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Wi-FM uses local radio stations to improve Internet speeds

Wi-Fi connections are great when they work quickly and efficiently, but when they suddenly slow down inexplicably it can be very frustrating. Surprisingly, this isn't usually caused by a slow connection from your ISP, rather it occurs when two physically close Wi-Fi connections interfere with each other. Now researchers from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University have come up with a simple way to prevent this – and improve Wi-Fi speeds – by using Frequency Modulation (FM) and a smart time-sharing system that maximizes data throughput.

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— Computers

Kudoso kids can only get online after the chores are done

Parents have been able to set controls on TVs and set-top boxes for a while now, whether to try and encourage a more active lifestyle from their offspring, or just to get the kids to tidy up, do homework or even read a book. In today's connected world, a good many youngsters get their entertainment and social gratification online – and spend numerous hours glued to a computer, tablet or smartphone screen. Many smart devices come with some form of parental control, but setting up and managing blacklists across multiple gadgets can be a little overwhelming. The Kudoso system controls internet access at the router, and kids only get to play when a checklist of parent-created tasks is complete. Read More
— Telecommunications

First 802.11ac routers emerge promising faster WiFi at greater range

With wireless home networks becoming increasingly crowded as more and more mobile devices appear under our roofs jostling for bandwidth, many will be pleased to see the upcoming 802.11ac WiFi standard stepping out from the planning meetings and laboratories and into the real world. Both Netgear and Belkin have announced plans to release dual-band routers supporting the new 5G WiFi standard that will boast speeds of up to 1,300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band and 450 Mbps on 2.4 GHz. Read More
— Computers

IOGEAR Sharing Station provides access to USB devices over WiFi

WiFi and USB have both become inexpensive and ubiquitous connectivity solutions, so the idea of exploiting them both at the same time a single device makes sense. IOGEAR's latest take on the theme is its Wireless 4-Port USB Sharing Station, which allows up to four USB peripherals (external storage, camera, printer, etc.) to be shared over a WiFi network and in the process provides a recipe for an uncluttered desktop environment. Read More
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