Hot on the heels of a new report that suggests the U.S. is hopelessly
falling behind in global race for broadband Internet speeds, Comcast
announced two new residential options that are so fast that the company
decided to name them “wideband”. Generally available connection speeds
of 22 Mb/s and 50 Mb/s are a positive sign for the broadband Internet
development in the U.S. The catch? 50 Mb/s was available before and it
is only marginally cheaper than the service that has been available for
If we look at the notebook manufacturers offering WiMax as an option, one important company is missing: The
world’s largest computer builder, Hewlett-Packard (HP). Why? HP
believes it is premature to offer WiMax due to limited availability,
questions about interoperability, roaming and service quality. At least
at this time HP believes 3G is the better option.
WiMax, often also described as 4G wireless broadband, is out of the
gate. It is almost one year late, it is only available in the Baltimore
region, it is - as expected – not cheap and the service offering is
everything else than clear. The question is: Will consumers bite?
Ending a string of delays, Baltimore will become the first U.S. city
with a WiMax network. Intel said it will be hosting a launch event
throughout the Bond Street Wharf Park in Baltimore on October 8.
Xohm president Barry West announced that Sprint and the companies that
saved the company's WiMax network in May will be offering the
high-speed wireless technology in September of this year on a very
T-Mobile took a stab at an already dying industry and is offering a
VoIP replacement for your landline telephone service for a flat fee of
$10 per month. The T-Mobile offer has serious implications as it is not
only darn close to being free, but it is also marketed as an add-on to
your cellphone, which essentially downgrades your landline to being a
secondary service. The question really is: Are you ready to ditch your
existing traditional landline and are you prepared to deal with the
disadvantages of a VoIP service?
For those of you old timers who used to deal with Coax and Vampire
Taps, Dlink’s new Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit will bring back some
painful memories. The DXN-221 bridges existing coaxial cable wired
homes with Ethernet networks and can transfer at a top speed of 175
Mbps. The kit comes with a Coax/Ethernet switch and two Coax/Ethernet
adapters that can plug onto the ends of cables or wall outlets.
Comcast wants to put the brake on its top downloaders and is mulling
a monthly transfer cap and overage charges. According to Broadband
Reports, the cable Internet company plans on imposing a 250 GB soft cap
on transfers and would charge $15 for every 10 GB excess. Customers
would get a free pass on one month’s overage in a 12-month period.
It is an old story, broadband in this country isn’t a fun topic to talk
about. Bandwidths available to consumers is trailing the bandwidth
available in the top 10 broadband nations around the world, while we
are in the leading group when we look at how much you pay for your
blazing fast Internet access. At least those who can live in Qwest territory, however, now have the
option to upgrade their service without having to mortgage their house.
Connecting your laptop to a Wi-Fi access point is
pretty easy, but how do you connect your computer to a myriad of other
devices like wireless cameras and printers? To answer that tough
question, Intel has been developing its ‘Cliffside’ technology which
basically turns your computer into a software-based access point.
Travelling on an airplane within the U.S. means that you lose Internet
connectivity as soon as your plane leaves the gate. Since Boeing’s
shutdown of Connexion, travelers have been left without Internet
access, but it seems that in-flight Internet is making a comeback as we
are approaching the end of the decade.
In an never-ending quest for as much bandwidth as possible, Fujitsu and
Pacific Crossing announced that they have upgraded the PC-1
trans-Pacific fiber-optic cable mo more than 1 Tb/s.
Apple’s mobile Wi-Fi base station Airport Express has been upgraded
from 802.11g to draft 802.11n, which, according to the manufacturer,
boosts the available bandwidth by “up to” 5x.
IBM today unveiled a prototype of a new technology that it said could send eight terabits of data per second using the power of a 100-watt lightbulb.
Starbucks is extending its Wi-Fi offer by bringing AT&T into its stores: The San Antonio, Texas-based telecommunications company will be offering free and fee-based Wi-Fi options. AT&T broadband and Uverse customers will get free Wi-Fi access at Starbucks locations.
Everyone has them; those places where Wi-Fi just won't go. PePwave seems to have an easy to use answer.
Netgear's latest small business secure gateway doesn't make you choose between IPsec and SSL remote access. Dual WAN and all-gigabit ports too!
Wireless networks secured by WPA / WPA2 can be cracked. But it's not as easy as cracking WEP.
If we had to give the “Most Likely to Smoke Crack” award to a presenter, Netgear’s VP of Product Marketing, Vivek Pathela, would definitely get the award. Pathela managed to hold the attention of a packed room of reporters for 45 minutes as he showed off the latest and greatest networking products.
SmallNetBuilder's Top 10 of networking (and other) disappointments in the past year.