Stories by Eric Geier

  • What's next for Wi-Fi? A second wave of 802.11ac devices, and then: 802.11ax

    By Eric Geier | 07 July, 2014 23:06

    Now that blazing-fast routers based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard are finally entering the mainstream, intrepid engineers are busily cooking up all-new hardware that will make that gear's performance seem quaint by comparison.

  • 6 free network vulnerability scanners

    By Eric Geier | 29 April, 2014 22:16

    Though you may know and follow basic security measures on your own when installing and managing your network and websites, you'll never be able to keep up with and catch all the vulnerabilities by yourself.

  • 8 ways to improve wired network security

    By Eric Geier | 17 March, 2014 11:59

    We sometimes focus more on the wireless side of the network when it comes to security because Wi-Fi has no physical fences. After all, a war-driver can detect your SSID and launch an attack while sitting out in the parking lot.

  • Free tools for Windows Server admins

    By Eric Geier | 24 February, 2014 11:51

    There are endless software tools and utilities out there to help you in managing your network. Here are some of the best free ones. They can help you with deploying, maintaining, troubleshooting, and upgrading Window Servers, your domain, and aid with other miscellaneous network tasks.

  • In Pictures: Macbook Pro delivers blazing speed in Gigabit Wi-Fi test

    By Eric Geier | 28 January, 2014 11:15

    All five tested products validate the superior throughput of 802.11ac

  • How to rescue your PC from ransomware

    By Eric Geier | 13 January, 2014 14:15

    With the nasty CryptoLocker malware making the rounds--encrypting its victims' files, and then refusing to provide the unlock key unless a payment of $300 is made via Bitcoin or a prepaid cash voucher--ransomware is back in the spotlight.

  • All about beamforming, the faster Wi-Fi you didn't know you needed

    By Eric Geier | 08 November, 2013 14:17

    Beamforming is one of those concepts that seem so simple that you wonder why no one thought of it before. Instead of broadcasting a signal to a wide area, hoping to reach your target, why not concentrate the signal and aim it directly at the target?

  • In Pictures: Windows 8.1 networking cheat sheet

    By Eric Geier | 30 October, 2013 08:42

    Whether you’re in IT or an average end user, here’s what you need to know about the changes and new features.

  • Super-fast Wi-Fi: Cisco, Ubiquiti access points top out at nearly 400Mbps

    By Eric Geier | 16 September, 2013 10:35

    Earlier this year we tested several consumer-level 802.11ac routers. Here, we take a look at two enterprise-level access points. They're a part of the so-called "Wave 1" phase of the 802.11ac standard: both access points support up to three spatial streams and 80 MHz wide channels, offering theoretical data rates up to 1.3Gbps. But just as we saw with the 802.11ac routers, you won't get throughput rates nearly that fast.

  • New Kaspersky products pack better whitelisting and ransomware rescue features

    By Eric Geier | 13 August, 2013 16:58

    Kaspersky Lab has launched its 2014 versions of Kaspersky Anti-Virus ($US59.95) and Kaspersky Internet Security ($US79.95). Pricing varies upon the length of protection and how many PCs you want to protect; those listed here include one year for up to three PCs. If you're a current customer you may upgrade from the 2013 products free of charge.

  • 8 essential features you need in a business router

    By Eric Geier | 17 May, 2013 15:56

    A router is the heart of your network, so it deserves to be chosen carefully. Any router will share your Internet connection amongst your computers and other networkable devices (smartphones, tablets, and so on), but better models provide features that will enhance your network and its performance. Whether you're seeking a business- or consumer-class router, here are the eight most essential features to look for.

  • Hot hotspot gateways

    By Eric Geier | 01 April, 2013 14:10

    Offering Wi-Fi can be a good way to increase return customers and boost revenue in retail stores, hotels, cafes, etc. And it provides convenience for contractors and associates working in corporate offices and conference rooms. Though visitors might have 4G mobile devices or laptops, Wi-Fi can provide a faster, higher quality connection.

  • In Pictures: Android smartphone tools to keep your Wi-Fi network humming

    By Eric Geier | 12 February, 2013 08:45

    Ekahau offers most comprehensive set of Wi-Fi site survey features in three-product test

  • Smartphone tools to keep your Wi-Fi network humming

    By Eric Geier | 11 February, 2013 14:58

    In the early days of Wi-Fi, site surveys were fairly basic and involved running around with a laptop looking at simple signal levels. The next step was mapped-based tools that provided a good visual of Wi-Fi coverage, but still involved carrying a bulky laptop around.

  • Review: Best tools to set up secure Wi-Fi for BYOD

    By Eric Geier | 12 November, 2012 15:00

    Deploying the enterprise mode of Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) with 802.1X authentication provides great Wi-Fi security, but complicates the client configuration and connection process. In bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments, this can cause user frustration and a spike in help desk calls. The solution is to deploy an automated configuration process so users can easily connect their devices without invention from IT staff.

 

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