Entries Tagged as 'WiFi'

Secure T-Mobile Hotspot with MacOSX

tmobilehotspot.jpg While you can securely connect to T-Mobile’s hotspots with a Windows program, you’re pretty much out of luck with MacOSX…. or are you? The real issue is that you transfer your authentication in plain text.
Well no more. If you follow the howto from MacOSXHints and set up your Open Internet Connect and 802.1x authentication the same way as the picture [MacOSXHints], then your authentication path is more secure. This security is only between yourself and the router, and not encrypted. So if you wish to go further, a VPN, or tunnel of some sort would definitely be better than this. This protection is only the first leg of the traffic design, but it’s better than what you would have had.


MarcoPolo is a cool little application for MacOSX that allows you to do automatic location switching. What it does is that it looks at your current connection state and then takes that and saves it into a location. Then it uses profile matching to see if you match up to certain locations based on the connection profiles. If so, then you’re automatically connected to that particular location. Call it educated guessing.


Locamatic makes it just one step easier to use wireless networks. Usually, you have to select a location to fit the wireless network that you’re connected to by default. But why bother? You Locamatic can basically set the correct Location and setup for you dependent on the wireless connection you’re connected to at the time. One less thing to click and one less thing to worry about. Freeware for MacOSX.
CoolOSXApps < Locamatic

Why bad electrosensitivity stories makes me laugh

Disclaimer: since I work in the cellular industry, and have worked as an RF engineer for a number of years… Below is my personal opinion on the whole subject matter of EMR and ES.
I have to laugh some at this article in the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom. It’s not that electrosensitivity is bogus. In actuality, electromagnetic wave radiation is very real and extreme exposure cannot be good for you in my personal opinion. There is even some studies that show that low-level magnetic fields over long time periods can cause DNA damage.
But when people claim WiFi as a source, I just have to smirk. The reason being that if you take an EMF meter to any of the electrical devices, your WiFi should be the least of your concerns (one of my older alarm clocks produce a ghastly amount of EMF). In fact, the article had the sensitive lady claiming that cellular “picture” phones sent messaging to the base station every nine minutes. This is where I almost burst out laughing. SS7 messaging along with paging messages for mobile phones are pretty much always on. It’s how base stations can determine where a phone is to make a connection. If it was messaging every nine minutes, then on a maximum time limit scale, that’s eight whole minutes that you could not receive a call since the base stations had no clue where your mobile was physically. Also, mobile phones have way more radiation since radiation is pretty much due to shielding and power levels. If you’re sending a signal to a base station that is about a mile or so away, it’s definitely going to be more than something that can barely hit 150 feet line-of-sight.
What’s even more interesting is that the older your devices and appliances are, the worse the radiation, especially in FCC’s Part 15. So even though the lady in the article is shielding through wallpaper and special film on the windows, the range of most radiation dissipates pretty quickly with distance. So the amount of exposure is still sourced within the house itself.
Like I said before. It’s not that electrosensitivity isn’t an issue, nor if magnetic fields are bad for you. The point is that she’s not blocking the one thing that she would be around the most and is still irradiating her. If she has a microwave, watch out.
Unfortunately, there is not much out there to link ES to EMR (electromagnetic radiation) medically. But just because there’s no clinical proof, doesn’t mean there isn’t a link. On the other hand, there’s also no need to take to the extremes that this lady has especially when some of the facts are a bit off. Reducing exposure will always give most people the best of both worlds (health and luxury). If you use a cellular phone a lot, then get a bluetooth headset. If you use the microwave a lot, step away from it after you punch in the buttons. There’s plenty of other things traveling through the air (such as VHF waves? FM? AM? ) that also travel through our bodies.
In the end, maybe the lady in the article has a point, even though there are some incorrect facts. But even so, most of civilized society needs to realize that if you start banning WiFi, then you better be ready to give up your mobile phone. If you are not, then don’t be making ridiculous demands that don’t follow logic.

FON pries open Time Warner’s iron fist in partnership deal

Interesting development on the internet front. FON, that has been pushing for users to share their bandwidth with other users has inked a partnership deal with the cable giant, Time Warner. What’s interesting about this development is that the cable companies have always maintained an iron fist over sharing residential Internet. This goes for any of the cable giants.
With this partnership, it’s only a limited set of “sharing” going on since you would have to be signed up with FON also, but it does open up a world of possibilities. We’ve been a FON member since practically inception, but we also bypassed the whole residential ruling since we had business cable.
Via Engadget

Best Buy acquires Speakeasy… small businesses fear all is lost

Speakeasy is one of the premiere ISPs today that grew out of one of the first Internet cafes back in the day. And while they target small businesses, they also keep the same mentality as they did over ten years ago… if you happen to want to share your DSL or wireless, no problem on their end! Or if you have linux, the no sweat.
While the CEO claims that it will continue to operate independently, many customers are voicing their concerns over if the overall management of Best Buy will effect the style of customer service that Speakeasy is known for.
Remember Geek Squad? One has to wonder if they’ll continue to strive for the awesome customer support they’ve had or bow to the will of their parent corporation.
Slashdot < Reuters

Dark Alex releases 3.03-OEC for homebrew PSP

It’s amazing how this one guy is basically revolutionizing the PSP firmware. Sony really should take a hint and use these great moves to make their own official firmware better. In 3.03-OEC, most of the changes seem to be for the popstation functionality along with wifi functionality at 333Mhz, AVC patches for full bitrate, and the ability to delete and show isos correctly the same way that current homebrew games show up on the firmware.
While the ISOs aren’t something that we condone, we really would like to see Sony push for multiple hardware device access to their Sony online market instead of pushing everything through their PS3. We know of plenty of people that just are not going to shell out six Benjamins for the PS3 yet but want to partake on the “PSP only” content (ie. PS1 games).
Is it really that hard? We mean, Dark Alex has already shown the world how it can be done.
Via QJ

Getting sick of my FVG318 issues

I’ve had nonstop issues with a Netgear FVG318. I’m not one to sit on a call for hours trying to resolve network issues, and Netgear’s e-mail support just isn’t doing it for me. Obviously they’re not keeping up with the issues considering their last firmware update was back in August. Don’t forget that this is a brand new spanking business product I bought coming out.
Current issue? Due to whatever reason, the router will lock up and you need to hard-reset it (eg. power cycle). You can barely make a connection from the outside for about a ten to thirty seconds or so, assuming the connection doesn’t fail altogether before. Not enough time to remote login and tell the router to reboot itself. That’s completely ridiculous for a business product, not to mention one where you pay at least a Benjamin for.
I’m sorry, Netgear, but your tech support is trying my customer satisfaction away. If you want to take a hint at good e-mail customer support, look at SixApart. Now that’s email support. They even respond on weekends.
Which brings me to my next thing. If Netgear won’t support my current product, then much as I like their technology from older products and interfacing, I need something that actually works. So here’s the deal. Anyone willing to give me some suggestions to another business type product? I’m looking for something that has Quality of Service, 8 ports, VPN, and wifi all in one. I don’t want to run two devices since that’s what I replaced a bank of Linksys routers with the Netgear for. There’s no point in multiple power bricks.
Outside of that, Netgear, I’d really appreciate it if you fix your current products instead of ignoring them. I’m not against keeping my FVG318 as long as it works. Heck, I actually like the product (if it did work as it should). Anyone have any thoughts?

How to enable WPA access in Debian/Ubuntu

WPA access is usually a pain in the rear if you don’t know how to do compiles for source code. For Debian and Ubuntu distributions, it’s a breeze. Everything has been packaged up and all it takes is a few apt-get commands.
Via DebianAdmin

FCC lays smack down on Massport

FCC is lays down the law after Massport who is in charge of Boston’s Logan airport tried to shut down Continental’s wifi in their customer lounge based on misinterpreted laws and ignoring the FCC ruling on Part 15 devices and how landlords cannot rule on unlicensed spectrum. Since Massport chose to ignore all of that, FCC wrote it out very clearly this time around.
Here’s the FCC documentation on the issue. WiFi Net News has the break down.
WiFiNetNews < FCC