Comcast rolls out 50 Mb/s residential Internet

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 some time.

HP not interested in WiMax - for now

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 finally launches in the U.S., sorta

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?

First U.S. WiMax network to launch on October 8

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. 

WiMax to roll out in September, really

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 limited basis. 

Can you replace your landline for $10 per month?

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? 

Coax is back, Dlink introduces Coax to Ethernet home networking kit

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 mulling 250 GB monthly transfer cap and overage charges

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.

Qwest intros 20 Mb/s fiber optic broadband Internet

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.

Turn your laptop into a smart Wi-Fi access point with Intel’s upcoming Cliffside technology

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.

In-flight Internet to return for $10

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.

Fujitsu doubles bandwidth of fiber optic network between North America and Japan

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 Airport Express gets draft-n Wi-Fi

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 lifts the curtain on "green" file-sharing optical network

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.

AT&T to offer Wi-Fi at Starbucks

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.

PePwave Surf AP 200: Wi-Fi Black Hole Relief

Everyone has them; those places where Wi-Fi just won't go. PePwave seems to have an easy to use answer.

NETGEAR FVS336G Reviewed: VPN Your Way

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!

How To Crack WPA / WPA2

Wireless networks secured by WPA / WPA2 can be cracked. But it's not as easy as cracking WEP.

Netgear touts “metamaterial” antennas and NAS

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.

10 Things We Didn't See in 2007

SmallNetBuilder's Top 10 of networking (and other) disappointments in the past year.