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NETGEAR's R8000P Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band WiFi Router is a redesign of NETGEAR's tri-radio router, adding MU-MIMO and improved storage performance.
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TRENDnet has announced a powerline adapter that includes PoE+ support.
The TPL-331EP supports the 802.3at higher power over Ethernet standard, which is specified to provide up to 25 W of power to compatible devices connected to the adapter's single 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port.
The adapter supports the older HomePlug AV 200 standard, which will interoperate with newer, faster HomePlug AV2 devices, although at lower speeds. It also has no power save mode, to better support always-on devices like IP cameras and VoIP phones.
Available now, TRENDnet’s single pack TPL-331EP costs $34.99 MSRP, while the dual pack TPL-331EP2K is $64.99 MSRP.
Time sure flies. It's already been a year since Google announced its OnHub router. First designed through a partnership with TP-Link, then later with Asus, Google provided a smart home platform that simplifies updating of new features as they become available. A recent example is OnHub's new feature called On.Here.
By using a browser, On.Here lets those connected to OnHub control guest-accessible devices managed by the router from a list of presented products. One of the first line of products that will work with On.Here is Philips Hue lighting. Without having to download an additional app, connected users can use their mobile device or computer to control the Philips Hue lighting in a room to help suit a mood.
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The 12-port QSW-1208-8C includes four SFP+ (fiber) and eight SFP+ (fiber)/ RJ45 (copper) combo ports, while the 8-port QSW-804-4C includes four SFP+ (fiber) and four SFP+ (fiber)/ RJ45 (copper) combo ports.
Targeting small businesses wanting to transition to faster networking speeds, QNAP’s new 10GbE unmanaged switches support Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az), have a built-in smart fan for heat dissipation, and include a rack mount kit with each switch for those not wanting a desktop switch.
The new switches let businesses move to faster networking speeds by supporting existing networking devices running at 10GbE, 5GbE, 2.5GbE, GbE and 100Mb speeds, while also saving customers money by allowing them to use their existing Cat 5e, 6, and 6a cabling.
The QSW-1208-8C is now available in the U.S. and priced at $589, while the...
D-Link sent an email notification to its customers announcing the discontinuation of it Komfy Switch/Camera and cloud service in order to make way for new products in mydlink Camera product line.
In November of 2015, D-Link introduced the Komfy (DKZ-201S), a $300 smart switch that has a built-in Full HD 1080p 3 MP camera with a 130-degree wide-angle view and a 16 foot IR night vision range. Additionally, if you didn’t want to rely on a micro-SD camera to hold your footage, D-Link had a cloud storage option available.
The move to discontinue the Komfy is similar to the fate of other recent cloud-based smart products like the Nest-acquired Revolv, Comcast-acquired...
Ignition Design Labs announced its PORTAL router now supports mesh Wi-Fi.
IDL said its "enterprise-grade" Mesh 2.0 "dynamic smart mesh" technology "consistently outperformed first generation static-Mesh solutions, such as Eero and Luma, with up to 10x faster speed, 4x greater coverage and 3x lower gaming lag".
Portal is a QCA-based AC2350 / 2400 MU-MIMO enabled router with a dedicated radio module and cloud service that enables "zero wait" DFS channel switching.
This announcement makes Portal the only Wi-Fi mesh system supporting DFS channels and the only with 4x4 802.11ac radios connecting to client devices. NETGEAR's Orbi has a dedicated 5 GHz 4x4 backhaul radio that does not support DFS channels.
The PORTAL Twin Pack is currently in stock at Amazon for $319, with a...
The new QNAP TS-x83XU series of enterprise NAS products is comprised of seven different models, each powered by an Intel Xeon E processor and ECC DDR4 memory (upgradeable to 64 GB).
Ranging from 8-bay to 24-bay models, the TS-x83XU series NAS supports hot-swappable 3.5”/2.5” SATA HDDs/SSDs and includes two 10GbE SFP+ ports using Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx SmartNIC controllers, and two Type-C USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gbps ports. All TS-x83XU models support VMware, Citrix, and MS Hyper-V and Windows Server 2016.
The first five models listed below also include four GbE LAN ports, four PCIe Gen3 expansion slots (one slot comes with a pre-installed 10GbE NIC) and four Type-A USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gbps ports.
- TS-883XU-E2124-8G: 2U rackmount with 8 drive bays, Intel Xeon E-2124 quad-core 3.3 GHz processor (burst up to 4.3 GHz), 8 GB ECC RAM (4 GB x2), 350W single PSU
- TS-883XU-RP-E2124-8G: 2U rackmount with 8 drive bays, Intel Xeon E-2124 quad-core...
The new family of Layer 2 managed metro switches is designed for internet and video providers that service business customers. The DGS-1210/ME series of business switches come in 8-, 24- and 48-port models. The 8-port model has two additional Gigabit SFP ports, and the 24- and 48-port switches include four Gigabit fiber ports. The new DGS-1210/ME switches are also available with or without PoE+.
Features for the DGS-1210/ME series include a Web GUI, CLI, Gigabit port surge protection, Link OAM, dying gasp, and power redundancy on non-PoE models. For Layer 2 needs, there’s port-based Q-n-Q, ACLs, and ERPS. Other listed features are spanning tree support, IGMP snooping and authentication, link aggregation, and bandwidth control.
D-Link’s DGS-1210 series of Gigabit switches are available now through D-Link channel partners (VARs, distributors and online retailers). Pricing was not available at post.
Cypress will acquire Broadcom’s IoT business, and its related assets, in a $550 million all-cash transaction.
Post-acquisition, Broadcom will continue working on non-IoT wireless solutions for devices like laptops, smartphone, and set-top boxes, while Cypress will be in a greater position to compete in the growing embedded systems market fueled by automotive, industrial and consumer demand.
Expected to close in Q3 2016, the transaction includes the acquisition of Broadcom’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee product lines, including IP, as well as the WICED brand and developer ecosystem.
There is no word yet on how the Broadcom IoT acquisition will affect the 430 worldwide jobs employed in the business unit’s workforce.
NETGEAR Orbi Wi-Fi Systems and Nighthawk routers will be getting better parental control features thanks to a partnership with Circle. The integration of the Circle app (for IOS and Android) gives parents additional services they can set or schedule to provide a safe online environment for kids and their devices.
Circle On NETGEAR is available in two plans. The free “Basic” plan includes filter levels for age appropriate content, device pausing, historical information regarding visited sites, safe search engine filters, and ad blocking.
The $4.99/month “Premium” service adds time limits, bedtime rules that disconnect a device from the network at the end of the day, device scheduling for “no internet access”, internet usage history, rewards functions that increase time limits, a personalized dashboard for each child, and smart home integration with Choremonster, IFTTT, and Amazon Alexa....
Things are pretty good for NETGEAR's Arlo security cam business. So good, that the company yesterday said it plans to spin off Arlo into a separate business using an IPO.
The company said it plans to retain 80% ownership of the spinoff.
New NETGEAR recruit Matthew McRae will serve as the new company's CEO. He joined NETGEAR in Q4 last year, exiting his CTO/Head of Marketing post at flatscreen TV maker Vizio.
The spinoff brings the technology behind Arlo full circle. It was acquired with NETGEAR's purchase of Avaak's VueZone wireless IP camera system back in 2012, which NETGEAR basically rebranded. NETGEAR added some R&D to address some of VueZone's shortcomings and launched Arlo, which has obviously been a success.
NETGEAR expects the IPO to be complete in the second half of this year, pending approval of NETGEAR's board....
Bloomberg today reported that Apple has been shutting down the group that develops its AirPort Wi-Fi routers for the past year.
This should come as no real surprise, given that Apple has not updated its router line since 2013.
This is not great news for Broadcom, which supplies the devices for AirPort Extremes. But Broadcom still remains a key supplier for MacBooks, including one of the few 3x3 802.11ac radios in MacBook Pros.
Read Bloomberg's complete report.
EnGenius released three new managed Gigabit switches for SMBs. The new Neutron series switches include 48-port, 24-port, and 8-port models.
Designed for businesses like hotels, restaurants and retail, the new manageable Neutron switches include features such as a web-based management interface, a built-in wireless controller that supports up to 50 Neutron EWS APs, Layer 2 options including VLAN/Voice and QoS, and expanded management using the ezMaster management software that adds reporting and analytics without additional point licenses or subscriptions.
The three new smart switches include:
- The EWS1200-52T is a 48-port Gigabit managed switch that also includes four dedicated GbE SFP fiber ports and an RJ-45 console port.
- The EWS1200-28T is a 24-port Gigabit managed switch that also includes four dedicated GbE SFP fiber ports and an RJ-45 console port.
- The EWS1200D-10T is an 8-port Gigabit managed switch that also inclues two...
Amped Wireless today announced the availability of its RTA1300M ARTEMIS High Power AC1300 Wi-Fi Router with MU-MIMO that was unveiled in January at CES 2016.
When the ARTEMIS was announced in January, it had 3x3 2.4 GHz and 2x2 5 GHz radios. In this announcement, both radios are now 2x2. The AC1300 class rating comes from maximum link rates of 400 Mbps in 2.4 GHz (40 MHz bandwidth, QAM 256) and 867 Mbps in 5 GHz (802.11ac).
ARTEMIS is the first two stream MU-MIMO router. The rule of thumb for the number of devices that will produce maximum total throughput gain from MU-MIMO routers until now has been # of streams - 1, which would equal 1 device for the ARTEMIS. But since MU-MIMO requires at least two devices to show any total throughput gain, there must be some other magic sprinkled on Amped's latest router.
Other hardware features include all Gigabit Ethernet...
ZyXEL's Multy X is a two-node "tri-band" (three radio) AC3000 wireless mesh network kit. The company claims up to 5,000 square feet of coverage thanks to its distributed design.
Multy X uses a design very similar to NETGEAR's original Orbi. The client-facing 2x2 radio supports maximum link rates of 866 Mbps on 5 GHz low band (Channels 36-48) and 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHz.
The dedicated 4x4 backhaul radio uses the 5 GHz high band (Channels 148-161) at a maximum 1733 Mbps link rate. Wired interfaces on each node includes four GbE (three LAN and one WAN) ports and one USB 2.0 port.
Other features include MU-MIMO, Amazon Alexa and seamless roaming support, guest SSID and automatic updates. Management is via iOS or Android app. The company did not say whether the system can be expanded by adding additional nodes.
Zyxel’s Multy X system is available...