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It's almost getting to the point that you can't go anywhere in the world without being connected. Ncell, a joint venture between the Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera and some private investors, has installed a 3G and WiFi capable GSM network base station at the base of Mount Everest.
Long famous as the highest point in the world, the summit of Mount Everest no longer requires a satellite phone to make a call. Ncell tested the station by making the world's highest video call at 17,388 feet and has confirmed the network is working at the summit. Ncell also plans to have 90% of Nepal's population covered by the end of next year. Now all your Twitter followers and Facebook friends will be able to know you've completed your climb of Mount Everest the second you reach the top. Hooray?
Bluetooth has some competition - Wi-Fi Direct is touted to everything Bluetooth does, but with far less issues and annoyances all while using a protocol that is far more widespread and easier to setup.
Starting today - Wi-Fi Direct devices will enter the certification process - the actual products to use this tech are unknown at this point, but there should be some hardware on the shelves before Santa arrives in 2 more months.
Functionality wise, the claims stand out instantly - for someone to make a device-to-device connection over Wi-Fi just ONE of the devices needs to be Wi-Fi Direct certified. This will help create a user base out of the box, which is a great step towards instant sales.
Sometimes living in a big house makes getting wireless signal to all corners of the placea real pain, or you've got a room where you want a computer but no way to run the internet without drilling holes or buying a wireless card. Networking is getting quite a bit simpler thanks to Atheros' Hybrid Networking System.
The router gives you standard fare: 802.11 Wifi, Ethernet, all the usual goodies. The Homeplug AV powerline networking is where it gets interesting. Simply by plugging in the AC adapter, you've instantly got extended wireless signal and even an Ethernet port for network access on a non-wireless capable machine. No word on cost yet for this fun little device, but it is expected to ship by the end of the year.
Google is taking another step in completely owning your internet experience with their first trial of an ultra high speed fiber network. Set for testing in "a group of approximately 850 faculty and staff-owned homes" on the campus of Stanford University, this is most likely the dry run for their implementation in the winning community of their "Google Fiber" contest that asked towns to submit themselves for Google Broadband implementation.
Google has stated that they are not looking to get into the ISP business; instead they are trying to make the internet faster for everyone with this project as well as their own DNS and a replacement for the HTTP protocol. Google Broadband is supposed to be able to offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which would max out most modern Ethernet ports. Anything that can make the Net faster for everyone is okay by me, but you still have to wonder what the bigger plan is here if Google's not planning to hit the ISP scene.
Getting broadband connectivity throughout a house can often be done with a simple WiFi router and some adapters for computers and other gear. In many instances, that WiFi router doesn't cut it though, especially in larger homes or offices or in environments where there is a lot of wireless interference. In this instanced power line, networking may be one of the only options.
Power line networking speeds today tend to top out at about 200mbps on the high end. That is enough speed for some uses, but for things that need a lot of bandwidth, more speed is needed. The IEEE has now approved a new power line networking standard called IEEE 1901 that allows for speeds of up to 500Mbps using the plain copper power lines already in place.
I love it when one device can take the place of several others. I would love to be able to get the DSL modem off my desk and integrate it right into my wireless router. A new device from AudioCodes called the MediaPack 252 has debuted that integrates the ADSL modem with a WiFi router and several other things.
The MP252 supports HD VoIP and has an integrated handset for placing VoIP calls and has provisions to be used as a PBX device. If your web connection is critical to your business or home life, the 252 has a USB port for failover to a 3G mobile broadband modem for an uninterrupted connection. The device can also be used as a home media sharing hub to share storage, printers, and security cameras across the network.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Linksys WRT120N Wireless-N Home Router, Refurbished, for $14.99 after Rebate!.
Offer: The Linksys WRT120N 802.11b/g/n wireless 300Mbps router with four 10/100 ports, refurbished, is just $14.99 after $10 mail in rebate (expiring 9/30/10). Shipping comes out to just $4.96.
Google introduced a new call-out service dubbed "Google Voice" last week and noted that the service is only available for U.S. residents at this time.
However, there is a little 'tweak' that can be made which allows us Australians to make use of it, too. And many of you will want to, especially if you often make calls to the U.S. or Canada, as Google is allowing you to do this for free until the end of this year. You can also use Google Voice to call other international numbers for as low as $0.02c USD per minute.
First of all, you need to sign into GMail. From there make sure your Language setting is adjusted to "English (US)". Once you've done that you should see a "Call Phone" option under your name in the Chat section on the left-hand side of the screen. When you click on that you should be prompted to download and install a browser plug-in after which you should be all suited up for calling.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Zonet and TRENDnet Wireless-N Routers for $19.99 Each with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Newegg has two wireless 802.11b/g/n routers for $19.99 each with FREE shipping. They include four 10/100 ports and a WAN port.
Zonet router with 3 year warranty: ZONET ZSR4154WE 802.11B/G/N WIRELESS ROUTER DEAL
TRENDnet router with 1 year warranty, expiring 8/29/10: TRENDNET TEW-651BR 802.11B/G/N WIRELESS ROUTER DEAL