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Hurricane LTE-U: Don’t Let Wi-Fi Get Blown Away

A storm is brewing over use of the 5.8 GHz unlicensed band of the radio spectrum as telecommunications companies plan to expand their LTE networks outside their traditional, licensed ranges and into the same unlicensed bands used by Wi-Fi, cordless headsets, and plenty of other consumer technology.

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Jeremy Gillula and Dave Maass -- EFF

November 5th

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FCC Fines Hilton and MC Dean $750,000 Over Blocking Guests’ Wi-Fi

The FCC has been taking a much-needed stand against companies that block personal Wi-Fi hotspots in an effort to get people to buy overpriced access to (normally crap) Wi-Fi networks. The latest pair of cartoon corporate villains: Hilton Hotels, and M.C. Dean, provider to Wi-Fi to the Baltimore Convention Center.

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Chris Mills

November 3rd

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5 Easy Router Tweaks for Faster, More Secure Wifi

Your router might look like an impenetrable black box of internet mystery, but tweaking a few settings under the hood is easier than you might think. Here are some of the options you can reconfigure to get a faster wireless connection and keep unwelcome visitors off your network.

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October 17th

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UK Sidewalks Are Spewing Wifi Into the Street


In the sleepy British town of Chesham, the sidewalks are a little bit special. The very ground on which people walk is now providing respectably fast wifi to residents as they wander around the streets.

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Jamie Condliffe

October 16th

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Internet Inventor Vint Cerf Thinks the FCC’s Proposed Wi-Fi Rules Are Crap

The FCC’s latest controversy is over a proposed set of changes to the rules surrounding Wi-Fi routers, in theory to make them more secure, and less easy to abuse. But a group of big-name internet experts would beg to differ.

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Chris Mills

October 15th

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Why I’ll Probably Ditch My Carrier For Google’s Project Fi

One month ago, we tried Google’s experimental cell phone service. It was a disaster. But I guess the second time’s a charm. After spending two weeks with Project Fi in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m just about ready to ditch my old carrier.

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Sean Hollister

September 25th

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New AT&T gadget turns your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot

AT&T Car WiFi

AT&T earlier this week unveiled a nifty new gadget that can even to turn your old clunker of a car into a mobile hotspot. Called Mobley, the gadget plugs directly into your car's ODB II (on-board diagnostics) port and is powered by the car itself once the ignition is turned on. In other words, there's no need to worry about charging it.

With a Wi-Fi connection enabled in just a few seconds, the Mobley will allow up to five separate devices to hop on and surf the web, play games, and watch videos all via a robust LTE connection. AT&T notes that the device will work on most vehicles manufactured in 1996 and onward.

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Yoni Heisler

September 12th

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FAA Approves In-Flight Internet That Might Not Suck

Slow internet is the worst possible kind of internet, as anyone who’s sold kidneys to use in-flight Wi-Fi can probably attest. GoGo, the biggest player in the airborne Wi-Fi game, has been promising faster speeds since 2013 ; thanks to a FAA decision, the company is now one step closer to coming through. http://gizmodo.com/every-major-ai...

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Chris Mills

August 26th

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If Our Eyes Could See Wireless Signals, Here’s How Our World Might Look 

Our lives today depend largely on systems and infrastructure that is invisible—a hidden landscape of webs and waves that come from cell towers, routers, satellites, and more.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

August 24th

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The clever design behind Google’s OnHub router

Google OnHub Wifi Router

Google yesterday unveiled a new Wi-Fi router dubbed OnHub that promises to solve all of your Wi-Fi related woes. While mobile technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years, the routers we use today -- and their associated problems -- haven't really made similar advancements.

So in comes OnHub which features a unique antenna design, smart software for improved performance, and just as important, an associated app which makes adjusting router settings much simpler than tinkering around with a confusing piece of hardware with blinking lights.

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Yoni Heisler

August 20th

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