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For years now, San Francisco citizens have wished for there to be a free Wi-Fi service in their parks, and now thanks to Google, 31 of the city's plazas, playgrounds, parks, and rec centers are getting just that. Google donated $600,000 to install the free service, which is still pending approval.
The $600,000 gift will cover the equipment, installation, maintenance and service for the next two years after which it is still uncertain what will happen to the networks. If things go as planned, installation will begin as early as November and would wrap up sometime in April of 2014, just in time for park weather. Advocates and Google hope that this installation will serve as a model that will eventually grow into a city-wide free Wi-Fi network.
A full list of the areas getting the new free Wi-Fi are listed below:
Alamo Square, Balboa Park, Bernal Heights Recreation Center, Boeddeker Park, Chinese Recreation Center, Civic Center Plaza, Corona Heights, Crocker Amazon Playground, Duboce Park, Eureka Valley Recreation Center, Gene Friend Recreation Center, Hamilton Recreation Center, Huntington Park, Joseph Lee Recreation Center, Justin Herman Plaza, Margaret S. Hayward Playground, Marina Green, Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, Mission Dolores Park, Mission Recreation Center, Palega Playground, Portsmouth Square, Richmond Recreation Center, St. Mary's Recreation Center, St. Mary's Square, Sue Bierman Park, Sunnyside Playground, Sunset Playground, Tenderloin Recreation Center, Upper Noe Recreation Center, Washington Square
This morning the Wi-Fi Alliance launched its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac certification program, and we sat down with them to talk all things 802.11ac. Before we get into the interview, lets cover what the Wi-Fi certified program is, and why it is needed. In today's world, we are seeing more wireless data being generated than ever before, and current Wi-Fi standards simply can not keep up.
This massive overload in Wi-Fi data is the direct result of several factors including: always-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and even household appliances such as TVs, audio systems, and even refrigerators and laundry machines. This is where the Wi-Fi Alliance comes into play. They are the party responsible for certifying that 802.11ac chipsets meet the stringent standards and requirements to push connected devices to the next level.
Building on the high-performance foundation of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac products deliver whole-home coverage at two or even three times the speed of older Wi-Fi products and handle demanding applications such as Ultra HD and 4K video, multimedia, and rapid file transfer with ease.
ASUS will be showing off a ton of new products at this years's Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan. A lot of products will feature the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, and to complement those products, the company is launched a new 802.11ac router.
The new ASUS RT-AC68U is being touted as the first dual-band 802.11ac router with AC1900 data rates up to 1900Mbps. This performance can be attributed to AiRadar Beamforming technology, which helps establish a stronger connections and produce 250 percent better range.
ASUS says that you will also build a file share between other ASUS routers via attached USB drives with no need for a PC or other device handling the transfer. At the time of publishing, there is no word on pricing or availability, but previous ASUS flagship routers ran in the $200 range and it would be safe to expect the RT-AC68U to be near that as well.
There has already been some experimentation with "Super Wi-Fi" networks using the white spaces spectrum in the US, and now Mountain View-based search giant Google are poised to use the same technology to deliver Internet access to ten schools across South Africa.
The Verge has reported that "launching the test network is Google's most direct effort yet to demonstrate the potential of white spaces... as a means of delivering faster internet connectivity to the developing world and other rural areas."
"White spaces" are bands of unused television spectrum that allows signals to travel farther and penetrate deeper into buildings than the commonly used 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi spectrum bands.
LSI have come out today announcing their latest AXM5500 family of products, which feature the first high-end ARM-based multicore for mobile networking equipment. This new family of products from LSI will help mobile companies and service providers get out of the mess they're in right now with the ever-increasing mobile market.
The growing trends in the mobile market right now are expanding quickly with the 4G LTE adoption, and as this grows, LSI's help is going to get noticed more and more. Better network intelligence will bump heads with big data, and this needs to have a product to help it - enter the AXM5500 family.
It might not seem like we need it, but streaming video, music, games, social networks and the countless other things we do over mobile networks is always increasing - but network bandwidth and server hardware needs to continuously be upgraded in order to not be congested.
Life has a funny way of presenting answers to problems. Just last night I was discussing high-gain wireless routers with my colleagues here at TweakTown, and when I check my inbox this morning, I find a release on this beauty from ASUS.
The RT-N12HP Wireless-N300 is the latest offering in home wireless networking from ASUS, and sports two massive, detachable 9dBi antennas. The monstrous rabbit ears are said to give consumers 300% more Wi-Fi range if your devices have equally robust network adapters.
The device also brings some interesting admin features to the table such as the ability to control up to four distinct networks, primary and guest networks with separate options, and even dynamic bandwidth allocation. I was unable to locate any pricing at this time, and also came up empty on retail availability dates.
Wireless is a funny thing, it pretty much controls most people's everyday lives, and because it is mostly invisible, there's never an afterthought. If it 'just works', then that's fine. Well, a new wireless standard is on its way as the IEEE have adopted a new standards known as 802.11ad.
802.11ad will boast some incredible speeds of 7Gbps over 60GHz frequencies and should be baked into consumer devices as soon as 2014. The consumer-friendly marketing name that will find its way plastered all over 802.11ag is going to be WiGig. WiGig won't be replacing your wireless network, it will be complimenting it.
The hopes of the new technology will be that it'll provide an insanely fast, direct link between devices. The reason behind this is because of the 60GHz frequency it finds itself surfing along. As higher radio frequencies are used, they aren't so good at penetrating solid objects like walls, fridges, desks and more. High frequencies are really only good at shorter ranges, so WiGig will have its place in the market, but not where you'd like it to be.
CES 2013 - TP-Link has released two new ultra portable wireless pocket routers, making networking while traveling even easier. Both can be carried comfortably in a user's pocket.
The TL-WR706N "Halo" sports a 150 Mbps Wireless N connection while the TL-WR810N Wireless Poket Router provides a robust 300Mbs N connection. Both devices plug directly into a standard outlet and provide preconfigured wireless security settings.
Setup is as easy as plugging each device into a power outlet and plugging in the hotel's Ethernet cable which allows the devices to run as an access point.
Sprint are set to launch 4G LTE access to a bunch of new cities across the United States, with the telco announcing that "in the coming months" their high-speed LTE network will be available in Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and 100 additional markets.
Sprint will also continue to upgrade their current 3G network in many markets throughout the U.S., where they'll offer improved service for their customers. At the moment, Sprint have five 4G-powered smartphones on offer, including the Galaxy S III, EVO 4G LTE and Photon Q.
This is all just on the eve of Apple's new iPhone launch - perfect timing or what?
If you thought your home networking setup rocking Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) was fast, then you would think that 10 GbE is even faster. 10 GbE networking can handle around 1GB/sec transfer speeds, but you'd need some serious slick hardware to achieve this speed. Well, IEEE is not happy with the current Ethernet standard, and is pushing for much higher speeds.
Internet providers and many more who depend on high-speed computing networks for a living, are on the rise. Users are streaming more video, and doing more things at once, and the quality of streaming and data is only going to get better, and bigger, respectively. IEEE is worried that large-scale networks will require an insane 10Tbps of total bandwidth to not hit a brick wall by 2020. IEEE have now formed a Higher-Speed Ethernet Consensus group that is looking at creating a new format that would see speeds reach 400Gbps or 1Tbit, depending on which approach is better.
There's a meeting set for late-September in Geneva to start talking about the details. But, you won't be seeing this type of insane connectivity in your house anytime soon. The first to get this type of tech would most likely be the big players such as Google, and co. Hopefully YouTube are on the first adopters list, and we don't get that nasty buffering crap when watching a video from a high-speed connection.