Good Bye Wi-Fi Sense!
Microsoft has finally disabled its controversial Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10. The feature allowed people to share access to Internet with their Skype and Outlook contacts. In fact, a recent update allows people to share access to their Wi-Fi networks even with their Facebook friends, if so they desire.
According to Microsoft, the feature was removed because it was too expensive to maintain, and it was only used by a small number of people. It may be true, but the reality is that most people were terrified by the possibility of enabling it accidentally.
Wi-Fi Sense wasn’t actually sharing your Wi-Fi password with your contacts, but an encrypted version of it. On the other hand, people have easily managed to decrypt such passwords, and sometimes they even managed to do that using regular smartphones.
From now on, Wi-Fi Sense will only connect to open Wi-Fi hotspots that it knows about through crowdsourcing. It’s a late move indeed, but it’s a good one for all of us. Better late than never!
More info about Wi-Fi Sense can be found in the video below.
Can Google’s Routers Outsmart the Competition?
I know, I know… you can’t keep up with all the technology info and news, but IFTTT has been around for quite some time now! It allows people to create (or borrow) “recipes”, series of instructions that tell certain web services to do something when a particular event takes place.
Want a real life example? How about automatically storing each picture that’s tagged with “family” into your Dropbox account, as soon as you take it? Or receiving an email when your kids log into Facebook? Well, they may not like that, but it’s entirely possible with IFTTT.
Now, all this power is available within Google’s routers as well. I’m pretty sure that other router manufacturers will soon ride this wave, helping us automate lots of boring tasks.
Wave 2 Wi-Fi Brings in Significant Internet Speed Increases
I know what you are thinking when you hear about home routers: cheap devices operating at low speeds. That’s why MIMO was invented, after all! But Linksys has come up with a new technology, intelligently named MU-MIMO (multiple users, multiple inputs, multiple outputs) and it’s already implemented it into its Linksys EA-7500 home/small business router.
It’s the first router that supports the Wave 2 technology – just a marketing gimmick, I know, but early tests show that the technology behind it is really impressive.
Geeky people have used directional +9dbi antennas and RP-SMA extension cables to extend their routers’ range until now, and it looks like beamforming, a much more efficient way of using the router radios, is the next logical step in the process.
So what’s so special this Wave 2 technology? Think about radio waves for a moment: they are emitted in every direction, just like the way a standard lightbulb works. With beamforming, the connected Wi-Fi devices exchange location information, and then the radios adapt their phase and power, optimizing signal strength.
This leads to lower power consumption and higher signal ranges. Early tests show a consistent 200-250% speed increase when it comes to downloads. Yes, beamforming is that good.
And the good news doesn’t stop here! Most modern devices (think 2014 or newer) are already able to make use of beamforming. All you need is a router that supports the new technology.