British researchers have created a computer virus that they say is the first to spread like a real airborne contagion.
Chameleon can spread through densely populated areas like the common cold, the University of Liverpool researchers claim, by hopping from network to network via access points, spreading rapidly among homes and businesses. If as that wasn't bad enough, the virus can avoid detection and identify weak wireless access points -- those that are least protected by encryption and passwords. … Read more
Few posts I've written have generated as much interest as the one about the Republic Wireless Moto X, and I'm not surprised: For $299 you get one of the most celebrated phones of 2013, with no-contract service plans starting at an impossible $5 per month.
The key question on everyone's mind: How is it? Does Republic's version of the Moto deliver the same awesome experience as the mainstream model? Or is this deal too good to be true? (CNET's Maggie Reardon tackled that very question back in January, but I'm here to expand on … Read more
Open source router fans, you don't need to fiddle with installing third-party firmware yourself anymore!
Buffalo announced today a trio of new Wi-Fi router that come preinstalled with the well-known DD-WRT linux-based firmware, including the AirStation AC 1750 WZR-1750DHPD, the AirStation N600 WZR-600DHP2D, and the AirStation N300 WHR-300HP2D.
Using third-party firmware on a router is very similar to installing Linux on your computer instead of using the vendor-provided operating system, such as OS X or Windows. This allows for a new level of openness, security, feature, performance, and flexibility. On top of that, using DD-WRT also allows for a … Read more
Promising to make advanced home security easier and more accessible, Swann Security is introducing SwannSecure, a new wireless IP camera kit due in retail outlets this April.
Based in Australia, Swann has been manufacturing cameras and security devices for over 25 years. It was just last year, though, that they launched SwannLink, a peer-to-peer network designed to help consumers connect their security systems with devices like phones and tablets via the internet. The SwannSecure kit is the latest offering to fall in line with that initiative, consisting of an indoor/outdoor, Wi-Fi ready camera that you'll be able to … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Broadcom announced a new networking processor Monday that brings a faster flavor of the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard to mobile phones.
The BCM4354 system-on-a-chip supports the 2x2 MIMO (multiple input/multiple output) technology, which can transfer data faster on a single frequency by using two transmitting antennas and two receiving antennas. The technology -- at least when a newer 802.11ac-equipped network access point is on hand -- doubles the data rate of earlier 1x1 products while cutting power usage by 25 percent, the company said Monday here at the Mobile World Congress.
Faster Wi-Fi is … Read more
BARCELONA -- The newest, highest-speed incarnation of Wi-Fi networking, 802.11ad, is coming to mobile phones.
Wilocity announced Sunday it will show a prototype phone at Mobile World Congress that, with the company's wireless networking chips, can use the 5Gbps wireless communication links. The company's upcoming Sparrow chipset for phones will join existing chips that can be used in laptops and tablets, said Mark Grodzinsky, the company's vice president of marketing.
"Phone makers will be integrating it into phones in the second half of 2014," Grodzinsky said. "You'll see the first phones in … Read more
If you've been following this series, you'll know that I explained the LAN and WAN ports on a home router in part 1. And now, I need to tell you how you can use this information to remotely access your device at home. For example, if you know how to use Remote Desktop, a built-in feature of Windows, to control a computer in a different room of your home, how about doing that from somewhere away from home, and save … Read more
Sprint is offering a new Wi-Fi calling and messaging service that it says will help improve network coverage for its subscribers, the company announced Friday.
For now, the service, which allows users to make voice calls, as well as, send and receive text messages via a Wi-Fi network when these customers are not in range of Sprint's cellular network, will be available on two Google Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. These devices will receive over-the-air software updates to enable the service in the coming weeks. Sprint said it plans to expand the … Read more