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How to Use Your Smartphone to Diagnose Bad Wi-Fi How to Use Your Smartphone to Diagnose Bad Wi-Fi

Bad wi-fi got you down? You’ve got a host of hardware options that can help you out, from mesh routers to Wi-Fi repeaters, but before you upgrade any set up, do some detective work—with some carefully chosen apps you can work out where your wi-fi network is failing and come up with better possible solutions.

The Future of Wireless Everything The Future of Wireless Everything

Almost 15 years ago, I bought an issue of Wired in an airport and read it on an airplane bound for San Francisco. In the magazine, a bright-eyed Chris Anderson described an emerging technology called wireless fidelity (or wi-fi, for short), and I simply didn’t believe it. The internet, in the air? Maybe in 15 years, I…

The History of Wireless Everything The History of Wireless Everything

Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centerpiece of a real-life mad scientist’s laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts,…

Don't Panic, But Wi-Fi's Main Security Protocol Has Been Broken Don't Panic, But Wi-Fi's Main Security Protocol Has Been Broken

A major vulnerability has been discovered in the protocol governing basically all modern wi-fi routers. Here’s what we know so far.

Wi-Fi Signals May One Day Be Used to Tell If You’re Dreaming Wi-Fi Signals May One Day Be Used to Tell If You’re Dreaming

Researchers from MIT have developed a wireless, artificially intelligent sensor that can detect the various stages of sleep, including rapid eye movement—the sleep stage associated with dreaming. The non-invasive system could change the way clinicians diagnose sleep disorders and other health complications.

22,000 People Agree to Clean Toilets for WiFi Because They Didn't Read the Terms 22,000 People Agree to Clean Toilets for WiFi Because They Didn't Read the Terms

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, listed his top worries for the future of his creation earlier this year. One of his biggest concerns is the increasingly dense terms of service agreements that companies ask users to sign. Now, a public WiFi company has demonstrated just how dangerous those…

Leaked Manual Reveals How CIA Can Track Windows Users by Gauging Wi-Fi Signal  Leaked Manual Reveals How CIA Can Track Windows Users by Gauging Wi-Fi Signal 

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks released the latest issue in its ongoing Vault 7 series—a trove of secret or otherwise classified US Central Intelligence Agency files from 2013 to 2016 describing previously undisclosed malware and viruses.

How to Find Free and Safe Public Wi-Fi How to Find Free and Safe Public Wi-Fi

Venture out beyond the reach of your safe, familiar home wi-fi network and getting online can sometimes be a challenge. Here’s how to seek out the strongest and most well-protected wireless networks in the terrifying cold of the real world.

The New Eero Wi-Fi Routers Bring Glorious Minimalism to Mesh Networking The New Eero Wi-Fi Routers Bring Glorious Minimalism to Mesh Networking

Eero knocked our socks off last year, when the small startup proved that wi-fi routers didn’t need to be ugly, impossible-to-use gadgets. And now, with its second generation of mesh-networking devices, Eero looks like they’ve changed the game again. Not only are the new Eeros faster. They’re friggin’ tiny!

Scientists Are Turning WiFi Routers Into Creepy Radar Cameras Scientists Are Turning WiFi Routers Into Creepy Radar Cameras

Your WiFi router is probably sitting passively in some corner of your room, beaming out invisible light (and the internet). But it’s also sending information on all the stuff the light passes through and around. It’s essentially carrying a holographic image of the room with it.

How Is it Possible to Screw Up a Sonos Clone This Badly How Is it Possible to Screw Up a Sonos Clone This Badly

I have this vision of waking up in the morning, and pressing a button that plays music everywhere in my house. Sonos was the original pioneer that built a speaker system to get this multiroom job done, and it remains the best option for a number of reasons: The $200 starting price point is reasonable, the system…

How to Not Waste Data When Using Your Phone as a Hotspot How to Not Waste Data When Using Your Phone as a Hotspot

If your device, your carrier, and your data plan allows it, you can turn your mobile phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot to get your laptop online. But just because it’s a hotspot doesn’t mean the rules of data uses don’t apply. You’ll still want to keep data usage down to a minimum. Here’s how you can enjoy all the perks of a…

Portal Is Like an HOV Lane For Your Home Wi-Fi Portal Is Like an HOV Lane For Your Home Wi-Fi

The past few years have seen a deluge of Wi-Fi router innovation, but the Portal wifi router includes a key feature that’s basically unheard of in consumer technology.

How to Get on the Internet When Your Internet is Down How to Get on the Internet When Your Internet is Down

Whether it’s a winter storm on the East Coast, or tornadoes in middle America, or just some simple rain in California, sometimes your power goes out and takes your internet with you. Any way you look at it, when the internet is down your life is effectively on hold until it’s back up again.

Save $30 On the Best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers Money Can Buy Save $30 On the Best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers Money Can Buy

If you take your Wi-Fi seriously, and can’t abide dead spots, NETGEAR’s Orbi mesh routers are some of the best you can buy according to Gizmodo and The Wirecutter, and the two-pack has never been cheaper.

Leaked Sonos PlayBase Actually Has a Chance of Not Sucking Leaked Sonos PlayBase Actually Has a Chance of Not Sucking

Sonos is getting ready to expand its home theater lineup, according to multiple leaks that surfaced in the past few days. Photos of a new Sonos product called the “PlayBase” speaker have been featured in a B&H Listing, several tweets, and FCC listing. Base speakers of this kind—which sit directly under a TV—have…

How to Pick the Right Router to Save Your Internet How to Pick the Right Router to Save Your Internet

Your wi-fi is bad. Not the internet itself. Your internet is fine. It’s your wi-fi that leaves you weeping as it cuts off the minute you try to browse from the toilet, or walk down the stairs, or lean just one particular way on your bed. Some part of you has known, for a while, that you need to upgrade your router so…

Stretch Your Wi-Fi To The Limit With This $30 Range Extender Stretch Your Wi-Fi To The Limit With This $30 Range Extender

Wi-Fi range extenders can’t work miracles, but if there’s one spot in your house with spotty coverage, they can be a much cheaper solution than buying a new router. So at $30, why not give this one a try? That’s about $10 less than usual, and the best price Amazon’s listed since Black Friday.

5 Easy Ways to Secure Your Home's Wi-Fi 5 Easy Ways to Secure Your Home's Wi-Fi

Your home wi-fi network might be a glorious model of high-speed, rock-solid internet connectivity, but is it safe? Even after you’ve got all of your various computers and devices hooked up, you still need to make sure the network’s secured against unwelcome visitors, and here’s exactly how to make sure it happens.

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