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ZyXEL's GS1200-8HP is an inexpensive and easy to configure PoE-enabled smart switch.
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With an MSRP of $69.99, EnGenius’ new ESR530 is a dual-band wireless AC router that can grow up to an 8-node wireless mesh network.
Powered by Qualcomm, the new mesh product was designed for the consumer market and includes seamless roaming and self-healing - functions typically found in today’s mesh wireless systems.
Customers can attach a USB storage device to the ESR530 and use EnGenius’ EnFile app to access their stored data from their mobile devices, giving them remote access from where ever they are. A second app, EnMesh, is a management tool that lets customers set up and manage their ESR530-based network remotely, letting owners manage features like guest networking and parental controls. Additional ESR530 nodes are easily added with the router’s auto-connect feature, simplifying the growth of a bigger wireless network.
The EnGenius ESR530 is available...
Designed for workers on the go, QNAP’s portable TBS-453DX NASbook is a portable caching NAS device.
It uses four M.2 2280 SATA SSDs (not included) for storage and is powered by Intel’s 14nm Celeron J4105 quad-core 1.5 GHz processor and 4 GB/ 8 GB DDR4 dual-channel RAM (upgradable to 8 GB).
When enabled with the upcoming Cloud Gateway Service (available in the upcoming QTS 4.4.1 release), QNAP says their new desktop NAS lets customers map up to 20 cloud storage spaces and access cached online files as quickly as if those files were sitting on local storage.
TBS-453DX runs QTS operating system and can also be used as a media device via Plex or Roon server and also supports video play to TVs and displays via HDMI 2.0 (4K @ 60Hz), and can convert 4K videos to various universal formats.
The current TBS-453DX lineup includes:
- TBS-453DX-4G: 4 GB DDR4 RAM (2 x 2 GB), upgradable to 8 GB
- TBS-453DX-8G: 8 GB DDR4 RAM (2 x 4 GB)...
Phicomm's K3C AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router provides our first look at an router with Intel Wi-Fi inside.
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Targeting the small office/home office crowd, QNAP’s 3-bay TS-351 is powered by an Intel Celeron J1800 dual-core 2.41 GHz processor (burst up to 2.58 GHz) and available in 2 GB and 4 GB dual-channel DDR3L models (both upgradable to 8 GB).
The TS-351 also comes with two M.2 PCIe slots supporting NVME SSDs that, along with using QNAP’s QTS 4.3.5 OS’ Qtier technology, allows for storage auto-tiering for IOPS-intensive operations. Optionally, the HDD third bay also supports SSD caching and SATA 6GB/s (the first two bays are SATA 3GB/s),but requires an additional 2.5” HDD/SSD tray.
Other than the three hot-swappable drive bays and the two M.2 PCIe slots, additional interfaces include one GbE LAN port, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one 1080p HDMI output, and one 3.5mm line-out jack. The TS-351 also uses H.264 hardware decoding, and supports features including Plex Media Server, snapshots, surveillance, and...
Touted to cover up to 5,000 to 6,000 square feet, Tenda’s new Nova Mesh Wi-Fi System is the latest of several wireless home networking products that incorporate MU-MIMO, beamforming, Wi-Fi roaming, and mesh networking, all in a single package.
Composed of three wireless units, Nova comes pre-paired for easier installation and quick deployments. Tenda says the product supports 802.11r and 802.11v for fast roaming and is based on the 802.11s mesh standard. Tenda's announcement doesn't state a Wi-Fi class, most likely AC1200 or AC1300, nor does it say whether each node has two or three Wi-Fi radios.
Tenda's Nova will start shipping Oct 30 with a list price of $229.99 through partnerships with brick and mortar retailers like Best Buy and Walmart, as well as the usual online stores.
Check tenda.com’s home networking section for the latest updates.
Wi-Fi chipmaker Quantenna has announced reference designs for two Wi-Fi "boosters".
The design comes in single and dual-band versions. According to the announcement, the single band version is based on the company's QV840 4x4 802.11ac Wave 2 Wireless LAN Chipset Solution, while the dual-band QV860-based version adds an additional 2x2 802.11n n/g/b radio for a dual band, dual concurrent solution.
Both solutions offer a peak PHY rate of 1.7 Gbps in 5 GHz,. The dual-band version supports a peak rate of 300 Mbps in 2.4 GHz. The designs have their own processor and feature automatic channel selection and DFS, MU-MIMO and intelligent QoS support.
Quantenna is targeting service providers to improve coverage and speed of existing "legacy" home gateways without the need to swap out the gateway itself.
The company said "multiple OEM and ODM partners currently have Quantenna based Spartan AP Booster solutions in mass production today".
Designed for high traffic AV networks, NETGEAR’s latest Edge series switch, the M4300-96X, is a 2RU stackable modular smart switch that accommodates modules totaling up to 96 10G ports or up to 24 40G ports, or a combination of the two module types.
Targeting industries like audiovisual, the 12 slotted M4300-96X is built for no-compromise 4K workloads, particularly where Software-Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE) is used.
Priced around $100 per port (for the 96-port 10G SFP+ version), M4300-96X soft-features include IGMP Snooping, IGMP Fast Leave and IGMP Querier enabled for VLAN 1; advanced Layer 2, Layer 3 and Layer 4 feature sets; Zero Touch AV-over-IP with pre-configured L2 Multicast; and a web-based admin GUI.
Other M4300-96X hardware related features and specs include 1.92 Tbps non-blocking traffic for 96x10Gbps, 24x40G, or a combination of two technologies; PoE+ (30W each port) over 10G supported in the first six slots;...
The growing numbers of consumers wanting to set up and manage their own wireless networks at home seems to have inspired Best Buy to launch a new service to meet a rise in demand.
Geek Squad Wi-Fi Setup & Support will have two offerings, a one-year plan and a two-year plan, where the tech support service will provide 24/7 in-home and remote support for wireless networks and devices. The Wi-Fi Setup & Support plans will not only help troubleshoot network troubles, but will extend help in setting up and optimizing wireless networks for paying customers; this includes using advanced settings glossed over by most installers, prioritizing networked devices based on use, and working on clearing up dead spots, buffering and speed issues.
Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei just introduced the first 802.11ax enterprise grade access point.
Not many details were revealed about the AP7060DN, aside from using Qualcomm's 8x8 802.11ax chipset, supporting a maximum link rate of 4.8 Gbps in 5 GHz and having a 10 GbE port. The product roadmap below from earlier this year shows a 4x4 2.4 GHz radio.
No price or availability was part of the announcement, which came at Huawei Connect 2017 in Beijing.
Router, Extender or Wi-Fi System? Here's how to choose.
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NETGEAR’s Nighthawk RS400 Cybersecurity Wi-Fi Router includes several security features, including anti-virus, anti-malware and data protection for all connected devices.
Powered by Bitdefender, the RS400 is designed to protect a small network, protecting devices from malicious attacks and sending alerts to the Nighthawk app on your smartphone, tablet or computer, as soon as something is detected.
For families, the RS400 also includes Circle’s smart parenting controls, adding bedtime scheduling, daily internet time usage, and content filtering for each member of the family.
The three-stream AC router's ports include four GbE LAN, one GbE WAN and two USB (v3.0 in front and v2.0 in the back). Maximum Wi-Fi link rates are 600 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz (40 MHz B/W) and 1625 Mbps @ 5 GHz (80 MHz B/W). Downlink MU-MIMO is supported on 5 GHz.
Available now, the NETGEAR Nighthawk RS400 includes three...
NETGEAR just announced a smart-speaker version of its popular Orbi Wi-Fi system at IFA.
Orbi Voice is the first "smart speaker" to also include a fully functioning Wi-Fi system node. Its Alexa-powered features come via a four mic, two speaker audio subsystem with 35W of peak power from Harman Kardon.
Due to the extra space taken up by the speaker, the RBK40S satellite has a two-stream backhaul, even though NETGEAR describes the RBK50V kit version as an AC3000 class system. There are also only two gigabit Ethernet ports vs. the four usually found in Orbi.
Like all other Orbis, Voice is built on a Qualcomm platform. It supports everything other Alexa-powered speakers can do, including streaming music from Pandora, Spotify and, yes, Amazon Music. And, of course, it will let you order more stuff from Amazon.
The Orbi Mesh WiFi System (RBK50V) consisting of the Orbi Tri-Band WiFi...
Tenda's Nova Whole Home Mesh WiFi System is the least expensive three-node Wi-Fi System you can buy. And it works.
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Ignition Design Labs today announced its Portal router can now be ordered on Amazon.
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. It was previewed at CES 2016 and its Kickstarter campaign launched this May.
Portal is no longer unique in its support of quick reuse of DFS channels in a consumer router. Linksys' recently announced WRT3200ACM also supports DFS channels and has a dedicated 5 GHz monitor radio to allow rapid reuse of channels when radar activity is detected.
Portal's price has...
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Dan Goodin over on ArsTechnica reports that a Seattle-based startup called Helm is launching a service designed to make it easy for people to securely take control of their email and other personal data. The company provides a small custom-built server that connects to a user's home or small-office network and sends, receives, and manages email, contacts, and calendars. Helm plans to offer photo storage and other services later.
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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...