"The agency specified the latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11n, which has a raw data rate of 600 megabits a second and backward compatibility with the older 802.11 a/b/g standards," Brewin, who passed away in 2014, wrote at the time.
They finally got it.
But a more advanced standard called 802.11ac exists now and it has 1300 megabits per second capacity. There's no indication that the White House network got upgraded.
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Regardless of the standard, any technology wielded by the leader of the free world must be secure. White House officials don't reveal much, but from what we've seen everything goes through serious vetting. Remember how Obama fought to keep his BlackBerry? And he's still not allowed to have an iPhone for security reasons.
So I'm sure the Wi-Fi network was also subjected to an intense process.
The constant challenge is balancing security and functionality. Retired general James E. Cartwright, who was on the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Obama's first term, recently told the New York Times how DARPA modified his iPad. They took out the cameras, wireless chips, location sensors, microphones, and disconnected it from any network.