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CherryBlossom, as the implant is code-named, can be especially effective against targets using some D-Link-made DIR-130 and Linksys-manufactured WRT300N models because they can be remotely infected even when they use a strong administrative password....
The new My Cloud Home comes in single and dual-drive versions and is targeted at those who want to bring their "scattered digital content" back home from the cloud.
The Homes support new features not available on the mass-market My Clouds including individual user accounts, built-in search, quick media import via USB, auto media backup from Android and iOS devices and support for file import from Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Facebook and other cloud services.
The new My Clouds also maintain their predecessor's strengths in easy remote access for files and media playback.
Both models have single gigabit Ethernet ports and USB 3.0 ports, one for the single bay and two for the dual.
The My Cloud Homes are initially available only at Best Buy in the U.S. and at "select retailers and distributors around the world". U.S. MSRPs are $159.99 2TB, $179.99 3TB, $199.99 4TB, $259.99 6TB and $319.99 8TB for the single bay model and...
DeWalt’s DCT100 Jobsite access point is designed for constructions sites where the local geography is constantly changing. The ruggedized access points can withstand 10’ drops and are encased in IP67 material, protecting the AP from dust and water immersion, while also being able to tolerate temperatures between -4°F to 122°F. The DCT100 can be mounted on an anchor, carabiner, tripod or wall-mount.
Based on a self-healing wireless mesh networking model, the Wireless N DCT100 has a maximum link rate of 270 Mbits at 2.4 GHz and 300 Mbits at 5 GHz and includes two GbE ports on each unit.
Pre-orders for the DeWalt DCT100 Jobsite AP are being taken at the company’s website with pricing set at $1495 MSRP.
The Alliance's Wi-Fi Agile Multiband Certification program is based on IEEE 802.11 k, v, u and r standards plus "Wi-Fi Alliance defined technologies".
It is intended to establish a standard use of these technologies vs. the piecemeal approach currently taken by most makers of Wi-Fi product and ensure interoperability across device vendors.
The primary focus of the new Certification is to ensure intelligent steering and fast network transitions for devices to ensure fast, smooth roaming and band steering. Eliminating the cause of "sticky" clients will help to ensure better bandwidth use.
An examination of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Agile Multiband™ Technology Overview indicates that the new Certification primarily uses features from 802.11k, v and r. The Wi-Fi Alliance features include expanded information reported between APs and client...
WatchGuard Technologies has announced the WatchGuard AP420 802.11ac Wave 2 access point.
The AP has a dual-band 4x4 radio with MU-MIMO, supporting maximum link rates of 800 Mbps in 2.4 GHz and 1733 Mbps in 5 GHz. A third radio supports dedicated Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) and RF optimization scanning.
Features include dual gigabit Ethernet ports, power via 802.3at PoE+, 8 SSIDs per radio, VLAN tagging, captive portal and MAC whitelist/blacklist access control.
Management is via WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud that supports firewall policy control, pre-defined user role policy, plus integration with Google for Education.
The AP420 is available now at U.S. MSRP of $1,035, which includes a one-year subscription to Wi-Fi Cloud with all services.
Self-acclaimed "leading lifestyle brand for gamers" company Razer today announced its Sila gaming router.
Sila is a three stream tri-band 802.11ac router (AC3000 class) with Gigabit Ethernet WAN (1) and LAN (4) ports and one each USB 2. 0 and 3.0 ports. The spec link rates look like it sports two-stream 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios and a second four-stream 5 GHz radios with maximum link rates of 400 Mbps, 866 Mbps and 1734 Mbps, respectively.
Sila has the gaming application optimized QoS you'd expect on a gaming router and the extra 5 GHz DFS channels should help buyers find a quieter space beyond their neighbors' network reach. It also supports MU-MIMO, "intelligent active (band) steering" and can form mesh networks if you pony up for more than one Sila.
Razer partnered with Ignition Design Labs, maker of the Portal router...
AirGig is an AT&T project designed to transmit multi-gigabit wireless internet using urban, rural and underserved locations’ powerlines. Unlike previous internet-over-powerline efforts, AT&T's method uses "medium voltage" powerlines as waveguides for the millimeter wave RF signals (>30 GHz) that actually carry the data.
AT&T said low-cost plastic antennas and devices located along the power line send wireless signals to each other, using the power lines as a guide. There is no physical connection to the poweline.
With more than 100 related patents, AT&T literally built Project AirGig from the ground up. Also, AirGig, according to AT&T, would be easy to deploy since most of the resources needed are already provided for. Building new towers and running underground cables would be unnecessary.
For more information about AirGig, check out this AT&T video on YouTube.
Field trials for...
The 16-bay TS-1635 has twelve 2.5" / 3.5” drive bays for main storage and four 2.5” bays for SSD drives. Targeting business environments, this mid-range NAS includes two GbE LAN ports, as well as two 10 GbE SFP+ ports that, according to QNAP's release, pushes data at read/write speeds of 1228/874 MB per second.
Available in two models, the TS-1635’s internals include an Annapuma Labs Alpine AL-514 quad-core 1.7 GHZ ARM Cortex-A15 processor, 512 MB of flash memory, 4 or 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (upgradable to 16 GB), USB 3.0 (three ports), and one PCIe slot.
The feature list for the TS-635 NAS includes storage expansion using other QNAP NAS products via VJBOD, eight IP camera channels, container support through Container Station, hardware-accelerated encryption, and a variety of apps made available through QNAP’s embedded Linux OS, QTS 4.2.
Available now, the QNAP...
D-Link announced more Covr Wi-Fi systems, two 802.11ax routers and new products for the connected home at CES 2018.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
Sprint today announced the Sprint Magic Box, which it describes as "the world’s first all–wireless [LTE] small cell".
Unlike previous consumer "micro" and "pico" cells, the Magic Box connects to a nearby Sprint cell tower and does not your use home's internet connection to connect to Sprint's network. This means it is not intended to provide cell coverage in areas with no or marginal signal. Instead, it's intended to speed up Sprint's "Network Densification Strategy".
The upcoming move to 5G mobile networks, which is still years away, will require smaller cells to deliver the promised higher speeds. But those cells are also likely to require wired backhaul, not wireless, not to mention different radios. So the Magic Box really has nothing to do with 5G.
Sprint says it has wireless backhaul capacity in the form of 204 MHz of spectrum, 160 MHz of which is in the 2.5 GHz band. The announcement also cited four-channel...
Western Digital had a busy week. Aside from acquiring enterprise storage vendor Tegile, WD is also bolstering its consumer branch with the purchase of Upthere, for an undisclosed amount.
The company is a six-year old cloud storage company and enhances Western Digital’s presence in the competitive online storage market.
Upthere adds a one-stop shop for those looking for personal cloud storage solutions spanning across iOS, MacOS, Android and Windows platforms.
Upthere’s CEO, Chris Bourdon, will be joining WD’s leadership team. Barbara Nelson, formerly of IronKey, will be overseeing Western Digital’s Cloud Services division.
Service-provider Charter, announced it will be offering 802.11ax routers– a first among broadband service providers.
The newer standard, which is still in draft form and not slated to be finalized until late 2019, is designed to work better in congested areas, particularly in densely populated wireless networks that continue to grow thanks to IoT and smart devices.
Charter's announcement did not include when the 11ax router would be available or the cost of service plans that support it. But a Qualcomm-based four-stream router manufactured by Askey appeared in the FCC database in June.
As with previous new Wi-Fi standards, the potential benefits of draft 11ax routers will be limited until devices that also...
NETGEAR announced the Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR700 WiFi Router at IFA yesterday.
The XR700 takes a path similar to the NETGEAR's XR500, by reskinning an existing router and powering it with DumaOS. This time, it's the AD7200 class R9000 that gets gamified, bringing along a 60 GHz 802.11ad radio that will provide little value for most gamers.
Otherwise, the specs are the same as the R9000, which includes four-stream MU-MIMO enabled 802.11ac WiFi (maximum link rates of 1733 Mbps @ 5 GHz and 800 Mbps in 2.4 GHz), single-stream 60 GHz 802.11ad radio, Gigabit Ethernet WAN (1) and LAN (7) ports (two aggregateable), one 10 Gbps SFP+ port and two USB 3.0 ports for storage sharing. DFS is supported to provide additional 5 GHz channels to get away from pesky neighboring networks.
Software features include Plex media and OpenVPN servers and ReadySHARE storage support.
DumoOs's key features include a gaming dashboard, geo filter, QoS and...
It looks like Amazon has put more than money behind mesh Wi-Fi company Luma. An email blast just brought news that some Luma features can now be controlled by speaking to Alexa.
Using Alexa’s voice controls, Luma and Echo can now “Pause the internet” and “Prioritize Devices” for individual devices, specific users, or the whole family.
The Prioritize Devices feature allows you to prioritize internet traffic for a named device.
Both commands are prefixed by "Alexa, Tell Luma WiFi".
Broadcom is taking what it thinks is a more pragmatic approach to getting a slice of the 802.11ax pie.
The company's Tuesday announcement of its Max WiFi 802.11ax device family unveiled three devices, two built with four stream architectures and one with two streams, instead of the eight stream maximum supported by the upcoming 802.11ax "high efficiency" standard.
Both Quantenna and Qualcomm have previously announced 802.11ax devices supporting 8 streams in 5 GHz and four in 2.4 GHz.
The BCM43684 and BCM43694 support four streams of 802.11ax, for use in residential access points and wireless routers and enterprise access points, respectively. Broadcom claims the devices are fully...