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The Qualcomm Mesh Networking Development Kit was created to facilitate integration of Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, the key component driving Amazon's portion of the smart home market. Designed to help quickly develop Alexa integrated mesh Wi-Fi systems, the new development kit adds additional components to the existing Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform, including:
- IPQ4019 integrated network processor
- Integrated audio decoding and post-processing
- Multi-microphone FFV (far field voice) and WWD (wake word detection)
- Support for various I/O technologies
- Full software stack of the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform
For more information on...
If you're looking for a smartphone to go along with your Wi-Fi 6 router, it looks like you'll be able to get one soon from Samsung.
The company today announced the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E and S10 5G. All are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 that handles 4G radio duties. The 5G model uses a Qualcomm X50 5G modem that handles both both millimeter wave (28GHz and 39GHz) and sub-6GHz 5G bands.
For Wi-Fi 6, however, Samsung decided to use Broadcom's BCM4375 instead of the draft 11ax radio built into the Snapdragon 855.
The S10, S10 Plus, and S10E will be available for preorders tomorrow at 12AM ET (midnight), starting at $900, $1,000, and $750, respectively.
This is much more aggressive push to the U.S. market for Wi-Fi 6 than for Wi-Fi 5 (80211ac). It took about two years between the shipment of draft 11ac routers and 11ac phones in the U.S....
The two-node Covr-2202 tri-band Wi-Fi system, announced in 2018’s CES, has finally been released. The new AC2200 Wi-Fi system is a consumer mesh Wi-Fi product that includes Smart Roaming for seamless transitions between nodes using a single SSID, and Smart Steering that lets devices use the best possible band available.
Using built-in vertical and horizontal antennas, the Covr-2202 tri-band system boosts wireless performance by using its 2.4 GHz band and one of its 5 GHz bands for wireless devices, while using the remaining 5GHz band for backhaul communication between the two Wi-Fi system nodes.
Aside from a D-Link touted 6,000 square foot range, the Covr-2202 also includes MU-MIMO, parental controls, built-in compatibility for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, an app-based management interface (iOS...
Amazon to Acquire eero to Help Customers Better Connect Smart Home Devices
Amazon announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire eero, a company that offers products and services for high-performing, reliable, and simple home WiFi
SEATTLE & SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 11, 2019-- Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and eero today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire eero. eero’s home mesh WiFi systems set up in minutes and blanket every room of a customer’s home in high-performing, reliable WiFi. eero is already delighting Amazon customers with its products and services, as indicated by eero’s 4.6-star product rating on Amazon.com.
Full press release
The dual-band TP-Link RE220 is a three-stream AC750 wireless range extender supporting maximum link rates of 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 433 Mbps at 5 GHz. Compact in size, the TP-Link RE220 has a wall mount design that plugs directly into an electrical outlet.
Managing the RE220 is done via a cloud-based ID and by using TP-Link’s Tether app, also used for other TP-Link products as well, providing services such as parental controls, setup and security.
Other features include an wireless adapter functionality and AP-mode -both using RE220’s ethernet jack, dual-band backup, APS for seamless connections when traveling between the router and extender, WPS, and cloud-based firmware updates.
The TP-Link RE220 Wi-Fi range extender is available now, for 29.99, on Amazon.
Using USB 3.0 Type-C, QNAP’s 4-bay hardware RAID storage expansion device, the TR-004, can be attached to either a personal computer or a NAS, increasing storage while supporting RAID 0/1/5/10 and JBOD configurations. RAID settings, as well as disk health, logging, and firmware updates are all managed using QNAP’s External RAID Manager utility when the TR-004 is attached to a PC. Alternatively, users attaching their TR-004 to a NAS can manage RAID settings and storage pools using the Storage and Snapshots app included within the QTS operating system.
Other mentioned QNAP TR-004 features include exFAT support, sleep mode when the attached PC or NAS shuts down, sleeps or gets disconnected, status indicators, one-touch copy, ejection button for disconnecting from a PC/NAS, lockable drives, and lastly, physical dip switches that provide an alternative way to configure RAID settings on the TR-004.
Pricing for the...
Arris moved strongly into the growing Wi-Fi 6 consumer market with the announcement of its SURFboard mAX Pro Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Wi-Fi System.
The AX1100 class system will support maximum link rates of 1200 Mbps on its 2.4 GHz radio and 4800 Mbps on both 5 GHz radios. The second 5 GHz radio will typically be used as a dedicated backhaul link.
Aside from its four GbE ports and support for 2 GbE WAN link aggregation, the sleekly designed AX1100 is backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, uses a SURFboard mAX Manager app for administration, has band steering, provides parental controls, and is compatible with Alexa.
Pricing for ARRIS’ SURFboard mAX Pro Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Wi-Fi System (AX1100) hasn’t been set yet, however ARRIS says its new Wi-Fi system will be available during the first half of 2019. ARRIS will also release a single router version,...
The unnamed Wi-Fi 6 chip, supporting 2x2 and 4x4 configurations, will be used in consumer and commercial devices such routers, gateways, APs and repeaters.
Based on the 802.11ax draft specification, the new combo chip will support uplink and downlink OFDMA, 1024QAM, MU-MIMO, Target Wake Time and Spatial Reuse. The device ensures the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios don't interfere with each other and also will support the Wi-Fi Alliance's Easy Mesh standard.
Neither pricing nor availability were announced. For more information, visit the MediaTek website.
Spectrum customers will be getting in-home protection and privacy services based on CUJO AI’s nextgen artificial intelligence platform.
Details are scarce; however the new service is targeting Spectrum’s 24 million internet subscribers, providing a "personalized customer experience, offer advanced protection and ensure seamless device management on home, mobile and public networks."
Per the announcement, CUJO AI will be used to analyze customers’ home network and device activity, looking out for abnormal activity that could be deemed threatening, ultimately protecting customers and their networks, but for the supporting ISP, it can also potentially reduce support costs and time used for troubleshooting.
Charter Communications/Spectrum will be deploying Cujo AI in 2019.
NETGEAR bundled its small-biz products into one press release, so here's the story.
NETGEAR’s Smart Managed Pro S350 IPV6-ready series of switches will be available in five different models, each with 2 or 4 SFP ports. The new S350 lineup will be available in 8-, 24-, and 48-port GbE configurations, as well as two other models with 8- and 24-ports that include POE+.
Aside from their Layer 2 functions, advanced Smart Managed Pro S350 features include L2/L3/L4 ACLs, QoS, Link Aggregation Control Protocol, and Spanning Tree Protocol.
NETGEAR also released the PoE-powered Orbi Pro Mesh Wi-Fi Ceiling Satellite that connects to the Orbi Pro Router or other Orbi satellites via NETGEAR’s FastLane3-enabled backhaul.
Next item on the list is NETGEAR’s Insight Managed Smart Cloud Tri-Band 4x4 Wireless Access Point. The business-class...
NETGEAR had more to share for CES 2019, including a 5G Hotspot, new Nighthawk DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem and higher security for Orbi.
The Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot (shown above) is the first announced standards-based millimeter wave mobile 5G device, available exclusively on the AT&T Mobile 5G Network. It uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem, the world’s first commercial 5G NR modem featuring millimeter wave. No pricing or availability was given.
The CM1150V Nighthawk Cable Telephony modem for Xfinity Voice is the world’s first-to-market retail DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem with two telephone ports that automatically prioritize voice over internet protocol (VoIP) traffic. Although it is designed to support Multi-Gig high speed service plans, that feature won't be launched until "mid Q1" (2019). As indicated above, the CM1150V will be available later this month and lists for $250.
NETGEAR today announced it will be shipping a Wi-Fi 6 (draft 802.11ax) version of its top-0f-line Orbi RBK50 in the second half of this year.
The company released relatively few details on the RBK152, only saying it will be Qualcomm-based, use a quad-core processor, support 12 streams and have a dedicated 4z4 Wi-Fi 6 backhaul. The announcement didn't say whether the client-facing radios would be Wi-Fi 6 or Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). Pricing was not announced.
This would be the second Wi-Fi 6 product based on Qualcomm's AX chipset NETGEAR has announced. It has yet to release the RAX120 Nighthawk AX12, which was quietly announced back in November, for general shipment. The RAX120 is available only through an invitation-only "Premiere Membership Beta" program, with no announced pricing.
In addition to the high-end RT-AX88U (dual-band 4x4, AX6000) and ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 (tri-band 4x4, AX11000) Asus announced today a mid-range Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) router, the RT-AX58U, based on Intel silicon.
The AX3000 class router supports draft 802.11ax on both bands with 2x2 MIMO as well as OFDMA, MU-MIMO and ASUS' AiMesh. It's based on the Intel WAV654 chipset,
Pricing and availability are not publicly known yet.
TP-Link is moving aggressively toward 802.11ax (aka Wi-Fi 6), being the first to announce a low-cost dual-stream router and Mesh Wi-Fi system.
TP-Link re-introduced two of its new Broadcom-based "Archer" family AX routers that were announced last month, the Archer AX6000 and Archer AX11000.
The new Archer AX1800 (shown above) is the least expensive Wi-Fi 6 router announced by anyone so far. At $130 MSRP, it's significantly cheaper than both the $350 AX6000 and $450 AX11000. The entry-level dual-stream Broadcom-based router is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU and has maximum link rates of 574 Mbps at 2.4 GHz (40 MHz B/W) and 1201 Mbps at 5 GHz (80 MHz B/W).
Other features include beamforming, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, Link Aggregation, band steering, VPN services, and compatibility with Alexa and IFTTT. Available...
Linksys announced its first new products since it was bought by Foxconn last March.
The MR8300 MAX STREAM AC2200 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi Router appears to be its EA8300 with new firmware that will form a mesh network with a single Velop Mesh node. It lists for $199.99 and will be shipping shortly.
The only other Linksys announcement was of its Linksys Shield "premium" subscription software service for "Velop Tri-Band" users. The terse announcement did not indicate any free trial periods and listed a Parental Control (content filtering) subscription at $4.99/mo. or $49.99/yr., available February 2019 and a Network Security subscription for $1.99/mo., $19.99/yr., available "later in 2019".
Linksys is the only major consumer networking product company that has not announced its Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax...
D-Link is adding three new items to its list of home automation products, including two new smartplugs (indoor and outdoor models) and a water sensor. The company is also updating their mydlink app with updated features to accommodate newer and more older products.
First off, the slimly-designed Indoor Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W118) works with Google Assistant, Alexa and IFTTT, doesn’t require a hub, gets over-the-air upgrades and has controls for outlet power, scheduling and timer functions.
The second smart plug, the Outdoor Wi-Fi Smart Plug (DSP-W320), has features similar to the new indoor model, but is encased in a IP44-rated weatherproof case for outdoor use and includes two plugs versus the indoor model’s single plug design.
Both plugs have 125V/15A ratings and work with the mydlink app.
Lastly, D-Link’s Battery Wi-Fi Water Sensor (DCH-S161)...
ASUS' Lyra Voice mesh router /Alexa powered smart speaker combo announced at last year's CES, now has a price and ship date. The company announced today it will be available "in the coming weeks" for $219.99 MSRP.
The hardware hasn't changed since last year's announcement and still is built around an 802.11ac (aka Wi-Fi 5) 2x2 three radio tri-band design. It also has Amazon Alexa built in and can be used as a Bluetooth-paired speaker.
The main change is that instead of just working only with ASUS Lyra mesh routers, it now will mesh with any ASUS router supporting its AiMesh system.
Visit the Lyra Voice product page for more info.
D-Link has refreshed its Exo wireless router family and added mesh capability to the five routers and two extenders announced today.
All the new Exo routers have Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN, 4 LAN), USB 3.0 port for storage sharing and support some management capabilities through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
The two mesh extenders each have one Gigabit Ethernet port that allows them to work as Ethernet bridges for wired devices.
The new router family will all include a security suite powered by McAfee that includes parental controls with content filtering. The McAfee suite includes five years of free protection for all connected devices and two years of free McAfee app-based antivirus protection for Windows, MacOs, Android and iOS devices.
All Exo routers and points are expected to be available in Q2 of 2019. MSRPs are:
AC3000 Mesh-Enabled Smart Wi-Fi Router, $199.99...
D-Link has announced a router with built-in 5G radio.
The DWR-2010 5G NR Enhanced Gateway features an embedded 5G NR (New Radio) NSA module and can operate on the sub-6 GHz or mmWave frequencies in 200 MHz (2 x 100 MHz) or 800 MHz (8 x 100 MHz) configurations.
The new router is based on Qualcomm's SDX55 chipset and supports 3GPP Release 15 and VoLTE. The Wi-Fi side has a Wi-Fi 5 AC2600 class dual-band radio supporting MU-MIMO.
Ethernet port complement includes three switched gigabit LAN ports, one gigabit switchable LAN/WAN port and one multi-gigabit 1/2.5 LAN port.
Since the product won't ship until the "second half of 2019", neither pricing nor detailed specs were revealed. The only performance clue provided was that the router "enables download speeds more than 40x faster than current average fixed broadband download speed in the U.S. of 70 Mbps", which would be around 2.8 Gbps.