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The new version of TP-Link's inexpensive AC access point has a lot to like.
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TP-Link’s Deco M9 Plus is a tri-band two-stream AC2200 Wi-Fi system.
The new Deco is powered by a quad-core processor, 4 GB eMMC flash and 512 MB RAM and is designed to handle up to 4500 sq. ft. of space with maximum link rates of 400 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps at 5 GHz (x 2). The second 5 GHz radio is reserved for node-to-node wireless connection (backhaul). There are also two Ethernet ports and a USB 2.0 port that is not available for customer use.
The system has a built-in smart home hub, managed through the Deco App (Android and iOS). The hub is said to be able to manage smart home/IoT devices via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2 and Zigbee 1.2. Amazon Alexa and IFTTT automation is also supported.
Wireless network security for the Deco M9 Plus is provided by TP-Link’s Home Care service. Powered by Trend Micro, Home Care adds anti-virus and malware protection, malicious site blocking, parental controls, QoS as well as other protection...
The tri-band TEW-829DRU, TRENDnet’s first business class router, is an AC3000 wireless router with dual WAN Ethernet ports providing load balancing and failover modes.
Designed for SMBs, the router supports three concurrent wireless bands, two 5 GHz and one 2.4 GHz, running maximum link rates of 1733 Mbps, 867 Mbps and 400 Mbps, respectively.
"Business" features include wireless client isolation, QoS for VoIP and media streaming, SSL, IPsec, PPTP, L2TP w/IPsec VPN support and IEEE 802.1Q inter-VLAN routing.
TRENDnet also adds web content filtering to the TEW-829DRU via Router Limits, enforcing managed screen time, content filtering, browsing history tracking, internet access pausing, safe searching, and restricting screen time. Other TEW-829DRU features include online firmware updates and pre-encrypted Wi-Fi.
Interfaces built into the TEW-829DRU include two GbE WAN ports, eight GbE LAN ports, one USB 3.0 port, and a RJ-45...
Plume is moving to a subscription based system for their products in order to maintain the features which they refer to as "Active Management", though they fail to detail what that entails, and if the subscription is not paid, they claim that the products will continue to function but with reduced functionality (though no mention as to what extent).
The article also mentions that existing Plume Pod owners will be grandfathered in, but it does not detail to what extent in relation to the cloud reliant features.
The service plan is $60 per year or $200 for a lifetime plan.
While the company is very vague on what is offered and what is taken away when you don't pay up, in drawing inferences from their claims of grandfathering in older Plume Pods, we can assume that non-grandfathered plume pod devices will end up with far less functionality if the user does not pay the subscription fees.
[Ed note, the company also announced its tri-band SuperPod. Jim Salter got an exclusive sneak...
Buffalo’s new Windows Storage Server 2016 TeraStations are designed to integrate into existing Windows environments.
The WS5020 series is powered by an Intel Atom C3338 CPU with 8 GB DDR4 ECC RAM. Based on disk capacity (HDDs are included) and form factor, the WS5020s are available in five desktop and two rack-mountable models:
- WS5220DN04W6 – Desktop, 4 TB (two HDDs) and two USB 3.0 ports
- WS5220DN08W6 - Desktop, 8 TB (two HDDs) and two USB 3.0 ports
- WS5420DN08W6 - Desktop, 8 TB (four HDDs) and two USB 3.0 ports
- WS5420DN16W6 - Desktop, 16 TB (four HDDs) and two USB 3.0 ports
- WS5420DN32W6 - Desktop, 32 TB (four HDDs) and two USB 3.0 ports
- WS5420RN16S6 – Rackmount, 16 TB (four HDDs) and three USB 3.0 ports
- WS5420RN32S6 - Rackmount, 32 TB (four HDDs) and three USB 3.0 ports
QNAP updated its TS-x32XU line of SMB-level rack-mounted NASes.
Available in 4-bay, 8-bay or 12-bay models, with single or redundant power supplies, these refreshed NASes are powered by a new 64-bit Alpine AL-324 ARMv8 Cortex-A57 quad-core 1.7 GHz processor by Annapurna Labs, and DDR4 memory. TS-x32XU series models run QNAP’s QTS operating system, which hosts a variety of useful apps downloadable from QNAP or the QTS App Center.
Aside from a PCIe 2.0 x2 slot expansion slot that can be used to add M.2 SSD storage, additional 10 GbE networking or additional USB ports, the TS-x32XU also includes two 10GbE SFP+ network ports, two Gigabit network ports, and four USB 3.1 Type A ports. Each TS-x32XU also supports snapshots, tiered storage, and RAID 50/60.
The newly updated models in the TS-x32XU line include:
Redundant power supply models:
- TS-432XU-RP: 1U, up to four...
The Wi-Fi Alliance on Tuesday announced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Enhanced Open, a certification program that provides improved security in open Wi-Fi networks.
Wi-Fi Enhanced Open provides protection where user authentication is not desired or distribution of credentials is impractical, such as in coffee shops, airports, hotels and sports arenas.
Wi-Fi Enhanced Open provides protections against passive eavesdropping without requiring a password or extra steps to join the network. Based on the Opportunistic Wireless Encryption (OWE) standard (RFC 8110), Wi-Fi Enhanced Open provides each user with unique individual encryption that protects data exchange between a user device and the Wi-Fi network.
OWE uses some of the same underlying cryptography developed for the Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE), which was previously included...
The TS-x63XU series, available in hot-swappable 4, 8, and 12-bay designs with single or redundant power supply options, are rackmount enterprise NAS devices powered by AMD’s G-Series GX-420MC quad-core 2.0 GHz processor and dual channel 4GB DDR3LSO-DIMM RAM (upgradable to 16GB).
Aside from already having four GbE interfaces, each TS-x63XU model also includes a single 10 GbE NIC to help accelerate business-related operations such as virtualization and hi-res video production.
The TS-x63XU series supports storage features such SSD caching, tiered storage allocation, and block-based snapshots, and works with VMware, Citrix, MS Hyper-V virtualization solutions that use Windows, Linux, Unix, Android VMs, as well as Docker and LXC containers.
Running QNAP’s QTS OS, the TS-x63XU series supports a variety of apps available through the QTS App Center, including cross-devices file syncing with Qsync, QIoT for IoT app development, and...
Bullguard’s Dojo Intelligent IoT Vulnerability Scanner (DIS) is an app (Android and iOS) that runs security risk assessments and scores home environments that have smart home products like cameras, lights, smart locks, as well as computers and similar items.
In order for DIS to give the final network security score, the apps runs a discovery process, with the help of local and cloud-based detection engines, and identifies every connected device on the network, providing the consumer with a full list of connected items. Then, using the cloud-based Bullguard Dojo security risk assessment service, DIS presents the vulnerabilities found, as well as an overall score, where “10” is best.
For those that own Bullguard’s Dojo appliance (available separately), features found in the new assessment tool are also integrated into the appliance’s own Dojo app. Vulnerability scans can be run from the Dojo app, instead of the assessment tool, while...
D-Link’s COVR-C1203 is a three-piece AC1200 dual-band Wi-Fi system just added to the company’s COVR line-up of products. The MU-MIMO Wi-Fi system uses 2x3 antennas that gives up to 5000 sq. ft of coverage, per D-Link, while providing multi-user support needed to handle multiple concurrent connections.
Like its tri-band and powerline siblings, the COVR-C1203 provides mesh networking services including seamless roaming and smart steering, as well parental controls, app-based installation and management, and compatibility with other routers and gateways. Also, unlike its siblings, COVR-C1203 uses a lower profile design, an aesthetically pleasing build that also includes swappable color plates used to customize each unit to one’s personal taste.
D-Link’s 3-pack COVR-C1203 Wi-Fi system is available now and costs $249.
While people are glossing over 802.11ax routers, this is something that particularly caught my attention yesterday:
A USB 2.5/5 GBps Ethernet adapter. Pricing will be the important thing here, but if I remember correctly, that manufacturer was the one who opened the door to inexpensive PCI-Express 5 Gbps adapters a year or two ago.
ASUS announced two new 802.11ax routers at Computex 2018 today and said shipments will begin in Q3 this year.
At the top end is the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, the "world's first" tri-band 802.11ax router. The 11,000 comes from--you guessed it--the sum of top link rates of 1148 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 4804 Mbps on the separate 5 GHz low and high band radios.
Continuing the fine Wi-Fi marketing tradition of link-rate inflation, the 4804 Mbps link rate specified for the 5 GHz radios comes not from 8 streams, but from using 160 MHz bandwidth with four streams. The 2.4 GHz radio also supports four streams, with its link rate is specified using 40 MHz bandwidth.
This new addition to ASUS' line of gaming routers also sports one 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port that can be used for WAN or LAN duties. Its hardware platform also includes a quad-core CPU (Broadcom BCM4906, according to...
TP-Link just announced its Archer A7 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router.
The main thrust of the router is lower cost, given its $80 price tag. Otherwise, it's a pretty standard Qualcomm-based 3x3 AC1750 class router with a USB 2.0 port supporting storage sharing.
It's up for order now on Amazon.
Linksys' takes a run at cheaper version of its Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System and comes up too short.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
Utilizing two Qualcomm QCA9984 NICs, QNAP’s new QWA-AC2600 dual-band dual-concurrent PCIe 2.0 x1 wireless adapter can be used in Linux PCs and QNAP NAS products to give workgroups a wireless bay station with direct access to NAS resources, or as a wireless access point. As a 4x4 MU-MIMO device, the QWA-AC2600 also supports simultaneous connections with maximum link rates of 2533 Mbps.
According to QNAP, in order to use the extended capabilities brought out by the NAS + QWA-AC2600 combination, customers need the QNAP provided WirelessAP Station app, while extended features like DHCP and NAT are enabled with the Network and Virtual Switch app.
Available now, a quick Google search shows the QNAP QWA-AC2600 Wireless Adapter costing between $159 to $168. We’ll update this post with official pricing once we hear back from QNAP.
QNAP’s latest set of QM2 PCIe expansion cards include models that support up to four M.2 SSDs, providing different to ways to use additional flash memory, including SSD caching, data tiering, or just adding more capacity.
Designed for use with QNAP’s own PCIe slot equipped NAS products, the two SSD and four SSD supporting QM2 cards support RAID 5/6/10, include thermal sensors that monitor real-time temperature, and have built-in heatsinks and smart fans to further protect the cards from overheating.
Still available, other QM2 Cards in the series include integrated 10 GbE adapters, supporting 10 GbE/5 GbE/2.5 GbE/GbE/100 MbE network speeds, combining two very helpful features for those crossing over to 10 GbE and needing better storage performance.
The new four M.2 SSD supporting expansions cards include:
- QM2-4S-240: Quad M.2 2280 SATA SSD card, PCIe Gen2 x 4
- QM2-4P-284: Quad M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe SSD card,...
- QM2-4S-240: Quad M.2 2280 SATA SSD card, PCIe Gen2 x 4
Comcast today announced nationwide availability for its xFi Pod Wi-Fi extenders. The company had previously trialed the devices in limited markets late last year.
The Pods act as Wi-Fi extenders, working with select Comcast xFi gateways (Arris TG1682G, Cisco 3941T, Arris TG3482G, Technicolor CGM4140COM, according to this FAQ) to extend Wi-Fi to weak signal areas.
Comcast says the Pods work with the gateways to "continuously monitor and optimize Wi-Fi connections to each device", using a remote management platform hosted in Comcast's cloud.
The Pods are based on technology licensed from mesh Wi-Fi startup Plume. According to TechCrunch, "Comcast licensed the Plume technology, then reconfigured some aspects of it in order to integrate xFi. It also designed its...
Powered by AMD’s 8-core Ryzen architecture, the 16-bay TS-1677X Ryzen NAS is built to handle workloads found in larger businesses, such as AI and virtualization.
Available in four different models - based on processor and RAM (up to 64 GB), each TS-1677X Ryzen series NAS includes three PCIe expansion slots ((1x PCIe 3.0 x8, 1x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1x PCIe 2.0 x4) supporting graphics cards, 10/40 GbE NICs, USB 3.1 cards and QNAP’s own QM2 M.2 SSD/10 GbE products.
Running QNAP’s QTS OS, AI support comes from QNAP’s new QuAI developer package and the systems’ architecture, with performance further enhanced when used with higher-end graphics cards. Virtualization ready, TS-1677X Ryzen NAS can host virtual machine/containers running in VMware, Microsoft and Citrix environments, as well as QNAP’s own vQTS service, all accessible over iSER (iSCSI Over RDMA). Additionally, TS-1677X Ryzen NAS’ QVR Pro application has 8 free channels for video...
Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, the six-bay DS1618+ desktop NAS is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom C3538 quad core 2.1 GHz processor and 4 GB DDR4 memory (expandable to 32 GB).
Built with hot-swappable drive bays compatible with 3.5”, 2.5” HDDs and 2.5” SSDs, DS1618+ is expandable to sixteen bays when paired with Synology’s DX517 expansion units bumping storage to 192 TB maximum capacity. The DS1618+ also includes a Gen3 x8 PCIe expansion slot accommodating cards like M.2 SATA SSD cache, or 10 GbE for faster throughput.
Interfaces include four GbE network ports (Link Aggregation/Failover support), three USB 3.0 ports and two eSATA ports.
Available now, the Synology DS1618+ is priced at $799 and comes with a 3-year hardware warranty.
Qualcomm has announced that the third-generation Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) standard will be available on Qualcomm’s new mobile and networking infrastructure products later this year.
WPA3 is seen as the next logical step in securing wireless communication. It adds enhanced cryptography, data privacy protection in public hotspots via Opportunistic Wireless Protection, and an improved on-boarding experience for wireless products. It also eliminates the security hole exposed by the KRACK exploit that could bypass WPA2 security.
Qualcomm is targeting the WPA3 implementation into its chipsets starting in summer 2018, starting with its Snapdragon 845 platform and on then all the company’s network infrastructure products.
This announcement does not mean WPA3 will be supported on all current Qualcomm Wi-Fi products. WPA3's computational needs require more powerful hardware than...