Category Archives: Research

Wireless Networking Kit Sales On The Up

As any wardriver could tell you, the sales of wireless networking gear is on the rise. $639 million dollars worth of gear was sold in the first quarter of 2006 alone. WiMax also is on the rise, with sales expected to top 1.7 Billion by 2009. That’s alot of gear. Via []Continue Reading

Rise In City Wireless Networks Raises Security Fears

Once again, RSA security took a wardrive through downtown London and found open access points belonging to businesses. This is the 5th year they have done this survey and the number of detected networks went from 1,751 to 2,747 with 26 percent wide open. Still not a very complete survey, but it certainly mirrors statisticsContinue Reading

UK Sales Of Wi-Fi Equipment Soar

The growing demand for Wi-Fi technology led to a dramatic rise in sales of Wi-FI equipment in the U.K. over the past year. According to a new study by analyst firm GfK, sales of wireless routers totaled £24 million, or an increase of 108 percent from the first quarter of 2005 to the same periodContinue Reading

WiMAX Poised For Big Growth, Says Research Firm

With an expected compound annual growth rate of more than 268 percent, the WiMAX market is taking the lead in the mobile wireless race. According to market research analyst firm Semico Research Corp., WiMAX is “poised to do for broadband what cellular has done for phones — make broadband mobile.” Investors such as Intel andContinue Reading

WiFi Tracking Will Grow Fast, Says Analyst

You can run, but you can’t hide. WiFi location tracking devices, whether external asset tags or embedded WiFi, use WiFi access points to determine the location of items such as laptops, scanners and phones. Interest in WiFi location tracking applications is growing, and is especially high for healthcare items such as wheelchairs and patient monitoringContinue Reading

Wireless Cafes Are Soft Target For Thieves

Most people tend to be very cautious with high ticket items, however when it comes to laptops, people don’t seem to be very cautious. People have no problem setting a highly portable $2500 laptop down on a table in a public setting. San Francisco seems to be experiencing a rash of laptop thefts from freeContinue Reading

Report: WiMAX Market To Reach $53B By 2011

WiMax looks to be getting big. Really big. Market research firm Telcomview expects the WiMax market to hit $53 Billion by 2011. Presumably alot of that will come from everyone having to buy new handsets and network cards to take advantage of it. Via []Continue Reading

Report Finds Friendlier WiFi Security Needed

We all know that WiFi security sucks. Well, who’s to blame. It’s hard to blame users when manufacturers don’t make it very easy to setup thier equipment with security. This is why many people end up turning off the security and leaving it open. It’s easy and once it’s working, it keeps working without worryingContinue Reading

WiFi Suppliers Try To Avoid Big Squeeze

The market for wireless devices is high, however profits are down because the per unit cost is falling. Manufacturers are scrambling to find ways to prop up sales of thier products. One way seems to be the ‘ala carte’ method of a modular wireless network where the customer only buys what they need and canContinue Reading

Survey: Travelling Wi-Fi Users Stay Online

A new study from Research and Markets finds that 60 percent of Wi-Fi users plan their travel with Wi-Fi availability as a consideration. Via []Continue Reading

Study: WiMAX To Control Broadband Wireless

A new study from Senza Fili says WiMAX soon will dominate the fixed broadband wireless market, but its future in mobile isn’t as clear. Via []Continue Reading

Gartner Urges 802.11n Wi-Fi Restraint

Companies should stay away from next-generation Wi-Fi equipment described as 802.11n compliant, Gartner has warned. Via []Continue Reading

London Loses Top Wi-Fi Status

London has lost its place as the city with the most Wi-Fi hotspots, according to a recent survey. Via []Continue Reading

Survey Shows Wi-Fi Not Just A Business Tool Anymore

“WiFi use has spread dramatically in recent years, and WiFi is now in more than 100 thousand hotspots and millions of homes worldwide,” said Frank Hanzlik, managing director of the WiFi Alliance. “It’s not surprising to see that people like to be connected, both for work and for entertainment purposes, when they travel.” Via []Continue Reading

Next-gen Wi-Fi Could Appear By Late ’06

The pieces are falling into place for the next-generation 802.11n Wi-Fi standard to be ratified and chipsets could appear by the end of 2006, according to a study by ABI Research. Via []Continue Reading