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QNAP has announced its most affordable 10GbE NAS yet. The four bay TS-431X joins the 5-bay TS-531X and 8-bay TS-831X and has one 10 Gigabit Ethernet SFP+ port in addition to two Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The 10 GbE port allows single clients to take full advantage of its high transfer speeds. QNAP specs Windows large file tranfer reads at over 950 MB/s and writes at 525 MB/s. AES 256-bit encrypted performance is spec'd at 312 MB/s read and 240 MB/s write.
The TS-431X runs on Annapurna Labs’ Alpine AL-212 Dual-core 1.7 GHz ARM Cortex-A15 processor with 2 GB or 8 GB of DDR3 RAM. The TS-531X and TS-831X run on quad-core Annapurna Labs Alping AL-314 platforms.
The TS-431X’s hot swappable drive bays support four 3.5”/2.5” SATA HDDs/SSDs in RAID 0/1/5/6/10 and JBOD configurations. Three USB 3.0 ports support attached drives and...
The 5N2 is the second generation of the company's popular five bay NAS targeted at SOHO and SMB users. It features two GbE ports that support adaptive link bonding, an upgraded processor, hot data caching and Drobo Apps designed to extend the Drobo 5N2’s functionality.
The 5N2 holds up to five 3.5" SATA HDDs and SSDs of any capacity, spindle speed or cache and includes an mSATA SSD slot for fast cache support.
Drobo's signature BeyondRAID technology is focused on making increasing/upgrading capacity a lot easier as capacity requirements increase over time. It includes thin provisioning, instant disk expansion, virtual hot spares and mixed drive size utilization.
BeyondRAID also provides data security using a journaled architecture that eliminates the RAID5 write hole and protects against single or dual drive failure. Other data protection features include battery-backed cache, hot data cache with read-ahead, periodic background data...
Arris’ new gateway, the SVG248AC, combines broadband, wireless and voice services into a single package approved for Xfinity customers. SVG248AC is a 24 download/8 upload DOCSIS 3.0 modem, a 3x3 AC1750 wireless router, and a voice gateway, that uses the RDK-B standards that help accelerate broadband services.
Additional specs include 4 GbE LAN ports, two telephony ports and two USB 2.0 ports along the rear side of the gateway.
Priced at $239, the ARRIS SURFboard SVG2482AC is available on Amazon and the ARRIS SURFboard website.
The new dual-band wireless router is the Tenda A6, and at a price of $34.99, it may turn the heads of those looking for bargains in home networking.
Powered by a 900 MHz Broadcom processor and using four high-gain antennas, the A6 produces wireless maximum link rates of 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps at 5 GHz, while accommodating wired connections through three 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN ports that sit along its rear panel. WAN connection is also 10/100 Mbps.
Other features include Beamforming +, home VPN, remote cloud and app management, parental controls, and a sleep timer, as well as others.
The Tenda A6 is available now through Tenda’s US online store.
With its flat compact design, the new ZyXEL WAC5302D-S 802.11ac Wall-Plate Unified AP offers installers a variety of placement options that would work well in hotels and other hospitality businesses.
The WAC5302D-S gives Wireless AC link rates up to 1.2 Gbps and has three Gigabit Ethernet ports for physical connections, including a one PoE port for PoE-compatible devices. A single USB 2.0 port is also positioned at the bottom of the AP next to its Ethernet ports.
Businesses can also use ZyXEL One Network and Zyxel Smart Connect products to manage and monitor installed WAC5302D-S APs.
The ZyXEL WAC5302D-S 802.11ac Wall-Plate Unified AP is available now at an MSRP of $279.
We finally take a look at Ubiquiti's cheap AC access points.
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Taking its Circle with Disney concept one step further, Circle Media announced Circle Connections, an updated smart platform for Circle with Disney that includes several integrated partner services and features targeting families and home life. Ultimately, these services give parents the ability to better manage screen time and filter content for their kids, including:
“Chores” - Lets kids earn screen time and later bed times by completing chores.
“Assistant” - Lets parents and kids use Amazon Alexa to monitor screen time.
“Activity” – Activity trackers let parents set goals for their older kids, rewarding them with more screen time.
“Driving” – Filters out social media messaging while teens are driving.
“Social” – Monitors online for media activity generated on social *
“Automation” – This last service connects Circle with Disney...
What is Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) and why should you care? Here's the straight poop.
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The SB8200 SURFboard cable modem is Arris’ first DOCSIS 3.1 product designed to keep up with cable providers pushing the latest DOCSIS standard to customers who are using more online content and services than before. The SB8200 is currently approved for use by Cox and Comcast, while Charter and other providers are still pending.
The SB8200’s channel configuration is 32 down and 8 up. LAN connectivity-wise, the SB8200 also includes two GbE ports that can push 2 GbE in combined output, or be used separately for other dedicated devices other than a router.
Available for $199.99, the Arris SB8200 SURFboard can be purchased at Amazon.com now, and at other vendors shortly.
The Zyxel PLA5236 is not only a 1000 Mbps powerline device that gets plugged into a wall socket to use a home’s electrical wiring to network a home – it’s also a 5 GHz only 2x2 AC900 wireless extender that can be used to increase existing Wi-Fi signal with a maximum link rate of 867 Mbps.
The HomePlug AV2 Powerline product includes two GbE network ports for wired networking, while wireless networking can be set using three different modes that maximize either speed, range, or a combination of speed and range.
Setting up and monitoring the PLA5236 is done using Zyxel’s ONE Connect mobile app, available for both iOS and Android devices.
The Zyxel PLA5236 has a two warranty and is available from Zyxel resellers for $84.99.
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...