WI-FI

SpaceX Starlink Update

CNBC has reported that the SpaceX Starlink internet service is now beta testing and that rural Canadians will have access to this service soon.

This service uses interconnected low earth orbit satellites to provide wi-fi access to individuals who have an outdoor mounted antenna. And although the estimated US$99 monthly fee is rather expensive, this service will give access to smaller communities that are much too remote for regular access.

The initial speed will be 50Mb/s to 150Mb/s, with latencies from 20ms to 40ms. But SpaceX expects to improve its systems further.

The current Federal government is also hastening its high-speed internet expansion plans in response to the pandemic according to CTV News so rural Canadians should hopefully be able to get more reasonable monthly rates in the future.

Get Your Security Updates !

A new Wi-Fi exploit has been discovered and you should update all of your devices a.s.a.p.

That includes anything that uses wi-fi, from your desktop/laptop to tablet/cell phone. And yes, some devices will not be patched immediately so keep trying.

Microsoft has patched their software, from Windows 7 to 10, and Apple is currently working on getting their iOS patches up and running, having already released them for developers. But Android users may need to wait until November 6th, 2017 for an update.

In the case of Linux operating systems and routers, OpenBSD systems have already been patched and patches are available for Debian-based systems. But most of the router manufacturers are working on firmware updates so you’ll need to contact your Internet Provider or Router manufacturer for details on that.

The problem is the KRACK wi-fi vulnerability, which is an issue to anyone that accesses non-secured websites online and doesn’t use a Virtual Private Network to do so. But it should be noted that Android and Linux users are more vulnerable to the exploit than anyone else because most of the other desktop and laptop operating systems are more complex.

The good news is that if you rent a cable modem from your internet provider, it will be updated by your internet provider soon (if it isn’t already updated). And if you don’t use your tablet and phone to browse the net outside your home, you will likely not have an issue.

If you use public wi-fi services in hotels or at your local coffee shop/restaurant, then I would recommend keeping an eye on updates and getting a virtual private network set up on your device to encrypt your internet, including those unencrypted sites you browse on.

By the way, there’s no point in changing your wireless password but you should change your router’s admin password, especially if it’s been left at default. :-/

New Wireless Music Device

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Wi-Fi With Your Double Double ?

Tim Hortons has announced yesterday that it will be introducing free wireless internet access to 90% of their stores by September.

This service will be provided by Bell. Additional details can be found in the July 5th, 2012 press release.

New Tablet Computer From ?

Now that Amazon has rolled out their new Kindle 3G with free WI-FI access, they are now making plans to release their own tablet computer.

According to the Wall Street Journal, they are planning to release a new tablet powered by Google‘s Android operating system by October of this year, with another design on it’s way next year.

The Wall Street Journal‘s unnamed source claimed that it will have a nine inch screen and will be manufactured in Asia. But unlike the iPad it may not have a camera, though I personally suspect next year’s model may have one.

Wireless Reader Includes Free Bell Wi-Fi

Canadian owners of the new Kobo Wireless eReader will be able to access free, unlimited Wi-Fi from Bell at select Starbucks stores across Canada.

The November 25th, 2010 press release states that there are over 800 Bell Wi-Fi Hotspots available. Click here to search for the nearest location and additional information.

Kobo wifi eReader