Ready To Toss Your USB Cables?

September 10, 2013

Wireless USB hops on WiGig bandwagon… 

60GHz is where WiGig lives, an internationally unlicensed band where there’s plenty of space but propagation is poor. WiGig is proposed as the next generation of Wi-Fi, offering vastly improved speeds, so the USB Implementers Forum will be porting USB 2 and 3 to run right on top of it.

USBs will now be able to use any kind of wireless system, including WiGig, Wi-Fi and ultrawideband.

The only negative I see is propagation. which for me at least means WiFi is barely doing the job … And so I expect will be the case for homes with central air, and all the attic ducting that entails.


WiGig Wireless to Crowd Out WiDi & HDMI?

August 19, 2013

Here is an interesting story on the next WIFI technology iteration … WIGig … it aims to outdo WIFI AND WIDI … Yes that’s a mouthful of jargon, but that’s the way they like it … Looking like it’s going to be, as even Intel, the perpetrators of WIDI even has to respond … Microwave technology invades your space. The cables are an endanger species, I bet your wife will like that.

WiGig Wireless to Crowd Out WiDi & HDMI?

So what do we do with WiGig? Imagine, if you wil a laptop or ultrabook… and now imagine that device wirelessly docking to a display with a full array of USB, FireWire and Ethernet ports. W’re talking about using WiGig technology across the board to power video, connectivity and audio. So if all goes well, WiGig will be expanded and supported in much the same way as PCI and USB were and have been. If the new ultrabooks take off as we think they will, the need for this level of docking will increase dramatically and inject some much-needed consumer demand into the marketplace.

WiGig is an organization promoting the adoption of multi-gigabit speed wireless communications technology operating over the as-of-now unlicensed 60 GHz band.

Coming to a coffee shop near you???


0.2 million 802.11ac shipments in 1Q 2013

August 18, 2013

WIFI is coming of age … I have a 802.ac router and it does the job, if they would get the darned clients out.

Worldwide consumer Wi-Fi customer premises equipment (CPE) shipments surpassed 43.3 million at the end of 1Q-2013; a 16.8% increase from 4Q-2012. “802.11n device shipments still dominate the market, accounting for more than two thirds of total device shipments; however, 802.11ac access point adoption is starting to gain traction,” says Jake Saunders, VP and practice director of forecasting.

Devices with the very latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, started to enter the market in late 2012. According to ABI Research’s “Wi-Fi Equipment” Market Data, a total of 0.2 million consumer 802.11ac Wi-Fi APs shipped in 1Q 2013. “802.11ac protocol enables speeds up to 1.3 Gbps as well as better coverage than 802.11n. ABI Research expects that 1 million of 802.11ac consumer access points will be shipped by the end of 2013,” adds Khin Sandi Lynn, industry analyst.

A new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ad (WiGig) which uses 60GHz band and delivers speeds up to 7 Gbps was approved by IEEE in early 2013. The very first 802.11ad capable products are likely to enter market around the end of the year.

In the SOHO/Consumer Wi-Fi equipment market, TP-LINK maintains the dominant market share with 15%, followed by NETGEAR and D-Link with 12% and 11% respectively. In the enterprise WLAN sector, ZTE has the largest market share, accounting for 39% of total access point shipments while Cisco holds the second largest market share of 26%, and HP networking ranks third as it overtook the market share of Aruba Networks as of late 2012.

More …

 


Google To Snub Samsung, Hand Nexus 10 to Asus

August 15, 2013

The report cited “multiple sources” as claiming the Nexus 10 refresh would be available on the Google Play Store in time for the holiday season. A screen capture of a retailer’s leaked stock lookup showed an entry for a Google Nexus 10 16GB Wi-Fi manufactured by Asus.

Not much is known so far, except it is coming.

No qualms with ASUS, been using their motherboards for system builds and systems for years. Always been fine products.

WIDI please …


Can Your Car Be Hacked?

June 28, 2013

Car and Driver Has some thoughts …

Currently, there’s nothing to stop anyone with malicious intent and some ­computer-programming skills from taking command of your vehicle. After gaining access, a hacker could control everything from which song plays on the radio to whether the brakes work.

While there are no reported cases of cars being maliciously hacked in the real world, in 2010, researchers affiliated with the Center for Automotive Embedded Systems Security (CAESS—a partnership between the University of California San Diego and the University of Washington) demonstrated how to take over all of a car’s vital systems by plugging a device into the OBD-II port under the dashboard.

It gets worse. In a paper that’s due to be published later this year, those same researchers remotely take control of an unnamed vehicle through its telematics system. They also demonstrate that it’s theoretically possible to hack a car with malware embedded in an MP3 and with code transmitted over a Wi-Fi connection.

Such breaches are possible because the dozens of  independently operating computers on modern vehicles are all connected through an in-car communications network known as a controller-area-network bus, or CAN bus.

I guess that’s a yes …


Wi-Fi Is About To Get a Lot Faster And More Reliable

June 23, 2013

Wi-fi update on the way …

The new technology — 802.11ac — has the potential to be up to four times as fast as the current standard 802.11n technology. Smartphones, computers and routers with the new technology are already hitting store shelves, though industry experts don’t expect average consumers to start picking up the devices until the holiday shopping season or early next year.

It solves the congestion problem with the current Wi-Fi … Known by the acronym MU-MIMO, the technology allows a router to send data to multiple devices more efficiently. The fifth generation of Wi-Fi tackles those problems by increasing speed limits and moving to a new spectrum, from the congested lanes of the 2.4-gigahertz frequency band to a more open 5-gigahertz spectrum.

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My 802.11ac router is up and running, Netgear R6300, all it needs is clients that make use of it. Let’s get with it guys, we’re waiting. Yes my old one died, this is just what I did for the replacement. So far it works fine, but lacks “ac” clients.


Honeywell Introduces City-Controlled Thermostat System For Homes

June 12, 2013

 

So when your refrigerator cuts off in summer, you know what is going one.

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Honeywell has announced a new Wi-Fi-controlled thermostat that is intended to be distributed by municipalities instead of purchased at retail by consumers in order to better manage energy consumption across a town or city.

South Sioux City, Neb., will be the first community to deploy the new thermostat to help its 13,000 residents manage electricity costs, which are said to have risen steadily there in the past three years.

In the future, other municipalities will recruit residents to reduce energy consumption when demand spikes, a strategy known as automated demand response, or ADR.

As part of this, the residents would receive the $150 Honeywell Total Connect Comfort with ADR thermostat for free so that utilities can link to the home devices and reduce that residence’s energy as needed.

Such an approach can help avoid brownouts and blackouts on the hottest days of the year, when power-grid stability is threatened.

Honeywell’s thermostat can be controlled with a Total Connect Comfort app, available in versions for Apple iOS and Google Android devices.

Honeywell is based in Morris Township, N.J., but its division responsible for the Total Connect Comfort technology is based in Golden Valley.

 


The Latest $299 Drone: Everybody is Doing It

February 19, 2013

The guards around the props make it far more resistance to damage … Why should DHS have all the fun. No armaments for now…

ARDrone-2

AR.Drone was a fun, albeit expensive toy ($299) when it arrived two years ago, but the new flyer promises an updated design and fresh features that put it much closer to the realm of your own personal spy drone.

AR.Drone 2.0 Tutorial video #2 : Pilot

When Parrot introduced the AR.Drone phone-controlled flying toy two years ago at CES 2010, it made quite a buzz. The pizza-box-sized flyer let enterprising pilots fly via their iPhones, seeing the world through the toy’s low-rez camera on their iPhone screen. Parrot won’t say how many devices they sold, but did note that they did well enough to warrant version 2.

AR.Drone 2.0, unveiled here at CES 2012, still costs $299, but is now stuffed with far more pro-level features and even offers a somewhat sleeker and, according to Parrot, more resilient design.

Parrot, a Paris, France-based company with over 250 developers, has transformed AR.Drone from a fun toy to a flying robot that could attract everyone from amateur pilots to film directors. The camera now shoots 720p video (fixed lens and no flash). It shoots and, more importantly, captures stills and videos, which are automatically delivers to your phone or tablet via a Wi-Fi connection.


Netgear Unveils True Dual-Band Range Extender With Support For Apple’s AirPlay

January 8, 2013

Netgear announced at CES 2013 its first wall-plug dual-band Wi-Fi range extender, the Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender Wall-plug Edition (model WN3500RP).

You plug it into a wall socket within the range of an existing Wi-Fi network to help extend its range. It’s also the first Wi-Fi range extender that can be directly connected to speakers for music streaming using AirPlay, via its standard 3.5mm audio jack, or the USB speakers via its USB port.

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The new Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender can simultaneously extend both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands, making it best suited for a dual-band home network. It works, however, with a Wi-Fi network that uses either of the two frequency bands.

The WN3500RP comes in a compact design, just slightly bigger than a power adapter of a mobile device. It comes included with a dock and with a separate power cord in case you don’t want it to crowd the power sockets. The device’s USB port can also be used to host a printer and share it with the rest of the network.

The new Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender, Wall-plug Edition (WN3500RP) is available now and costs $100.


Intel To Offer Wireless Cards

July 10, 2012

Maho Bay is a desktop platform wrapped around the recently launched Ivy Bridge desktop processor and Intel plans to enrich this platform with a Wireless mini card offer of its own.

The plan is to make new SKUs based on half Minicard (mPCIe) standard and offer it with its boards that have support for PCIe 1X or faster. Maho Bay also allows some combinations with Sandy Bridge processors and will allow the use of these mini Wireless cards on older processors with new boards. It looks like the Panther Point chipset is necessary even for older Sandy Bridge processors on Maho Bay platform.

Trying to spruce up the desktop. Who wants to drag wire, when wireless now works so well.

The top range card with premium performance is Intel Centrino Ultimate N 6300, and the card has virtually the same specification like its mobile brother. It supports Intel Wireless Display as well as Intel My Wifi technology and quick driver connect.

Since it is using 3×3 antennas and MIMO standard it is capable of achieving speeds of 450Mbits per second and it does support multiple streams. It supports dual band 2.4 + 5 GHz and Intel Vpro. This is still a 802.11n based product as Intel hasn’t really jumped the gun to support 802.11ac in 2012.

It looks like it is too early for Intel to embrace this new standard due to its very limited market penetration.

At some point Intel will include 802.11ac products in its portfolio but according to our sources this won’t happen before Q2 2013 at earliest. Intel has total of 7 mini PCIe 1X Wireless cards to offer where five of them support WiDi and two lower end satisfy with 150Mbits per second.


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