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Wireless speaker for Windows® launched

Oregon-based Aperion Audio has announced the launch of a wireless speaker that allows Windows-using music fans to listen to their favorite track from anywhere where there is a home network connection.

How it functions?

Named ARIS wireless speaker, the unit is developed to work with Windows 7’s ‘Play To’ feature that makes it easy to stream content from a PC over a home network. ARIS uses the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) protocol, which is supported on many new HDTVs and Blu-ray players. Once connected to a home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, the unit will show up as a device on a networked PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Featuring a single-piece brushed aluminum enclosure, the ARIS measures 6.5 inches high, 6.5 inches deep, and 14.75 inches wide, and weighs in at 11.3 lbs. The ARIS wireless speaker for Windows is priced at US $499 and is scheduled to ship mid-June 2012. Pre-orders are presently being taken on the company website.

Alcatel-Lucent shrinks cell tower technology

Alcatel-Lucent will introduce new technology for wireless carriers to expand their network. The new technology is a new cell phone antenna system that puts together the technology in a small box, which can be mounted even on a lamp post. The Light Radio system from Alcatel Lucent will be ready for the trial of the carriers this year, allowing carriers to set up new cell sites faster and economically. The cell phone tower technology being shrunk fits more easily the budgets of the carriers. It is economically more viable to use a cell site which comes with an antenna.

The data processed, is expected to rise by 26 times of what it is now, by 2015, as per the reports from Cisco, on their forecast on the index for visual forecasting, conducted each year by them. Alcatel–Lucent has potentially changed the structure of the cellular network by reducing greenhouse emissions and bringing mobile broadband into new areas. Called Light Radio, the technology was showcased in London by Alcatel–Lucent’s partners Freescale and HP. It reduces the size of the technology from a filing cabinet to a small box. Apart from helping the industry reduces costs it would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The way the carriers are gearing up for the increase in data is by adding more possible capacity to their networks to carry the traffic from radio towers to the Internet. The industry cannot provide more spectrum to carriers since there are limits to the amount of mobile data that can be transmitted on a given spectrum. One way that they can use to mobilize more spectrum is by deploying more cell sites in smaller sized area. Many carriers have already started using smaller sized cell sites and are also providing more bandwidth, for example providing personal cell sites for the home or business. To improve the indoor wireless coverage, cell sites are connected to a broadband connection to give leverage.

However, this task involves using new cell towers, which is expensive and not always feasible. This is where the Light Radio technology comes in from Alcatel-Lucent. It allows carriers to deploy smaller cell sites at less operational costs. They start with replacing larger towers with smaller cell sites. This way the carrier expenses on cell sites are cut to a bare minimum. Also, the connectivity provided to users is on broadband using cloud computing.

Therefore, with the Light Radio system, it is possible to create economies of scale; the antennas used are software configurable and reusable equipment even in the event of changing technologies like 2G, 3G, 4G etc., accessible from the same point of dispersion. This development will bring a change where carriers have to deploy and change hardware with every change in technology. The cell tower technology has been shrunk to fit the budgets of carriers and it is a major breakthrough in the technology of cell sites.

Qualcomm and Microsoft Head Towards Innovation After Joining Hands

Qualcomm is one of the biggest venture investment groups that came in the market in the year of 2000. The company had the initial allocation of $500 millions. The main focus of the company is to support the 3G and wireless internet market. They are the leader in the next generation mobile technology and they have been in the system for over a decade supporting to innovations and development of wireless communication which helps to connect people with more close information. Now, in the same fashion, Qualcomm is joining hands with Microsoft to spread the same business standards and technologies in the Indian market. Microsoft is another big organization which has been providing software products and solution for over three decades now. Now, these two big giants in their respective fields are coming together to support innovation in 3G and wireless technology development.

In recent time, Qualcomm has announced that their association with Microsoft will try to identify the opportunities of investment in the startup companies which is catering to wireless technologies in India.

The actual brand name is QPrize which is Qualcomm’s second largest investment company for international ventures.  It is mainly designed to promote new and energetic entrepreneurs who wants to bring innovation and new business ideas but are short of resources. The concept is all about recognizing the potential and awarding them with financial and all other resources to implement ideas and innovation. Anyone, above the age of 18 years, is an eligible candidate to get this award.

Microsoft is joining hands with the QPrize with its BizPark programs. BizPark is an international venture of Microsoft’s which is to support startup organizations and provides them complete access to all the Microsoft software development tools. The BizPark program also helps startup organizations to make connections with key industry, which includes investors. The program also helps them to create their market visibility and make their presence in the international market. Any person with potential to perform and substantial business idea can join the program where he/she can build the network with global business leaders.

The director of Qualcomm Ventures India Investment, Karthee Madasamy, told that the QPrize is aimed to provide full support to India’s mobile ecosystem development which further enables startup companies to provide solution which identifies unique needs in the Indian market.

He also told the Microsoft’s support will help to get the maximum exposure to the global investor and it will bring more performance driven ideas for the program.

This news is a boon for all the startup organizations in India who are currently underperforming with so many factors like lack of resources, lack of global marketing , financial stability etc. The venture can lift the moral of new age entrepreneurs by providing them all the resources they require to implement their ideas.

How to Set up a Wireless Network

Nowadays setting up a wireless network within home/small organizations have become the preference of almost all the people. The reason behind this likings is wireless network allow them flexibility to work on their laptops in their comfortable place/position within the range of the wireless network. It also cut cost any less messy as compared to wired networks. But only likings is not enough, coz apart from flexibility issue it can be dangerous from the security point of view. If one does not setup a wireless network properly then it can be misused. So it’s really very essential for the user to understand certain facts before going to implement wireless network within its home or organization. Understand properly the concepts of wireless networking and benefits of using wireless network, its flexibility and how it can help you to cut-cost with increase in production. Evaluate your business activities as well as network usage to identify the maximum possible areas that can get benefited from wireless connectivity and then plan for integrating wireless connectivity into your wired infrastructure if your evaluation shows that you will be benefitted.

This article will teach you how to setup a wireless network but before going ahead one must be familiar with the simple basic concepts of networking like-wireless router, setting up a wireless router etc, if not you need not have to worry, this article you sort out your problem. And coming to the security point of view if not set properly it might be hazardous. So proper security measures (like-setting up the firewall, updated internet security should be installed and security measures) should be taken before implementing a wireless network.

There may be various scenarios for a wireless home/organization networks (like-you already have a modem and wireless router or you might not have). Router converts the signals coming across your Internet connection into a wireless broadcast. In this tutorial we will assume that you have a broadband connection which will include a cable/DSL modem but not a router, and that your desktop PC is directly plugged into your modem. To be on safer side, it’s a good practice to keep your desktop PC wired in your network configuration. It will work as a backup to the network. There may be situations sometimes where you lose your security settings and you can’t enter the network. In this situation the wired desktop PC will sort out your problem. So in this tutorial we will also assume that your desktop PC will have the wired connection on the network and you want to set up a notebook/another desktop PC etc for wireless access. For this wireless setup you will need to buy a wireless router, a wireless PCI card for your desktop PC, and a wireless PCMCIA card (also known as a PC Card) for your notebook if it’s an old one. The latest notebooks come equipped with it.

Steps to setup a secure wireless network in your home:

Step1:

Choose your equipment from among various products available in the market according to your needs. While choosing the router you will notice that you have the options to choose from among the three different wireless networking technologies 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g, of which we recommend you to choose 802.11g as it gives outstanding performance and is compatible with almost all the devices. Now let’s assume that you have all your equipments and you are ready to proceed for the next step.

Step 2:

Locate your cable/DSL modem and unplug it. Then connect your wireless router to your modem. [Note: Your modem should be directly connected to the internet.] Now as you are done with it, your PC will get connected to your router wirelessly. The router will communicate through your modem to the internet.

Step 3:

To complete setting up the network process, Login to your PC and temporarily connect your PC to one of the open network ports with the network cable (that came with your wireless router) on your wireless router. [Note: Confirm that the port on which you connect should not be labeled either Internet, WAN, or WLAN.] When set, open Internet Explorer type in the address from among the list 192.168.1.1/192.168.2.1/192.168.0.1 (varies from manufacturer to manufacturer) or as given in the manual of your router. On doing so, you will be prompted with username and password. The user name will admin and the password will be admin/password/or can be blank (i.e.: no password, after you enter username just hit login button) or as given at the manual of your router.

Now the Internet Explorer will open the router’s configuration page. Most of the default settings will remain the same excluding a few which you will have to configure. Don’t get surprised, this tutorial will help you out to configure your router. Firstly you have to give name to your network which you will see on the router page as SSID name. SSID stands Service Set Identifier. It helps to identify your network. Choose something unique which will not be similar to the one your neighbors are using. Next step is to secure your wireless network so that no third-party can use it. In order to do so, go to Wireless encryption (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA). It will help you out to protect your network. Almost all the routers will give you two options to provide security keys. One option is they will generate a key for you and the other is you can set a key of your own. Be sure to keep your key unique and long. Last step is to change the Administrative password which in other words will control your wireless network. At times when you change your network’s settings you will need this password. Don’t keep your password as a simple word. It should be unique, long and combination of words and numbers.

[Note: The steps to configure these settings will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer as well as the type of router you have.]

Be sure off to “Save” the settings you have made and then to “Apply/Ok” to save your settings, else it will not get saved. Next what you have to do is to disconnect the network cable from your computer and then plug in and turn on your cable/DSL modem. It will take little instant to connect to the internet, give time. On successful connection to the modem as well as internet, the Internet/WAN/WLAN light on the wireless router will light up.

Step 4:

If you PC has in-built network card, then all you have to do is turn on the wireless button and then click on your network from among the list and then hit connect. You will be prompted with network security password. Don’t get surprised, it’s the same security key you have given on the third step for WEP/WPA. Enter that security key and Ok. Now what use it? As everything has been set you are good to go now.

If your PC does not have in-built wireless network support, insert the network adapter into an empty PC card slot (in case of Laptop) or plug your network adapter into the USB port of your PC and place the antenna on top of your monitor or where ever you want to keep (in case of desktop). Turn on your PC and windows will automatically detect the new adapters and will install it or at times prompt you to insert the CD that comes with the adapter. In the installation process, all you need to do is to follow the on-screen instruction, and the configuration will be done.

How to select a Wireless Broadband Router

Wireless network is computer network in which information is transferred without the use of traditional electrical conductors i.e. wires. The Hardware like printers and scanners are also attached to your computer without any system of wires.  Wireless Network is generally associated with Telecommunication Network and hence it is implemented with some type of remote information transmission system that uses electromagnetic waves. This networking is done through routers to forward the information to nearby or distant areas in a complete form.

Routers are the electronic devices to interconnect two or more computers networks and also selectively interchange packets of data between them. Routers, first checks the address in the data packet and then see that the pathway is on the same network or on the other. They select the network as per the requirement of the address and forward the information to its destination. There are different kinds of routers used for different purposes. Wireless Router is one of them and is commonly used to allow access to Internet because of its capability for wireless access point.

Selecting a Wireless Router can be an easy task if you are familiar with some of its basic features. So all you need is, keep in mind the following general points about the Wireless Router:

  • At first you have to see that if your house/building is a small one or a multiple storey. For a small house Wireless-G Router will be useful in respect of needs and range. But, if the house is multi-storey then you will need the Wireless-N Router for its greater range and faster speed. By using this you will be able to reach every computer in the house.
  • Secondly, it should meet your speed needs. Wireless routers have their speed in megabits per second (Mbps). So check for the speed as older WiFi models offers a speed of 11 Mbps, mid-range have ‘G’ have 54 Mbps and the latest ‘N’ Routers claim to have speed up-to 300 Mbps. You must remember that the actual performance is much lower than the maximum rating shown on the package.
  • Thirdly you can check for the models that can compete with your most of the needs. You can check for the best models available through online search and list them. Also check for the warranty it provides with the package. The length and terms of warranties shows how much a manufacturer is committed to support his product.
  • Size, style and the budget are also the key factors determining the selection for a Router. You can ensure about the portability it allows and the style that can make this an attractive addition to the decor. As far as budget is concerned you can shop around to find one with all essential features.

Wireless routers are a real support for Internet and other networks at home as well as in small Enterprises. So while selecting a Wireless Router you must ensure the above points. Some common brands available for purchasing it includes Linksys, Belkin, Netgear etc.

How to Design a Wireless Network

Every individual, every household, and every organisation wants to go Wireless now. Nobody wants to stick next to the LAN cables and everybody wants to stay connected to the Internet or the intranet regardless of their location. People might be in their office or home or in the park, or cafe shop in the premises, all they want is the seamless connectivity with their home network. Colleges and Universities have turned into complete Wi-Fi zones and students stay connected throughout the university campus. Have you ever wondered how this becomes a reality. How do you get adequate wireless signals even when you are out of the office/college building? This has become a reality by the recent changes in the lifestyle of people and the modern technique which allows vast coverage wirelessly. But before anybody could install such a network in the area he needs to do a proper study of the area so that no part of the area remains untouched by the wireless signals.

In this post we will discuss some aspects which need to be kept in mind before actually starting with the installation and purchase of wireless devices.

Step One

Study the geography of the area and check for any kind of blockage. There might be some other large buildings in the area which you want to cover and these building might work as signal blockers. Estimate the number of computers which will connect to your wireless network. This will let you decide the kind of router and access points required. Always use monitoring devices to see if there are other networks already working in that area so that you can customise your network for no or less interference. You can always decide a unique channel for your network so that there is no interference. You should know well about the devices which you will be using so that you can estimate the number of repeaters, bridges and amplifiers to be used in your network.

Step Two
Your network might only help the users to connect to the internet, or it might be an office network which will require installation of dedicated servers for domain controlling and Emails. If it is only for Internet then installation would be simple and one high class router along with the support of multiple access points will do the needful, but if it is for an office then you would need specialised servers for the same. So keep the same in your checklist and plan accordingly.

Step Three
Lastly you have to work a lot on the network security. You are opening your network publicly and are taking it out of the building but still you would not want anybody unauthorised to get connected to it. You will also not want intruders coming into your network and neither Viruses and Spywares. Always have a place for a decent Hardware firewall in your network. This should be installed on the very top in your network hierarchy. Also encrypt the signals of your wireless network for securing the data being transferred wirelessly and reducing the sniffing risks. Use WEP or WPA encryption techniques for securing your wireless signals and the passkeys for the same should be changed regularly and shared with the authorised personals only. You should also consult any security administrator while installing such networks and if you are hiring some third party service providers for getting this done then do make sure that somebody from your IT team is also working with them so that you have knowledge of what is what.

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