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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.
Continue reading on Ars...
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...
ASUS' GT-AC5300 Wireless-AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router is a slightly beefed-up version of its RT-AC5300 predecessor.
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The IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group just ratified four new 802.3 Ethernet standards to meet the demands created from advances in data center, enterprise cloud, and automotive technologies.
IEEE 802.3bq and IEEE 802.3by specifically address data center technologies that require faster throughput needed for today’s hyper-converged cloud/virtual environments, especially when it comes to 25 Gbps (bq and by) and 40 Gbps (by only) Ethernet:
- “IEEE 802.3bq, ‘Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer and Management Parameters for 25 Gb/s and 40 Gb/s Operation, Types 25GBASE-T and 40GBASE-T’, opens the door to higher-speed 25 Gb/s and 40 Gb/s twisted pair solutions with auto-negotiation capabilities and Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) support for data center applications.”
- “IEEE 802.3by, ‘Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers and Management Parameters for 25...
Arris' SBX-AC1200P SURFboard Wireless Network Extender with RipCurrent is a nice little powerline-connected Wi-Fi extender, but trapped in a G.hn world.
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The 1080p TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam with Night Vision has a range of 25 feet in the dark, shoots at 30 fps, and has a wide-angle view of 130 degrees. The KC120 is controlled via TP-Link’s Kasa app, giving its owners remote viewing capabilities with the option of storing up to 1 GB of video in the cloud for free (upgrades available) or saving incoming feed to a mobile device.
The KC120 uses motion and sound detection that sends notifications to its owner’s mobile device, while activity zones can be set to prevent the camera from sending out false alarms, minimizing unnecessary interruptions. The KC120 also uses AES-120 bit encryption and will be getting extended functionality with Amazon's Echo Show in the near future.
The TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam is available now for $129.99, sold exclusively on TP-Link’s website and Amazon.
The 4-bay QNAP TS-453BT3 is a Thunderbolt NAS designed for performance minded creatives on a budget, and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Celeron Apollo Lake processor and 8 GB of DDR3L RAM.
The NAS provides access to its storage via its two Thunderbolt 3 ports, or over the network via its single 10 GbE connection – two additional GbE ports are also built into the chassis.
For storage media, TS-453BT3 supports 3.5” or 2.5” HDDs or SSDs, and has dual M.2 2280 SSD slots for caching. Expanding the Thunderbolt NAS is also possible using QNAP expansion enclosures. Other interfaces include five USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI 1.4b outputs, and audio connections for line-out, microphones, and speakers (note: speakers and line-out don’t work simultaneously).
The TS-453BT3 uses QNAP's QTS 4.3 NAS operating system, which includes the QNAP App Center, allowing customers to extend the NAS’ functionality with downloaded apps. Additional controls for the TS-453BT3...
eero announced it has secured a $50 million round of growth funding led by Menlo Ventures with "significant participation" by Index Ventures. This investment brings eero's total VC funding to $90M+.
The funding will be used to expand distribution, provide customer support and add employees.
eero also announced it will be available in over 500 Best Buy stores in the U.S. this summer and on BestBuy.com next week. MSRP remains at $499 for a three-pack, or $199 for a single eero.
eero is the first "mesh wireless" system to hit the market. It won't be alone for long, as its primary competitor,...
Multiple sources report that Apple is discontinuing its AirPort family of routers.
There does not appear to be a formal announcement. But variations in this quote found in iMore's article have been cited in most articles:
The ASUSTOR AS6302T and AS6404T will be powered by Intel’s Apollo Lake Celeron processor. The 2-bay AS6302T will use a 2.0 GHz Dual Core processor, 2 GB of dual-channel DDR3L memory, and single, JBOD and RAID 0/1 support, while the 4-bay AS6404T will have a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor, 8 GB of DDR3L memory and single, JBOD, RAID 0/1/5/6/10 support.
Other features shared by both models include:
- 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
- USB 3.0 Type-A Port (Front: x 1, Rear: x 2)
- USB 3.0 Type-C Port (Rear: x 1)
- 1 x HDMI 2.0 Port ([email protected] Output)
- Supports Intel AES-NI Hardware Encryption
- Infrared Receiver
- Energy Efficient Design, Supports System Sleep Mode (S3), Internal and External Scheduled Disk Hibernation, Night Mode, Wake-on-WAN
QNAP has announced the release of its TVS-x82T next-generation Thunderbolt 2 NAS series.
The three models (12, 8 and 4 bays) are all designed for very high storage performance and access bandwidth with Intel multi-core processors and 10GbE and Thunderbolt 2 connections.
The top end TVS-1282T is available with a 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM or a 3.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage options include two M.2 slots for SSD storage, four 2.5" bays for SSD drives and eight bays that hold 2.5" or 3.5" solid state or eSATA drives.
Connectivity options for the TVS-1282T include two Thunderbolt 2, two 10GbE and four Gigabit Ethernet ports. Other ports include five USB 3.0, two HDMI 1.4b, one HDMI 2.0 and analog audio in and output.