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Powerline can give you great internet coverage throughout your entire home
It’s likely your home is full of internet connected devices. This can put a strain on your Wi-Fi router, especially when streaming video and playing video games. Thick walls and ceilings, as well as property...
These drones can see through walls
Researchers at The University of California Santa Barbara have developed a system that allows a pair of drones working together to see through walls.The technique, which uses nothing but standard Wi-Fi...
Brits try to save money by ‘borrowing’ Wi-Fi, regardless of risks
A fresh piece of research has found that one in seven people in the UK have ‘borrowed’ someone else’s Wi-Fi because they can’t afford their own internet connection.‘Borrowing’, as defined by the research...
Telstra’s public Wi-Fi is going free tomorrow to celebrate World Wi-Fi Day
For those of us who are constantly connected in today’s digital age, we tend to take our web accessibility for granted, either being connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile network at all times. But there are...
Samsung is about to launch a mesh Wi-Fi system of its own
For those looking for a little home project this summer, Samsung has announced pricing and availability details for its new smart Wi-Fi hub system.The Samsung Connect Home goes on sale in the US on July...
This little device will solve those Wi-Fi black spot problems in your home
Home broadband can be expensive, so it feels like an insult when you can’t get the best Wi-Fi signal in particular spots around your home, especially if you are signed up to super-fast broadband.However,...
Best Kodi/XBMC streaming boxes 2017: the best hardware for Kodi streaming
If you want to stream content to your TV, then Kodi (or XBMC, as it used to be known) is just about the best bit of software for the job. With a big, friendly user interface, support for loads of streaming...
BT Whole Home Wi-Fi
If you’re struggling to get Wi-Fi reception in certain areas of your house, then BT’s new Whole Home Wi-Fi setup could be for you. As the name suggests, this is a set of devices that should ensure your...
You might well think that this looks like a typical, if rather ungainly, A4-capable multifunction printer – but you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, this MFP can also handle A3 paper, albeit for printing only. Due...
How to use a VPN router to upgrade your home Wi-Fi
This feature has been brought to you by ExpressVPN.More than just a VPNToday, more people than ever use a VPN when they’re on Wi-Fi to protect their browsing activity from prying eyes. But you can do...
Holographic analysis of Wi-Fi data generates 3-D images of the vicinity
Scientists have developed a holographic imaging process that depicts the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment. Industrial facility operators...
Virgin Australia begins testing its inflight Wi-Fi
Hot on the heels of Qantas switching on its inflight Wi-Fi comes Virgin Australia’s announcement that it, too, has commenced testing of onboard internet for domestic flights – a trial which will take...
From Wi-Fi to Li-Fi
Wi-Fi is very simply a way to send information via short-range radio. That can be a problem, though, when a lot of people are using the same open network at the same time. But a relatively new technology...
Virgin Media has started turning customer routers into public Wi-Fi spots
Virgin Media has started to turn customer Super Hubs into public Wi-Fi hotspots as part of its efforts to expand its public Wi-Fi network beyond its agreement.At the moment Virgin Media customers are...
Qantas fires first shot in battle for Australia's domestic market
Qantas has flicked the switch on its domestic in-flight Wi-Fi offering — the latest innovation aimed at snaring more of Australia's competitive domestic market. Over the next 18 months the nation's flag...
We tested Qantas’ free inflight Wi-Fi (and the results were surprisingly good)
It was mid-February when Qantas announced not only its partnership with streaming services Foxtel, Netflix and Spotify, but also its plans for providing high-speed Wi-Fi to its domestic passengers.This...
How Google wants to re-invent the router
Wireless routers are one of the least glamorous, but most important, devices in our homes. By their very nature, they should be quietly set up, tucked away and forgotten about, while they contently pump...
Google Home 2 could be your next Wi-Fi router, too
In the ever-competitive smart speaker wars, Google may soon have a new entrant to take on the likes of Amazon Echo, giving you thorough in-home Wi-Fi coverage to boot.The search giant is apparently pondering...
Android devices can be fatally hacked by malicious Wi-Fi networks
EnlargeIntelFreePress reader comments 1 Share this story A broad array of Android phones is vulnerable to attacks that use booby-trapped Wi-Fi signals to achieve full device takeover, a researcher has...
In war on Amazon Echo, new Google Home may add mesh Wi-Fi
Alphabet is reportedly working to add new features the Google Home to further distinguish it from the Amazon Echo. The Information said Wednesday that Google plans to add new mesh Wi-Fi networking features...
Samsung's newest Wi-Fi hub comes with smart home brains
Although it’s been a big day for Samsung rolling out two new smartphones, an accompanying desktop dock, its own version of Amazon Alexa, a new 360-degree camera and a smart connected home app, the Korean...
O2 launches Wi-Fi calling - but it probably won't be on your phone yet
Wi-Fi calling is finally coming to O2 in an attempt to catch up to other UK networks such as Vodafone and Three. Wi-Fi and 4G calling will allow you to make and receive phone calls when you don't have...
New iPad is out today and you can buy it now
Apple's new iPad is out and you can buy one right now - plus the new iPad is cheaper than the iPad Air 2, which it is replacing. You can buy the cheapest version of the new iPad for $329 (£339, AU$469)...
New iPad 9.7 launches
Say hello to the new iPad.Not iPad Air. Not iPad Pro. Not even iPad Mini. Just, iPad. Apple's latest tablet has touched down, and the new iPad slides in below the firm's iPad Pro duo.New iPad vs iPad...
Are you the one person who takes your Xbox One to hotels? Then you’re in luck!
It’s definitely noticeable from recent firmware updates that we’re over halfway through this console generation. Whereas the Xbox One’s first three years of updates were spent adding essential functionality...
Wi-fi on rays of light: 100 times faster, and never overloaded
Slow wi-fi is a source of irritation that nearly everyone experiences. Researchers have come up with a surprising solution: a wireless network based on harmless infrared rays. The capacity is not only...
T-Mobile promises big LTE boost from 5GHz Wi-Fi frequencies
EnlargeT-Mobile USA reader comments 0 Share this story T-Mobile USA is ready to deploy a new LTE technology over the same 5GHz frequencies used by Wi-Fi following US government approval of the first "LTE-U"...
Fun, games, and security: WarCollar’s DopeScope and Booby Trap
reader comments 0 Share this story The WarCollar Industries 360 Dope Scope: a game, yet not. What do I spy inside the Dope Scope? Wi-Fi access points and signal strengths to help track them down. Sean...
As devices like Netgear Orbi and Eero have showed us: routers and range extenders are over. The future is Wi-Fi mesh or tri-band systems. Naturally, the smart home-obsessed Google is all over it with...
Going hands-on and behind the scenes at the Plume Wi-Fi HQ
Enlarge / Plume pods, each just big enough to plug into a wall outlet. reader comments 0 Share this story Part of the review process for Ars Technica’s first round of mesh testing was talking to the people...
Sometimes, no amount of prime router placement can get you decent Wi-Fi coverage throughout your house. Netgear isn’t the first to try and solve this problem, but its new Orbi Wi-Fi system tackles it...
BT promises to solve Wi-Fi connectivity problems with ‘intelligent’ extenders
While your Wi-Fi speeds might be blazing fast in the living room where your router is, in other areas of the house performance could fall off dramatically as the signal gets much weaker – but BT has a...
Wi-Fi systems at CES aim to fix your biggest network problem
If you’ve had trouble getting Wi-Fi to every corner in your home, 2017 will definitely solve that problem for you. There has never been a CES that showcased more home mesh Wi-Fi systems than this year....
An antivirus company just released a router with a killer design
At CES, Symantec has unveiled a new Wi-Fi router which puts a premium on security while still delivering on the performance front – and it looks pretty smart, or certainly unusual.The Norton Core router...
Linksys Velop brings mesh Wi-Fi to Europe—but it’ll cost you
Enlarge reader comments 10 Share this story Ars at CES 2017 AMD’s FreeSync 2 brings smooth HDR gaming to PC Intel pushes out the rest of its Kaby Lake processors for 2017’s PCs Intel’s new mini PCs have...
Cuba Allows Home Internet in Small Experiment
Downtown Havana resident Margarita Marquez says she received a special Christmas gift this year: web access at home, a rarity in a country with one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world....
Avoid these digital-safety pitfalls while traveling
Traveling over the holidays can be stressful, but it can be even worse if you end up getting hacked, lose your travel information or forget your smartphone in the airport lounge.More than 103 million Americans...
4.6Gbps Wi-Fi: How 60GHz wireless works—and should you use it?
EnlargeAlan Levine/Flickr reader comments 19 Share this story There's a new Wi-Fi standard in town, and it takes speed to another level. 802.11ad Wi-Fi is rated for data throughput up to 4,600Mbps, or...
10x faster Wi-Fi on its way to a router near you
Scientists are pushing Wi-Fi speeds much further using the TeraHertz band – which lives at 300GHz and above, as opposed to 2.4GHz and 5GHz as traditionally used by wireless routers – with a fresh breakthrough...
Man names Wi-Fi network “Daesh 21,” prosecuted under French anti-terror law
EnlargeNiroDesign / Getty Images News reader comments 25 Share this story Further ReadingFrance convicts first person under anti-piracy law (even though he didn’t do it)French media reported Friday that...
Can you solve this insane maths equation?
If you can solve this, you can get onto the Wi-Fi. IT’S always nice when you’re eating out and the restaurant offers you free Wi-Fi. Most places will generously hand over the Wi-Fi password without a problem,...
10Gbps Wi-Fi will be coming to a router near you soon enough
Quantenna has announced a major move with the introduction of the first chip which supports 802.11ax, the next-gen Wi-Fi standard (which is still in draft form).802.11ax turns things up a number of notches...
Man’s 12 hour cup of tea struggle
One man spent all day just trying to make a single cup of tea. Picture: Supplied. A MAN in the UK has documented his all day attempt to make a single cup of tea using his Wi-Fi kettle — a case of when...
Google Wifi: Google’s second attempt at a home router [Updated]
Enlarge reader comments 36 Share this story Google last year released the OnHub Wi-Fi router. This year it has a new offering: Google Wifi (sic; although the wireless technology is properly written "Wi-Fi",...
Google's search boss reveals how the tech giant will woo Indians
"At any given day, somebody might have 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. A lot of people have 2G and Wi-Fi, so we want to adapt our products to make sure they work, regardless of the connectivity you have. It might...
Best wireless routers
Best wireless routers Cnet rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 The Asus router has eight superfast Gigabit LAN ports, speedy Wi-Fi performance and lots of useful features. The USB 3.0 port is awkwardly placed,...
FCC official: “Something’s not right” with Wi-Fi at Monday’s debate
Enlarge / FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel (right) has asked her colleagues to investigate how Hofstra University forced journalists to stop using their own Wi-Fi during the presidential debate.Bloomberg...
Google unveils 5 products for India market - including one that could go global
Google is betting big on India as the tech behemoth unveiled five new products on Tuesday specifically tailored for users in the world's second-largest Internet market — including one that is designed...
Journalists must fork over $200 for Wi-Fi at presidential debate
Enlarge / The debate hall at Hofstra University hours before the debate is set to begin.Spencer Platt / Getty Images News reader comments 2 Share this story News organizations attending Monday evening’s...
Report: “Google Wi-Fi” router to launch Oct. 4, Google Home to cost $129
The Google OnHub, Google's now old router?Ron Amadeo reader comments 30 Share this story As part of Google's multi-device release extravaganza on October 4, Android Police claims Google is going to launch...
EU wants to make free Wi-Fi available for everyone
The EU has laid out its ambitions for pushing forward with mobile connectivity, including the provision of free Wi-Fi across member nations, and goals for rolling out 5G, the next step in mobile broadband.President...
Next HTC Vive could add Wi-Fi streaming for untethered VR
The HTC Vive may well be the best virtual reality headset currently available, but it comes with one major drawback - its room scale VR experiences are let down a tad by the Vive's trailing wires.Since...
Google's data-saving Wi-Fi Assistant is coming to more Nexus users soon
Google is boosting the signal on Wi-Fi Assistant, a special Nexus phone feature that allows you to join free Wi-Fi hotspots instantly.Once exclusive to Project Fi users in the US with either a Nexus 5X...
Orbi by Netgear aims to kill the pain (and dead spots) in setting up Wi-Fi
Netgear, one of the companies that makes the thing in your closet that keeps you on Facebook for hours a day, is celebrating its 20th year in networking tech with a device(s) that could turn Wi-Fi into...
Hands-on: Ubiquiti’s Amplifi covers the whole house in a Wi-Fi mesh
EnlargeLee HutchinsonFurther ReadingOut of the enterprise, into your house: Ubiquiti’s new Amplifi 802.11ac gear reader comments 13 Share this story Back in May, networking OEM Ubiquiti announced its...
I may have invented the first GPS augmented reality game
PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC ImagesWay back in the autumn of 2004, I may have invented the world's first GPS-based augmented reality game. In light of the stratospheric success of Pokémon Go, I'm wondering whether...
Sorry, there’s no more porn with your Starbucks latte
Bradley FultonStarbucks said Friday it would soon add porn-blocking filters to its public, in-store Wi-Fi. The move follows McDonald's, which disclosed this week that it had blocked the hamburger-eating...
Inside the secret lab where Facebook tries to save your battery life
It took Facebook quite a few iterations to arrive at the final design of its testing racks. First, it put together what it called the "sled," a metal rack that ended up interfering with Wi-Fi connections...
The best Wi-Fi speakers and music systems
The best Wi-Fi speakers and music systems Google’s budget audio dongle pipes music to any stereo from the most popular streaming apps on your smartphone. It’s simple and works well, with direct compatibility...
BT and Fon giving free Wi-Fi hotspot access to all next week
In celebration of the first ever World Wi-Fi Day, next week BT and Fon are going to give everyone out there a chance to use their Wi-Fi hotspots for free – but there's a catch, because it's only for a...
Amazon Prime Day 2017: when is it and what's it all about?
Amazon hasn't officially confirmed Prime Day 2017 yet but you can be sure it's coming - our guess is on July 11th which would be the second Tuesday in July, the same date it's been for the last two years.In...
Honor 9 price and specs revealed ahead of launch
Honor has a launch event scheduled for June 27, but it looks like we've already seen what the Chinese firm will announce after Amazon put up a comprehensive pre-order page detailing a number of specs.The...
Lowest price yet: Amazon Echo price drops by $50 today only
There's a temporary Amazon Echo price drop going on right now, and today isn't even the online retailer's famous Amazon Prime Day. It's on sale for $50 off today only through Amazon, making the popular...
These are the movies you really shouldn't be streaming, ever
Welcome to the first edition of Not On My Watch (AKA Streaming Pile Of Crap), a column dedicated to the downright terrible movies that can be found on Netflix and Amazon Prime.This isn't a ruse to get...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark