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While people are glossing over 802.11ax routers, this is something that particularly caught my attention yesterday:
A USB 2.5/5 GBps Ethernet adapter. Pricing will be the important thing here, but if I remember correctly, that manufacturer was the one who opened the door to inexpensive PCI-Express 5 Gbps adapters a year or two ago.
CARLSBAD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MaxLinear, Inc. (NYSE: MXL) a leading provider of radio frequency (RF), analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure, and industrial and multimarket applications, announced today that MaxLinear and its wholly owned subsidiary have entered into a definitive agreement with Intel Corporation under which MaxLinear would, subject to customary closing conditions, acquire Intel’s Home Gateway Platform Division assets in an all-cash, asset transaction valued at $150 million. The Home Gateway Platform Division comprises Wi-Fi Access Points, Ethernet and Home Gateway SoC products deployed across operator and retail markets.
The new version of TP-Link's inexpensive AC access point has a lot to like.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
ON announced the acquisition Wednesday afternoon, saying it was buying Quantenna for $24.50 a share.
The acquisition will bolster ON Semiconductor’s connectivity portfolio.
As of the end of last year, Quantenna had 415 employees, up from 380 a year earlier. It turned a profit of about $3 million in 2018 on $220.5 million in revenue.
[Full story on Phoenix Business Journal]
[Quantenna press release]
TP-Link’s new dual-band Deco M4 is a 3-node Wi-Fi system targeting customers looking for full home coverage, up to 5,500 sq. ft – per TP-Link, at an affordable price.
Priced at $179.99, Deco M4 is a Qualcomm-powered AC1200 wireless system using two internal antennas per Deco unit that run at maximum link rates of 300 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps @ 5 GHz.
Each Deco unit also includes two GbE ports which support Router/AP modes and an optional Ethernet Backhaul function. Being a mesh network product, the Deco M4 Wi-Fi system supports both seamless roaming (IEEE 802.11k/v/r) and self-healing operations.
Other features include compatibility with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT, adaptive path selection (APS), AP steering, band steering and beamforming. Deco M4 also uses TP-Link’s Deco app, for iOS and Android, to set up the wireless network, as well as for adjusting parental controls.
The tri-band Trendnet AC2200 Wi-Fi Mesh Router System (TEW-830MDR2K) is a kit composed of two Wi-Fi mesh nodes said to provide coverage up to 4,000 square feet.
The mesh nodes support maximum wireless rates up to 867 Mbps on each of its two 5 GHz bands and 400 Mbps on its single 2.4 GHz band. Interfaces include two 1 Gbps network ports (WAN and LAN) and a single USB 3.0 port for SMB access.
The wall-mountable nodes also support Multi-User MIMO, seamless roaming, implicit/explicit beamforming and airtime fairness. More nodes can be added using TEW-830MDR mesh points.
Customers can use the free Trendnet app to set up and administrate their router system and also manage internet access using the pre-loaded Router Limits service (service fees required).
Available now, the Trendnet AC2200 Wi-Fi Mesh Router System (TEW-830MDR2K) is priced at...
EnGenius announced its EMR3000-Kit EnMesh Home Wi-Fi System. It's a dual-band AC distributed Wi-Fi / mesh system aggressively priced at $269 for a three-pack and $99 for a single unit.
EnGenius' announcement is short of specs other than to say it is "dual-band 11ac" and sets up via an app and Bluetooth. But it's a safe bet it has a dual-band 2x2 802.11ac radio shared between backhaul and client connection with a single Gigabit Ethernet port.
We'll see what this really is when it starts shipping next month.
Focused on access points, Wi-Fi Certified EasyMesh is standards-based certification established by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
In other words, customers are able to use multiple certified access points from different vendors with the assurance that optimal wireless coverage and operation is achieved.
Certified vendor’s access points provide the same benefits consumers expect from autonomously operating mesh networks, including seamless roaming and self-healing Wi-Fi. As a result of providing interoperability between different vendors’ products, the certification assures consumers that security, protocols, management, setup and scalability are all functional if and when different certified APs are used. Lastly, consumers get the freedom to pick and choose which certified products they want to use at home without having to worry about compatibility.
For more information, visit the...
I asked Linksys for its approach to handling the new FCC requirements, as a follow-up to this thread on TP-LINK's approach. Here is Linksys' official response:
"Linksys will conform to the FCC and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI ) rules that go into effect on June 2, 2016, that require our routers and software to be secured to prevent changing the power output or unauthorized channel selection of the router on the 5Ghz band. This impacts ALL our dual and tri-band routers including legacy, Max-Stream and WRT routers.
All Linksys legacy and Max-Stream routers will have the full host firmware locked down to adhere to the FCC and ETSI requirements. However, our current WRT router lineup (WRT1900ACS and WRT1200AC) does not need to be completely locked down. We have the ability to only lock down the radio portion of the...
Linksys' EA9300 Max-Stream AC4000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router tries to spiff up the 3x3 "tri-band" router market with higher link rates, MU-MIMO and a much more powerful CPU.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
In an effort to help spread the word about the soon to be ratified 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps Ethernet standard, the Ethernet Alliance and N-BaseT Alliance will be holding a plugfest event at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory in Durham, New Hampshire. During the week-long event, the two consortiums will demonstrate the vendor-driven, interoperable potential of IEEE P802.3bz, the foundation for 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T networking.
Ease of deployment for the standards' new supporting hardware was also mentioned in the announcement. Since 1000BASE-T’s introduction twenty years ago, deployers of IEEE P802.3bz will be able to take advantage of the already existing 70 billion meters of Category 5e and 6 Ethernet cable and the 1.3 billion network outlets already existing out in the wild.
Next steps for the Alliances, after the standard definition and deployment, will be to spread the word about the IEEE P803.3bz standard,...
The latest addition to NETGEAR’s Wi-Fi 6 Nighthawk family, the Nighthawk AX6 6-Stream AX5400 WiFi 6 Router (RAX50) combines two-stream 2.4 GHz and four-stream 5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 radios to offer a more affordable option.
The Nighthawk AX6 delivers maximum wireless link rates of 600 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 4.8 Mbps @ 5 GHz, powered by a 1.5 GHz triple-core processor backed by 512 MB of RAM and 256 MB of flash memory.
Physical interfaces include five GbE ports (one WAN and four LAN) and a USB 3.0 port. Additional features include management and setup using the Nighthawk App, compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, beamforming, four external antennas, automatic firmware update, guest networking, VPN support and WPA3.
The Nighthawk AX6 6-Stream AX5400 WiFi 6 Router (RAX50) doesn’t have a list price yet, but is scheduled to be available in March...
Synology is apparently in the router game to stay, introducing its second router today.
Synology’s new RT2600ac router is a 4x4 AC2600 class router that supports MU-MIMO, smart connect to help optimize connectivity between the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, and dual-WAN support for a combined load balanced bandwidth of up to 2 Gbps. It's powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor.
The RT2600ac is managed through Synology Router Manager (SRM) and provides application layer QoS for better bandwidth management.
The router has two VPN options, "minimal setup" SSL VPN and "VPN Plus Server" add-on package that supports a client-free WebVPN option.
The Synology RT2600ac is available in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Taiwan now. It will then be available in other regions starting in January, 2017.
QNAP NAS owners will soon be able to easily deploy pre-configured virtual appliances running Netgate's pfSense firewall services.
The collaboration will combine QNAP’s own Virtualization Station virtual switching and Netgate’s open source-based intrusion prevention system, to provide a secure application environment on virtualization-ready x86 QNAP NASes. Future plans for the firewall solution will also address increased throughput, stronger encryption and improved manageability.
The QNAP NAS/Netgate pfSense security solution was recently showcased at CES 2018. However, specific availability was not announced.