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Cisco Aeronet 1140 Wireless N Access Point

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Cisco stands ready as more and more corporations seriously consider wireless access points into their network infrastructure.  As the horribly insecure WEP security protocol hurries toward the way of the dodo bird, other better security protocols fill the gap.  Security, reliability, implementation, and cost are making companies reconsider the wireless option.

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Reveal Wifi Thieves

By | Hacking, Security, Wireless | No Comments

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Wifi has really exploded.  Doing away with the wires is a really liberating experience.  Unfortunately, that freedom has come with a price.  Hopefully, you are NOT one of many people running an open wireless.  What I mean is, for the love of all that’s decent, please don’t tell me you have no encryption on your wireless signal!  That would be tantamount to allowing anyone and everyone into your private affairs.  And please don’t tell me you are stilll using WEP.  WEP is really insecure and can be cracked (even at high ecryption bits) very quickly.  I know because I’ve done it.  If you don’t encrypt your signal, you can still utilize the following tool – but please just enable encryption first.  That will go a long way to helping your issues.  But let’s say that your wireless signal seems to be crawling or slowed down a ton.  Maybe, just maybe, you have a wifi moocher on your hands.  Well, it just so happens that we can find out where those moochers are hiding!

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Stan Skafidis Gifi 5Gbps

By | Industry News, Wireless | One Comment

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So, is there a catch?  Sure, there’s a catch – it’s for short distances of under 33 feet.  But the trade off is a very fast connection which is very cheap to manufacture.

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Wireless USB

By | Emerging Technology, Gizmos and Gadget, Wireless | One Comment

USB HubYou fans of wireless devices, whether it be Bluetooth or WiFi, will absolutely LOVE this one. Wireless USB gadgets have been rather busy getting ready to finally eliminate that tangle of wires connecting your PC to everything from a mouse to a digital turntable. You see, Wireless USB has been plagued by delays and, in part, a battle between two of the main purveyors of the technology. The WiMedia Alliance and the UWB Forum, led by Freescale, have been volleying back and forth on how the industrial implementation of UWB (also known as “ultrawideband”) will work with wide varieties of Wireless USB gadgets. The UWB technology will allow wireless devices to exchange data at 480 megabits a second at a range of 3 meters, with the speed tapering off as you approach the range limit of 10 meters. I don’t know how they plan on transferring enough power to completely charge your iPod over that distance, so there’s obviously limitations to this technology. And that’s nothing to say about how many people are more than ticked the USB Promoters Group has killed any more improvements to the Wired USB project (see #11 at the bottom). As of 2006, Wireless USB will now be the future…

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Microsoft’s Top Ultra Classified Secret Super Stylish Computer Thing

By | Displays, Gizmos and Gadget, Wireless | One Comment

Microsoft has made public it’s new platform that has been in the works for the past few years. Details are scarce, but apparently it works on the same principles that occur in the “Perceptive Pixels” post I authored around a month or two ago. It’s a touch-screen, two-way communicating, interactive, Media Center-emulating PC platform. In a change in strategies, Microsoft is making this hardware to sell, as it seems that they’re going to be delivering a new, innovative piece of tech here with the device, codenamed ‘Milan‘. Features and a video in a second…

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Internet Access Provider

By | Tutorials, Wireless | No Comments

This is another way to say, what is your Internet Service Provider, or ISP. An internet access provider is a company that allows you access to the internet network. Maybe you still don’t understand the role of an internet access provider. As usual, the best way to describe an abstract concept is through the use of a concrete one. Let’s say that you want some information about a certain kind of treasure hunting. The only problem is that this is specialized knowledge. The great thing is that there is a group of folks who gather every month to talk about this exact topic. The problem is that the only way you can get into the group is by a friend of one of the members. You find out that your friend Bob knows someone in the group. Bob agrees to hook you up with their network of friends. Now you can tap into their knowledge at will. So, in this crude analogy, Bob is the internet access provider. He is the bridge to tapping into that larger network. This is kind of like how they function in real life. And in exchange for that access, you pay a monthly bill.

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1 Mile Bluetooth

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1 Mile Blue ToothI had read up on adding a high gain antenna to my linksys bluetooth device – I just hadn’t done it yet. So, this weekend I took the plunge and hoped I wouldn’t kill the little, blue fella. It worked like a charm. Read More

Unique RFID uses

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Katrina TombsMorticians who are gathering bodies from hurricane Katrina have been using RFID chips to track victims. This has been helping speed recovery and identification of the bodies. This has allowed morticians to match the victims up with their families sooner, ending a long, dark chapter in familys’ lives. Katrina casket Read More

Smart Vanity Plates?

By | Emerging Technology, Wireless | 6 Comments

Smart PlatesAccenture is trying to get RFID into license plates commercially in the states. They are testing their concept on their own parking needs. The plates have a 100% accuracy rate when scanned at speeds under 31mph and within 3 feet to 20 yards. They are currently keeping track of employees parking fees using the systems. If license plates are removed from the car, they shatter. Another company, Hills Numberplates ltd., is trying their product in the UK. They cite potential uses like:
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