As temperatures plunged far below zero across Minnesota amid last week’s polar vortex, Xfinity announced Wednesday that it would provide free wireless internet access to anyone within range of thousands of the Comcast-owned company’s Wi-Fi hotspots scattered around its Twin Cities coverage area until Friday, Feb. 1. I decided to test an available hotspot Thursday near my northeast Minneapolis apartment. I found Xfinity’s instructions for taking advantage of the service confusing and inadequate, making it difficult to successfully access a free network. My experience also raised questions about how practical it might be for someone to follow those instructions to log on to a free hotspot while experiencing a true emergency. In fact, the hotspot available near my apartment worked exactly like it would during normal weather, when non-Xfinity customers are prompted to pay for the service after one hour. Those who appeared to follow the company’s instructions … [Read more...] about Xfinity said it would make its Wi-Fi hotspots free during last week’s polar vortex. It wasn’t that simple.
By Melia Russell Updated 4:00 am PST, Sunday, February 3, 2019 Justin De Los Santos (left) and Shakari Sanchez work in the computer lab at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Justin De Los Santos (left) and Shakari Sanchez work in the computer lab at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Justin De Los Santos (left) and Shakari Sanchez work in the computer lab at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Justin De Los Santos (left) and Shakari Sanchez work in the computer lab at Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Buy … [Read more...] about Smartphones are a lifeline for the young homeless. If only they had Wi-Fi
James Brains, provided by Published 4:58 pm CST, Monday, January 28, 2019 TheInsider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Mercku A high-quality Wi-Fi router provides coverage for your entire house, handles the needs of several devices, and offers effective parental controls. I like the Mercku M2 Wi-Fi Router because it reaches all of the far-off corners of my big old house, I was able to stream video on nine devices at once, and setup was a snap. Though it features a mid-range price (currently $109 on Amazon), it comes with an intuitive app and a one-year warranty. With the many excellent and affordable Wi-Fi router options available, there is no reason anyone should have to suffer through dead spots, outages, or several devices battling for bandwidth. Today's routers are designed to handle the loads of Information Age families. Below, we take a look at … [Read more...] about This $110 Wi-Fi router is a great mid-range solution that takes care of the dead spots in my home office
By David Pierce WSJ Sun., Jan. 27, 2019 Wireless internet changed our lives, making it possible to do so much more in so many places—around the home or office, or even way out in the wilderness. Yet you likely never think about it, so long as it’s working. It’s like oxygen: You take it for granted until it’s gone—and panic sets in. The people developing and implementing standards for wireless internet for years have had the same goal: to make connections faster, while using less power. Now they’re faced with a different dilemma. We’re on the cusp of an unprecedented explosion in the number of devices coming online—billions of smart-home sensors, industrial devices and artificially intelligent computers. The systems we have now simply weren’t built to handle the sheer volume. In the next couple of years, big changes are coming to all the wireless connections near you. Next-generation Wi-Fi, called Wi-Fi 6; a more … [Read more...] about From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to 5G, All Your Wireless Is About to Change
James Brains, provided by Published 7:28 am CST, Thursday, January 17, 2019 The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Amazon There are hundreds of high-quality routers on the market, and if you are using a model that was supplied by your internet service provider, you are missing out. When you get down to the nuts and bolts of the Linksys Max Stream EA7500, it is packed full of features that allow you to use several devices running high-bandwidth applications. I especially like that the Linksys app gives you control over which devices get priority, when devices can access the internet, which websites they can access, and managing passwords. Though it isn’t the cheapest on the market, the Max Stream EA7500 has a mid-range price (currently $139.99 on Amazon) while providing high-end features. If you are reading this, chances are you are having … [Read more...] about I no longer have to worry about my Wi-Fi speeds now that I have this blazing-fast $140 router