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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

Communicate anywhere, any time … without infrastructure, without mobile towers, without satellites, without wifi hotspots, and without carriers. Use existing off-the-shelf mobile cell phone handsets. Use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again.

Converting a TP Link Router to Mission Control for Cheap 433MHz Home Automation
Thursday, 27 October 2016 15:30

[Jean-Christophe Rona] found himself with some free time and decided to finish a project he started two years ago, reverse engineering cheap 433MHz home automation equipment. He hopes to control his space heaters remotely, in preparation for a cold and, now, robotic winter.

In a previous life, he had reverse engineered the protocol these cheap wireless plugs, garage doors, and electric window shutters all use. This eventually resulted in a little library called rf-ctrl that can toggle and read GPIO pins in the correct way to control these objects. He has a few of the more popular protocols built into …read more

Internet Doorbell Gone Full-Hipster
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 15:31

There are things and there are Things. Hooking up an Internet-connected doorbell that “rings” a piezo buzzer or sends a text message is OK, but it’s not classy. In all of the Internet-of-Things hubbub, too much attention is paid to the “Internet”, which is actually the easy part, and too little attention is paid to the “Things”.

[Moris Metz] is a hacker in Berlin who has a bi-weekly national radio spot. (Only in Germany!) This week, he connected the ubiquitous ESP8266 to a nice old (physical) bell for his broadcast over the weekend. (i”Translated” here.) Check out the video …read more

nbn™'s Sky Muster II satellite launch grounded by wind
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 08:27

nbn™'s second satellite for delivering wireless broadband to remote areas, Sky Muster™ II, is unexpectedly still on the ground.

The launch of Sky Muster™ II was scheduled for 05:00 AM Wednesday, Sydney time, atop an Ariane 5 rocket launched from the the European Spaceport in Kourou, Guyana.

But as Arianspace reports , “Unfavorable weather conditions over the Spaceport in French Guiana have resulted in a 24-hour delay for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 mission with the Sky Muster™ II and GSAT-18 payloads.”

nbn™, the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network, said “ in particular the high altitude wind direction” delayed

NBN is essential, says Essential poll, but not Turnbull's NBN
Thursday, 06 October 2016 08:12

Australia's famous two-party divide doesn't apply to our attitude towards the Internet: nearly everybody thinks the Internet is an essential service.

According to polling from the Essential Report published yesterday, Liberal voters are slightly more likely to consider the Internet an essential service than Labor – 92 per cent versus 91 per cent, respectively. *

The total figure – 88 per cent – across all respondents was only dragged down by “other” at 87 per cent.

However, the poll suggests nobody thinks Australia's national broadband network (NBN) as it's now being cobbled together out of string, coathangers and gaffer tape

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