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Qualcomm today announced a portfolio of access point and mobile device solutions for the recently-approved 6 GHz Wi-Fi 6E band.
The announcements describe two mobile device and four access point / router solutions providing a range of solutions for 6E smartphones, routers and APs, the first of which are expected to start shipping before the end of this year.
The new members of the Networking Pro family are all tri-band devices containing separate 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz radios, with embedded quad-core Cortex-A53 Arm processors. The family ranges from the entry-level 610 sporting three dual-stream radios (2.4, 5, 6 GHz) or two-stream dual-band (2.4/5 GHz) and one 4 stream 6 GHz radios, to the top-of-line 1610 with four stream 2.4 and 6 GHz and 8 stream 5 GHz radios. All devices support up to 160 MHz channel bandwidth in 6 GHz.
The companion FastConnect 6900 and...
Following last year’s introduction of its Ruckus R750 Wi-Fi 6 4x4:4 access point, CommScope is adding three indoor and two outdoor products to its Ruckus family of APs.
Designed and optimized for campuses, hospitality businesses, and large venues, these Ruckus APs include the following features: SmartZone Network Controller, ZoneDirector, RUCKUS Cloud, RUCKUS Unleashed, and network intelligence delivered via Ruckus Analytic’s AI and machine learning. Also, the Ruckus APs use an object interference minimizing tech called BeamFlex and Ruckus’ own Ultra-High-Density Technology Suite of services that help improve end-user experience and network performance.
These new Ruckus APs include:
- R850 (pictured top): a Wi-Fi 6 8x8:8 indoor access point with 5.9 Gbps speeds and embedded IoT.
- R650: a Wi-Fi 6 4x4:4 indoor access point with 3 Gbps speeds and embedded IoT.
- R550: a Wi-Fi 6 2x2:2 indoor...
CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications, announced today that MaxLinear and its wholly owned subsidiary have entered into a definitive agreement with Intel Corporation under which MaxLinear would, subject to customary closing conditions, acquire Intel’s Home Gateway Platform Division assets in an all-cash, asset transaction valued at $150 million. The Home Gateway Platform Division comprises Wi-Fi Access Points, Ethernet and Home Gateway SoC products deployed across operator and retail markets.
The FCC posted this announcement to Twitter about an hour ago
"The FCC has adopted new rules for the 6 GHz band, unleashing 1,200 megahertz to boost #WiFi and other unlicensed uses to usher in faster, more efficient broadband connections for the American people. "
Cnet had the first article up and it didn't take long for Wi-Fi companies to start sending out email blasts.
The following quote can be attributed to Vijay Nagarajan, Vice President of Marketing for the Wireless Communications and Connectivity Division at Broadcom: “Today’s vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s momentous proposal to designate 1,200 MHz of spectrum for unlicensed wireless use such as Wi-Fi in the 6 GHz band is a definitive moment in US wireless history. It is also a manifestation of the many years of hard work led by Broadcom...
D-Link has announced it is now shipping the DIR-X1560, its first Wi-Fi 6 mesh router announced at January's CES2020.
It includes compatibility with D-Link’s mesh technology, MU-MIMO, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant operability, enhanced profile-based parental controls, and management/setup with chat-based tech support via the D-Link Wi-Fi app.
The two-stream per band AX1560 has maximum wireless data rates of 300 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 1200 Mbps @ 5 GHz and includes five GbE ports (1 WAN + 4 WAN) for physical connections.
Update: To save cost, the router uses an two-stream 802.11n radio on 2.4 GHz and a 5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 radio. The 5 GHz radio supports up to 80 MHz channel bandwidth; 160 MHz is not supported.
From FCC press release:
"Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today circulated draft rules permitting unlicensed devices to operate in the 6 GHz band. The proposed rules would make 1,200 megahertz of spectrum available for unlicensed use. Unlicensed devices would share this spectrum with incumbent licensed services under rules that are crafted to protect those licensed services and to enable both unlicensed and licensed operations to thrive throughout the band. The Chairman’s draft rules will be voted on by the Commission at the FCC’s Open Meeting on April 23."
No, this is not an April Fool's joke. This means that WiFi 6E is getting closer, but is not a done deal yet. Mobile carriers are still fighting for their share of the new bandwidth pie. But today's announcement means that the Wi-Fi industry is likely to prevail.
Note, however, that Pai's proposal provides full power operation in 850...
D-Link has added two new dual-core processor powered routers to its SMART line of wireless products announced at CES.
The new models are:
AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router (DIR-2640-US) - $149.99 MSRP
- Dual-Band with maximum wireless rates 800Mbps (2.4GHz) and 1733 Mbps (5GHz)
- Four external high-gain antennas
- Four Gigabit ports and two USB ports (2.0 & 3.0)
- Tri-Band with maximum wireless rates of 400...
The tri-band Trendnet AC2200 Wi-Fi Mesh Router System (TEW-830MDR2K) is a kit composed of two Wi-Fi mesh nodes said to provide coverage up to 4,000 square feet.
The mesh nodes support maximum wireless rates up to 867 Mbps on each of its two 5 GHz bands and 400 Mbps on its single 2.4 GHz band. Interfaces include two 1 Gbps network ports (WAN and LAN) and a single USB 3.0 port for SMB access.
The wall-mountable nodes also support Multi-User MIMO, seamless roaming, implicit/explicit beamforming and airtime fairness. More nodes can be added using TEW-830MDR mesh points.
Customers can use the free Trendnet app to set up and administrate their router system and also manage internet access using the pre-loaded Router Limits service (service fees required).
Available now, the Trendnet AC2200 Wi-Fi Mesh Router System (TEW-830MDR2K) is priced at...
Broadcom today announced a draft 802.11ax client device to support the as yet unapproved 6 GHz extension of unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum (aka Wi-Fi 6E).
The BCM4389 is a two-stream mobile device, intended to replace its BCM4375 that is currently used in Samsung's Galaxy S10 and Apple's iPhone 11. With Broadcom's announcement of its 6E AP-side devices last month at CES 2020, they've become the only AX chip vendor to publicly announce a full suite of Wi-Fi 6E devices.
The differences between the two devices are shown in the graphic below.
Aside from supporting the new 6 GHz band, the 4389 adds a second TX/RX chain to its Bluetooth 5 radio (making it MIMO) and supports 160 MHz bandwidth in 5 and 6 GHz.
The 4389's "tri-band" bullet point does not...
One of the first Wi-Fi Certified EasyMesh network devices to hit the home networking market, the D-Link COVR-1102 AC1200 Dual Band Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System is a two-node wireless system that covers up to 3500 sq. ft.
With its internal antennas (2x2+2x2), maximum wireless rates for the COVR-1102 clock in at 300 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps @ 5 GHz. Physical interfaces include a GbE WAN port and a GbE LAN port.
Other listed features include compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, parental control features, WPA3 support, Ethernet backhaul, and management using the D-Link app. Other mesh-related functions mentioned are seamless networking, smart steering and smart roaming.
Pricing wasn’t announced, but the COVR-1102 AC1200...
Internet routers running the Tomato alternative firmware are under active attack by a self-propagating exploit that searches for devices using default credentials. When credentials are found, the exploit then makes the routers part of a botnet that’s used in a host of online attacks, researchers said on Tuesday.
The Muhstik botnet came to light about two years ago when it started unleashed a string of exploits that attacked Linux servers and Internet-of-things devices. It opportunistically exploited a host of vulnerabilities, including the so-called critical Drupalgeddon2 vulnerability disclosed in early 2018 in the Drupal content management system. Muhstik has also been caught using vulnerabilities in...
Wi-Fi device maker Celeno announced it is adding 6 GHz band support to its Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) CL80xx product line, currently available in 4, 6 and 8 stream configurations.
With maximum wireless rates reaching 6 Gbps, the new devices support draft 802.11ax features such as OFDMA, DL MU-MIMO, Beamforming, 1024QAM and WPA3.
The CL8000 family supports Celeno’s Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging technology - high-resolution RF imaging that depicts and tracks the motion, behavior and location of people - launched earlier this year.
Celeno’s Wi-Fi 6E products are scheduled for sampling starting in Q2 2020. For more information, go to www.celeno.com.
Broadcom got ahead of itself and the Wi-Fi industry today with its announcement of eight AP devices that support the draft 802.11ax standard in the 6 GHz band, which has recently been dubbed Wi-Fi 6E by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
The FCC has not yet released the the new spectrum for unlicensed use. If approved, the new band will add fourteen 80 MHz wide or seven 160 MHz wide Wi-Fi channels. The comments period for the FCC Rulemaking proposal ends on January 24.
The new devices include:
- BCM43694 -- 4x4 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 160-MHz Channel Support
- BCM43693 -- 3x3 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
- BCM43692 -- 2x2 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
- BCM47622 -- Dual 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with ARM Processor
- BCM43684 -- 4x4 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 160-MHz Channel...
Encased in an IP67-rated dust and water-resistant enclosure, the EnSky series EWS850AP is a business-class Wi-Fi 6 access point designed for heavily congested outdoor environments.
Running on a Qualcomm Networking Pro 400 quad-core processor, the dual-band EWS850AP uses four spatial streams and delivers maximum wireless rates of 574 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 1200 Mbps @ 5 GHz.
Listed Wi-Fi 6 related features for the EWS850AP include OFDMA, 1024 QAM, BSS Coloring, Spatial Reuse, DL MU-MIMO, Target Wake Time and longer OFDM symbols. Security-wise, the EWS850AP uses Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3/WPA2 Enterprise/PSK) Encryption, IEEE 802.1X with RADIUS and MAC Address Filtering.
The EWS850AP can operate using PoE via its single GbE port or can use proprietary 48V-54V power. The outdoor AP can also be set up as an access point in Managed Mode, or as WDSs, Mesh, Client Bridge, or Access Point in Stand-Alone Mode.
Lastly, the EWS850AP is managed...
Not many details were given, but here are the 5G devices:
- Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot – Aside from 5G, the new Mobile Hotspot serves up Wi-Fi 6 for wireless connections. Also, it has a USB port for fast charging.
- Linksys 5G Modem - No details.
- Linksys Velop 5G Mesh Gateway – Combines 5G, Linksys Intelligent Mesh and Wi-Fi 6, all in one gateway.
- Linksys 5G Outdoor Router – Uses mmWave 5G and has a single 10 Gbps physical connection.
- Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 Router (MR9600) – The four-stream MR9600 is the first Linksys non-Velop Wi-Fi 6 router introduced since FIT acquired Belkin. It has maximum wireless rates...
Arris' SURFboard mAX AX6600 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 system is a less expensive member of its Wi-Fi 6 SURFboard mAX mesh system family, joining the SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System (AX11000) and SURFboard mAX Plus Mesh Wi-Fi 6 system (AX7800) announced last year.
The mAX AX6600 features a tri-band design with dedicated 5 GHz four-stream AX backhaul radio and two-stream dual-band Wi-Fi 6 fronthaul. The quad-core ARM A7 Cortex powered design features Alexa compatibility for managing router functions like guest Wi-Fi access and Wi-Fi pause and includes two GbE ports (one WAN/ one LAN) per router.
Pricing was not announced, but the SURFboard mAX® AX6600...
NETGEAR announced six new mananaged and unmanaged PoE switches at CES 2020.
The new POE+ switches include two managed and four unmanaged models:
- GS110TUP Ultra60 PoE++ 10-Port GbE Smart Managed Pro Switch with a 240W power budget
- GS710TUP Ultra60 PoE++ 10-Port GbE Smart Managed Pro Switch 8 PoE++ ports with a 480W power budget
- GS724TPP 24-Port GbE Hi-Power PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switch
- GS308PP 8-Port GbE Unmanaged PoE+ Switch with 83W PoE budget
- GS316P 16-Port GbE Unmanaged High-Power PoE+ Switch with 115W PoE budget
- GS348PP 48-port GbE Unmanaged High-power PoE+ Switch with 380W PoE budget and 24 ports PoE
The NETGEAR AX1800 4-Stream WiFi Mesh Extender (EAX20) is a Wi-Fi 6 device powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor.
The new extender has dual-stream 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 radios that support maximum wireless link rates of 600 Mbps @2.4 GHz and 1.2 Gbps @ 5 GHz. When added to an existing mesh network, the AX1800 helps increase the network’s wireless range and supports mesh-related features like seamless roaming.
Using the NETGEAR Nighthawk app, customers can set up the NETGEARAX1800 extender and then continue to use the app to monitor and manage their home network.
Aside from its wireless capabilities, the AX1800 4-Stream WiFi Mesh Extender includes four GbE ports for additional physical connections.
Available in February, the NETGEAR AX1800 4-Stream WiFi Mesh Extender (EAX20) will have an MSRP of $149.99.