Telecom and Networking

Fiber optic testing updates

Few days ago I read The remarkable evolution of modern fiber-optic connector inspection probes article tells about the current state of fiber inspection. Especially with multifiber connectors such as MPO, MT, and MXC microscopic connector endface dirt and debris cause light reflections and attenuation – the enemies of optimal optical signal transmission. Thankfully there now

Low Energy: Mesh Bluetooth Technology Bluetooth® Low Energy (LE) enables short-burst wireless connections and supports multiple network topologies, including a mesh topology for establishing many-to-many (m:m) device communications. New control and automation systems, from lighting to heating/cooling to security, are about to make homes and offices a lot smarter. Bluetooth mesh networking supports these smart buildings, enabling tens, hundreds

Probing Ethernet cable with an oscilloscope

This article talks about measuring 10 Mbit/s (10Base-T) and 100 Mbit/s (100Base-TX) twisted pair Ethernet signals. Those standards use two wire pairs for the communications and use differential signaling. Differential signaling is a method for electrically transmitting information using two complementary signals. The technique sends the same electrical signal as a differential pair of signals,

A Photon Has Been Sent To Space Using Quantum Teleportation | IFLScience Last month, Chinese researchers showed that quantum communication between Earth and space is possible, and now they have used the tech to send a photon to space using quantum teleportation. As this research shows, to create a truly global network for quantum communication, we will need quantum satellites.

The internet is actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys | IFLScience This sounds like something out of a Dan Brown book, but it isn’t: The whole internet is controlled by seven actual, physical keys. ICANN maps the numbers (easier for computers to use) with words (easier for humans to use). If someone were to gain control of ICANN’s database, that person would control the internet.  The physical

Researchers train drones to use Wi-Fi to look through walls | TechCrunch This is quite interesting -or frightening – WiFi radar application. A new system by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Yasamin Mostofi and Chitra R. Karanam uses two drones, a massive Wi-Fi antenna, and a little interpolation to literally see through solid walls. One drone blasts Wi-Fi through the structure and another picks up the signal.

Want 5G? It’s going to take an IP anyhaul overhaul | EDN

Want 5G? It’s going to take an IP anyhaul overhaul | EDN–It-s-going-to-take-an-IP-anyhaul-overhaul?utm_content=bufferecb1e&utm_medium=social& Much of the ongoing discussion around 5G is focused on use cases: wireless broadband to the home, in-vehicle infotainment, immersive event experiences, truck platooning, remote health care, smart cities and smart factories to name a few. Mobile networks and cloud packet core

Who catches the IMSI catchers? Researchers demonstrate Stingray detection kit What’s needed is an independent method of identifying IMSI catchers in the wild. That’s what University of Washington researchers Peter Ney and Ian Smith have attempted to create with SeaGlass. “Up until now the use of IMSI-catchers around the world has been shrouded in mystery, and this lack of concrete information is a barrier to

The Many Benefits of HTTP/2 – The Media Temple Blog Now there is a budding new alternative to the endless caching and performance supplements. HTTP/2 — a new protocol update for HTTP by IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force).  HTTP/2 is the spiritual successor to HTTP/1 and provides much needed changes in security, speed, and usability. Let’s explore some of the key features and main benefits of implementing