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Wi-Fi

Knowledge Identifier: $Wi-Fi

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Wi-Fi

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Category: Technology (10)

Launched in 1985.

Countries: (46%), United States (23%), United Kingdom (10%)

Main connections: Starbucks, Boingo Wireless, Ethernet

Linked to: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Carnegie Mellon University, Drexel University, Far Eastern University

 

Timeline


 

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1991

In 1991, NCR Corporation with AT&T Corporation invented the precursor to 802,11 intended for use in cashier systems add something


1993

Carnegie Mellon University built the first campus-wide wireless Internet network, called Wireless Andrew, at its Pittsburgh campus in 1993 before Wi-Fi branding originated add something


1999

In 1999, the Wi-Fi Alliance was formed as a trade association to hold the Wi-Fi trademark under which most products are sold add something

 

The non-profit Wi-Fi Alliance was formed in 1999 to fill this void to establish and enforce standards for interoperability and backward compatibility, and to promote wireless local-area-network technology add something

 

ZigBee - ZigBee-style networks began to be conceived around 1999, when many installers realized that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were going to be unsuitable for many applications

 

The term "Wi-Fi", first used commercially in August 1999, was coined by a brand-consulting firm called Interbrand Corporation add something


2000

In 2000, Drexel University in Philadelphia became the United States's first major university to offer completely wireless Internet access across its entire campus add something

 

In the early 2000s, many cities around the world announced plans to construct city-wide Wi-Fi networks add something

 

Remote control - In the late 2000s to early 2010s, a number of smartphone and portable media player platforms were provided with installable software applications which allow for the remote controlling of media centers and media players on home theater PCs and general-purpose personal computers over Wi-Fi, such as iTunes Remote on $iOS (iOS_(Apple))

 

Mobile Tornado - In the year 2000 Mobile Tornado Started the development of "Push to Talk over Cellular" , starting with trials using cellular digital packet data and later migrating to Wi-Fi in 2001, CDMA and EVDO in 2002 and GPRS, EDGE and UMTS in 2003


2001

Aptilo Networks - In October 2001 Aptilo Networks secured its first large Wi-Fi deployment at Copenhagen Airport


2002

Wardriving - Advances include computers with integrated Wi-Fi, rather than CompactFlash or PC Card add-in cards in computers such as Dell Axim, Compaq iPAQ and Toshiba pocket computers starting in 2002

 

HomeRF - The group promoting 802,11 technology, the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance changed their name to the $ Wi-Fi Alliance in 2002, as the Wi-Fi brand became popular


2003

Despite this, some documents from the Alliance dated 2003 and 2004 still contain the term "Wireless Fidelity" add something

 

Wi-Fi Protected Access encryption, which became available in devices in 2003, aimed to solve this problem add something

 

Intersil - A creation of Intersil is the "'PRISM"' line of Wi-Fi hardware: that group of products was sold to GlobespanVirata in 2003, and is currently maintained by Conexant

 

Skyhook Wireless - Founded in 2003, Skyhook originally began by geolocating $ Wi-Fi access points and evolved with the idea that hybrid positioning technology, which incorporates Wi-Fi, GPS, cell towers, IP address and device sensors, could improve device location

 

Legality of piggybacking - In Toronto in 2003, a man was arrested with a Wi-Fi enabled laptop in his car, partially undressed

 

Lotteria - In 2003 Lotteria partnered with KT and Intel to provide Wi-fi access in its restaurants, to help attract more customers

 

Yopy - In 2003, $ Wi-Fi was widely used in Korea, and so the YP3700 targeted this environment with an additional Wi-Fi module


2004

The more secure WPA2 using Advanced Encryption Standard was introduced in 2004 and is supported by most new Wi-Fi devices add something

 

There are many successful examples; in 2004, Mysore became India's first Wi-Fi-enabled city and second in the world after Jerusalem add something


2005

Gannett Company - Beginning in 2005 at the Fort Myers "News-Press", Gannett pioneered the mojo concept of "mo"bile multimedia "jo"urnalists, reporters who were initially untethered from conventional newsrooms and drove around their communities filing hyperlocal news via Wi-Fi in various formats including text for print publication, still photos for print and online publication, and audio and video for the "News-Press" website

 

Cognio - Cognio shipped its Wi-Fi management software in the spring of 2005

 

ReadyToSurf - "'ReadyToSurf"' is a British company offering Wi-Fi Hotspots in restaurants, bars, service stations and airports around the UK. It was acquired in October 2005 by Spectrum Interactive


2006

DSP Group - Incorporating VoIP and $ Wi-Fi technologies obtained through the acquisition of VoicePump and Bermai, DSP Group entered the residential multimedia communications over broadband market with the 2006 development of a chipset integrating DECT and Wi-Fi technologies with an application processor

 

Legality of piggybacking - An Illinois man was arrested in January 2006 for piggybacking on a Wi-Fi network

 

Qinetiq - In October that year, it acquired Broadreach Networks Limited, a supplier of Wi-Fi internet to the European rail industry, and in February 2006, it bought "Graphics Research Corporation Ltd", developer of the Paramarine software suite of ship and submarine design tools

 

David Miller (Canadian politician) - In March 2006, he helped introduce an "historic" Wi-Fi network to Toronto


2007

A flaw in a feature added to Wi-Fi in 2007, called Wi-Fi Protected Setup, allows WPA and WPA2 security to be bypassed and effectively broken in many situations add something

 

An optional feature added in 2007, called Wi-Fi Protected Setup , had a serious flaw that allowed an attacker to recover the router's password add something

 

As of 2007, Europe is essentially homogeneous in this respect add something

 

Boingo Wireless - In March 2007, Boingo acquired Concourse Communications Group, which extended Boingo's services into Wi-Fi and cellular DAS networks at airports

 

Automatic meter reading - The city of Corpus Christi became one of the first cities in the United States to implement citywide Wi-Fi, which had been free until May 31, 2007, mainly to facilitate AMR after a meter reader was attacked by a dog

 

Automatic meter reading - The city of Corpus Christi became one of the first cities in the United States to implement citywide Wi-Fi, which had been free until May 31, 2007, mainly to facilitate AMR after a meter reader was attacked by a dog

 

Distance records include 382 km in June 2007, held by Ermanno Pietrosemoli and EsLaRed of Venezuela, transferring about 3 MB of data between the mountain-tops of El Águila and Platillon add something

 

Starbucks - In September 2007 Apple announced that customers would be able to browse the iTunes Store at Starbucks via Wi-Fi in the US , targeted at iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and MacBook users

 

FON - On October 4, 2007, Fon and BT announced that they had jointly created the BT Fon Community by flashing Fon's software on all BT Total Broadband Wi-Fi routers in the UK. This allows BT Total Broadband customers to participate in the FON community without buying a Fonera and in some cases without sharing their own WiFi


2008

AlterGeo - AlterGeo was established in 2008 to build a Wi-Fi positioning technology on the basis of one of its founders' PhD thesis

 

Wireless access point - For example, in a 2008 article for "Wired" magazine, Bruce Schneier asserted the net benefits of open Wi-Fi without passwords outweigh the risks, a position supported in 2014 by Peter Eckersley of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

 

Murray, Utah - The new library was further renovated in 2008, adding significant electronic media resources and Wi-Fi access throughout the building

 

Starbucks - In May 2008, a loyalty program was introduced for registered users of the Starbucks Card offering perks such as free Wi-Fi Internet access, no charge for soy milk & flavored syrups, and free refills on brewed drip coffee or tea

 

Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector - On September 8, 2008, & Nintendo announced the Nintendo Wi-Fi Network Adapter, an 802,11g wireless router/bridge which serves a similar purpose


2009

Virgin America - On May 21, 2009, Virgin America became the first U.S. airline to offer Wi-Fi access via Gogo Inflight Internet on every flight

 

Starbucks - In September 2009, Starbucks in the UK rolled out free Wi-Fi at most of its outlets


2010

OSTC - Since 2010, "Centrino" is only being applied to Intel's WiMAX and Wi-Fi technologies

 

Starbucks - This is an effort to be more competitive against local chains, which have long offered free Wi-Fi, and against McDonald's, which began offering free wireless internet access in 2010

 

IPad (1st generation) - The Wi-Fi version of the iPad went on sale in the United States on April 3, 2010

 

In May 2010, London, UK, Mayor Boris Johnson pledged to have London-wide Wi-Fi by 2012 add something

 

Google Street View - In May 2010, it was revealed that Google had collected and stored payload data from unencrypted Wi-Fi connections as part of Street View

 

Starbucks - On June 30, 2010, Starbucks announced it would begin to offer unlimited and free Internet access via Wi-Fi to customers in all company-owned locations across Canada starting on July 1, 2010

 

Iriver Story - The reader was updated in July 2010, and supports Wi-Fi

 

Wi-Fi Direct launched in October 2010 add something

 

East Coast (train operating company) - Until October 2010, East Coast offered free Wi-Fi to passengers in both first and standard class

 

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light - In North America, on 16 December 2010, the video game was released for iOS devices which included cooperative with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options


2011

LG Roboking - The 2011 year model VR6180VMNC has the third camera and can stream live images through Wi-Fi

 

Motorola Xoom - The 3G version was released on February 24, 2011, and the Wi-Fi version was released March 27, 2011

 

Super Wi-Fi - On April 19, 2011, Rice University, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Technology For All, installed the first residential deployment of Super Wi-Fi in east Houston

 

Super Wi-Fi - On May 8, 2011, a public Super Wi-Fi network was developed in Calgary, Alberta

 

Alvarion - In November 2011, Alvarion acquired Wavion, a provider of outdoor Wi-Fi applications for metro and rural areas with deployments in more than 75 countries


2012

Qualcomm Atheros - Qualcomm Atheros began 2012 by announcing the first generation of Wi-Fi Display-enabled solutions at CES 2012, along with a new chip for HomePlug AV powerline

 

Bluegiga - The company joined Wi-Fi Alliance in the beginning of 2012

 

iPhone - The feature originally required a Wi-Fi network, but now since 2012 can use the cellular data network if one is not available

 

HP TouchPad - In addition to Ubuntu, an alpha port of Arch Linux ARM, which in January 2012 provides full touchscreen support with GNOME 3 / LXDE, Wi-Fi access, but not Bluetooth, camera or sound can be installed using the previously mentioned moboot method

 

Super Wi-Fi - On January 26, 2012, the United States first public Super Wi-Fi network was developed in Wilmington, North Carolina

 

Boingo Wireless - The company acquired Cloud Nine Media on August 8, 2012, adding ad services for sponsored Wi-Fi

 

Atmel - Ozmo Devices, which developed products for Wi-Fi Direct, was acquired by Atmel in December 2012


2013

Garuda Indonesia - First class cabin was re-introduced in 2013 on-board the Boeing 777-300ER with Wi-Fi and telecommunication services on board

 

AirPort Time Capsule - The 2013 models feature the same ports on the back as previous generations, and come in the same capacities as the 4th generation of 2 TB & 3 TB, but have introduced the newest Wi-Fi standard 802,11ac

 

BlackBerry PlayBook - On January 30, 2013, BlackBerry confirmed that both the Wi-Fi PlayBook and the newer cellular PlayBooks would be receiving an update to the new BlackBerry 10 operating system in 2013

 

Boingo Wireless - On February 21, 2013, the company acquired Endeka Group, a provider of Wi-Fi and IPTV services to military bases and federal law enforcement training facilities

 

Roku - On March 5, 2013, Roku announced the release of their updated media player, "Roku 3", with a CPU that's five times faster than the Roku 2 XS, and a Wi-Fi Direct remote in place of Bluetooth

 

Air France - On 29 May 2013, KLM and Air France launched a pilot to test inflight Wi-Fi

 

FON - Fon claims to have the largest Wi-Fi network in the world, with over eight million hotspots as at July 2013

 

BT Home Hub - The 5th generation Home Hub was released in mid-October 2013 and is an upgrade to the Home Hub 4, featuring Gigabit Ethernet connections and 802,11ac Wi-Fi and an integrated VDSL modem

 

Nexus Q - In December 2013, an unofficial build of Android 4,4 "KitKat" based on CyanogenMod code was released for the Nexus Q, although it was unstable and lacked reliable Wi-Fi support


2014

Windows 8 - In 2014, all certified devices with integrated displays must contain a 720p webcam and higher quality speakers and microphones, while all certified devices that support Wi-Fi must support Bluetooth as well

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition - The Galaxy Note 10,1 2014 Edition is available in Wi-Fi-only, 3G & $ Wi-Fi, and 4G/LTE & Wi-Fi variants

 

Kindle Fire HDX - The Fire HDX 8,9" refresh in 2014 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor with an Adreno 420 GPU. The sound system features Dolby Atmos speaker technology and the Wi-Fi version weighs 13,2 ounces

 

Amtrak - Starting in February 2014, Amtrak is rolling out Wi-Fi on corridor trains out of Chicago

 

FON - On 20 May 2014 the Australian telecommunications provider & Telstra announced a Fon service to be available in November 2014 called Telstra Wi-Fi

 

Boingo Wireless - Through a roaming deal with Time Warner Cable announced in June 2014 and launched that December, this technology allows newer smartphones with Wi-Fi Alliance-certified Passpoint clients to move between and automatically connect to networks operated by both companies

 

California State University, Los Angeles - On September 18, 2014, Information $ Technology Services launched the new Gigabit Wi-Fi network, 802,11ac, the very latest standard in wireless technology

 

Oxford - In November 2014 almost all Oxford Bus Company buses within the Oxford SmartZone area have free WiFi installed

 

Chromecast - Users' controlling devices previously needed to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Chromecast to cast content, until the addition of "Guest Mode" on December 10, 2014


2015

According to a study, devices with the 802,11ac specification are expected to be common by 2015 with an estimated one billion spread around the world add something

 

Wireless power transfer - In 2015, researchers at the University of Washington introduced power over $ Wi-Fi, which trickle-charges batteries and powered battery-free cameras and temperature sensors using transmissions from Wi-Fi routers

 

Wireless power transfer - In 2015, researchers at the University of Washington introduced power over $ Wi-Fi, which trickle-charges batteries and powered battery-free cameras and temperature sensors using transmissions from Wi-Fi routers

 

FON - Fon claims to have the largest Wi-Fi network in the world, with over 14 million hotspots as at March 2015

 

Unmanned aerial vehicle - In March 2015, the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas banned drones, citing Wi-Fi bandwidth congestion and safety concerns

 

Boingo Wireless - In April 2015, Boingo struck a deal with wireless carrier Sprint Corporation to offload the carrier's customer traffic onto Boingo's Wi-Fi networks at 35 US airports

 

Malindo Air - In June 2015, Malindo became the first Malaysian airlines to offer in-flights Wi-Fi service

 

Moto 360 - In the June 2015 release notes, Motorola announced Wi-Fi support for the device, such that it could be used out of Bluetooth range

 

Wind Mobile - On June 17, 2015 WIND Mobile became the first cellular provider to offer service in TTC subway stations through an agreement with BAI Canada, the company which owns the infrastructure that provides mobile and Wi-Fi service for the TTC subway network

 

Noel Edmonds - In August 2015, Edmonds gave an interview to the Daily Mirror in which he stated that the greatest problem facing humanity was "electro smog" due to Wi-Fi and other "systems", causing the destruction of "our natural electro-magnetic fields"

 

Xilinx - In October 2015, snickerdoodle became the first development board to combine Zynq with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

 

Bell Centre - On October 14, 2015, it was announced that Centre Bell would undergo renovations, including renovated hallways and concessions, new restaurants, public Wi-Fi, and the planned conversion of Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal into a pedestrian-only street


2016

Local area network - In 2016, the wireless local area network Test Bed was chosen as Australia's contribution to the exhibition "A History of the World in 100 Objects" held in the National Museum of Australia add something

 

Transdev Blazefield - In 2016, Transdev Harrogate introduced a new fleet of buses for its 36 service, some of the previous buses were transferred to Yorkshire Coastliner for the new CityZap route between Leeds and York Stonebow, the buses have gained USB sockets and Wi-Fi

 

Unmanned aerial vehicle - Wi-Fi - At a workshop on drones and privacy in October 2016, researchers from the Federal Trade Commission showed they were able to hack into three different consumer quadcopters and noted that drone manufacturers can make their drones more secure by the basic security measures of encrypting the Wi-Fi signal and adding password protection


2017

"WPA2 Security Now Mandatory for Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Products" In 2017 a flaw in the WPA2 protocol was discovered, allowing a key replay attack, known as KRACK add something

 

Berlin - Wi-Fi - Deutsche Bahn is planning to introduce Wi-Fi services in long distance and regional trains in 2017

 

Connectify - Starting with version 2017, Connectify Hotspot incorporates a universal ad blocker for clients connecting to the Wi-Fi or Ethernet network it creates

 

Connectify - Starting with version 2017, Connectify Hotspot incorporates a universal ad blocker for clients connecting to the Wi-Fi or Ethernet network it creates

 

Skype - In February 2017, Microsoft announced plans to discontinue its Skype Wi-Fi service globally

 

Broadcom - In April 2017, Google's Project Zero investigated Broadcom's SoC WiFi stack and found that it lacked "all basic exploit mitigations - including stack cookies, safe unlinking and access permission protection," allowing "full device takeover by Wi-Fi proximity alone, requiring no user interaction

 

Riverbed Technology - In April 2017, Riverbed acquired Xirrus, a Wi-Fi technology company


2018

In 2018, WPA3 was announced as a replacement for WPA2, increasing the security add something

 

Vilnius - The project will result in making 6 of 10 public buses being brand new by the middle of 2018 and will allow its passengers to use such modern technologies as free Wi-Fi and to charge their electronic devices while traveling

 

Vilnius - Vilnius City Municipality held a contest for 41 new trolleybuses and its winner Solaris committed to deliver all trolleybuses until the autumn of 2018, which will have the free Wi-Fi and charging features

 

Now TV (UK and Ireland) - In January 2018 Now TV announced the Now TV Smart Stick offering maximum portability and voice search via a Wi-Fi remote control

 

Generational Wi-Fi® User Guide, Wi-Fi Alliance, October 2018 add something