How to Combine Multiple Internet Connections Into One Super Fast Pipe

You may not realize it, but you probably use multiple internet connections every day: your home network, your phone, and even hotspots and other devices. The downside: you can usually only use one at a time. Imagine if you could combine them all into one huge pipe that delivers faster downloads, smooth streaming,… » 4/22/15 7:15pm 4/22/15 7:15pm

The Plan to Build an Undersea Cable Around the US—and Why We Need It

There’s a new undersea cable in the works, unlike any system that’s been built before. It is almost 10,000 miles long. It winds under the Arctic Ocean, from the United Kingdom, over Canada, and down to Japan, offering the fastest possible route between London and Tokyo. It stops on icy Canadian shores along the way,… » 4/08/15 10:45am 4/08/15 10:45am

How to Choose the Best Firmware to Supercharge Your Wi-Fi Router

Installing a custom firmware on your Wi-Fi router is like God Mode for your home network. You can see everything going on, boost your Wi-Fi signal, beef up your security, and even do advanced tricks like install your own VPN. Still, there are so many options available it can be tough to pick the right one. Here’s… » 4/01/15 2:22pm 4/01/15 2:22pm

5 Sad Facts About America's Ridiculously Slow Internet

Anyone who’s ever stared glass-eyed at a Netflix video that won’t load or stuttered through a glitchy Skype call knows that the United States leaves its citizens starving for bandwidth. But the latest data in Akamai’s annual “State of the Internet” report presents some prettypretty depressing statistics about… » 3/31/15 6:00pm 3/31/15 6:00pm

Why You Should Set Up Your Own Community Fiber Network

Between the net neutrality debate and the Comcast/TWC merger, high-speed Internet access is getting more attention than ever. A lot of that attention is negative, and rightly so: Internet access providers, especially certain very large ones, have done a pretty good job of divvying up the nation to leave most Americans… » 8/01/14 5:15am 8/01/14 5:15am

T-Mobile's Now Letting You Test Drive Its Network Before You Switch

T-Mobile says it's sure that you will prefer its network over yours, and it says that once people switch over they're generally really happy and don't go back. But, people are afraid to make the jump. So, T-Mobile is partnering with Apple, and will let you test drive a brand new iPhone 5S on its network for seven days… » 6/18/14 9:33pm 6/18/14 9:33pm

Your Next Soda Could Come With Internet Access

Looks like the way we drink soda is about to get a whole lot smarter—or, at the very least, more connected. OpenStack Engineering Manager Alavaro Lopez Ortega stumbled across the fact that The Coca Cola Company recently registered no less than 16 million MAC (media access control) addresses. The question is: What… » 1/02/14 4:00pm 1/02/14 4:00pm

Barbed Wire Fences Were An Early DIY Telephone Network

Before Ma Bell came to town, and long before DSL, it was barbed wire, of all things, that brought rural communities together. A Sears telephone hooked up to barbed wire—miles of which were already conveniently strung along fences—connected far-flung ranches in the recently settled American west. Thus an ingenious and… » 1/02/14 2:30pm 1/02/14 2:30pm

T-Mobile's New “Jump” Plan Lets You Upgrade Your Phone At Will

People who keep up on the latest smartphones (that's you) have a problem: You wait and wait until the best new phone comes out, then you drop your money on that new hotness. But what happens? Six months later the newer hotterness is out, but you've got another year and a half before your next upgrade. T-Mobile is… » 7/10/13 2:37pm 7/10/13 2:37pm