Almost 15 years ago, I bought an issue of Wired in an airport and read it on an aeroplane bound for San Francisco. In the magazine, a bright-eyed Chris Anderson described an emerging technology called wireless fidelity (or wi-fi, for short), and I simply didn't believe it. The internet, in the air? Maybe in 15 years, I probably thought.
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Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centrepiece of a real-life mad scientist's laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts, maniacal laughter - this is where that sort of thing was supposed to happen. And it almost did.
If you've got a PC with a Killer network card in it -- and that could include something from Alienware, Razer, MSI or Gigabyte -- you could have an instant ticket to lower pings during online gaming. That ticket is the new Linksys WRT32X, a router that demonstrates a 77 per cent drop in latency during online gaming, and has plenty more PC-friendly features to boot.
Your home Wi-Fi might not be as secure as you think. WPA2 -- the de facto standard for Wi-Fi password security worldwide -- may have been compromised, with huge ramifications for almost all of the Wi-Fi networks in our homes and businesses as well as for the networking companies that build them. Details are still sketchy as the story develops, but it's looking like a new method called KRACK -- for Key Reinstallation AttaCK -- is responsible.
You might pay top-dollar for your Wi-Fi connection, but it probably doesn't feel that way when your connection cuts out around the house. That's why NetSpot Home is a essential for keeping tabs on your network's performance.
Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, listed his top worries for the future of his creation earlier this year. One of his biggest concerns is the increasingly dense terms of service agreements that companies ask users to sign. Now, a public WiFi company has demonstrated just how dangerous those complicated agreements can be by inserting absurd conditions that thousands of people unwittingly agreed to.
Most of us would be bereft without Wi-Fi but give a little thought to the technology that beams us the internet. The device we pay so little attention to is called a router. Its main role is to connect networks and send and receive data from an internet provider.
But many routers aren’t particularly secure.
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.
Roll out of Australia's biggest "smart pole" installation has begun across Newcastle, with up to 50 smart city tech poles to be erected around the inner city. With 300 more due to be installed over the next few years, here's all the info on what the poles will actually do, and where they will be going.
Not having internet connectivity is the epitome of first-world problems and I'm sure there's someone, somewhere that expects to have Netflix on demand in as remote and dangerous a place as the heights of Mt Everest. Well, thanks to Everest Link CEO Tsering G Sherpa, you can now catch the latest episode of Game of Thrones while making your way to the Hillary Step.
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.
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.