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(Reuters) - Chipmaker Marvell Technology Group Ltd (MRVL.O) has agreed to acquire smaller peer Cavium Inc (CAVM.O) for around $6 billion, as it seeks to expand in the networking equipment sector, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.
NETGEAR Orbi Wi-Fi Systems and Nighthawk routers will be getting better parental control features thanks to a partnership with Circle. The integration of the Circle app (for IOS and Android) gives parents additional services they can set or schedule to provide a safe online environment for kids and their devices.
Circle On NETGEAR is available in two plans. The free “Basic” plan includes filter levels for age appropriate content, device pausing, historical information regarding visited sites, safe search engine filters, and ad blocking.
The $4.99/month “Premium” service adds time limits, bedtime rules that disconnect a device from the network at the end of the day, device scheduling for “no internet access”, internet usage history, rewards functions that increase time limits, a personalized dashboard for each child, and smart home integration with Choremonster, IFTTT, and Amazon Alexa....
ASUS' RT-AC86U Dual Band AC2900 Wireless Router aims to replace the RT-AC68 as ASUS' mainstream midrange router.
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Taipei, Taiwan, November 14, 2017 – QNAP® Systems (QNAP®) today launched the all-new QBoat Sunny, a small and powerful single-board Internet of Things (IoT) mini server for IoT developers. QBoat Sunny can connect to versatile IoT development boards, devices and applications, and be used as a server for small-scale/private IoT applications, or a fog computing node/gateway in large-scale/public IoT environments. [Full release]
QNAP has announced three AMD Ryzen based NASes. The TS-x77 series includes the 12-bay TS-1277, 8-bay TS-877 and 6-bay TS-677.
All are based on AMD’s Ryzen multi-core processors, use DDR4 memory, support two M.2 SSD modules for internal cache, and have eight USB (six 3.0 and two 3.1) ports.
With their three PCI-e expansion slots, the TS-x77 series can support AMD Radeon and Nvidia graphics cards and QNAP’s QM2 10 GbE/ 40 GbE network cards for faster network throughput.
Storage expansion for the TS-x77 series includes VJBOD, hot-swap RAID upgrades to larger drives, and hardware expansion using one of QNAPs own expansion enclosures.
The larger TS-1277 can house eight 2.5”/3.5” and four 2.5” drives and is available in three models:
- TS-1277-1700-64G: AMD Ryzen™ 7 1700 8-core / 16-thread 3.0 GHz processor, Turbo Core 3.7 GHz and 64GB DDR4 UDIMM (4 x 16GB)
- TS-1277-1700-16G: AMD...
Linksys today announced its RE9000 Max-Stream Tri-Band AC3000 Wi-Fi Range Extender. It takes direct aim at NETGEAR’s EX8000 Nighthawk X6S extender announced this past August, priced at $169.99, $60 lower than the EX8000's $229.99.
Both products contain three radios, one 2x2 2.4 GHz, one 2x2 5 GHz low band and one 4x4 5 GHz high band. The extra radio enables the option of a dedicated backhaul connection when used with "tri-band" routers. This maximizes bandwidth available to devices by not sharing the same radio for backhaul and client connection.
RE9000 features include:
- Integrated four-port gigabit Ethernet switch for wireless-to-Ethernet bridging
- Three radios supporting maximum link rates of 400 Mbps (2x2 2.4 GHz), 867 Mbps (2x2 5 GHz low band) and 1733 Mbps (4x4 5 GHz high band)
- MU-MIMO and beamforming support on both 5 GHz...
The latest beta to QNAP’s NAS operating system enables snapshots on the company’s 10 GbE NAS, the Annapurna Labs quad-core powered TS-1635.
In general, the update adds support for ARM-based systems and lowers memory requirements for snapshots to 1 GB. QTS 4.3.4 allows the SMB targeted TS-1635 to back up its own snapshots, and snapshots from other NAS devices using Snapshot Replica, taking full advantage of the NAS’ sixteen drive capacity.
For more information on the TS-1635 and QTS 4.3.4, check out the QNAP website.
The newly updated WatchGuard T15, T35, and T55 tabletop UTM devices, designed for small and distributed offices, get a couple of significant updates designed to improve network throughput and security for businesses. The updated models replace the T10, T30 and T50 products, respectively.
Aside from upgraded components and standard UTM features, including APT blocking, TDR, IPS, anti-virus and application control, the updated hardware for the T35 and T55 includes integrated 802.11 ac Wi-Fi and a PoE-enabled port for compatible devices.
The T15 has three GbE ports (two for LAN) and a USB 2.0 port, while the T35 and T55 come with five GbE ports (four for LAN – port 4 is PoE) and two USB 2.0 ports.
Pricing for the new Firebox T series was not announced. The WatchGuard...
NETGEAR’s Arlo Outdoor Smart Home Security Light is a weather-resistant outdoor LED light that’s customizable and wire-free.
This expansion of NETGEAR's Arlo family moves it a step further toward the home security market, which is a leading revenue driver in the consumer Internet of Things (IoT) market.
Housed in a IP65-rated shell, the new light can be used outside and thanks to a cable-less design, finding a place to install the light is not limited by cable lengths or access to power sources.
The Arlo Outdoor Light has adjustable motion detection, and can work in conjunction with other lights, and/or trigger security cameras to start recording. The light also works with Amazon Alexa, powering on and off with a voice command, as well as IFTTT for more complicated setups.
Adjustments include the ability to change between flood and spot lighting and color output.
NETGEAR touts that the Arlo Outdoor Light comes with a long lasting...
TRENDnet's TPL-430APK WiFi Everywhere Powerline 1200 AV2 Wireless Kit is an inexpensive way to light up a Wi-Fi dead spot with surprisingly good throughput.
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Updated Monday 6 Nov by Tim Higgins
SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcom Limited (NASDAQ: AVGO) ("Broadcom"), a leading semiconductor device supplier to the wired, wireless, enterprise storage, and industrial end markets, today announced a proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) ("Qualcomm") for per share consideration of $70.00 in cash and stock.
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NETGEAR's EX8000 Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band WiFi Range Extender is a big, but pricey, step forward in Wi-Fi extender design.
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The three new models, including the DS218play, DS218j and DS118, are updated versions of previous small office/home office DiskStation products, and run Synology’s DiskStation Manager web-based operating system.
The dual-bay DS218play follows up on the DS216play and is powered by a 64-bit Realtek quad-core 1.4 GHz processor w/ encryption engine and 1 GB of DDR4 RAM. The processor has a hardware transcoding engine that supports real-time single channel 10-bit H.265 4K Ultra HD or single channel full HD video transcoding. Available inputs include one GbE jack and two USB 3.0 ports.
Synology’s DS218j is another dual-bay NAS that replaces the DS216j. DS218j runs on a Marvell Armada dual-core 1.3 GHz processor w/ encryption engine and 512 MB of DDR3 memory. Designed to be a low power unit, the DS218j runs at 17.48 W at peak usage and 7.03 at...
As part of a recent change, Canary has decided to take many features that were advertised as being free with their cameras, and moved them behind a pay wall which will cost $10 per month for the first camera, and $5 per month for each additional camera
Users on a free account are now limited to live view (only viewable on their smartphone app), and recordings will be capped at 10 second clips which are erased after 24 hours, and those types of recordings will only take place in "Away mode". Night mode is now moved behind a paywall, thus leaving no options to record motion without generating alerts. Furthermore, you are limited to only 3 video downloads per month.
Overall, it has become one of the least functional cloud reliant cameras with the removal of the vast majority of features that received positive feedback in reviews.
On their website, as of 10/26/2017 they are offering a different service plan option with no...
Following closely on the coattails of its Amazon Key in-home delivery service, Amazon just added its Cloud Cam security camera to its growing list of smart home products.
The new Amazon Cloud Cam can be installed as a mounted or free-standing wireless device with a feature set that includes 1080p full HD resolution, 120-degree field of view, two-way audio, night vision, motion detection, and 24/7 access to activity clips captured in the AWS cloud. After mobile notification is sent, homeowners can watch the cloud-captured footage via the free Amazon Cloud Cam app (available for both iOS and Android) or on Amazon’s own Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire TV products, and Fire tablets.
Aside from a free basic plan that includes 24 hours of saved footage for up to three cameras, optional Amazon Cloud subscriptions for the Cloud Cam are available in three subscription tiers:
- Basic saves up to 7 days of motion detection clips, up to three...
Cisco's RV-345P is the latest addition to the company's small business VPN router family.
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Plume Design today announced collaborations with both Broadcom and Qualcomm for development of multi-node distributed Wi-Fi systems.
The Broadcom deal focuses on integration of Broadcom's Air-IQ and ZeroWaitDFS features with Plume's Adaptive WiFi Cloud Control and Management Platform. Also included is "pre-integration" of the Plume Agent onto "a broad range of Broadcom silicon platforms ... including ... the new Max Wi-Fi 11ax ecosystem". This includes Broadcom's BCM43684 802.11ax announced in August.
The Qualcomm announcement unveiled "two form-factor ready, turn-key, distributed Wi-Fi access point reference designs". The two designs combine 2-stream and 4-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology in dual or tri-band configurations and network processing into a "highly integrated system-on-chip (SoC) from Qualcomm...
Qualcomm Technologies has announced its Video-Over-Mesh end-to-end video over wireless (VoW) solution that optimizes the delivery of video over mesh networks.
The feature set is aimed at enabling broadband carriers to produce whole-home Wi-Fi systems, with a specific eye toward providing glitch-free video with less than 40 ms of latency and "near lossless video delivery in high path loss conditions".
The solution is said to enable "multiple HD and UHD video streams to run simultaneously". It can be used with Qualcomm's Wave-2 802.11ac chipset portfolio.
The announcement said the company is working with OEM's Acelink, Alpha Networks, Askey, Hitron, Technicolor and WNC "to develop carrier mesh solutions based on the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, which will be introduced to consumers in 2018".
Also revealed is a partnership with Plume Design to develop two "turn-key Wi-Fi hardware reference designs". Qualcomm said...
Wi-Fi chipmaker Quantenna today announced its QSR10R-AX chipset for 802.11ax mesh repeater networks.
The new device's claim to fame is that it's the world's first solution to combine three 4x4 802.11ax radios and integrated CPU cores. As Quantenna's block diagram above shows, three devices make up the chipset, the QT10R-AC digital core, plus QT7810X dual 4x4 5 GHz and QT6210X 2.4 GHz 4x4 RF front ends.
The device is targeted at enabling service providers to create 4x4 802.11ax extender/repeaters as companions to 4x4 or 8x8 residential gateways.
Quantenna's announcement did not mention specific products, but it had quotes with nice things to say from mesh Wi-Fi maker Plume and connectivity software maker SoftAtHome. Quantenna previously announced SoftAtHome Smart Wi-Fi runs on its QV860 chipset. Plume's CEO,...