing super-wonks at OpenSignal have crunched through some data about public Wi-Fi, and analysed in detail the network performance in different hotel rooms. Here’s how your room price and download speed are linked.


Roving Robots Can Look Through Buildings Using Nothing But Wi-Fi

Previously, we’ve seen researchers use everyday Wi-Fi signals like radar, able to detect shapes through a door or wall. Well, here’s the logical next step toward the robot overthrow: Putting that tech on top of wheeled robots. You can run (OK, walk), but hiding behind a brick wall is futile.


Belkin AC 1750 DB Wi-Fi Modem Router: Australian Review

Odds are that if you live in or around any metropolitan area in Australia, you have ADSL2+ internet at home. It’s possible to buy a single, reasonably priced all-in-one modem router that handles anything that a regular family could want. Belkin’s AC 1750 DB modem router is a simple, relatively powerful device aimed at anyone who isn’t so interested in fiddling with network settings, but wants security and safety on their home network.


These Light Paintings Show How Wi-Fi Swirls And Shifts Around You

Ever wondered how the Wi-Fi signal varies around your house or workplace? Well, a new project by Luis Hernan combines signal strength sensing with light painting to show you just that.


Aussie Tech Behind New Low-Power, 802.11ad Chip For Mobiles And Tablets

With 802.11n the wireless standard of choice, the market is already gearing up for the deployment of its successor, 802.11ac. Not that Nitero — a company spun off Australia’s ICT research hub NICTA — cares that much: it’s just announced a chip based on 802.11ad, aimed at low-power devices such as smartphones and tablets.


Nest And Friends Are Giving The Internet Of Things A Fresh Start

A consortium of companies just announced a new wireless networking protocol for the home called Thread. It’s designed to help build low-power, wireless mesh networks so that devices can seamlessly connect to form a true internet of things. In a way, Thread promises to create little mini internet for your home.


The Emotional Roller Coaster We All Ride When Wi-Fi Drops Out

Video: In the hierarchy of needs, Wi-Fi is now a staple — so, when it goes down, we all feel it. Hard. In this short dramatic sketch, Julian Smith imagines a brief wireless outage as disaster movie.


Your Next Smartphone Could Have Blisteringly Fast Wi-Fi

How fast your phone can scream along on Wi-Fi doesn’t just depend on your internet speed; you also need a killer connection from your router to the device in your hand. A new acquisition by Qualcomm means the tech in question could be in your next phone.


Product Finder

Find more great products at