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Korean Air Will Not Implement In-Flight Wi-Fi

In-flight Wi-Fi has become a necessity for many people, and especially for business men and women traveling across the globe. Under these circumstances, you would expect Korean Air to go with the flow and strive to offer its passengers access to the Internet.


The reality is different, though; Koreans simply refuse to implement in-flight Wi-Fi on their fleets. So why did they choose to do that? According to Dante Dionne, an innovation technology officer at Korean Air, passengers expect to have in-flight Internet access speeds that are similar with the ones that they are used to on the ground.

Due to the modern infrastructure, the average Internet speed in Korea can reach 100 Mbps, which is about 10 times faster than what could be achieved with existing commercial satellite technologies. Still, I strongly believe that most of the passengers should be happy to check their emails, update their Facebook profiles or simply browse the Internet at slower speeds, rather than being unable to access it at all.


Pasword-Protected Wi-Fi Networks in Europe

The European Court of Justice recently decided that open Wi-Fi providers are not responsible for copyright violations committed by other people. Still, the Court has decided that the providers should protect their open networks using passwords. This way, people who break the law will be easier to track down.


Right now, free Wi-Fi is quite rare in Germany in comparison with other European countries, for example. The explanation is simple: open Wi-Fi providers are liable – indirectly, of course – for the actions of people who connect to their networks.

Everything started a while ago, when a business owner who was offering free Wi-Fi in his shop got a letter from one of Sony’s lawyers. It looks like one of the free Wi-Fi users was sharing Sony’s music, and the company has asked the business owner to pay the lawyer fees.

The Europeans plan to offer free Wi-Fi across the entire continent by 2020.


New Powerful Wi-Fi Technology Hits the Market

What do you do when your Wi-Fi network behaves poorly, disconnecting your devices several times per day, and when the poor Internet speed reminds you of the old dial-up days? You could fix the problem, at least partially, by adding signal repeaters, high gain antennas and high-quality cables to connect them to the router. Fortunately, the Wi-Fi industry is very active, so new solutions that significantly boost speed see the daylight quite often.

802.11ad is a new wireless standard that uses a much higher frequency in comparison with today’s wireless network standards. While 802.11n and 802.11ac operate using 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies, the new standard operates at 60 GHz. As a direct consequence, the devices are able to handle much more data in comparison with the previous standards.

Due to the ultra-fast speeds, it will be possible to replace cabled connections with 802.11ad routers whenever it is needed, for example.


Believe it or not, TP-Link has already built an 802.11ad router, which is also MU-MIMO capable. Its price is $350, and I think that many enterprise users will be interested in it.


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