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Cloud-managed Wi-Fi company Open Mesh has added a router, MU-MIMO AP and PoE switch to its product family.
The G200 is Open Mesh’s first cloud-managed gigabit router, powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT7623A ARM processor and designed to integrate with other products in the Open Mesh ecosystem.
Router-specific features include NAT, DHCP, VPN client and point-to-point, VLAN tagging, deep packet inspection, and QoS. When connected to other Open Mesh products (access points and CloudTrax software), the G200 also adds client management, usage statistics and troubleshooting capabilities.
The G200’s physical configuration has four GbE LAN ports (two of which are passive PoE), one GbE WAN port, one SFP WAN port, and a USB 3.0 port.
Open Mesh’s new cloud-managed A62 tri-band MU-MIMO access point runs on Qualcomm’s Dakota IPQ4019 quad-core processor. The new access point is powered via PoE only...
Qualcomm revealed their new flagship chipset today in Hawaii aimed at the high-end phones of 2019, and it comes with a lot of firsts. The Snapdragon 855 mobile platform features Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) support, 802.11ay support in the 60GHz band and WPA3 security support, all 3 not seen before in any mobile chipset.
Powered by a Broadcom dual-core processor and 256 MB DDR3 memory, the new Tenda AC18 is an AC1900 dual-band Gigabit Wi-Fi router.
For wireless features, the AC18 has three high-gain omni-directional external antennas, Beamforming+, Wi-Fi scheduling, and has maximum link rates of 1300 Mbps @ 5 GHz and 600 Mbps at 2.4 GHz.
For wired connectivity, the AC18 has five GbE port (4 x LAN, 1 x WAN), and a USB 3.0 port for printer and file sharing.
The AC18 can also be managed remotely by using the Tenda Routing App, which gives the router’s owner control to change basic and advanced options when they’re away from home.
Priced at $139 MSRP, the Tenda AC18 is available at Micro Center stores.
Available in single, two-pack and three-pack options, the new AC1300 dual-band, two radio Velop Wi-Fi system is the smaller, more affordable sibling to Linksys’ Velop Tri-Band, three radio offering. Both products have dual-stream AC radios.
Standing two inches shorter than its predecessor, the dual-band MU-MIMO Velop includes familiar features such as Linksys’ Intelligent Mesh tech, parental controls, website blocking, Alexa compatibility, automatic updates, and management using the Linksys App (iOS or Android).
The dual-band Velop system is set up with one of the nodes designated as a parent node while all other (wired or wirelessly) connected nodes are clients. Nodes between the dual and tri-band models are also compatible to one another and can be used to extend a tri-band network at a better price.
Setting up either Velop system is done using the Linksys App, which according to Linksys simplifies the installation process....
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Wi-Fi chipmaker Quantenna today announced its QSR10R-AX chipset for 802.11ax mesh repeater networks.
The new device's claim to fame is that it's the world's first solution to combine three 4x4 802.11ax radios and integrated CPU cores. As Quantenna's block diagram above shows, three devices make up the chipset, the QT10R-AC digital core, plus QT7810X dual 4x4 5 GHz and QT6210X 2.4 GHz 4x4 RF front ends.
The device is targeted at enabling service providers to create 4x4 802.11ax extender/repeaters as companions to 4x4 or 8x8 residential gateways.
Quantenna's announcement did not mention specific products, but it had quotes with nice things to say from mesh Wi-Fi maker Plume and connectivity software maker SoftAtHome. Quantenna previously announced SoftAtHome Smart Wi-Fi runs on its QV860 chipset. Plume's CEO,...
Plume is moving to a subscription based system for their products in order to maintain the features which they refer to as "Active Management", though they fail to detail what that entails, and if the subscription is not paid, they claim that the products will continue to function but with reduced functionality (though no mention as to what extent).
The article also mentions that existing Plume Pod owners will be grandfathered in, but it does not detail to what extent in relation to the cloud reliant features.
The service plan is $60 per year or $200 for a lifetime plan.
While the company is very vague on what is offered and what is taken away when you don't pay up, in drawing inferences from their claims of grandfathering in older Plume Pods, we can assume that non-grandfathered plume pod devices will end up with far less functionality if the user does not pay the subscription fees.
[Ed note, the company also announced its tri-band SuperPod. Jim Salter got an exclusive sneak...
The new Linksys firmware update will add a Web UI so that Velop owners can manage their home networks using Macs or Windows PCs, as well as the existing app used in iOS and Android devices.
The browser-based UI will give owners access to features, such as:
- DHCP service
- Domain Name Service (DNS)
- Troubleshooting tools, including reports, logs, device tables and ICMP (ping, trace route) utilities.
- Network security-based functions such as firewall, VPN and DMZ.
- Node signal strength and connected devices
TP-Link’s new set of compact-sized USB adapters include the Archers T3U, T2U Nano, and T2U Plus. All three products are dual-band wireless AC devices, support WPA and WPA2 encryption protocols and are Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP and Mac OS X compatible.
Starting with the T3U, this new mini wireless USB adapter is the only one in this set supporting MU-MIMO and USB 3.0 ports. An AC1300 device, the T3U is also the fastest of the three new adapters with maximum link rates 400 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps @ 5 GHz.
TP-Link also introduces two AC600 T2U models. The T2U Nano is a low-profile version of this USB adapter line, while the larger T2U Plus is the larger wireless adapter that includes 256QAM support and an adjustable 5dBi high-gain multi-directional antenna. Both T2U models have maximum link rates of 200 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 433 Mbps @ 5 GHz.
As for availability, all three TP-Link USB adapters can be bought online in April, starting with...
just seen some news on the new asus mesh systems called hive spot and hive dot , limited info so far but it sounds like it uses its lower 5 gig 867M for backhaul and higher 5 gig 1300M + 2.4 gig for client use , so backwards to how orbi approached it
suggests starting package is 3 units and is mesh based but can run up to 5 units
hive spot is 1300M
hive dot is 867M units
no word on price yet
Cujo’s artificial intelligence platform is designed to help ISPs protect customer’s smart home environments by using threat intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing to analyze an automated home’s network behavior.
Algorithms report back to the app and help identify what’s on the network, block known threats, and troubleshoot problems on the network without having to introduce new hardware to the environment.
By looking at metadata, Cujo AI protects home networks from hazards including phishing attacks, remote access threats and denial of service bots, while helping ISPs curb ticket-generating phone calls.
For more information on Cujo AI’s artificial intelligence platform, go to getcujo.com.
If you've been wondering whether Qualcomm would let Broadcom have the market for tri-radio routers all to itself, you now have the answer. Today at Computex 2016, the company announced its tri-radio 802.11ac platform.
Both are built around Qualcomm’s IPQ40x9 802.11ac SoC, introduced last October, which supplies a 2x2 2.4 GHz radio and one 2x2 5 GHz radio. The second 5 GHz radio can be added via PCIe, using either the 2x2 QCA9886 or 4x4 QCA9884.
Qualcomm's new platform should enable lower cost tri-radio designs than Broadcom's platform, which requires an external PCIe switch to add another port to the aging BCM4709 processor to support the third radio and has all radios as separate devices. But Qualcomm's platform requires the IPQ40x9 SoC to...
Comcast officially announced the revamped Wi-Fi product it previewed at CES 2017.
xfinity xFi is a new user interface to control the Wi-Fi for Comcast customers with its xFi Wireless Gateway or xFi Advanced Gateway. It uses an iOS or Android app to control Wi-Fi and other router features including internet pause, user accounts with assigned devices, internet access schedules and network-join alerts.
One of the two supported gateways is not new; Comcast said the xFi-enabled device that is in 10 million homes today will now be called the “xFi Wireless Gateway.” The new xFi Advanced Gateway will be used to provision 1 gigabit service and, according to Comcast, be "capable of delivering gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi and supports Xfinity Voice, home security and automation applications".
The more interesting news buried toward the end of the announcement is that Comcast plans to launch "no-configuration, adaptive xFi pods that can be...
From Electronic Freedom Foundation
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has made a dangerous proposal to destroy the FCC’s net neutrality rules—the very same rules that keep Internet providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from choosing which websites you can and can’t access and how fast those websites will load. But before he can enact this terrible plan, he has to make the proposal publicly available and accept comments from regular people about how it would affect them. That’s where you come in.
Today, we’re launching a new tool that will help you craft a unique comment to the FCC: DearFCC.org. Using custom-generated text, we help Internet users develop and submit personal comments to the...
NETGEAR had more to share for CES 2019, including a 5G Hotspot, new Nighthawk DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem and higher security for Orbi.
The Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot (shown above) is the first announced standards-based millimeter wave mobile 5G device, available exclusively on the AT&T Mobile 5G Network. It uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem, the world’s first commercial 5G NR modem featuring millimeter wave. No pricing or availability was given.
The CM1150V Nighthawk Cable Telephony modem for Xfinity Voice is the world’s first-to-market retail DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem with two telephone ports that automatically prioritize voice over internet protocol (VoIP) traffic. Although it is designed to support Multi-Gig high speed service plans, that feature won't be launched until "mid Q1" (2019). As indicated above, the CM1150V will be available later this month and lists for $250.
Owners of TVS-x73 series and other QNAP NASes with PCIe slots can now go wireless by using QNAP’s new WirelessAP Station app and select PCIe wireless network cards,
Based on QTS LXC Container and OpenWrt, the new Wireless AP feature lets users connect directly to the NAS over a secure wireless network, and will even work with multiple wireless PCIe cards creating multiple APs for more options.
The list of compatible cards are all TP-Link models, including TL-WDN4800 N900, TL-WDN3800 N600, TL-WN881ND N300, and TL-WN781ND N150. No other brands were mentioned.
The WirelessAP Station is available now via the QTS App Center. Information about TP-Link's PCIe wireless networking cards can be found on the company’s website.
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