Your Wi-Fi router is probably sitting passively in some corner of your room, beaming out invisible light (and the internet). But it's also sending information on all the stuff the light passes through and around. It's essentially carrying a holographic image of the room with it.
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We took a quick flight today from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast (then back again) to test out Virgin Australia's new in-flight Wi-Fi service provided by Gogo and Optus.
The service is part of a three month testing period that began last Thursday, available for free on one of the airline's Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Here's how our trip went.
If your device, your carrier, and your data plan allows it, you can turn your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to get your laptop online. But just because it's a hotspot doesn't mean the rules of data uses don't apply. You'll still want to keep data usage down to a minimum. Here's how you can enjoy all the perks of a mobile hotspot without wrecking your wallet.
We're up in the air today for a quick plane journey to test out Qantas's brand new in-flight internet, which is available today to Qantas flyers for free and for the first time. It's only on a single jet — ours! — for now, but will be rolled out to the entire Qantas fleet throughout the year. Join in as we put it through its paces.
Whether it's a cyclone or a thunderstorm or 260km/h winds, sometimes your power goes out and takes your internet with you. Any way you look at it, when the internet is down your life is effectively on hold until it's back up again.
Sonos speakers already live all around your house — your living room, your bedroom, your bathroom. You might already have a Sonos speaker in the same room as your TV. You might already have a Playbar. If you don't, though, it might be because you don't have room underneath your TV — maybe it's not wall mounted, maybe it lives on a skinny entertainment unit. That's why Sonos has a new speaker for your TV, designed to live underneath it. It's called the Playbase.
Qantas' fast, free in-flight Wi-Fi is still a few weeks away from its real-world debut, but it's passed its first proper test with flying colours. A test flight filled with Qantas volunteer staff designed to stress the Aussie carrier's inflight Wi-Fi to its breaking point has delivered impressive results.
Sonos is getting ready to expand its home theatre lineup, according to multiple leaks that surfaced in the past few days. Photos of a new Sonos product called the "PlayBase" speaker have been featured in a B&H Listing, several tweets and a FCC listing. Base speakers of this kind — which sit directly under a TV — have typically received poor reviews from audio fans, but Sonos' proprietary sound-tuning software could give this thing hope.
Your home wi-Fi network might be a glorious model of high-speed, rock-solid internet connectivity, but is it safe? Even after you've got all of your various computers and devices hooked up, you still need to make sure the network's secured against unwelcome visitors, and here's exactly how to make sure it happens.
Some cooks pride themselves on their mastery of the grill and are happy to spend hours tending to meats. However, if you love barbecue but hate the idea of being stuck next to one all afternoon, Char-Broil's new SmartChef Gas Grill connects to a smartphone app so you can monitor your dinner while doing anything else.
I travelled to China for work recently. I'll admit, my paranoia level was at an all-time high; the country is known to filter and monitor internet activity. They don't call it The Great Firewall of China for nothing. Compounding my fears was the fact that I had to rely on public WiFi networks in a hotel. Considering my room had four broken power points, my confidence in the hotel's WiFi network security was low. All this got me thinking about ways to protect myself on public WiFi networks in general. Here are a few techniques you may find useful as well.
Unless you've upgraded to a whole home Wi-Fi solution like Linksys' recently announced Velop, you're probably finding your wireless network struggling to keep up these days. If you're a gamer, the last thing you want is lag and dropped frames during online multiplayer matches because someone in another room is watching The Crown on Netflix. So Linksys has created a wireless router that puts gamers first.
Data specialist Mark Rittman wanted to make a cup of morning tea, but found himself in an 11-hour saga trying to get his Wi-Fi tea kettle to work. He documented his struggle on a website that's also struggling, a social network called Twitter.com.