Broadcom / Netgear's 802.11ac Event (Gigabit Wifi)
May 17, 2012
Earlier this week Broadcom and Netgear had a joint release event for their new 802.11ac “Gigabit” WiFi equipment. Broadcom is providing the chipsets while Netgear is providing the “finished product” which included the R6300 router, R6200 router, and the A6200 USB WiFi adapter (dongle). So far these three items are the only 802.11ac products available, but the presenters mentioned that they expected to see a shift from 802.11n to .11ac over the next 6-9 months with a lot of equipment available by the end of 2013. I suspect they also know of additional products in the pipeline that we haven’t heard of yet.
How to: Disassembling (and reassembling) the Globalscale DreamPlug
November 3, 2011
The DreamPlugAt work we received a couple of Globalscale DreamPlug (Model: 003-DS2001) units for a research project of mine. These are nifty little plug based computers with an impressive array of features for their form factor, including: 1.2 GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, onboard 4GB MicroSD, Dual Gigabit NIC, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and bluetooth. Of course, as soon as I got the device in, I decided to take it apart (officially so I could check the MicroSD card replacability, if anyone at work asks). I took pictures of the process, so here’s the guide!
Happy Wi-Fi Day!
August 2, 2011
Today is August 2nd, 2011 or 8/02/11. Written another way… 802.11 which you might recognize as the wireless standard, e.g. 802.11a/b/g/n. As someone who uses wireless at home, work, and while traveling, I am happy to offer a day of celebration to the wireless standard which has been so helpful to me, both personally and professionally. Go forth and rejoice in our sea of non-ionizing radiation!
Prevalence of Free Wi-Fi
July 26, 2011
Recently, I went through several airports (RNO, SLC, ATL, MSP, and YUL) and became indignant when a couple of them (ATL and MSP) required a payment in order to utilize their Wi-Fi. In retrospect, I realize that I really shouldn’t feel that way, but it is hard not to, given the preponderance of free WiFi.
Prevalence of Free Wifi
September 27, 2010
These days, traveling is really quite easy. Sure security is a bit of a hassle, but once you get through that, you generally have access to a plethora of food/snack options and possibly more importantly (especially for business travelers/techies), free WiFi.
A day with the iPad
September 17, 2010
Recently, I decided to challenge myself and actually use OSX (for a daily machine) and an iPad (because it was there). Part of this was to increase my familiarity with the devices and partially because my workplace runs basically all Mac. I was going to have to get used to them sooner or later, and sooner made sense since I had to support them. Anyways, at the same time I picked up one of the spare iPads to play with. The first time I had the iPad I futzed with it for a day or two then returned it. I borrowed it again and this time I’m trying to seriously use it.
The Kindle 3 Has Arrived!
August 27, 2010
Yesterday, much to my glee, the new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6” Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally - Latest Generation">Kindle 3 arrived. With the Kindle 3, comes the new option of getting the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Wireless-Reader-Wifi-Graphite/dp/B002Y27P3M/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6” Display, Graphite - Latest Generation">Wifi only version or a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Display-Graphite-Globally/dp/B002FQJT3Q/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6” Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally - Latest Generation">Wifi+3G version. As I do love my ability to buy books ANYWHERE (like when you are standing in line to board a plane), I bought the Wifi+3G version (in Graphite). In case it wasn’t already abundantly obvious, I’m very excited about this unit. I’ll admit, I’m a Kindle fanboy. After receiving and playing with it, I’m even more impressed. Unlike the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Reading-Graphite-Globally-Generation/dp/B002GYWHSQ/?void=fidelis” title=”[amazon] Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 9.7” Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally – Latest Generation">Kindle DX, I know this one won’t be returned to Amazon. I’ve had more than enough time to get a good idea of how the Kindle 3 works, and how it compares to the Kindle 2, so I thought it was time to share.
When QA Fails... Miserably
March 4, 2008
At the office we use Symantec anti-virus. Recently we upgraded to Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 which includes Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Proactive Threat Protection and lastly… Network Threat Protection. The reason why I single out that last component is because it contains MASSIVE amounts of failure — or lack of QA work. This last week I finally managed to convince one of our off site workers to upgrade Symantec. Shortly there after I was told that they could no longer connect to their Wireless Access Point.