Comcast plans to turn wireless Internet routers in private homes around the country into publicly available Wi-Fi hotspots. Comcast will offer Wi-Fi from roughly 8 million hotspots in 19 of the largest U.S. cities. About 3 million of the hotspots were expected to be active by this week.
Time Warner Cable has had a tense relationship with the city of Los Angeles and its residents for several years now if not longer. Now the city wants to provide free Wi-Fi to its denizens.
Pylon is a Kickstarter project that aims to simplify how you maintain your WiFi network, doing away with passwords and opening up your network to improved media sharing, all without compromising on security.
Starbucks is often viewed as a great place to drop in, have a pick-me-up, and use free WiFi. If that’s your M.O., Google has made life a little bit better for you. Starting in August, Google will team up with Starbucks to bring faster WiFi speeds to all 7,000 company operated locations throughout the US.
We are in the golden era of mobile technology, and the industry isn’t resting on its laurels. While Apple may have started this industry on a new path, its reign at the top may soon be over.
Instabridge is a Swedish company that’s invented something so simple, and so awesome, that you’ve got to wonder what took this industry so long! Here’s how it works: You install the Instabridge application on your smartphone, connect it to your Facebook account, and now pretty much anyone you’re friends with can join your WiFi network without having to enter that crazy long alphanumeric password you can’t remember.
Consumer networking equipment doesn’t get a lot of attention, frankly because no one really cares. You buy a router, it works, and you forgot about it because it’s hidden behind a table. Once or twice a year you have to reboot it, but other than that … why bother upgrading?
uTorrent Beta for Android now lets you download and share files on WiFi networks only, thereby reducing potential data plan overcharges.
The legal battle between Microsoft and Motorola just had some gasoline added to it after Motorola requested Microsoft give them a share of their new Surface’s profits. Today, in the opening salvo of Motorola’s suit against Microsoft, the phone maker’s lawyers brought up the Microsoft Surface and claimed that the device’s Wi-Fi technology infringes Motorola’s patents.
While mobile data speeds are getting faster and faster, many users will still prefer to connect through WiFi networks, especially if the underlying infrastructure has a better quality and speed than the usual 3G or 4G connection. Companies like Google and Microsoft are vying for access to unused spectrum in some regions, in order to offer wide-area WiFi access to users.