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Commissioners voted on Monday to allow a broad swath of airwaves to be used for outdoor unlicensed broadband, clearing the way for a new generation of Wi-Fi networks and other uses of freely available airwaves.

Unlike the airwaves used for mobile phone traffic, which are licensed to a specific company, unlicensed spectrum can be used by anyone. Previous establishments of unlicensed airwaves led to innovations like garage-door openers, baby monitors, wireless microphones and Wi-Fi networks.

The commission freed up 100 megahertz of airwaves in a very high frequency band of the electromagnetic spectrum, known as the 5 gigahertz band, where another unlicensed band of similar size already exists.


Always good to get more spectrum.
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Sounds good to me. I can't complain about more. Wonder where it came from.
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Just wondering, this will allow routers to use more frequencies so that people in apartments (like me) don't have as much saturation?

Second, is this going to only be for the 5GHz range?

EDIT: Finished the article... didn't answer my questions, but I couldn't help but notice the FCC wanting to step in on the rates of TV...
Edited by AcEsSalvation - 3/31/14 at 7:38pm
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Originally Posted by AcEsSalvation View Post

Just wondering, this will allow routers to use more frequencies so that people in apartments (like me) don't have as much saturation?

Second, is this going to only be for the 5GHz range?

EDIT: Finished the article... didn't answer my questions, but I couldn't help but notice the FCC wanting to step in on the rates of TV...

The new rules allow for usage of the 5150Mhz to 5250Mhz, which companies like mine will consume very quickly. You will also start to see consumer devices start using this as well, which would help in your situation. .

I am going to immediately launch services in this spectrum!
    
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The new rules allow for usage of the 5150Mhz to 5250Mhz, which companies like mine will consume very quickly. You will also start to see consumer devices start using this as well, which would help in your situation. .

I am going to immediately launch services in this spectrum!
Be nice if all the devices attached to my router used 5GHz. Only thing keeping me from flipping the switch and leaving this forsaken 2.4GHz flooded area. It's better than my last apartment. That on had at least 30 routers I could connect to (compared to 8 now)
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Originally Posted by AcEsSalvation View Post

Be nice if all the devices attached to my router used 5GHz. Only thing keeping me from flipping the switch and leaving this forsaken 2.4GHz flooded area. It's better than my last apartment. That on had at least 30 routers I could connect to (compared to 8 now)

You could go man mode on them and buy a more.....commercially aligned access point and use that as a router. It would be higher power and would kind of step on the off the wall routers.
    
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Good stuff for outdoor WiFi deployments and Mesh networks. Extra free channels are always nice. Less re-use and co-channel interference in tight areas.

Also good for channel bonding and higher throughput. smile.gif
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You could go man mode on them and buy a more.....commercially aligned access point and use that as a router. It would be higher power and would kind of step on the off the wall routers.
You have no idea. I've been wanting to build a basic rig to serve as a NAS/Backup/Router PC. I have no need for it as of now... but I've been thinking of moving in with a few friends... and if I do there is no way I am sharing the same wireless access as 6 other devices (I think... MBP, two PS3's, two laptops, three smartphones, and three different floors of the house). So... yea.
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