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Our first look at the performance of NETGEAR's RAX80 and ASUS' RT-AX88U shows little benefit functioning as AC routers.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
ASUS' RT-AC86U Dual Band AC2900 Wireless Router aims to replace the RT-AC68 as ASUS' mainstream midrange router.
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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 184.108.40.206 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
Synology revealed its new RT2600ac router at Computex this week and below is a quick look at what to expect.
Design wise the RT2600ac looks similar to other manufacturers AC2600 models with four fairly large, removable antennas spread across three sides of the router. There's a front mounted full-size SD card slot, as well as a USB 3.0 port on the left hand side.
Around the back it looks quite empty, with a power switch by the power connector, a single USB 2.0 port, a WAN port and four LAN ports. Note that the first LAN port can be re-purposed as a WAN port and this is simply done using the web UI. The RT2600ac also supports fail-over, either via the second WAN port, or via a 3G/4G dongle inserted into one of the USB ports. This is all easily configurable in the web UI.
One small snag is that the "stand" is not removable, yet there are wall mounting holes on the bottom of the RT2600ac. Hopefully Synology will fix this...
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.
CableLabs is pitching a Dual Channel Wi-Fi (DCW) specification that uses a hidden channel for downlink-only traffic and a second channel supporting normal bi-directional traffic.
This CableLabs test report describes a CableLabs experiment that used specially-prepared APs and Laptops to simultaneously send download FTP traffic over one 5 GHz channel and video streaming traffic over another 2.4 GHz channel. The report claims 7-12X improvement in download capacity using the technique.
CableLabs has also published "Integration and Operation Guides" to implement DCW on...
NETGEAR today took the wraps off its low-cost draft 802.11ax router, based on Intel's Wi-Fi 6 platform.
The RAX40 Nighthawk AX4 4-Stream AX3000 is a dual-band two-stream Wi-Fi 6 router supporting maximum link rates of 600 Mbps in 2.4 GHz @ 40 MHz bandwidth and 2400 Mbps in 5 GHz @ 160 MHz bandwidth. The RAX40 runs on Intel's WAV600 Home Wi-Fi chipset platform that includes a "powerful" (no clock rate was given) dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM and 256 MB of flash. Port complement includes one WAN and four switched LAN (all Gigabit Ethernet) and one USB 3.0 port for storage sharing.
The RAX40 is the second Intel-based draft 11ax router to be announced, but will likely be the first to ship. ASUS announced its RT-AX58U at CES...