Depending on where you live, there are tons of places that offer free Wi-Fi connections so you can work or study remotely, or avoid cutting into your data limits on your smartphone. However, some public networks are pretty annoying about the connection process, with all sorts of interstitial login pages getting between you and that sweet wireless networking.
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Security researchers have identified a number of vulnerabilities in Ruckus-branded access points and routers. As tends to be the case, they all affect the router’s UI—allowing an attacker to log in as an administrator regardless of your password and, in doing so, control your router from afar.
If you own one of four TP-Link routers, including the TP-Link Archer C5 (v4), you’re going to want to find and install its latest firmware update right now. The patch fixes a critical vulnerability that would otherwise allow an attacker to take full control of your router—admin access and all—and lock you out of it.
If you’ve ever boarded a flight only to find your phone connection suddenly drop just while you’re trying to send a pre-flight text, you’re not alone. It’s a problem that plagues most passengers right before their departure or soon after landing, just when they most need a lifeline to the outside world. “Everyone seems to look at their phone immediately after landing and I can’t figure out if they’re happily online or they keep trying to refresh like me,” one traveller wrote on Twitter of his flying experience.
If an attacker manages to access your D-Link router’s login screen, and your router is old enough, it’s possible that they can take control of the router, inject it with code, and use it to attack other connected systems and devices. And the best part? D-Link is fully aware of these issues, but it isn’t planning to fix the affected routers because they are too old.
Microsoft is preventing certain PCs running older versions of AVG and Avast antivirus software and outdated Qualcomm Wi-Fi drivers from installing Windows 10 versions 1809, 1903, and 1909. Here’s why: Microsoft no longer allows Windows 10 to automatically update on any and all systems due to potential bugs and incompatibility issues.
A dodgy home internet connection is just expected if you're living in Australia. When it works, it works reasonably well but when it doesn't, you'll spend minutes and sometimes hours trying to figure out if the problem is you, your ISP or the NBN. Aussie Broadband has come up with a solution to give customers a chance to fix the service themselves before resorting to more drastic measures.
Riddle me this: You’re out somewhere and you need to hop on a wifi network with a new device. You realise you have the wifi password saved on your laptop, but not on whatever device you’re looking to connect. And you’re either too lazy to ask for the password again, or you have no way to acquire it in your present condition.
What do you do? Easy. Pull out your laptop and look it up. Here’s how.
In this week’s technology-advice column from Lifehacker, we’re going back to our favourite topic: wireless networking. This time around, a reader is having some issues getting an important piece of older gear to work with an important piece of newer gear. If you’ve ever upgraded your router, or are planning to, this situation should be all too familiar.
If you own one of Microsoft’s latest Surface devices — the Surface Book 2 or Surface Pro 6 — you’ll want to pause Windows Updates for a little while, because Microsoft’s latest firmware could absolutely tank your system’s performance. If your laptop is already hosed, however, we have a few ideas for how you can fix it.
Broadband modems supplied by Australian internet retailers are incapable of delivering 100Mbps download speeds over the average fibre-to-the-node connection, according to the consumer watchdog's own performance testing. At the same time, poor Wi-Fi performance from supplied modem/routers is another key bottleneck stopping Australians enjoying their promised NBN speeds.
I might as well rename the Ask Lifehacker column “The Wifi Wizard,” given how many of you have written in with wireless networking questions over the past several months. That’s fine, though. Wireless networking is near and dear to my heart, as I have wonderful memories of the three years I spent testing routers for Wirecutter—lots and lots of routers, and enough throughput tests to last a lifetime.
Hiding your neighbours’ wifi networks, not to be confused with blocking, is entirely possible. After all, your device automatically connects to your wireless network if you’ve saved the credentials. And in Windows’ “wifi connection box”, for lack of a better name, your OS automatically sorts all the wifi networks it sees from the strongest signal strength to the weakest (minus any hidden networks).
Unless your neighbour has an access point inside your house, you should be seeing your wifi networks at the top — or close to it.