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The mandatory Simultaneous Authentication of Equals (SAE) method replaces WPA2's four-way session key generating "handshake" that was vulnerable to the KRACK attack and offers protection against dictionary attacks in general. Since it occurs only during the AP-STA authentication process, SAE doesn't significantly increase processor load.
The upshot is that this watered-down definition of WPA3 should be able to be added to devices that currently support WPA2. So rip-and-replacing all your current Wi-Fi gear to get improved security should not be necessary....
The first draft 11ax routers are almost here. Take a little time to know what you might be buying into.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
NETGEAR has weighed in on how it will handle the new FCC and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI ) rules that go into effect on June 2, 2016. The new rules require routers and software to be secured to prevent changing transmit power output or enabling unauthorized channel selection of the router on the 5 GHz band.
NETGEAR's official response is:
"NETGEAR has reviewed the recent FCC rule changes. We are aware of their potential implications on open source firmware availability for WiFi routers but believe we can continue our general practice of not prohibiting opens source releases for our WiFi routers."
NETGEAR joins TP-LINK, ASUS and...
Qualcomm Technologies today announced two devices supporting the fast-approaching 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard.
The introduction of the IPQ8074 SoC for access points and routers and QCA6290 for client devices make Qualcomm Technologies the first company to announce both AP and client devices for 802.11ax.
The IPQ8074 SoC combines a dual-band 11ax radio, MAC and baseband supporting eight 5GHz and four 2.4GHz streams and 8x8 MU-MIMO, quad-core 64-bit A53 CPU and dual-core network accelerator in a 14nm design. It also supports Qualcomm's Wi-Fi SON technology, which is used in many of the 802.11ac distributed Wi-Fi (aka "mesh") systems sold today.
The QCA6290 is a 2x2 client device supporting 2x2 MU-MIMO using the 8x8 MU-MIMO sounding mechanism introduced by 802.11ax.
Both devices support 802.11ax standard features including 2.4 GHz MU-MIMO, uplink MU-MIMO on both bands, Target Wakeup Time (TwT) for improved...
AiMesh is a free firmware upgrade for select ASUS routers that adds the ability to form multi-node networks. So you can start with an existing AC class router and add other copies of that router, or any other AiMesh-enabled router to your mesh.
Which routers are supported you ask? Well, the situation is fluid. The EdgeUp ASUS blog post dated today says
Cloudflare has launched what it bills as the "fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS".
The company thought introducing its first consumer product on April Fools Day would guarantee them a lot of coverage, and it has. But the service is legit, up and running and ready to rock.
DNS lookups, which translate domain names to IP addresses, are performed for every internet transaction. The default DNS provider is whatever network you're connecting to, whether it's your ISP at home, your company or free Wi-Fi at your favorite coffee shop.
While your internet connection may be encrypted, DNS requests are not. So whoever is providing your DNS knows every site you've visited and U.S. providers are free to provide that information to whoever they want, thanks to the U.S. Senate.
Cloudflare's 22.214.171.124 DNS is free, claims to be the fastest and is committed to privacy. Cloudflare promises to not write DNS logs to disk and...
A little on the technical side, but worth a read. Also talks about sticky clients.
Good argument for using APs vs. converted consumer routers. Most don't allow controlling supported data rates.
If you want to at least disable B rates, look for settings for 1,2,5.5 and 11 Mbps data rates. This Cisco article has a good screenshot of one of their controllers that makes it easy.
Those of you waiting for the logical next step in mesh Wi-Fi may not have to wait long. Qualcomm today announced its Mesh Networking Platform.
The new platform and reference design build on Qualcomm's Wi-Fi Self-Organizing (SON) technology that powers many of the current generation of multi-node Wi-Fi systems.
The new platform is based upon Qualcomm's IPQ40x8/9 SoC, which is used in "nearly every mesh networking product available today", according to the announcement. In addition to Wi-Fi SON, the Mesh Platform includes APIs and services to make the platform more attractive to carriers. Multiple forms of microphone arrays are supported as well as speakers to support integrated voice recognition and connection to Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and other cloud-based agents.
There are more backhaul options in addition to the Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi currently supported. The...
Netgear has released the 1st part of a multi-part staged release of the Orbi firmware. Netgear has provided the long awaited Daisy Chain - which allows Orbi Satellites to talk to each other. This will allow Orbi to be used in large installations where the router cannot be placed in the middle of the satellite placements. This will be staged rollout over the next weeks. But for those looking to download now see the links below.
Of note the ethernet backhaul is not yet released. The Mesh Daisy Chain was the prerequisite. Ethernet backhaul will follow at a later date.
OrbiOS 2.0 availability
Announcing the availability for OrbiOS 2.0.
This release includes 2 community requested features that we're happy to deliver:
1) Daisy Chain - which allows Orbi Satellites to talk to each other. This extends the reach of the...
ASUS previewed an Intel-based 4x4 AC router at Computex 2017. Price and availability was not announced.
From the ASUS Computex show release.
ASUS Blue Cave: Smooth Wi-Fi, Smart Protection
ASUS Blue Cave, Computex 2017 Best Choice Golden Award winner, is an elegantly designed AC2600-class dual-band smart Wi-Fi router that combines superb performance, commercial-grade security and family friendly features with stylish good looks. Featuring Intel technology, including the latest Intel Wi-Fi chipset, Blue Cave delivers ultrafast AC2600-class concurrent dual-band Wi-Fi speeds throughout the home, ensuring smooth 4K UHD video streaming, lag-free gaming and fast file downloads — with the ability to support more client devices simultaneously than most routers available today, and more than enough capacity to handle the growing number of connected devices found in busy households. The use of powerful, specially designed internal antennas in...
ASUS announced the first router based on the draft 802.11ax standard at IFA in Berlin. The RT-AX88U is a 4x4 design using Broadcom's 11ax platform, according to WikiDevi.
Neither price or availability was announced.
More information is in the press release below.
ASUS Presents The Edge of Beyond at IFA 2017