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Cape Town racing to expand digital access

Cape Town racing to expand digital access | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is working to expand digital services and will employ local developers' applications in its platforms.

In May, the city held a hackathon where developers were tasked with creating applications that could showcase city services in an effort to build community cohesion.

Developer group Pulse won the annual #GovHackSA the coding marathon which brought together coders and developers to create solutions to problems faced by the city.

Pulse worked on the "Active Citizen" challenge and developed an interface to encourage communication across communities.

These initiatives will form part of discussions regarding the rollout of digital services in the city.

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"This will be the subject of a discussion to be held in June," Councillor Garreth Bloor, Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Marketing told News24.

Many South African cities are investigating digital solutions to connecting with residents and Johannesburg recently launch its pothole application which enables residents to report potholes and their location.

"The City is working toward making Cape Town the most connected city  the continent.  The City has installed SmartCape access computers in libraries and other walk-in centres across communities," said Bloor.

There are 102 SmartCape facilities in the city and the province is working with city officials to expand digital access.

Pretoria has launched a Wi-Fi programme that will ensure that all residents are covered with free internet access.

"In the next eighteen months, the City of Tshwane will expand the project and roll out about 600 additional Wi-Fi hotspots throughout Tshwane, prioritising institutions of learning," Alan Knott-Craig jnr, the brains behind Project Isizwe told News24.

However, the expansion of digital platforms does not mean that the Cape Town will be making face to face service redundant, Bloor added.

"We are merely taking up the smart city challenge and continuing to provide a range of channels of communication through which residents can communicate with the City. The range of electronic channels will help to remove the pressure on our call centres, thereby reducing call waiting and queuing times."

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Wi-Fi calling coming to iPhones in iOS 8, with T-Mobile's support

Wi-Fi calling coming to iPhones in iOS 8, with T-Mobile's support | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Apple's new iOS 8 will support Wi-Fi calling when the version launches in the fall, and T-Mobile US was quick to say on Monday it will support the feature on its customers' iPhones.

T-Mobile was the first U.S. wireless carrier to enable Wi-Fi calling, way back in 2007, on its Android and Windows smartphones, according to a blog posted by T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert.

Like T-Mobile, Sprint also has Wi-Fi calling, which can be used when no cellular signal is available. When the nationwide carriers were asked on Tuesday whether they would support Wi-Fi calling in iOS 8 devices, Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Debra Lewis responded, "I'm not going to speculate on what might be offered in the future on our nationwide network, and we don't offer Wi-Fi calling currently."

Sprint hasn't made any announcements about Wi-Fi calling for the iPhone, spokesman Mark Elliott said. Sprint has five smartphones with the feature included, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, and plans to expand Wi-Fi calling to more devices in 2014, he said. AT&T didn't respond to a request for comment.


The advantages of Wi-Fi calling would seem to include not having to pay the cellular service cost for a voice call, although T-Mobile counts voice over IP (VoiP) minutes using Wi-Fi calling as minutes against your service plan, according to Jack Gold, an analyst with J. Gold Associates who uses T-Mobile service. "Data is different, but voice is not free with Wi-Fi calling," he said. "You don't really save anything, as the carrier still counts VoIP minutes against your plan."....

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Can Wi-Fi for stadiums really work? How-to guide

Can Wi-Fi for stadiums really work? How-to guide | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Getting Wi-Fi to work at home or at work is one thing, but trying to connect 20,000 screaming fans trying to post their experiences to Instagram all at the same time is, well, nothing less than a daunting task.

Yet this is what stadiums and other high capacity venues around the world are rushing to do.

Event-goers are now coming to stadiums and large public venues armed with one or more Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices, with the expectation that reliable connectivity will just be there. But in these environments, delivering even a usable, let alone quality Wi-Fi experience to tens of thousands of users, is a tall order.

Wi-Fi in stadiums: challenges and opportunities

Although the emergence of smartphones is the catalyst for expanding Wi-Fi access in venues, there are myriad challenges in supporting critical back-office users and a potentially overwhelming number of fans eager for more compelling content. For example, operating multiple (competing) Wi-Fi networks in the same area results in higher deployment costs and degraded network performance. Instead, the preferred approach is to provide a unified and converged Wi-Fi network capable of supporting all venue services, each with its own Wi-Fi security and performance requirements.

It is equally important to protect critical back-office applications such as ticketing and point-of-sales (POS) applications from fan access. A variety of tools can be used to meet these challenges by separating, protecting, and prioritizing Wi-Fi traffic, including the advertisement of different Wi-Fi networks, the use of different security schemes, and segregating and prioritizing traffic network traffic using VLANs. In addition there are physical challenges to providing adequate coverage and capacity in the venue “bowl.”

Standard Wi-Fi deployments cannot address these challenges. Careful placement of the access points, use of special high gain antennas, and unique radio frequency tuning are essential.

Stadiums, public venues, and their owners understand that delivering such services can not only improve their fans’ overall experience, they can also enable new services while creating additional revenue streams.

Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices open the door for these venues to directly engage an unprecedented number of fans at a personal, real-time level. New applications allow fans to order drinks, download club statistics, watch replays, and even match wits with other fans via trivia quiz games.

Historically, wireless communication within stadiums and large public venues such as train stations, concert halls, and convention centers, has been the domain of expensive distributed antenna systems (DAS). But this is changing as new and smarter forms of Wi-Fi reach the market.

A distributed antenna system (DAS) is a shared-infrastructure or neutral host approach to offering multiple wireless technologies within a facility via a shared passive cabling system. Wi-Fi APs and cellular base stations are connected into the RF distribution channel, but the data processing is still performed by the AP or base station. Conceived and developed primarily for extending cellular signals indoors where “outside-in” coverage is challenging, some 802.11 Wi-Fi features, such as multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) may not work as designed over a DAS.

Meanwhile, technical advances in Wi-Fi technology have been developed for high capacity environments that leverage sophisticated narrow-beam adaptive antenna arrays. These innovations are creating new opportunities for venue owners to deliver higher capacity and higher-speed Wi-Fi services to data-starved fans.

Originally conceived and developed for consumer use at home where users and devices are sparse, Wi-Fi has always been ideal. The goal in these environments is to blanket Wi-Fi signals everywhere using the fewest number of access points possible. In stadiums and public venues, however, where there are thousands or tens of thousands of users and orders of magnitude of more space, the opposite approach to deploying Wi-Fi is required.

How to optimize Wi-Fi in stadiums

In these ultra high-density environments, the key to good Wi-Fi performance that counters conventional Wi-Fi wisdom is to contain, as much as possible, Wi-Fi signals to a physical area. This helps limit the number of users who can connect to a given access point. More importantly, it provides better signal separation to minimize co-channel interference that occurs when the signals from access points bleed into each other and further degrade Wi-Fi capacity.

The need for signal separation is analogous to a very large conference room with thousands of attendees. If the noise from each area of the conference room could be isolated to a small physical area, more simultaneous conversations could occur. In stadiums, thoughtful AP mounting gets us started with the signal isolation problem, but additional technology enhancements are needed to provide sufficient separation for very high capacity networks—or in other words, networks that can satisfy user expectations in these kinds of environments.

One such technique is akin to shining an RF spotlight on a group of people, and then extending this concept across the venue with many discrete spotlights. With Wi-Fi, this strategy is achieved using special directional antenna arrays that keep signals strong and tight within a given area—and avoid sending signals where they are not needed or wanted. This signal focus towards users is particularly important given the diversity of low-powered client devices like mobile phones that tend to transmit and receive signals poorly—compared to higher-powered laptops used indoors—requiring stronger signals to keep data rates high and connections stable.

New high-density 30 degree and 120 degree sectorized antenna arrays are useful for this purpose, allowing Wi-Fi signals to cover a bank of seats, for example, keeping Wi-Fi contention low and throughput high. Unlike most Wi-Fi deployments in places like hotels and schools, where the goal is to use the fewest number of access points to cover the greatest area possible, within high density venues such as stadiums, the opposite goal is desired. In this case, more access points (as long as signals can be properly isolated) equates to better performance for fans because each AP supports fewer users. However this creates another potential problem: cl-channel interference. This is where signals from access points sharing the same channel can hear each other. To solve this problem, better signal separation and intelligent controls that automatically pick the best channels as the RF environment constantly changes is imperative for successful stadium Wi-Fi deployments.

Wi-Fi uses a contention-based protocol within a shared, unlicensed RF medium that operates at half duplex so users access the network on a first-come first-served basis. Any interference or physical obstacles that impede signals during transmission or reception cause packets to be retransmitted, creating further delays and congestion for those waiting to get online.

This problem can be effectively avoided or at least mitigated with systems capable of focusing Wi-Fi energy only where it is needed while dynamically selecting the best available signal path that will yield the highest data rates for any given client. By getting clients on and off the shared radio frequencies more quickly, the network access wait time can be minimized, thereby increasing the overall network capacity. This is an absolutely essential, but often overlooked, aspect of Wi-Fi deployments within high-density environments.

Beyond physically focusing Wi-Fi signals to reduce airtime contention, “smart” Wi-Fi systems can help ease pains for high-capacity environments by combining a number of new techniques such as dynamic channel assignment, band balancing, and client load balancing. Advanced channel selection mechanisms that use statistical methods can be used to learn the available capacity of any given channel across the band, influencing clients to use those channels known to yield the highest throughput.

Band balancing influences client devices to use the channel-rich 5 GHz band by withholding probe and authentication responses. A properly designed band-balancing algorithm can optimally spread clients across both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands according to capacity.

Client load balancing also helps in these environments by limiting the number of clients that can connect to a given AP and automatically distributing clients between neighboring APs to help optimize overall performance of the system. On the wired side of the network, a useful technique consists of dynamically assigning VLANs through a pool of available VLANs. This helps to limit traffic within a broadcast domain and allows VLANs to be defined with specific traffic thresholds and traffic parameters. Don’t forget, no matter where a problem or bottleneck occurs, Wi-Fi will be blamed first.

Another major issue for Wi-Fi within high-density environments is calculating the capacity needed for each user. This is becoming more of an art and less of a science, requiring venues to make educated guesses about what percentage of fans will have devices that can access the network, what kinds of applications will be accessed, and how much bandwidth those applications could potentially consume. Key considerations include estimating the total number of Wi-Fi client devices, and the average number of active client devices and the peak number of active devices at any given time. As one can imagine, these estimates can vary widely from venue to venue, and the target changes along with new technologies and device adoption.

Another key consideration is backhaul capacity. Because access points must be connected to the network and most users want to use cloud-based applications, adequate backhaul capacity is critical to the success of any Wi-Fi deployment. If backhaul speeds are slow, Wi-Fi network performance will suffer and users will blame the Wi-Fi network. Any stadium Wi-Fi deployment must address, as early as possible in the design process, a number of areas including:

• Client capabilities;
• Required applications and their behavior;
• Minimum bandwidth required for each client;
• Average and maximum devices per AP;
• Maximum latency tolerated;
• Number and density of APs;
• Client capabilities;
• Clients per AP;
• Environmental RF conditions;
• AP mounting and location;
• Network backhaul; and
• Network service provisioning.

Summary

Distinctly different than conventional wireless deployments, a good stadium Wi-Fi deployment requires relentless site surveys and RF planning coupled with industrial-strength Wi-Fi products and technologies that give IT staff better control over the management of shared radio frequencies. The keys to success include reducing media contention by limiting Wi-Fi cell sizes and the deployment of lots of access points that serve a fixed amount of users within a given area. Finally the use of advanced Wi-Fi techniques such as band steering, client load balancing intelligent, dynamic channel selection and airtime fairness should be employed to help smooth traffic load to ensure the sports fans have a fair shot at a winning Wi-Fi connection.

Tackling these issues, combined with lots of testing and tuning at small events prior to the big show, will only help to ensure success and a much-improved online experience for fans.

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Amtrak RFP for Wi-Fi trackside solution on Acela Fleet

Amtrak RFP for Wi-Fi trackside solution on Acela Fleet | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it
Amtrak RFP for improved Wi-Fi on Acela trains

Amtrak has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a vendor that can provide a wireless backhaul system alongside the railway tracks of the Amtrak Acela Fleet in the Northeast corridor to deliver reliable and faster Wi-Fi service to passengers in its trains.

The Amtrak RFP documents state that Amtrak has experienced difficulty providing reliable Wi-Fi service to passengers because it uses cellular backhaul provided by US cellular operators. In many places, there isn’t a good cellular signal and the Wi-Fi connections get dropped. As a result, Amtrak wants to deploy its own wireless backhaul along the tracks on trains that travel between Washington D.C. and Boston.

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EE launches a new device that turns your car into a wifi hotspot

EE launches a new device that turns your car into a wifi hotspot | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

EE has launched a new device, the Buzzard, just in time for the summer holidays, to help parents with keeping the kids quiet on long car journeys.

The mobile-WiFi device allows users to hook up laptops, phones, games consoles and tablets to the internet while on the move.

It charges via a car's cigarette lighter and comes in a package designed to fit into a cupholder. 

EE’s new Buzzard device works in much the same way as a home wireless router, but uses mobile signals outside the house, allowing up to ten gadgets to connect at once. 

This means families on the road can connect multiple media devices to the internet all at the same time, keeping passengers, including fed-up children, entertained, without interfering with mobile navigation apps.


How good is this deal?


Underneath the slick marketing, EE actually has a pretty decent offer.

The provider owns the widest 4G network coverage in the UK, which allows for speeds up to six times faster than standard 3G connections. 

It has also promised to extend 4G coverage across some of the UK’s busiest roads.

There are two levels of internet connection on it's MiFi devices. The standard EE deal will get you typical speeds of 8-10Mbps, but with the potential for up to 30Mbps. 

This is enough to download a film in six minutes. 

It also offers pricier double speed EE Extra data packages, which mean typical speeds of 16-20Mbps - and in some locations up to 60Mbps. Read more on the costs of each below.

Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at uSwitch, points out: 'Mobile wireless dongles are already on offer on monthly contracts and pay as you go. But EE could well be the network with the coverage to take mobile Wi-Fi hotspots to the mainstream. Surging ahead with its 4G rollout, it's primed to push mobile wireless forward.'

EE has also announced the upcoming launch of two similar mobile-WiFi products to coincide with its 4G network roll-out, although these are designed to be used as traditional WiFi dongles, rather than specifically for cars.

The Kite, which costs £69.99 upfront, is pocket-sized and designed to appeal to professionals. The Osprey, £49.99, works in the same way, but is aimed at a younger audience and has a more colourful, fun, appearance.

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Cisco and Kansas City to Launch Network for Smart City Services

Cisco and Kansas City to Launch Network for Smart City Services | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Officials from networking giant Cisco and Kansas City, Mo. have signed a letter of intent to launch a new network for smart city services.

Elements of the project call for designing mobile apps for citizen access, digital interactive kiosks, smart street lights and video surveillance in an area called the city's innovation district.

The project is designed to complement the city's build out of a two-mile downtown streetcar path, Cisco said in a statement yesterday.

Kansas City, Mo. and its neighbor, Kansas City, Kans., are already getting plenty of outside attention from tech giant Google, which picked the area for its first deployment of Google Fiber, an initiative to install fiber optic cable there and in other cities.

Google won't say how many households are connected to Google Fiber in the area, but it has already installed 6,000 miles of fiber optic cable. Meanwhile, cable provider Time Warner has provisioned 11,000 Wi-Fi hotspots for its Internet customers to use from mobile devices in various Kansas City area locales, including the popular eight-block restaurant and bar district on the edge of downtown called the Power & Light District.

While some citizen groups have been concerned that Google Fiber isn't reaching enough low-income families in the area with gigabit fiber, there's a general recognition by city officials that people of all income levels use smartphones and other wireless devices fairly widely. That can only help the Cisco initiative with Kansas City for wireless services.

Kansas City, Mo. Mayor Sly James said the initiative with Cisco promises to connect city services and information with visitors and residents "like never before."

Third-party app developers will also have an opportunity to build unique and innovative apps for public use.

Cisco will use its Smart+Connected Communities reference architectures to evaluate the initiative and will work with the city and a business consultancy called Think Big Partners to manage a "living lab" incubator for the tech startup community.

Wim Elfrink, Cisco's executive vice president of industry solutions, credited city leaders with leading the "charge on innovation in the Midwest."

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Gowex Brings Free WiFi Service to Downtown Chicago

Gowex Brings Free WiFi Service to Downtown Chicago | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Wireless networking specialist Gowex announced it will offer free WiFi connections in Chicago, thanks to a network of more than 450 free WiFi hotspots deployed mostly downtown and in the central business district.


The company's fourth WiFi City in the United States, after New York, San Francisco and Miami, is the third largest in the United States by population, home to 9.5 million inhabitants of the metropolitan area.


The service will be available in the main districts of the downtown area such as Lake View, Old Town, Cabrini-Green, Goose Island, De Paul, Streeterville, River North and in certain public spaces like parks at the north area.


A significant number of hotspots of the network are concentrated within Near West Side community, adjacent to the main business district of Chicago, known as the Loop, where government offices and the hub of the city’s public transportation system are located.

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The area covered by the service is also home to some of Chicago’s most visited tourist attractions, including the Magnificent Mile, a tony stretch of Michigan Avenue filled with world-class shopping, the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park.



Similar to Miami, San Francisco or New York, the key to the Gowex network development in Chicago has been the cooperation between different local actors and partners, both public and private that reinforced the business model and profit channels of the company.


Users will be able to access the network, which provides up to 1M bps in mobile devices and the WiFi roaming service and will be able to connect for free with the same username in any of the 86 WiFi cities the company runs.


"We are very proud of our contribution to make Chicago a hyper-connected WiFi City and a technological reference, comparable to New York or San Francisco," Jenaro García, CEO of Gowex, said in a statement. "With this new project we continue to expand and strengthen our presence in the U.S., a strategic focus for the company due to its enormous potential amongst users and the possibilities offered by the advertising and technological development."

In addition, the new wireless service will be a partner for mobile operators present in the city, allowing the data offloading through the WiFi hotspots in areas where the 3G and 4G networks are saturated.


The company noted Chicago’s mobile devices penetration is 57 percent and, according to a recent forecast made by Cisco, the mobile data traffic in the U.S. will be 18 times higher in 2016. The service could also benefit the city’s tourism industry—Chicago hosted more than 46 million visitors last year alone.


With the addition of Chicago as a new Wireless Smart City, the company continues to progress towards its goal of reaching the 600 major cities in the world in the next five years. - See more at: 

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The area covered by the service is also home to some of Chicago’s top tourist attractions, including the Magnificent Mile and Millennium Park.

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Why your smart device can't get WiFi in the home team's stadium

Why your smart device can't get WiFi in the home team's stadium | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

It's Sunday afternoon at the football stadium, and you're sitting in the upper balcony watching the home team quarterback drop back for a pass. Well, "watching" per se. You're actually staring into the ever-present glow of your smartphone ready to read an urgent memo from your boss; hoping to next check live stats because you're so close to finally winning a fantasy football game.

Then, tragedy strikes—your phone is showing five bars, but it's slowed to a crawl. You check the available WiFi networks: "Free Stadium WiFi." You select, but deep in your heart you know there's no chance of connecting up here, 100 feet below the cloud cover. And that's when you come to a horrific realization: I'm going to have to put my phone in my pocket and actually pay attention.

It's a “scary” thought for sports fans: Someday soon, the wireless network at your favorite team’s stadium could be so congested you’ll actually be forced to—gasp!—watch the game you paid a ticket for. People like Katee Panter, VP of infrastructure technology at Madison Square Garden in New York, fear growing use of smartphones and tablets to surf the Web or stream video will make it difficult to provide cellular and WiFi connections for everyone. Teams are taking advantage of fans' handheld devices by building apps to serve up interactive experiences or provide an easier way to order food and beverages. But delivering wireless Internet connections to tens of thousands of densely packed people is no easy technological feat.

“I think everybody will have more and more devices in five years, but I think we're going to start seeing a counter-revolution. People go and pay a lot of money to see these events and I think they may want to watch them," Panter said. "Unless something happens with the spectrum, we’re going to hit a saturation point where the experience is going to start turning negative, and people will actually start watching the events again.”

"The only thing that has to work is the cell phones"

Panter was speaking at this month's Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology conference in Boston, where she and fellow stadium tech executives discussed the challenges and potential of wireless networking at athletic events.


If the first priorities are ticketing, business-related infrastructure, and public safety communications, next is providing cellular access to fans. Chip Foley, technology lead for the Barclays Center (the under-construction home of the Brooklyn Nets), said at the conference that “I’m a kid in a candy store, I have $50 million essentially to spend on technology. The biggest scoreboard, the best scoreboard, the best sound system. The only thing my boss said to me was, ‘Chip, the only thing that has to work is the cell phones.’”


That's why stadiums across the country are partnering with cellular carriers to build Distributed Antenna Systems, or DAS. These are essentially a bunch of antennas spread throughout a building to make sure phones don't lose their connections to the cellular network when fans walk in the door. But it's not just phone calls and text messages filling up wireless networks during games. Fans are streaming video, whether from third-party sources or apps created by the home teams to provide replays, different camera angles, or action happening in other cities. Teams are concluding that cellular just isn't enough, and are thus building WiFi networks to offload traffic from cellular and provide connections to devices that are WiFi-only.

One high point of in-stadium wireless connectivity occurred at this year’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis.According to Cisco, 604 access points were installed to provide free WiFi to all fans on a carrier-neutral WiFi network built by Verizon Wireless. A total of 225GB of data was downloaded, 145GB uploaded, and at its peak the network supported 8,260 simultaneous connections—12 percent of attendees. Overall, 19 percent, or 12,946 attendees, connected to the network at some point during the game. But Super Bowls are special cases. A lot of money is thrown at these events, and where there are gaps, cellular providers can bring in mobile towers or a “cell on wheels” to improve connectivity on a short-term basis.

In some ways, the challenge is greater at “normal” events, because stadium tech teams are charged with providing strong wireless connections on each game day, not just special occasions.


Cellular access is strong, but WiFi has a ways to go


Much progress has been made, at least in some cities. As a Boston sports fan, I’ve never had a problem getting a cellular signal, but I have watched friends (particularly AT&T customers) shake their heads when their phones didn’t work at Fenway Park. Before Fenway installed a DAS last year, “if you were an AT&T user at Fenway you essentially walked into a black hole by the time first pitch happened, and service would return at the end of the game,” Red Sox IT Director Steve Conley told Ars in a recent interview. “You’d have five bars. It wasn't a signal issue. It was a capacity issue. It was too many people in too tight of an area.”

Distributed antennas solved Fenway’s cellular problem, but WiFi is a struggle. Conley says he dreams of a day when he can provide WiFi to 38,000 fans simultaneously, but worries the laws of physics will prevent it. The Fenway WiFi network powered by about 120 access points is technically open to all fans, but it doesn't work in most parts of the park (or at least the parts I've been to).

The struggles are nationwide. At Stanford University, Associate Director of Athletics Kevin Blue said they view connectivity as a business problem. After all, donations and fundraising depends on donors being satisfied with their experience on campus.

"Our constituency is particularly comfortable with technology and has high expectations. Stanford Stadium is sometimes the only place in Silicon Valley where people can’t use their mobile devices, and that's troubling to us," Blue said at the tech conference.

Stanford is working with AT&T and Cisco to build out better cellular and WiFi infrastructure, Blue said. The football stadium is particularly tough, as the student section of 5,000 young adults essentially has more than 100 percent adoption of Internet-connected devices—students are bringing not only cell phones to games but also laptops and tablets. Blue wants connectivity to be like "plumbing," but that's still in the future. "Our people expect to be connected when they show up to our events, and if they're not they blame it on us and don't realize the engineering challenges involved in achieving reliable wireless connectivity, especially in a football environment where you have 50,000 people," Blue said.

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EHR and Wireless: A bond you cannot break

EHR and Wireless: A bond you cannot break | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Healthcare providers today are looking for ways to enrich the lives of their residents, mitigate risk, and improve financial and operational health. PointClickCare, which makes cloud-based software for senior care, has teamed up with Aerohive to help these providers achieve these goals. How exactly are Wi-Fi and cloud software helping senior care providers? As the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHR) across the senior care continuum has become more prevalent, so has the dependency on these solutions for operational success. With a cloud-based solution, a crucial component of this dependency is a reliable, secure, and fast Wi-Fi infrastructure. When a system is slow or down for any amount of time, as you can imagine, there is the potential for serious implications not to mention impacting productivity.  Experience has taught us that many senior care organizations need assistance in building this infrastructure. And so, we have teamed with Aerohive to ensure that PointClickCare users can have access to a reliable Wi-Fi network solution. For example, a nurse or a caregiver in a skilled nursing facility can bring up PointClickCare's Cloud EHR platform on a mobile device like an iPad or any tablet with priority and application optimization when connected to Aerohive's Wi-Fi network. This not only ensures the caregiver gets bedside access to all medical records for quality care, but also ensures secure, reliable access to the EHR platform to order medication, schedule procedures and update nutrition plans to improve the delivery of senior care. The Aerohive Simpli-Fi Point of Care Solution is pre-configured to securely deliver access into PointClickCare with high performance when and where it is needed. Providers can have one integrated solution to serve all of their wireless needs while staying connected to PointClickCare.   Attending ALFA 2014? Enter to win! We’d like to invite you to learn more about how PointClickCare can support your diverse needs.  If you are an Assisted Living Professional, visit us at booth #1111 at ALFA 2014. We’ll be right across from Aerohive. Together our companies have teamed with some other partners to bring you the “Extreme ALFA Giveaway.” Stop by and complete a ballot for your chance to win (we’ll be giving away more than $2,000 in prizes, so why not!). We also have a great complimentary research report, entitled Assisted Living by the Numbers that you may find interesting.  For Skilled Nursing Professionals, we offer monthly webinars where you’ll learn more about the company and you'll get a chance to see a demo of our fully integrated EHR. 

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Fon's Gramofon music router ends successful Kickstarter campaign with $315,000

Fon's Gramofon music router ends successful Kickstarter campaign with $315,000 | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Crowdsourced Wi-Fi network operator Fon successfully completed the Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming Gramofon social music router Thursday. Fon raised a total of $315,295 through the campaign, and was able to secure pre-orders of more than 4,500 Gramofon devices at varying price levels. Fon originally set out to raise at least $250,000 through Kickstarter and surpassed that goal this past weekend.

Gramofon is Fon’s take on connected audio devices: The device consists of a Wi-Fi router with an audio out port to connect to stereo systems or standalone speakers and a simple play-pause button. Playback of music is initiated with a mobile device, similar to the way users control a Sonos speaker or cast media content to a Chromecast streaming stick.

Unique about Gramofon is its social angle: Users can allow their Facebook friends to join the Gramofon Wi-Fi network and take charge of the music program without the need to exchange any Wi-Fi passwords. Gramofon also doubles as a Fon router, meaning that users share their home internet connection with other Fon users and in turn gain free access to other Fon routers.

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World's strangest Wi Fi hotspots

World's strangest Wi Fi hotspots | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Cape Town - If you had to re-imagine Maslow’s triangle for our postmodern age, internet access would probably fit squarely in with the broad base of basic needs. 

While this may seem somewhat depressing, it is what it is and we should all just embrace it.  In fact, it seems as though this is already the case, as some pretty weird and wonderful places are home to Wi-Fi connections (though, not all of them free).   

We take a look at a few of the most fascinating: 

Canada’s National Parks Parks 

Canada, a national agency that looks after sites including the Rocky Mountains and the Bay of Fundy on the Atlantic, announced that they will be setting up around 15 to 20 wireless hotspots in some seriously remote areas. 

They hope that the installation of Wi-Fi will assist people who are required to stay in constant contact with their workplaces, even while whale-watching or hiking. 

Mount Everest, Nepal 

Probably the last spot you’d ever think would have any sort of internet access, but hey! The world’s highest mountain actually has a few, with the highest one located at Everest Base Camp at about 5km above sea level. #hikingselfie!  

The North Pole 

A hotspot in one of the coldest places on the planet. There’s just something funny about that! Anyway, in 2009 two Intel employees set up a Wi-Fi connection at Barneo ice camp, just 80km from the actual North Pole. 



The remote village of Sarohan, India 

Up until as recently as 2005, the tiny village of Sarohan in India didn’t even have electricity. However, these days a large tower looms over the 2 000 or so residents, allowing them access to an entire world of information on the internet. Pretty amazing! 

The Sea Point Promenade, Cape Town 

One of the Mother City’s most popular spots, the picturesque Sea Point promenade boasts free Wi-Fi! Perfect to capture and share those intense sunsets that settle over the sea every evening.   



Phone booths, Moscow, Russia 

Residents of Moscow can access Wi-Fi using dozens of phone booths around the city, so long as they have a pre-paid phone card and SMS authorisation. 



The International Space Station… sort of  

Okay, okay, technically it isn’t the real sort of Wi-Fi, we have down here, but in 2008 NASA equipped the International Space Station with a wireless local area network, which is still 

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Google will lease its balloon-based wireless network to telcos

Google will lease its balloon-based wireless network to telcos | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Google's "Captain of Moonshots," Astro Teller, yesterday described how the company dropped a plan to purchase spectrum for its balloon-based wireless network, replacing it with a plan to lease the network to telcos in various countries.

The goal of Project Loon is "covering the world with balloons that are like floating cell towers so that everyone in the world could have Internet connectivity," Teller said at Tech Crunch Disrupt. The Loon team had spent six months "arguing with these large companies" to make a deal to buy spectrum, expending "easily 600 man hours of really heavy lifting," Teller said.


"We thought this was going to be absolutely critical to the project, and we wanted to get it done before we launched," Teller said. Then, a year ago, "we went to [CEO] Larry [Page] and Larry said, 'nah.' You're going to hit a double, that's not interesting."

Page challenged the Loon team to hit a home run, and they came up with a plan to lease the balloons to telcos in various countries. "We did come up with something that's way better than buying a relatively thin piece of harmonized spectrum that's now the way that Google Loon is going to function," Teller said. "Basically, by using the spectrum that already exists in each country, and then if you're a telco in some country, I come to you and I say, 'you're just going to lease the balloons when they pass over Argentina. It's your spectrum. You already have the spectrum.'"

Google has said its goal is to bring 3G-like speed to the "two out of every three people on Earth" who lack a fast, affordable Internet connection. Signals would be transmitted from ground stations to the balloons and back down to antennas on people's homes. It's still in testing, so it's not clear when it could be widely available.

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Over 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide by 2018

Over 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide by 2018 | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

The number of WiFi hotspots around the globe, which stood at 4.2 million in 2013, is expected to skyrocket to 10.5 million by 2018, according to ABI Research.

Currently, Asia is home to the vast majority of these hotspots (68.9 percent), far ahead of Latin America (12.3 percent), Europe (9 percent) and North America (8.7 percent). China alone has some 620,000 WiFi hotspots. By the end of 2013, Brazil already had nearly 500,000, many of which were put in place in anticipation of the massive arrival of foreign visitors for the FIFA World Cup this summer.

Furthermore, ABI Research estimates that the volume of mobile data exchanged worldwide will increase from 23,000 petabits (10 to the power of 15 bits) in 2013 to 190,000 petabits in 2018.

A hotspot is defined as any access point that enables network access over the WiFi protocol, for free or for payment, from a PC, smartphone or tablet.

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Comcast launches 80,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Indiana

Comcast launches 80,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in Indiana | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Comcast is trying to create a one-stop shop to eliminate the hassle of signing into guest and business networks. The media and technology giant has activated more than 80,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots this month in Indiana, which the company says is the largest network in the state.

The company launched the initiative in Fort Wayne earlier this year and added Lafayette, Bloomington, Kokomo and Indianapolis this week, according to a news release.

To find the nearest hotspot, simply select “xfinitywifi” from the list of available networks on your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Comcast customers can enter their Comcast ID and password to connect to the network. After the initial sign-in, customers will automatically be added to any hotspots they pass through.

Non-Comcast customers also can use a limited number of free minutes. When those expire, non-customers can choose to buy a subscription through their devices. Hourly passes are $2.95; daily passes are $7.95 and weekly passes are $19.

Hotspots are available at various neighborhoods, restaurants, cafés, bakeries, retail establishments and office waiting rooms. To locate hotspots ahead of time, download the Xfinity WiFi App, available on iOS and Android devices, or visit the hotspot finder map at www.xfinity.com/wifi.

By year’s end, Comcast anticipates expanding its nationwide hotspot network from 1 million to 8 million.

“These 80,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across Indiana will allow Xfinity customers and non-customers alike to access their favorite TV shows and movies and manage other mobile tasks, such as email, social media and web surfing, without eating into their wireless data plans,” Larry Williamson, Comcast’s vice president of operations in Indiana, said in a prepared statement.

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Huawei shows off 10Gb/s 802.11ax Wi-Fi

Huawei shows off 10Gb/s 802.11ax Wi-Fi | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has successfully tested a next-generation 5GHz Wi-Fi prototype capable of transmitting and receiving data at a rate of 10Gb/s, with a view to commercialising the technology within the next four years.

Wi-Fi, the family of radio standards formally known as 802.11, has become ubiquitous: it's almost impossible to buy a laptop, tablet, smartphone or even featurephone without integrated Wi-Fi, and the technology even finds its way onto the desktop on selected media-centric or high-end motherboards. It's not without its flaws, however, in particular the overall data throughput being shared between clients in much the same way as older hub-based wired Ethernet networks. What is a perfectly acceptable wireless network with one client connected becomes near-unusable with a hundred sharing the same connection, leading to a demand for bigger and better hardware.

Huawei's answer is boosting the overall throughput, so that each client can have a slice from a bigger pie. Its latest technology has been successfully tested as offering a sustained data transfer rate of 10.53Gb/s on the existing 5GHz radiofrequency bands - a boost of around tenfold compared to the fastest existing Wi-FI standards.

Based on the 802.11ax standard, the hardware might be lab-ready but the company is warning it's a long while before it'll be commercialised. According to Huawei's official roadmap, the first 10Gb/s products will be rolling from its factories to shop shelves some time in 2018 - assuming that the 802.11ax standard can be ratified and formalised in the meantime. When it does launch, it will do so into a market using 802.11ac-2013 - an updated form of today's 802.11ac standard due to launch in 2015 and offering a peak throughput of 7Gb/s to Huawei's proven 10Gb/s - and Quantenna's MU-MIMO 10Gb/s technology.

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Facebook WiFi Router from D-Link

Facebook WiFi Router from D-Link | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it
Facebook WiFi Router from D-Link

D-Link today announced it is working with Facebook to deliver D-Link’s first wireless router with Facebook Wi-Fi. The Facebook Wi-Fi will redirect users to your Facebook page. Facebook Check In can be made optional, but redirection to the business Facebook page cannot.

The Facebook Wi-Fi 802.11ac router delivers advanced, connectivity for small businesses and their customers. It prompts customers to check in to their location on Facebook to connect to free Wi-Fi without the hassle of entering codes or creating new accounts.


Dlink says the features and benefits include:

  • Enhanced User Experience: Offers free Wi-Fi without the need for codes or special accounts
  • Expanded Customer Connections: Drives customer check-ins and interaction with business Facebook Pages
  • Increased Visibility: Allows small businesses to aggregate demographic data from customers who check in
  • Wi-Fi Performance: Up to 1750Mbps Wi-Fi with 802.11ac (1300ac + 450n) for a high-performance wireless experience
  • Secure Wi-Fi: Complete set of security features including an SPI firewall and WPA2 to protect business networks

The D-Link 11AC Router with Facebook Wi-Fi is available for $149.99.

WiFiNovation's insight:

Facebook Wi-Fi is available on Meraki wireless products, Cisco ISR G2 and ASR 1000Series routers, NETGEAR R6300 Smart WiFi routers and the D-Link Facebook Wi-Fi AC1750 Router (DIR-865L).

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Ruckus Wireless Partners with Boingo on Smart Wi-Fi Deployment for U.S. Military Bases

Ruckus Wireless Partners with Boingo on Smart Wi-Fi Deployment for U.S. Military Bases | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that Boingo Wireless, the leading DAS and Wi-Fi provider that serves consumers, carriers and advertisers worldwide, is deploying thousands of its indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi access points across dozens of United States Army, Air Force and Marine Corps bases.


The new Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure is being deployed by Boingo to deliver reliable high-speed broadband Internet access for U.S. military service members stationed on the bases. The Smart Wi-Fi equipment is being used to support a wide range of onsite, IP-based applications such as social networking, gaming, voice over IP (VoIP), and streaming online videos.


Boingo's managed wireless network design for military bases will utilize centrally managed RuckusZoneFlex 7372 and new ZoneFlex R300 dual-band Wi-Fi access points (APs), which include patented Smart Wi-Fi technology that extends the range and increases the reliability of signals in difficult environments.


"With myriad obstacles and thick concrete walls within a constantly changing environment, both indoors and out, military bases can be a challenging setting for delivering reliable high-speed wireless access," said Marc Patterson, vice president, product management for Boingo Wireless. "We found Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology to be ideally suited for tackling these challenges by providing extended Wi-Fi coverage and signals that adapt within these changing environments."

Boingo is currently deployingRuckus Smart Wi-Fi technology at Marine Corps, Army and Air Force bases across the United States, with Boingo Broadband and IPTV service going live as each base installation is completed.

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Free Wi-Fi in Japan for tourists

Free Wi-Fi in Japan for tourists | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Starting 2016, tourists visiting Japan will have access to free Wi-Fi service, thanks to an initiative led by the Japanese government, NTT and KDDI. Until recently, visitors in Japan have had difficulty accessing Wi-Fi networks (except the ones in Starbucks) because login screens don’t have English language instructions. The Japanese government wants to improve access to communications around Japan for tourists in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tourists can obtain IDs at airports when they show their passports and they can use these IDs to get free Wi-Fi in train stations, airports and other locations frequented by foreign visitors.

Two years ago, I posted an article on free Wi-Fi in Tokyo and Fukuoka. Since then, I noticed that the number of free Wi-Fi hotspots in Tokyo has increased dramatically, especially in cafes. If you are spending several days or more in Japan, my advice is to rent an iPhone from Softbank at the airport. The rates (voice and data) are reasonable.

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Introducing Omni 7.9.5

Introducing Omni 7.9.5 | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

This week, we are excited to announce the release of WildPackets Omni Distributed Analysis version 7.9.5, our latest product update and the industry’s first Wi-Fi analysis solution for gigabit wireless local area networks (WLANs). With this release, WildPackets becomes the only vendor on the market to offer a solution for managing and troubleshooting new enterprise 802.11ac networks.

Enterprises large and small are upgrading their WLANs to the 802.11ac standard, which provides unprecedented performance, capacity and reliability. However, traditional techniques and solutions for WLAN troubleshooting and analysis are unable to handle the increased throughput of 802.11ac.

As the amount of data traversing enterprise WLANs continues to grow, enterprises need a solution that will ensure optimal network performance and business productivity. Omni Distributed Analysis 7.9.5 delivers the necessary capture and analysis capabilities to handle this increased throughput of data, ensuring that enterprises have the WLAN troubleshooting and analysis tools they need to keep up with these new network standards.

Some of the other key features of Omni 7.9.5 include:

  • Gigabit Wireless Network Analysis
  • Multichannel and wireless roaming analysis
  • Comprehensive voice over Wi-Fi troubleshooting (VoFi)
  • Flexible data capture – including portable, remote, and wireless forensics
  • Remote capture from commercial APs, including CISCO and Aruba

As network technology continues to advance, and demand grows for more data faster, WildPackets continues to provide the simplicity and visibility to keep up with your growing network.

WiFiNovation's insight:

To learn more, visit wireless.wildpackets.com or register for our Q&A on Gigabit Wi-Fi Analysis, happening on Wednesday, June 18.

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Verizon's XLTE 2X Bandwidth Leverages AWS Spectrum

Verizon's XLTE 2X Bandwidth Leverages AWS Spectrum | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Verizon Wireless kicked off a marketing campaign to promote XLTE – its new network architecture that aggregates AWS spectrum with the company's existing 700 MHz spectrum to deliver 2x the capacity of regular LTE.


XLTE Ready devices automatically access both 700 MHz spectrum and the AWS spectrum in XLTE cities.  Customers with 4G LTE devices operating solely on the 700 MHz spectrum in XLTE markets also benefit from the extra capacity created by XLTE Ready device traffic moving to the AWS spectrum.

Verizon said nearly all of the devices it sells, including the newest DROID devices, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5 and Note 3, and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s, are XLTE ReadVy when purchased. 

"The industry and tech world recognize this is a big deal, and we want consumers to know, too," said Ken Dixon, chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. "We continue to offer the very best network, bar none.  Now, XLTE provides an even greater advantage to customers by doubling the 4G LTE bandwidth and providing faster peak speeds in cities coast to coast."

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Wi-Fi networks are wasting a gigabit—but multi-user beamforming will save the day

Wi-Fi networks are wasting a gigabit—but multi-user beamforming will save the day | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Wi-Fi equipment based on the new 802.11ac standard—often called Gigabit Wi-Fi—has been on the market for nearly two years. These products offer greater bandwidth and other improvements over gear based on the older 802.11n specification, but they don’t implement one of the most impressive features of 11ac.

It was simply too complicated to deploy all the upgrades at once, hardware makers say. As a result, 11ac networks actually waste a lot of capacity when serving devices like smartphones and tablets. This shortcoming should be fixed over the next year with new networking equipment and upgrades to end-user devices. Once everything is in place, Wi-Fi networks will be better able to serve lots of devices at once, particularly the mobile devices that every single person in the US seemingly has in his or her hands every minute of the day


The soon-to-be-deployed technology is called MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input and multiple-output), which is like a wireless "switch" that sends different data to different receivers at the same time.


It's powered by multi-user beamforming, an improvement over the single-user beamforming found in first-generation 11ac products. MU-MIMO will let wireless access points send data streams of up to 433Mbps to at least three users simultaneously, for a total of 1.3Gbps or more. First-generation 11ac equipment without MU-MIMO could send those streams of data simultaneously, but only to one device—and only if that device was capable of receiving multiple streams. Many computers could handle the influx of data, but smartphones and tablets generally couldn't. That meant they could only receive one stream (occasionally two) because of power limitations.

It's hard to imagine a single smartphone or tablet needing to receive more than 433Mbps of data. But the fact that MU-MIMO-powered Wi-Fi will be able to serve more users simultaneously could bring huge benefits to large-scale wireless networks, like those in airports, convention centers, and sports stadiums. Real-world throughput will end up being something lower than 433Mbps to each user because of networking overhead and other limitations, but given that a high-definition Netflix stream is just 5Mbps, there isn't much reason to worry about that yet...

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New York City plans to transform payphones into WiFi Hotspots

New York City plans to transform payphones into WiFi Hotspots | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

In a bold move that will change the way urban centres use existing technological infrastructure, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a call for proposals to convert the city’s approximately 7,300 pay phone kiosks (many of which are damaged or completely inoperable) into free public WiFi stations.

According to de Blasio, the winning proposal will “enhance public availability of increasingly-vital broadband access, invite new and innovative digital services, and increase revenue to the city” for millions of residents and visitors of all five of the city’s boroughs.

The notion of implementing free public broadband is not new. In Los Angeles, city council is seeking a provider to install a city-wide fibre optic broadband network up to 100 times faster than the average North American household connection. In Kansas City, MO, Provo, UT, and Austin, TX, Google began a pilot project known as “Google Fiber” that promises similar advancements, which is expanding to other cities nation-wide.

In New York, the payphone-to-broadband program is still a pilot project, and reviews of the service have been mostly positive, benchmarking the service at approximately 6mbps for downloads and about 1mbps for uploads. This is comparable to the most inexpensive residential internet connection offered by Rogers.

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Packet Capture with AP Radios – What’s Under the Hood?

Packet Capture with AP Radios – What’s Under the Hood? | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it


Wireless packet capture has always been important to Wi-Fi professionals and support engineers for resolving network problems. With the diversity of wireless clients that is already around and which is only expected to grow with the Internet of Things (IoT), packet capture capabilities will continue to be critical. Wireless packet capture can be facilitated in the AP radios using the hardware and the driver level hooks. Read on to find out what’s under the hood.

There are two main plumbing points to get frames from wireless up to the application: one in the hardware and the other in the driver software. At the hardware level, the radio supports “Promiscuous Mode” option. When this option is activated, the hardware passes all wireless frames received on the channel where the radio is operating up towards the driver software. When this option is deactivated, the hardware passes only the wireless frames for the MAC of the radio (and the frames like probe requests & beacons based on the additional sub-settings under non-Promiscuous mode) up towards the driver software.


The driver software can operate in AP, STA, or Monitor Mode. In the AP mode, the driver performs AP-related functions such as beacon generation, association management etc. and deactivates the Promiscuous Mode in hardware. When in the STA mode, the driver performs client-related functions such as probing, AP selection, connection management etc. and deactivates the Promiscuous Mode in the hardware. In the Monitor Mode, none of the AP or client-related function is performed by the driver, but now the hardware is set in the Promiscuous Mode to receive all frames on the channel and pass them to the driver software.

- See more at: http://blog.airtightnetworks.com/packet-capture-with-ap-radiosd/#sthash.NgypOqVX.dpufWireless packet capture has always been important to Wi-Fi professionals and support engineers for resolving network problems. With the diversity of wireless clients that is already around and whic...

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Google's Little-Noticed Strategy To Get You Better Wi-Fi, Explained

Google's Little-Noticed Strategy To Get You Better Wi-Fi, Explained | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

Amidst all the recent net neutrality brouhaha, Silicon Valley pulled out a little-noticed victory at Thursday's FCC hearings that could lead to better Wi-Fi service in more places.

While the media were focused on the commission's vote to propose new rules that could result in Internet "fast lanes" for certain content, the FCC voted 3-2 to set aside three channels of television airwaves for unlicensed use, which Google, Microsoft and the like could potentially use to beam the Internet to consumers in new ways.


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If interference is likely with unlicensed airwaves, why do big tech companies want them?

Tech companies like Microsoft and Google have argued that, while crowded, the openness of unlicensed airwaves encourages innovation, as those with relatively little capital get new opportunities to experiment with spectrum.

Aparna Sridhar, a lawyer for Google, posted an appreciative reaction to the FCC's decision on the company's public policy blog:

Faster and cheaper access to online services drives usage of those services and thus demand for all forms of network access, creating a virtuous [sic] cycle of investment. Access to new, lower-frequency TV band spectrum could accelerate this process and create more unlicensed service options, allowing better indoor coverage and service in rural and underserved areas.

When the FCC cordoned off a big chunk of spectrum for unlicensed use in 1985, several innovative products emerged, including Wi-Fi. Even today, Wi-Fi uses unlicensed spectrum to broadcast, which is why some people worry about interference with their Wi-Fi signal.

In the last few years, industry observers have started to raise concerns that congestion on currently available Wi-Fi bandwidths will lead to an infrastructure-crippling "spectrum crunch." The newly freed bandwidths should help to relieve some of that competition for signal in the short term. And among the new technologies that companies have proposed for the space is a "super Wi-Fi" that could cover much larger geographical areas than the existing version of Wi-Fi.

So who's against this?

Television broadcasters mostly. Because the FCC is carving unlicensed bandwidths out of the television space, currently licensed broadcasters will have less so-called white space as a buffer between their frequencies. The National Association of Broadcasters on Thursday expressed its disappointment in a statement after the decision, expressing concerns about the technology that's being proposed to limit the interference with local signals.

Uh, so…is this a good thing or a bad thing?

It may ultimately be a moot point. Jason Perlow at ZDnet predicts that broadcast TV as we know it will probably be dead in less than seven years. And in the meantime, with more unlicensed spectrum available, companies can experiment with technologies that could prove to be the next Wi-Fi.

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CWNA 4th edition: WLAN study guide set for summer update

CWNA 4th edition: WLAN study guide set for summer update | WiFiNovation | Scoop.it

A vendor-neutral tome, CWNA Study Guide is considered to be the bible of networking professionals looking to get their Wi-Fi wings. It is the de facto study guide for CWNP (Certified Wireless Networking Professional,) the highly regarded, vendor-neutral organization that certifies Wi-Fi professionals. The CWNA certification is the foundation level enterprise Wi-Fi certification for the CWNP program. Many thousands of IT professionals across the globe are CWNA certified.     Most enterprise WLAN vendors suggest CWNA as prerequisite training for their in-house training courses. Additionally, many WLAN Pros simply keep a copy of the CWNA book on the shelf (or iPad) and use it as a reference guide when looking to brush up on their Wi-Fi skills.  The 4th edition of Sybex Publishing’s CWNA Study Guide is scheduled for release in August. The book will be updated to include more info on 802.11ac, MDM, BYOD and other key changes to Wi-Fi technology since the book’s last release two years ago. - See more at: http://blogs.aerohive.com/blog/the-enterprise-wireless-networking-blog/cwna-4th-edition%3a-wlan-study-guide-set-for-summer-update#sthash.kyo2QyQx.dpuf

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