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22 Jun

802.11ac is not going to give you a Gigabit of throughput

By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Networking | June 21, 2013 Here’s my list of the five things you need to know before you invest in this new wireless technology. 1) 802.11ac is not going to give you a Gigabit of throughput True, 802.11ac access points working with 802.11ac devices will give you faster...
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19 Jun

Make a Wi-Fi heatmap to find your network’s dead zones and hot spots

A nifty tool for figuring out where to put your wireless access points or improve your signal coverage By Melanie Pinola Remember that game of hot or cold? One person hides something and tells you if you’re hot (close) or cold (far away) from it. Ekahau HeatMapper (Windows only) is a network utility...
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18 Jun

Facebook’s Wi-Fi Spreads in the Wild

Wired The idea of offering people free Wi-Fi in exchange for their physical coordinates began at Facebook as a one-off experiment, a project by two engineers during an all-nighter in May 2012. Since then, Facebook has gradually spread what it now calls “Facebook Wi-Fi” further and further beyond the company’s corporate walls, deploying...
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17 Jun

Hotspot 2.0 or Next Generation Hotspots

AlwaysOn is investing in new WiFi technologies to boost WiFi hotspot access in South Africa, which includes Next Generation Hotspots, Ruckus Smart Cell gateways, and hotspot apps. AlwaysOn CEO Nico Pretorius said that all AlwaysOn hotspots which offer the AlwaysOn Smart solution are Passpoint ready. “Passpoint is also referred to Hotspot 2.0 or...
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14 Jun

Better Wi-Fi Coming in Waves">Better Wi-Fi Coming in Waves

802.11ac is all the rage, and rightfully so. It represents another fundamental change in the innovation of the 802.11 protocol that promises to boost speeds into the gigabit world. 802.11ac gets this big leap in Wi-Fi performance using wider channels, more efficient modulation (the way in which bits are carried within RF waves),...
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