SNBForums Code of Conduct
SNBForums is a community for everyone, no matter what their level of experience.
Please be tolerant and patient of others, especially newcomers. We are all here to share and learn!
The rules are simple: Be patient, be nice, be helpful or be gone!
Welcome To SNBForums
SNBForums is a community for anyone who wants to learn about or discuss the latest in wireless routers, network storage and the ins and outs of building and maintaining a small network.
If you'd like to post a question, simply register and have at it!
Featured Threads Archive
Broadcom today announced a draft 802.11ax client device to support the as yet unapproved 6 GHz extension of unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum (aka Wi-Fi 6E).
The BCM4389 is a two-stream mobile device, intended to replace its BCM4375 that is currently used in Samsung's Galaxy S10 and Apple's iPhone 11. With Broadcom's announcement of its 6E AP-side devices last month at CES 2020, they've become the only AX chip vendor to publicly announce a full suite of Wi-Fi 6E devices.
The differences between the two devices are shown in the graphic below.
Aside from supporting the new 6 GHz band, the 4389 adds a second TX/RX chain to its Bluetooth 5 radio (making it MIMO) and supports 160 MHz bandwidth in 5 and 6 GHz.
The 4389's "tri-band" bullet point does not...
One of the first Wi-Fi Certified EasyMesh network devices to hit the home networking market, the D-Link COVR-1102 AC1200 Dual Band Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System is a two-node wireless system that covers up to 3500 sq. ft.
With its internal antennas (2x2+2x2), maximum wireless rates for the COVR-1102 clock in at 300 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps @ 5 GHz. Physical interfaces include a GbE WAN port and a GbE LAN port.
Other listed features include compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, parental control features, WPA3 support, Ethernet backhaul, and management using the D-Link app. Other mesh-related functions mentioned are seamless networking, smart steering and smart roaming.
Pricing wasn’t announced, but the COVR-1102 AC1200...
Internet routers running the Tomato alternative firmware are under active attack by a self-propagating exploit that searches for devices using default credentials. When credentials are found, the exploit then makes the routers part of a botnet that’s used in a host of online attacks, researchers said on Tuesday.
The Muhstik botnet came to light about two years ago when it started unleashed a string of exploits that attacked Linux servers and Internet-of-things devices. It opportunistically exploited a host of vulnerabilities, including the so-called critical Drupalgeddon2 vulnerability disclosed in early 2018 in the Drupal content management system. Muhstik has also been caught using vulnerabilities in...
Wi-Fi device maker Celeno announced it is adding 6 GHz band support to its Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) CL80xx product line, currently available in 4, 6 and 8 stream configurations.
With maximum wireless rates reaching 6 Gbps, the new devices support draft 802.11ax features such as OFDMA, DL MU-MIMO, Beamforming, 1024QAM and WPA3.
The CL8000 family supports Celeno’s Wi-Fi Doppler Imaging technology - high-resolution RF imaging that depicts and tracks the motion, behavior and location of people - launched earlier this year.
Celeno’s Wi-Fi 6E products are scheduled for sampling starting in Q2 2020. For more information, go to www.celeno.com.
Broadcom got ahead of itself and the Wi-Fi industry today with its announcement of eight AP devices that support the draft 802.11ax standard in the 6 GHz band, which has recently been dubbed Wi-Fi 6E by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
The FCC has not yet released the the new spectrum for unlicensed use. If approved, the new band will add fourteen 80 MHz wide or seven 160 MHz wide Wi-Fi channels. The comments period for the FCC Rulemaking proposal ends on January 24.
The new devices include:
- BCM43694 -- 4x4 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 160-MHz Channel Support
- BCM43693 -- 3x3 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
- BCM43692 -- 2x2 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 80-MHz Channel Support
- BCM47622 -- Dual 2x2 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with ARM Processor
- BCM43684 -- 4x4 Wi-Fi 6E SoC with 160-MHz Channel...
Encased in an IP67-rated dust and water-resistant enclosure, the EnSky series EWS850AP is a business-class Wi-Fi 6 access point designed for heavily congested outdoor environments.
Running on a Qualcomm Networking Pro 400 quad-core processor, the dual-band EWS850AP uses four spatial streams and delivers maximum wireless rates of 574 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 1200 Mbps @ 5 GHz.
Listed Wi-Fi 6 related features for the EWS850AP include OFDMA, 1024 QAM, BSS Coloring, Spatial Reuse, DL MU-MIMO, Target Wake Time and longer OFDM symbols. Security-wise, the EWS850AP uses Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3/WPA2 Enterprise/PSK) Encryption, IEEE 802.1X with RADIUS and MAC Address Filtering.
The EWS850AP can operate using PoE via its single GbE port or can use proprietary 48V-54V power. The outdoor AP can also be set up as an access point in Managed Mode, or as WDSs, Mesh, Client Bridge, or Access Point in Stand-Alone Mode.
Lastly, the EWS850AP is managed...
Not many details were given, but here are the 5G devices:
- Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot – Aside from 5G, the new Mobile Hotspot serves up Wi-Fi 6 for wireless connections. Also, it has a USB port for fast charging.
- Linksys 5G Modem - No details.
- Linksys Velop 5G Mesh Gateway – Combines 5G, Linksys Intelligent Mesh and Wi-Fi 6, all in one gateway.
- Linksys 5G Outdoor Router – Uses mmWave 5G and has a single 10 Gbps physical connection.
- Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 Router (MR9600) – The four-stream MR9600 is the first Linksys non-Velop Wi-Fi 6 router introduced since FIT acquired Belkin. It has maximum wireless rates...
Arris' SURFboard mAX AX6600 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 system is a less expensive member of its Wi-Fi 6 SURFboard mAX mesh system family, joining the SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System (AX11000) and SURFboard mAX Plus Mesh Wi-Fi 6 system (AX7800) announced last year.
The mAX AX6600 features a tri-band design with dedicated 5 GHz four-stream AX backhaul radio and two-stream dual-band Wi-Fi 6 fronthaul. The quad-core ARM A7 Cortex powered design features Alexa compatibility for managing router functions like guest Wi-Fi access and Wi-Fi pause and includes two GbE ports (one WAN/ one LAN) per router.
Pricing was not announced, but the SURFboard mAX® AX6600...
NETGEAR announced six new mananaged and unmanaged PoE switches at CES 2020.
The new POE+ switches include two managed and four unmanaged models:
- GS110TUP Ultra60 PoE++ 10-Port GbE Smart Managed Pro Switch with a 240W power budget
- GS710TUP Ultra60 PoE++ 10-Port GbE Smart Managed Pro Switch 8 PoE++ ports with a 480W power budget
- GS724TPP 24-Port GbE Hi-Power PoE+ Smart Managed Pro Switch
- GS308PP 8-Port GbE Unmanaged PoE+ Switch with 83W PoE budget
- GS316P 16-Port GbE Unmanaged High-Power PoE+ Switch with 115W PoE budget
- GS348PP 48-port GbE Unmanaged High-power PoE+ Switch with 380W PoE budget and 24 ports PoE
The NETGEAR AX1800 4-Stream WiFi Mesh Extender (EAX20) is a Wi-Fi 6 device powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor.
The new extender has dual-stream 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 radios that support maximum wireless link rates of 600 Mbps @2.4 GHz and 1.2 Gbps @ 5 GHz. When added to an existing mesh network, the AX1800 helps increase the network’s wireless range and supports mesh-related features like seamless roaming.
Using the NETGEAR Nighthawk app, customers can set up the NETGEARAX1800 extender and then continue to use the app to monitor and manage their home network.
Aside from its wireless capabilities, the AX1800 4-Stream WiFi Mesh Extender includes four GbE ports for additional physical connections.
Available in February, the NETGEAR AX1800 4-Stream WiFi Mesh Extender (EAX20) will have an MSRP of $149.99.
A recently announced honoree of the CES 2020 Innovation Award, the AX6000 NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 Cable Modem Router (CAX80) is the first retail DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem to include Wi-Fi 6 radios.
Built for Gigabit+ internet services, the Nighthawk AX8’s modem component will support 1Gbps+ internet speeds.
Physical interfaces on the Nighthawk AX8 include four GbE ports, one Multi-Gig (1 GbE/2.5 GbE) port and USB 3.0. Other noted features include link aggregation, auto firmware update and compatibility with Netgear’s Nighthawk Mobile App.
Available later this month, the NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi 6 Cable Modem Router will have an MSRP of $429.00.
NETGEAR's new Nighthawk M5 5G Wi-Fi 6 Mobile Router (MR5200) combines 5G network access with Wi-Fi 6 wireless networking.
Powered by a removable rechargeable battery, the Nighthawk M5 can be used by families on-the-go or business travelers that need a fast 5G connection. It also can be used as a home-based networking gateway that can be connected to wired networks via its gigabit Ethernet port. Setup and management is done via a built-in color touchscreen.
Pricing for the Nighthawk M5 5G Wi-Fi 6 Mobile Router is currently TBD, but its scheduled for availability in the second half of 2020.
NETGEAR's Orbi 4G LTE Whole Home Wi-Fi router (LBR20) adds a 4G cellular WAN connection to its award-winning mesh networking system.
Designed for locations that don’t have easy access to a broadband connection, the newly added 4G cellular connection included with the AC2200 router can either be used as a dedicated internet connection or as a backup connection in case the primary broadband connection goes down.
Aside from mesh networking-related features like seamless roaming, other features mentioned include Netgear Armor powered by Bitdefender for security, Circle Smart Parenting Controls for families, and mobile management via the Orbi app....
The latest addition to NETGEAR’s Wi-Fi 6 Nighthawk family, the Nighthawk AX6 6-Stream AX5400 WiFi 6 Router (RAX50) combines two-stream 2.4 GHz and four-stream 5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 radios to offer a more affordable option.
The Nighthawk AX6 delivers maximum wireless link rates of 600 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 4.8 Mbps @ 5 GHz, powered by a 1.5 GHz triple-core processor backed by 512 MB of RAM and 256 MB of flash memory.
Physical interfaces include five GbE ports (one WAN and four LAN) and a USB 3.0 port. Additional features include management and setup using the Nighthawk App, compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, beamforming, four external antennas, automatic firmware update, guest networking, VPN support and WPA3.
The Nighthawk AX6 6-Stream AX5400 WiFi 6 Router (RAX50) doesn’t have a list price yet, but is scheduled to be available in March...
NETGEAR announced its first Nighthawk Wi-Fi mesh system based on the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi EasyMesh technology at CES 2020.
The initial offering, the Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 System (MK62), includes an MR60 routing unit and MS60 satellite unit, both based on a dual-stream Broadcom platform. The system can be expanded by adding more MS60 satellites up to a total of four, or maybe 5 nodes, according to NETGEAR.
Both router and satellite are powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor with 128 MB flash and 256 MB DRAM and support maximum link rates of 600 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 1200 Mbps @ 5 GHz.
The MR60 router has Gigabit Ethernet WAN and LAN ports and the MS60 satellite has a single Ethernet port. Wired backhaul will be supported in a future firmware release.
However, the fine print in the product's data...
Actiontech announced new Wi-Fi 6 networking products for service providers at CES 2020.
The newest gateway is the T4200M Bonded MoCA 2.5 VDSL WiFi6 Tri-band Residential Gateway that supports fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC), and fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp/MDU). The T4200M runs a maximum wireless rate of 2.5 Gbps and has MU-MIMO, Smartsteering, and Optim Wi-Fi Management functions, while its secured with WPA, WAP2, WPS3 and MAC address filtering. Interfaces include four GbE ports, one MoCA 2.5 port and two USB 3.0 ports.
Actiontec’s website also announced a Wi-Fi 6 version of its T3270 Fiber Gateway Bonded VDSL2/ADSL2+ GigE, however the posted specs were not updated at the time of this writing.
The Actiontec WEB7100 WiFi 6 802.11ax Network Extender delivers a maximum wireless rate of 2.5 Gbps. Features listed: support of up to 16 SSIDs,...
TP-Link has announced HomeCare Pro powered by Avira, the second generation of the company's home network security solution.
Not to be confused with the earlier iteration of TP-Link HomeCare, the new Pro version adds IoT device protection and parental controls. HomeCare Pro can identify new smart home devices on the network and check them for security vulnerabilities. If problems are found, users will be notified to enable device security features, if they are available.
To summarize, TP-Link HomeCare Pro offers:
- Multi-platform antivirus, malicious site blocking, intrusion prevention and end-device protection.
- IoT device detection, protection, safety check and remediation recommendation
- Parental Controls including content filters, time limits, easy management, records and statistics and scene mode (multi device Wi-Fi access control)
- Comprehensive reports that outline device and time usage.
TP-Link's Wi-Fi 6 CES 2020 introductions include two new AX6600 tri-band routers, a new AX3000 PCI-Express Network Card and a new AX1500 range extender.
The AX6600 tri-band Archer AX90 is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and has dual-stream 2.4 and 5 GHz radios plus a second four-stream 5 GHz radio. Maximum wireless rates are 574 Mbps @2.4 GHz, 1201 Mbps @5 GHz_1 and 4804 Mbps @5 GHz_2). Wireless features include beamforming, OFMDA, MU-MIMO and WPA3 security.
Archer AX90 ports include one 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN, one Gbps WAN/LAN port, three Gbps LAN and two USB (2.0 and 3.0).
The AX6600 tri-band Archer GX90 gaming router has a dedicated four-stream 5 GHz radio for gaming, providing a maximum wireless rate of 4804 Mbps. TP-Link didn't specify the capabilities of the 2.4 and other 5 GHz radios. But we're guessing they're the same as the Archer AX90.
Other gaming-centric features include Gaming Accelerator, providing...
TP-Link's three new Wi-Fi 6 Deco X90, Deco X60 and Deco X20 Mesh Wi-Fi systems all support seamless roaming, self-healing and adaptive routing.
All three kits also support OFDMA, DL/UL MU-MIMO, and WPA3 and are managed through the Deco mobile app. Customers can also use Amazon Alexa to control the Deco’s guest Wi-Fi network feature and optionally subscribe to TP-Link’s new HomeCare Pro by Avira service. HomeCare Pro adds antivirus, IOT security and parental control features; each new Deco includes a limited time free trial.
The Deco X90 is an AX6600 tri-band two-node kit, supporting maximum wireless rates of 574Mbps @ 2.4GHz and 1201Mbps @ 5GHz on its dual-stream radios and 4804Mbps @ 5GHz on the second 5 GHz four-stream radio. TP-Link says the Deco 9 can provide 6000 square feet of coverage and support up to 200 devices. The Deco X90 system also includes a 2.5 Gbps WAN port to support connection to Gigabit internet services....