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Service provider tech support usually stops at the managed broadband gateway, but Actiontec’s Optim management platform helps extend support so that customers can self-diagnose wireless problems, and let providers better troubleshoot wireless issues that were traditionally out of their reach.
To be used in Actiontec routers and extenders, Optim will provide cloud-based dashboards to help summarize wireless environments and health, use collected data to determine devices’ strengths and weaknesses, reporting that tracks devices over time, self-service tools such as an app that lets customers troubleshoot basic problems on their own, and cloud agents that push relevant device support data to the Optim cloud.
By using Actiontec’s Optim platform, both customers and providers are given tools and information that could lessen unnecessary house-calls and lost time when dealing with onsite network troubleshooting....
NETGEAR today announced availability of the Wi-Fi 6 version of its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system that was announced at CES 2019 in January.
The Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi tri-band Wi-Fi system (RBK852) consists of two AX6000 tri-band nodes, each powered by a 2.2 GHz quad core processor. Aside from using a four-stream 1.2 Gbps 2.4 GHz band and a four-stream 2.4 Gbps 5 GHz band for client connections, the RBK852 includes a third four-stream 2.4 Gbps band as a dedicated backhaul, providing fast throughput between the kit’s two nodes.
Other interfaces on the RBK852 include one 2.5 Gbps WAN Port and four Gbps LAN ports.
Additional listed features include an optional wall mount (sold separately) and VLAN-based guest network separation.
The second announced Orbi product is an AC3000 tri-band Wi-Fi extender and...
Western Digital today announced the expansion of its WD Red® and WD Red Pro NAS hard drives family with the introduction of 10 TB capacity models.
The main difference between WD Red Pro and WD Red is WD Red Pro spins at 7,200 RPM vs. 5,400 RPM for the Red, giving it a slight edge for performance-oriented professionals. Both join the other more than 15 million helium-based drives WD has shipped to date.
WD is finalizing compatibility testing with a number of leading NAS system providers. WD has published a compatibility list of WD Red-qualified products and manufacturers here.
The new WD Red and WD Red Pro 10TB hard drives are available now and feature a three-year limited warranty for the WD Red 10 TB and five years for the WD Red Pro 10 TB. MSRPs are $494 and $533, respectively. More information is available...
Interesting read from HelpNetSecurity
A group of researchers has analyzed 283 Android apps from Google Play that use the Android VPN permission in search of possible malware presence, third-party library embedding, and traffic manipulation, and have discovered that:
- 18% of the apps implement tunneling protocols without encryption (despite promising online anonymity and security to users)
- 84% of the apps don’t tunnel IPv6 traffic, and 66% don’t tunnel DNS traffic for a variety of reasons, thus exposing users to online tracking by surveillance agencies or commercial WiFi access points
- 75% of the apps use third-party tracking libraries and 82% request permissions to access sensitive resources (e.g. user accounts, text messages)
- VirusTotal identified malware presence in 38% of the...
Arris' SBR-AC1900P SURFboard Wi-Fi Router with RipCurrent G.hn Technology combines a conventional AC1900 class design with an underdog powerline networking technology.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
Imagination Technologies may have found a way to keep open source firmware alive and kicking using virtualization.
Facing pretty tough regulations that affects router firmware, vendors across the networking industry are locking down their products, preventing the installation of open source firmware. The lockdown is an extreme move that’s frustrating to the open source users, and it seems that not much progress is being made to find better solutions. However, the folks at Imagination Technologies may have come up with a doozy.
Over a year ago, the FCC released a security document that looked at the concerns of how U-NII-based wireless devices are accessed, which in turn, lead to a bigger discussion in the networking industry about locking down router products and preventing the installation of open source firmware, such as OpenWRT and DD-WRT.
For some companies, locking down their hardware seemed like the easy way around the new...
EnGenius’ EAP2200 is a indoor 802.11ac access point marketed to small and medium-sized businesses and residences, and is manageable individually or by using Engenius’ ezMaster software for larger installations.
Part of the EnGenius EnTurbo line of networking products, the tri-band EAP2200 is powered by a Qualcomm 717 MHz quad-core processor, is PoE compatible, and uses an integrated omni-directional antenna.
EAP2200 uses three bands with the following maximum link rates – one 2.4 GHz band at 400 Mbps, and two 5 GHz bands at 867 Mbps each. Other wireless features include MU-MIMO, auto-band steering, and beamforming. Operation modes for the EAP2200 include access point mode, WDS: WDS AP, WDS bridge, and repeater.
Also included on the EAP2200 are two GbE ports that, when link aggregation is enabled, can reach up to 2 Gbps in throughput.
Available now through EnGenius resellers and distributors,...
EnGenius’ AC1300 MESHDot Kit is composed of the EMR3500 wireless mesh router and a small wall-pluggable wireless node called a MESHdot (EMD11). Both devices in the kit are Qualcomm-powered and designed for consumer use.
The EMR3500 router uses a 360° antenna that helps it connect to up eight MESHdot nodes on the wireless network. The MESHdot node itself is a plug-and-play device that plugs directly into a wall outlet and uses EnGenius’ EnMesh technology to provides wireless connectivity to mobile devices around the home.
As a whole, the MESHdot kit includes familiar features including automatic firmware updating, guest networking, and parental controls such as getting real-time data on who’s on the network, creating and maintaining rules to banning connections, enforce scheduled internet access times, or restricting access to social media, search engines and online video content.
MESHdot Kit includes two apps used to install, manage,...
TP-LINK's AC3150 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router provides no practical benefit over its less expensive AC2600 cousins.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
TRENDnet's TPL-430APK WiFi Everywhere Powerline 1200 AV2 Wireless Kit is an inexpensive way to light up a Wi-Fi dead spot with surprisingly good throughput.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
Linksys' EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router has a 2x2 802.11ac design with one 2.4 GHz and two 5 GHz radios. The AC2200 classing comes from totaling maximum link rates of 400, 867 and 867 Mbps for the three radios.
The design has a quad-core ARMv7 processor, 256 MB of DDR3 RAM, 256 MB of flash memory, gigabit Ethernet WAN (1) and LAN (4) ports and one USB 3.0 port for storage and printer sharing. Linksys says the EA8300 also supports "Smart Connect" band steering between the two 5 GHz radios, airtime fairness, "seamless" roaming between the EA8300 and other Max Stream routers and range extenders and Amazon Alexa skills for controlling guest access and accessing network credentials.
The EA8300 is shipping now and lists for $199.99.
Zyxel' Multy X AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System is unlikely to put a dent in Orbi sales.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
TP-Link announced two new ceiling-mounted Wireless AC access points designed for SMBs and small campus environments, including schools, restaurants and hotels.
Similarly designed, the first of the two dual-band access points is the AC1900 TP-Link EAP330. The faster of the two announced APs, the EAP330 delivers link rates up to 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1300 Mbps at 5 GHz. The EAP330 also features two Gigabit Ethernet ports for 2 Gbps link aggregation for better bandwidth in high traffic zones.
The second dual-band access point is the AC1200 EAP320, which supports maximum link rates of 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps at 5 GHz.
Aside from the two AP’s different speeds and the EAP330s’ link aggregation capability, the two APs share featured traits, including Beamforming, Band Steering and Airtime Fairness. Both APs are fanless and powered by a Broadcom chipset, and also support Captive Portal for visitor authentication, multiple SSID...
Linksys' WRT3200ACM AC3200 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is another example of a router with technology waiting for devices to catch up with it.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
TP-Link's Wi-Fi 6 CES 2020 introductions include two new AX6600 tri-band routers, a new AX3000 PCI-Express Network Card and a new AX1500 range extender.
The AX6600 tri-band Archer AX90 is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and has dual-stream 2.4 and 5 GHz radios plus a second four-stream 5 GHz radio. Maximum wireless rates are 574 Mbps @2.4 GHz, 1201 Mbps @5 GHz_1 and 4804 Mbps @5 GHz_2). Wireless features include beamforming, OFMDA, MU-MIMO and WPA3 security.
Archer AX90 ports include one 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN, one Gbps WAN/LAN port, three Gbps LAN and two USB (2.0 and 3.0).
The AX6600 tri-band Archer GX90 gaming router has a dedicated four-stream 5 GHz radio for gaming, providing a maximum wireless rate of 4804 Mbps. TP-Link didn't specify the capabilities of the 2.4 and other 5 GHz radios. But we're guessing they're the same as the Archer AX90.
Other gaming-centric features include Gaming Accelerator, providing...
Powered by Broadcom’s 64-bit quad-core BCM49408 CPU, the new Wireless AC Wave 2 access point platform doubles up on the 5 GHz channels and will be available in two different flavors:
- Dual Band, Dual Concurrent (2.4 GHz+ 5 GHz or 5GHz +5 GHz)
- Tri-Radio (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz + 5 GHz)
As a Wave 2 platform, 5G-HD supports MU-MIMO and utilizes Broadcom’s BCM43465 4x4 radios, offering support for 160 MHz channels and up to 8 concurrent connections for compatible devices when the AP is used in dual 5 GHz mode. Also, thanks to the radios, the new 5G-HD platform will also include Broadcom’s RangeBoost technology, providing...