Midnight In The Desert — wifi

Google officially activates Project Loon over Puerto Rico

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Google officially activates Project Loon over Puerto Rico

After receiving FCC approval to use its balloons to restore cellular and LTE service to the people of Puerto Rico, Alphabet wasted no time in deploying Project Loon. On Friday, the company announced that it had successfully partnered with AT&T to restore service to part of the island. “Working with AT&T, Project Loon is now supporting basic communication and internet activities like sending text messages and accessing information online for some people with LTE enabled phones,” Project Loon leader Alastair Westgarth wrote. “This is the first time we have used our new machine learning powered algorithms to keep balloons clustered...

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Wi-fi on rays of light: 100 times faster, and never overloaded

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Wi-fi on rays of light: 100 times faster, and never overloaded

Slow wi-fi is a source of irritation that nearly everyone experiences. Wireless devices in the home consume ever more data, and it’s only growing, and congesting the wi-fi network. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with a surprising solution: a wireless network based on harmless infrared rays. The capacity is not only huge (more than 40Gbit/s per ray) but also there is no need to share since every device gets its own ray of light. This was the subject for which TU/e researcher Joanne Oh received her PhD degree with the ‘cum laude’ distinction last week. The...

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Wi-Fi Terror Network Name Delays Flight for Four Hours

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Wi-Fi Terror Network Name Delays Flight for Four Hours

Someone at the Los Angeles International Airport ruined a plane-full of people's days on Sunday night. They named a Wi-Fi network "Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork," and a passenger about to take off on a 9am flight to London noticed it. The plane didn't take off until 1pm as a result. The plane was taxiing to the runway, when the one passenger reported the suspicious Wi-Fi network, and the airline told passengers that they were being delayed due to some sort of maintenance issue. After they landed, they learned from the local news that said maintenance issue was actually someone trying...

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High-capacity wireless networks using twisted vortex radio waves

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High-capacity wireless networks using twisted vortex radio waves

Researchers at the University of Southern California, building on its previous work on infinity-capacity twisted laser vortex networks, has now adapted its technology to work with boring ol’ radio waves. The previous laser-based technique was only workable over short distances, with minimal atmospheric interference. Twisted radio waves are more rugged and can be reliably transmitted over much larger distances, potentially allowing for wireless networks that can carry much more data than your existing WiFi router — perhaps into the hundreds- or thousands-of-gigabits-per second range. Two and a half years ago, we wrote about a Swedish researcher who — after many...

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Cat used to find unsecured Wi-Fi networks

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Cat used to find unsecured Wi-Fi networks

At this point we should all be setting up basic privacy protection on consumer routers for home Wi-Fi networks, right? Of course not. Maybe we all just feel a little too comfortable with the ubiquitous devices, but you know there’s a problem when Coco, a Siamese cat, can roam around his Washington, D.C., neighborhood and uncover home Wi-Fi networks that are running flimsy encryption or are completely unprotected. OK, so Coco wasn’t doing it all on his own, but that cat knows what's up! Gene Bransfield, a principle security engineer at the consulting firm Tenacity, created a special collar for...

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