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Are Smart Devices Listening to My Conversations?

The widespread deployment of wi-fi has created a reality where smart devices are constantly listening to their user's conversations as well as to the discussions of other people speaking within the vicinity of the smart device. This reality is not immediately apparent to most users of smart devices or the other people in their vicinity. At the same time, there seems to be an implicit contract whereby users of smart devices agree to this monitoring in exchange for all the services that a smart device provides. However, the exact terms of this implicit contract have yet to be clearly defined.

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WLAN Pi v1.8.3

I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient in my job. One of my favorite low-cost tools is the WLAN Pi. This device was introduced to the community by Jerry Olla. It includes many tools for the wireless lan professional. It is a single board computer with a gigabit Ethernet interface that can push almost 900Mbps! This provides a great platform for testing throughput of both wired and wireless networks.

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Wi-Fi Trek 2019 Technical Recap Webinar Slides

As promised, here are the webinar slides from the October 18, 2019 webinar with brief notes on each presentation and links to view the presentation on CWNPTV on YouTube.

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All the Same? (A Guest Blog by Craig Schnarrs)

Survey devices, those engineered specifically for performing wireless site surveys, often use higher quality chipsets than those in access devices (or simply different qualities). The result is varying receive sensitivities for different devices. This guest blog post provides an overview of how to deal with this issue from one wireless expert's perspective.

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BLOG: Wi-Fi in Space

The international space station finally received a Wi-Fi connection in 2010, however connection speeds are still slow due to the long-distance the data transmission has to travel. In order for communication between the ISS and Earth to exist, the data must go to a series of data relay satellites that are 22,000 miles away from Earth. How the ISS is able to communicate with Earth is the subject of the upcoming blog post.

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BLOG: What to Expect from 5G

What to expect from the 5th Generation of wireless technology that has increased connection speeds and decreased latency.

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BLOG: How Exactly is Information Transmitted Wirelessly?

Although the wireless transmission of data is largely taken for granted, when one stops to consider how it actually happens, it does seem magical. There is, of course, a scientific explanation that can be understood by a non-WLAN professional. That explanation is the subject of this blog post.

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VLOG: How Exactly is Information Transmitted Wirelessly?

Although the wireless transmission of data is largely taken for granted, when one stops to consider how it actually happens, it does seem magical. There is, of course, a scientific explanation that can be understood by a non-WLAN professional. That explanation is the subject of the upcoming blog post.

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BLOG: The Art of Wi-Fi Deployment

At the 2018 Wi-Fi Trek conference in San Diego, California, Network Engineer Charles Ahiwe gave anĀ informative presentation on the art of wi-fi deployment. This VLog is a summary of his salient points.

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VLOG: The Art of Wi-Fi Deployment

At the 2018 Wi-Fi Trek conference in San Diego, California, Network Engineer Charles Ahiwe gave anĀ informative presentation on the art of wi-fi deployment. This post is a summary of his salient points.

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