Fly often? Play FarmVille at 30,000 feet much? As of today, seven major airlines will offer free Facebook access via their in-flight Wi-Fi, for a limited time.
The United States isn't the world leader in broadband penetration. In fact, we're nowhere close to the top of the list — we typically hover around spot 15 or 20, depending on how you define it. In less than five years, however, the President just said he wanted to spread wireless broadband to cover 98% of the nation.
Wireless routers probably waste 99% of their energy broadcasting their signal where your computers aren't, which is why most routers have crappy range. D-Link is introducing a new wireless repeater that doesn't just boost signals, it targets them directly at your wireless antennae for maximum distance and reliability.
They may make you want to gouge your eyes out with a pointed stick, but flickering office lights are learning how to transmit data like a Wi-Fi network, while saving you money at the same time.
A unanimous vote by the FCC (5 to 0) means that companies will get to start taking advantage of the "white space" out there, or the unused airwaves between television channels that would be perfect for carrying wireless data.
In-flight Wi-Fi has gone from a neat novelty to something we almost expect on any sort of long flight. But one airline is way behind the pack, and it looks like it's going to be there for a while: JetBlue. The good news is that they're planning to implement in-flight Wi-Fi, but the bad news is that it isn't going to happen until mid-2012.
So you want to stream music from your computer to another room. Congratulations, you've realized what century this is. First, you're going to need some kind of wireless receiver in that room. You could get an unnecessarily expensive system like the Sonos, or go with a cheap and easy streamer like this Orb, just $69. But, yep, there's a catch.
Sick of that Wi-Fi signal dying whenever you need it most? That may be happening a lot less in the coming years as the FCC pushes forward a plan to turbocharge the wireless tech, giving it longer range and improving its capability to penetrate walls. The key: unused airwaves between TV channels.
If you thought Wi-Fi poachers had to drive around with their laptops open looking for unsecured signals, think again. A group of hackers has modified a US Army gunnery target drone, into a flying Wi-Fi sniffer that can't be stopped by even the tallest fence.
For years now, if you wanted to get online at Starbucks you had to pay for it. Makes sense, right? I mean, Wi-Fi doesn't seep out of trees, sonny. Yet the company has now announced that, starting July 1st, you'll be able to use its Wi-Fi for free. Forever. What's the deal?