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How to keep fast 802.11n Wi-Fi speeds by switching old iOS devices to Bluetooth connections

Not all iOS device Wi-Fi speeds are created equal. If your family has a mix of devices, like an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and iPod touch 3, it can be difficult to get maximum performance from your Wi-Fi router. The iPad can do fast 802.11n on the relatively clear 5GHz frequency. The iPhone 4S can do fast 802.11n, but only on the more cluttered 2.4GHz frequency. The iPod touch can only do slower 802.11b/g, and only on 2.4GHz. Even if you have a dual-band router, like Apple's latest AirPorts, even as the iPad zips along at 802.11n on 5Ghz, the slower iPod touch or even an iPhone 3GS will force the iPhone 4S down to 802.11b/g on 2.4GHz. So what's a geek to do?

If you have a desktop computer or server that stays on most of the time, you can set up Bluetooth tethering for your older devices, getting them off Wi-Fi and letting your 802.11n devices speed along unhindered. It's a bit of a workaround, and your Bluetooth-connected devices will be limited to 20mbs, but the slower slows will also give you faster fasts on your more modern devices. For me, that's a great tradeoff. If you agree, here's how to do it on OS X Mountain Lion.

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iPhone 5 rumored to be getting low power, Wi-Fi Direct enabled chipset... and AirDrop?

Joining all the previous rumors, the upcoming iPhone 5 now looks like it might be getting the Broadcom BCM4334 radio chipset. The BCM4334 comes complete with much lower power draw for Wi-Fi, support for Wi-Fi Direct transfers, and Bluetooth 4.0, among other things.

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Apple investigating new iPad Wi-Fi problems, will replace problematic units

According to a leaked internal AppleCare document, Apple is currently investigating Wi-Fi problems with the new iPad. The issues appear to relate to problems with not only poor Wi-Fi speeds but also connection drops and in some cases the inability to even see a particular network.

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Only 6% of iPad sessions on cell networks, even LTE iPads spend most time on Wi-Fi

Localytics has recently compiled some of their data through apps, and has concluded that only 6% of iPad sessions are made through a cellular network of some kind. They've also figured out that 89.7% of iPads out there are Wi-Fi-only, while 1.5% are the LTE-enabled new iPads. Even among new iPads, only 36% of the sessions are using 4G LTE.  It's worth noting that the new iPad just went on sale in a lot of countries today, though other studies show that the U.S. takes up the lion's share of app activity.

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Is your new iPad getting a little hot under the corner?

My original iPad and iPad 2 have always been remarkably cool, even when playing graphically intensive games or high definition video, but my new iPad is getting a little warm to the touch.

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Could we see 802.11ac 5G gigabit Wi-Fi in iPhone and iPad in 2012?

802.11ac, sometimes referred to as 5G or gigabit Wi-Fi, hasn't been finalized and Apple seldom if ever speaks ahead of time about the incorporation of new technology into the iPhone, iPad, or Mac lines, but they were aggressive in adopting 802.11n while it was in the draft stages and 802.11ac appears to have even more to recommend it.

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Daily Tip: How to remove your Wi-Fi access point from Google’s location database

Google is collecting information from Wi-Fi access points from all over the world  to enable it to speed up location services. Unfortunately it is gathering this information and maybe more, without the consent of the owners of the access point.

What’s more, Google is not only gathering data from public Wi-Fi access points but also from home and business users too. If you value your privacy, there is a way to stop Google recording your Wi-Fi access point’s location information. It’s reasonably straight forward to implement.

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Apple releases AirPort Utility, an app to manage your Airport base stations from your iOS device

Apple has released AirPort Utility which is an app designed to let you manage your WiFi network and Airport base stations from your iOS device.

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Daily Tip: How to reduce Wi-Fi interference

Experiencing more than your fair share of Wi-Fi #fail on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and curious how to work around it? There are a lot of things which can cause Wi-Fi interference. Luckily, there are , here are some of them, and what you can do to fix them.

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Daily Tips: How to connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network

New to iPhone and curious how to connect to a Wi-Fi network? Wi-Fi is faster than 3G and if you're on a tiered plan it's a great way to avoid wasting your precious data. This may seem simple for those of us who have had our iPhones for a while but if you haven't done it before, stay with us after the break to find out how to use Wi-Fi!

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