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On Thursday, Google Wifi and OnHub owners reported loss of Wi-Fi functionality, a key feature in today’s wireless world. Apparently, these Google products were reset back to factory defaults, requiring product owners to rerun documented steps to set up their Wi-Fi all over again.
Google responded with a support page to help address the reset problem, however, a bigger question is what else can Google do remotely that should probably be properly disclosed to its customers. Also, according to other outlets, the problem caused by the auth server...
EnGenius’ ENS620EXT is an AC1300 Wave 2 indoor/outdoor access point/bridge designed for SMBs and large residences. Encased in a IP55 rated shell, the new AP incorporates a fair degree of weatherproofing along with the latest in wireless AC networking, including beamforming and MU-MIMO.
Maximum link rate for the ENS620EXT is 400 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps at 5 GHz, while providing up to 3000 square feet of coverage with 27 dBm output power and four antennas, per EnGenius.
Other features include Link Aggregation using the AP’s two Gigabit Ethernet ports, three modes of operation (AP, client bridge, WDS – AP/bridge/station), PoE, and compatibility with EnGenius’ EZ Controller software for multi-AP deployments.
The EnGenius ENS620EXT Outdoor 11ac Wave 2 AC1300 Access Point is available now in North America with an MSRP of $229.
Announced during this year’s CES, the Helios-EX is Amped Wireless’ new tri-band Wi-Fi range extender. Powered by a quad-core processor, 128 MB of DDR3 memory, twelve amplifiers and four high gain antennas (one is internal), the Helios-EX delivers maximum link rates of 399 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 866 Mbps at each of two 5 GHz bands.
The new Wi-Fi range extender also employs Amped Wireless’ DirectLink technology, using one of the two 5 GHz bands to communicate directly with a home router - an advantage according to Amped Wireless, that provides faster performance over other competitors' products.
The Helios-EX also uses MU-MIMO, comes with five Gigabit Ethernet ports and a USB 3.0 port for file sharing options.
Available now at ampedwireless.com, the Amped Wireless...
ARRIS International and Broadcom Limited today announced they have entered into an agreement for ARRIS to acquire Brocade Communication Systems Inc.'s Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business.
Deal terms are $800 million cash, plus the additional cost of unvested employee stock awards, following the closing of Broadcom's acquisition of Brocade.
This portfolio will expand ARRIS's reach in wired and wireless networking beyond the home into the education, public venue, enterprise, hospitality, and MDU segments.
ARRIS plans to establish a dedicated business unit within the company, led by current Ruckus COO, Dan Rabinovitsj. The new unit will focus on "innovative wireless networking and wired switching technology to address evolving and emerging needs across a number of vertical markets".
The TVS-882ST2 Thunderbolt 2 8-bay NAS is powered by an Intel Core i5-6442EQ 1.9 GHz processor and 8 GB of DDR4 RAM (max is 32 GB), and supports up to eight 2.5” SATA SSD or HDD.
TVS-882ST2 runs QNAP’s QTS 4.3 operating system, which includes several business applications including virtualization, containers, QvPC (for using the TVS-882ST2 as a PC), and a Thunderbolt to Ethernet convertor for users that don’t have network jacks on their computer.
Storage expansion is also possible as demand for more space increases. This is done using up to six Thunderbolt 2 expansion enclosures, or by utilizing the NAS’ VJBOD feature that links multiple NAS boxes and lets users create pools of virtual drives across multiple NAS.
Additional interfaces include 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports, 2 x 10GbE and 2 x Gigabit network ports, 1 x HDMI, and 2 x USB 3.1 ports (USB-C + USB-A, up to 10Gb/s) and 2 x USB 3.0 ports.
DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.1 is the newest version of Synology’s Linux-based operating system designed to run on the company’s NAS products.
Designed for business use, DSM has several highlighted features to note:
- The updated file system includes data protection technologies like file self-healing and instant server-side copy.
- Active Directory services can now run on a Synology NAS.
- Shared folder encryption.
- Seagate Iron Wolf Health Management for storage monitoring.
- Snapshot replication adds encrypted shared folder replication support
- Updated Hyper Backup adds enhanced data deduplication and more data retention control.
- Updated High Availability enables SSD TRIM, and adds a quorum server.
- Virtual DSM Manager facilitates NAS cloning and restore to and from other NAS devices.
- Synology’s Universal Search to quickly find specific content on the hosting NAS.
- USB Copy...
You can now control some features of Linksys Velop, WRT and Max-Stream routers via Amazon Alexa.
The enabled skills are:
1. turning guest access on and off
2. obtaining the guest Wi-Fi name and password
3. getting the main network credentials (this skill can also be turned off)
This Linksys Article tells you how to enable the skills.
D-Link's latest Wi-Fi camera was previously announced during CES. The Omna 180 Cam HD is now available from Apple.com, or in Apple stores later this month. Retailing for $199.99, the Omna 180 is compatible with Apple's HomeKit smart home platform, providing surveillance and security services through the Apple Home app.
Go to the D-Link site for more information about the Omna 180 Cam HD, or Apple.comto order.
Qualcomm Technologies today announced two devices supporting the fast-approaching 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard.
The introduction of the IPQ8074 SoC for access points and routers and QCA6290 for client devices make Qualcomm Technologies the first company to announce both AP and client devices for 802.11ax.
The IPQ8074 SoC combines a dual-band 11ax radio, MAC and baseband supporting eight 5GHz and four 2.4GHz streams and 8x8 MU-MIMO, quad-core 64-bit A53 CPU and dual-core network accelerator in a 14nm design. It also supports Qualcomm's Wi-Fi SON technology, which is used in many of the 802.11ac distributed Wi-Fi (aka "mesh") systems sold today.
The QCA6290 is a 2x2 client device supporting 2x2 MU-MIMO using the 8x8 MU-MIMO sounding mechanism introduced by 802.11ax.
Both devices support 802.11ax standard features including 2.4 GHz MU-MIMO, uplink MU-MIMO on both bands, Target Wakeup Time (TwT) for improved...
It's time to tame your WiFi.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
Throughout the upcoming year, Thecus will implement Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2016 (WSS) into its rack-mount product lines.
The move targets businesses that can benefit from the operating system's updated features set including data deduplication, Work Folders, Resilient File System, SMB hardening, and PowerShell 5.1.
For future updates on Thecus and WSS 2016, keep an eye out on the company's product page.
Business grade access points are affordable and provide key performance improvements.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
The Buffalo LinkStation LS520DN line-up NAS products are DLNA-compatible products that not only work with computers and mobile devices, but also with smart televisions and stereo systems. The three models in the series are available in 2 TB, 4 TB and 8 TB capacities.
Linkstation LS520DN features include private cloud management via Buffalo’s WebAccess service, RAID 1 data protection, power control features to reduce power consumption, BitTorrent compatibility, NovaStor backup services for PCs, and integration with Time Machine for Apple products.
Buffalo’s LinkStation LS520DN products are available now and come with a 3-year limited warranty. MSRP for the 2 TB LS520DN0202 is $279.99, the 4 TB LS520DN0402 is $349.99, and the 8 TB LS520DN0802 is $449.99.
The new UniFi AC-HD is a Ubiquiti’s first 802.11ac access point that’s compatible with the company’s own UniFi SDN platform. This dual-band AP is a 4x4 MU-MIMO device, providing simultaneous connections to compatible endpoints, increasing both wireless efficiency and performance.
Additional features for the UniFi AC-HD include 802.3 PoE+ compatibility, radio and CPU hardware acceleration, and optimized antenna arrays for better beamforming range and throughput.
As part of the UniFi family, the AC-HD can be managed via the UniFi SDN controller’s graphical interface, along with other UniFi products.
Available now through Ubiquiti and authorized distributors, the UniFi AC-HD is priced at $349 MSRP, more than a third less expensive than competitive products from Merkaki, Aruba and Ruckus.
Interesting read from HelpNetSecurity
A group of researchers has analyzed 283 Android apps from Google Play that use the Android VPN permission in search of possible malware presence, third-party library embedding, and traffic manipulation, and have discovered that:
- 18% of the apps implement tunneling protocols without encryption (despite promising online anonymity and security to users)
- 84% of the apps don’t tunnel IPv6 traffic, and 66% don’t tunnel DNS traffic for a variety of reasons, thus exposing users to online tracking by surveillance agencies or commercial WiFi access points
- 75% of the apps use third-party tracking libraries and 82% request permissions to access sensitive resources (e.g. user accounts, text messages)
- VirusTotal identified malware presence in 38% of the...