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Nest Labs announced three updates to its product line yesterday, including the introduction of a new outdoor camera, a redesigned app and an update for their subscription service.
The Nest Cam Outdoor is a 1080p network camera housed in a weatherproof housing designed for permanent placement outside the home. It has a 130° view and includes night vision thanks to eight built-in infrared LEDs. Setting up the camera, according to Nest’s announcement, is a simple and quick plug-in process that’s easy to do, and with its magnetic base, customers get more options for camera placement.
Nest Cam Outdoor also has a Talk and Listen feature that lets you converse with visitors at your door and uses a secure connection utilizing a 2048-bit RSA key with 128-bit SSL encrypted channel.
Aside from a new full-screen width design, Nest App will get Spaces, a feature that groups Nest products based on the room they’re in. Spaces will work across...
Our tests show ZyXEL's NAS326 leads the price-performance pack for two-bay NASes.
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Catching up with its competitors, ZyXEL has released its own AC2600 MU-MIMO dual-band router, the Armor Z2 (model NBG6817).
Qualcomm-based AC2600 class routers were the first to have working MU-MIMO and now ZyXEL is jumping into the AC2600 market. ZyXEL's NBG6815 AC2200 class MU-MIMO router [reviewed] uses a Quantenna 5 GHz radio.
The Armor Z2 is a dual-band quad-antenna Wi-Fi router powered by a second-generation Qualcomm 1.7 GHz dual core processor with 512 MB of memory. It supports maximum wireless link rates of 800 Mbps in 2.4 GHz and 1733 GHz in 5 GHz. For physical connectivity, the Armor Z2 includes four GbE LAN ports, one GbE WAN port, and two USB ports (2.0 and 3.0).
The Armor Z2 uses StreamBoost to help manage bandwidth usage and curbs latency so that applications that really need the...
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...
NETGEAR has introduced the DM200 - a new VDSL modem designed to handle the demands of consumers wanting to take advantage of ISPs upgrading from ADSL to VDSL services.
The DM200 is rated at download speeds up to 200 Mbps and supports both VDSL and VDSL2, as well as older ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+ architectures.
NETGEAR said the DM200 is compatible with internet providers such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Frontier and Telestra VDSL and/or ADSL offerings. However, they excluded specific tiers like AT&T U-verse, Verizon Fios and CenturyLink Fiber and Prism from their support list.
Priced at $59.99, the NETGEAR is now available at major retailers.
In a recent email, Netgear has informed all vuezone customers that it will be discontinuing all cloud services on December 31, 2017.
The vuezone first retailed as a set, containing a base station, and 2 cameras for $300. Vuezone camera systems are 100% cloud reliant.
The message sent by Netgear reads:
In July, TRENDnet will introduce four new NVRs, one for the consumer market and three others for SMB.
TRENDnet ’s 8-channel 1080p HD PoE+ NVR is an all-in-one display, storage and camera management solution for home use. Able to power and manage up to eight TRENDnet or ONVIF compatible plug-and-play IP cameras with a single interface, the rack-mountable TV-NVR208 can store three weeks of video (with eight 1080p cameras at 30 fps with medium VBR) and store up to 8 TB of data using two 3.5” SATA II drives.
For SMBs, TRENDnet will introduce three new NVRs later this month:
- TV-NVR2432 is a 32-channel HD NVR with four 3.5” SATA II drive bays supporting up to 24 TB of storage.
- TV-NVR2216 is a 16-channel HD NVR with two 3.5” SATA II drive bays supporting up to 12 TB of storage.
- TV-NVR2208 is an 8-channel HD NVR with two 3.5” SATA II drive bays supporting up to 12 TB of storage.
D-Link announced the availability of two new HD Wi-Fi cameras, , for DIYers interested in building out their own home monitoring systems.
The DCS-936L and DCS-5030L have plenty in common, including wide angle views, night vision, motion and sound detection, local recording, 720p video, 4x digital zoom, and remote surveillance capability via D-Link’s mydlink Lite app. Both cameras also have responsive recording and notification that goes into action when a movement or sound is detected in the cameras’ vicinity.
For differences, the DCS-5030L is a pan & tilt camera that can pan 340 degrees horizontal and tilt 110 degrees vertical, covering wide areas in a home. The DCS-936L is a stationary camera that includes a Wi-Fi signal locater helping installers find the optimal camera placement for getting a better Wi-Fi signal.
Available now, both D-Link’s DCS-936L HD...
Western Digital released two new products, the My Cloud Pro Series NAS and My Passport Wireless Pro mobile storage drive.
Designed with creative professionals and enthusiasts in mind, both products are compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as WD's remote media management products, including the Plex Media Server and My Cloud 3.
The My Cloud Pro Series NAS is offered with up to 32 TB of storage and includes a hardware accelerated video processor designed to handle video formats up to 4K. The NAS also adds a one-touch backup feature that automatically imports files from USB connected drives and cameras.
My Passport Wireless Pro is a wireless drive, available up to 3 TB, that uses Wi-Fi to store files sent from compatible cameras. The drive provides 10 hours of battery life, and can be used as a charger for small devices, including cameras and phones. Capable of connecting...
Austin, TX, June 29, 2016 – Wi-Fi Alliance® is expanding Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ ac to include new features that provide a higher-performance mobility experience. New “wave 2” features enable Wi-Fi® to more efficiently handle high-bandwidth applications from an increasing number of smartphones, tablets, TVs, and other consumer electronics devices simultaneously connected to Wi-Fi networks. Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac delivers greater network capacity and multi-gigabit speeds to benefit consumers, service providers, and enterprises.
While Zyxel has yet to issue a press release, the Armor Z2 (model# NBG6817) appeared a few days ago on its site for Home Routers.
Zyxel on the product’s page touts its premium casing design with a “metal look,” and optimized “4 inlet / 4 outlet air flow” design to let cool air circulate through the chassis, then allow the hot air to exit without being recirculated into the router. Other highlights include:
- It will offer up to 2600 Mbps of combined wireless speeds with the Qualcomm IPQ8065 1.7 GHz dual-core processor at its’ heart.
- It comes with 512MB of RAM, and 4GB eMMC Flash Storage for router applications such as the included Qualcomm Streamboost technology.
- Four fine-tuned dual-band adjustable external antennas offering “500 m2 coverage” (5382 square feet)....
- It will offer up to 2600 Mbps of combined wireless speeds with the Qualcomm IPQ8065 1.7 GHz dual-core processor at its’ heart.
TRENDnet's latest 10dBi N300 outdoor PoE TEW-740APBO access point focuses more on coverage than speed.
Able to support AP, WDS, Repeater, and CPE+ AP modes, the TEW-740APBO wasn’t made for its speed given its maximum 300 Mbps link rate. Instead, the IP67 weather-rated AP was designed for long range outdoor coverage, either as a point-to-point network bridge, or as part of a larger access point implementation designed to cover large areas.
The 10dBi N300 Outdoor PoE TEW-740APBO Access Point is available now for $159.99 MSRP.
Axis is updating its H.264 compatible compression technology, Zipstream, and is adding real time video stream optimization that will lead to less bandwidth issues for customers, and better storage savings for today’s surveillance systems.
By adding dynamic frame rates to Zipstream, Axis is increasing the quality of video recorded while using less space on the storage device. This leads to customers being able to use higher resolutions on their cameras without having to worry about running out of storage space. For others, bandwidth issues will be less of a problem even as image detail increases. This improved resolution can be especially useful for identifying details that are not always that clear, such as tattoos or signs, with other compression technologies.
Surveillance systems will also benefit from Zipstream as video retention times can increase due to Zipstream’s compression capabilities, which will maximize the space used on...
Having just announced its TVS-x82T Thunderbolt 2 NAS series in May, Qnap now introduces the TVS-x82 series of business NASes. Available in three models, the new lineup combines disk and flash storage, and are powered by 6th generation Intel processors.
Each model in the new TVS-x82 series includes hot-swappable SATA 6Gbps/3Gbps SATA drive bays, two M.2 SSD cache slots, four GbE ports, three HDMI ports (two HDMI 1.4b and one HDMI 2.0), 3rd Generation PCIe slots, five USB 3.0 ports, an audio jack, and two built-in speakers.
GPU passthrough is possible with the 450 watt versions of the TVS-1282 and TVS-882, for virtualizing higher end graphics.
The TVS-x82 series uses Qnap’s Qtier technology, giving small businesses the opportunity to use the NAS’ tiered storage for improved application and virtualization support. Hypervisors supported on...
The Amped Wireless REC44M is a MU-MIMO enabled AC2600 Wi-Fi range extender in a fairly large wall-plugged format.
As MU-MIMO devices become more common, manufacturers are moving to mainstream the technology, incorporating it even into wireless extenders. Linksys and Netgear are are already shipping their MU-MIMO enabled RE7000 and EX7300 extenders announced at CES2016.
Amped's REC44M is powered by a dual-core processor and has 16 transmit power amplifiers, eight low-noise receive amplifiers, and 4 dual-band high gain antennas (2 internal, and 2 external). The AC2600 REC44M supports maximum link rates of 800 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1733 Mbps at 5 GHz with devices capable of supporting those rates and is touted to cover up 12,000 sq ft.
EnGenius released three new managed Gigabit switches for SMBs. The new Neutron series switches include 48-port, 24-port, and 8-port models.
Designed for businesses like hotels, restaurants and retail, the new manageable Neutron switches include features such as a web-based management interface, a built-in wireless controller that supports up to 50 Neutron EWS APs, Layer 2 options including VLAN/Voice and QoS, and expanded management using the ezMaster management software that adds reporting and analytics without additional point licenses or subscriptions.
The three new smart switches include:
- The EWS1200-52T is a 48-port Gigabit managed switch that also includes four dedicated GbE SFP fiber ports and an RJ-45 console port.
- The EWS1200-28T is a 24-port Gigabit managed switch that also includes four dedicated GbE SFP fiber ports and an RJ-45 console port.
- The EWS1200D-10T is an 8-port Gigabit managed switch that also inclues two...
Plume emerged from stealth yesterday with yet another multi access point solution aimed at improving Wi-Fi performance in any sized home. The headline for Plume, however, is its $49 per "pod" price. eero's module costs four times that and Luma's per unit price is 3x.
The catch, however is that the minimum Plume order is 6 pods, which makes your buy-in $234 if you buy now at the pre-order $39/pod price. Normal minimum order total will be $294, which is still more than $100 below Luma's $400 three-pack price.
For that $49, Plume packs simultaneous dual-band AC1200 and Bluetooth Smart radios into its wall-plugged "pod" and includes a single Gigabit Ethernet port, too. Plume's specs even claim DFS channel support, which will a feat in itself given the channel use restrictions and rules that come with DFS.
Plume has dubbed its approach "Adaptive WiFi", an approach they claim...
D-Link’s latest Wi-Fi camera, the 720p HD DCS-8200LH, features a 180-degree ultra-wide angle view.
Designed for home surveillance, the D-Link DCS-8200LH also includes a microSD slot for local recording and supports IFTTT to aid integration with other smart home products.
The DCS-8200LH can be set up to follow user-created smart home recipes. For example, the camera can start to record if other devices like connected doorbells or motion sensors trigger it. Like other D-Link cameras, the DCS-8200LH can be remotely monitored via Android and iOS mobile apps.
The DCS-8200LH’s other features include D-Link’s De-Warping technology, simultaneous H.264/MPEG compression, Wireless 802.11ac radio WPS wireless security, sound and motion detection and night vision.
Slated for release in July, the MSRP of the DCS-8200LH is $139.99.
Thecus' N2810Pro Linux NAS gets Intel’s N3160 quad-core processor along with 4 GB of DDR3 memory, expandable to 8 GB.
Designed for both SMB and home users, the new 2-bay N2810Pro is a step up from the N2810, offering twice the RAM and processor cores than its predecessor. Also, the new N2810Pro comes with the redesigned ThecusOS 7.0 operating system that includes built-in apps such as Photo Station, File Center, and Thecus’ own App Center.
For higher-end 4K video playback, the N2810Pro also includes both HDMI and DisplayPort connections, and adds an SPDIF connector for better multimedia sound quality.
Other features include VPN for secure remote access, two LAN ports that support link aggregation, three USB 3.0 ports, RAID 0, 1 and JBOD volumes,and Thecus’ System Failover for uninterrupted availability.
The Thecus N2810Pro will start shipping on June 30th. Pricing was not...