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Ruckus Wireless just added two new Wireless AC Wave 2 access points to its growing family of wireless APs.
Ruckus Wireless, now a Brocade brand, added the ZoneFlex T710 and the ZoneFlex R510 to its line of Wave 2 products targeting business and campus environments.
Key features in the new access points include MU-MIMO for simultaneous, same channel multiuser access; Ruckus Wireless’ BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology; and the company’s own predictive channel selection solution, ChannelFly.
The T710 is an outdoor version of Ruckus’ previously released R710 Wave 2 access point. Aside from MU-MIMO, BeamFlex and ChannelFly, the new T710 has four dual band antennas, and also includes fiber and Ethernet interfaces, built-in GPS and inventory management. The R510 AP comes with a two dual-band antenna configuration and is compatible with 802.3af Ethernet switches.
The ZoneFlex T710 and R510 are compatible with Ruckus’ newly updated...
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...
Linksys today announced the start of shipment for three MU-MIMO products announced at January's CES 2016.
The EA9500 AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router with MU-MIMO is Linksys' new big-boy router. It's based on Broadcom's 4x4 MU-MIMO enabled radio and three-radio XStream architecture. The two 5 GHz radios support maximum link rates of 2166 Mbps each and the 2.4 GHz radio links up to 1000 Mbps. The only way to reach the advertised maximum link rates, however, will be to use another EA9500 or router using Broadcom's 4x4 chipset, because the rates require the use of non-standard 1024-QAM modulation, which currently only Broadcom supports.
A more practical aspect of the EA9500 is that MU-MIMO is supported on both 5 GHz radios, which should be able to provide higher total...
QNAP has announced the release of its TVS-x82T next-generation Thunderbolt 2 NAS series.
The three models (12, 8 and 4 bays) are all designed for very high storage performance and access bandwidth with Intel multi-core processors and 10GbE and Thunderbolt 2 connections.
The top end TVS-1282T is available with a 3.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 CPU and 32 GB of DDR4 RAM or a 3.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage options include two M.2 slots for SSD storage, four 2.5" bays for SSD drives and eight bays that hold 2.5" or 3.5" solid state or eSATA drives.
Connectivity options for the TVS-1282T include two Thunderbolt 2, two 10GbE and four Gigabit Ethernet ports. Other ports include five USB 3.0, two HDMI 1.4b, one HDMI 2.0 and analog audio in and output.
eero announced it has secured a $50 million round of growth funding led by Menlo Ventures with "significant participation" by Index Ventures. This investment brings eero's total VC funding to $90M+.
The funding will be used to expand distribution, provide customer support and add employees.
eero also announced it will be available in over 500 Best Buy stores in the U.S. this summer and on BestBuy.com next week. MSRP remains at $499 for a three-pack, or $199 for a single eero.
eero is the first "mesh wireless" system to hit the market. It won't be alone for long, as its primary competitor,...
Amped Wireless today announced the availability of its RTA1300M ARTEMIS High Power AC1300 Wi-Fi Router with MU-MIMO that was unveiled in January at CES 2016.
When the ARTEMIS was announced in January, it had 3x3 2.4 GHz and 2x2 5 GHz radios. In this announcement, both radios are now 2x2. The AC1300 class rating comes from maximum link rates of 400 Mbps in 2.4 GHz (40 MHz bandwidth, QAM 256) and 867 Mbps in 5 GHz (802.11ac).
ARTEMIS is the first two stream MU-MIMO router. The rule of thumb for the number of devices that will produce maximum total throughput gain from MU-MIMO routers until now has been # of streams - 1, which would equal 1 device for the ARTEMIS. But since MU-MIMO requires at least two devices to show any total throughput gain, there must be some other magic sprinkled on Amped's latest router.
Other hardware features include all Gigabit Ethernet...
Dan Goodin reports that attackers are targeting a flaw in theUbiquiti's AirOS that runs many of its wireless routers and access points. The vulnerability allows attackers to gain access to devices via HTTP or HTTPS without authentication and changes the infected device's password files.
A patch for the flaw was issued last July, but apparently hasn't been widely installed.
Check Dan's article for the full details.
NETGEAR has weighed in on how it will handle the new FCC and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI ) rules that go into effect on June 2, 2016. The new rules require routers and software to be secured to prevent changing transmit power output or enabling unauthorized channel selection of the router on the 5 GHz band.
NETGEAR's official response is:
"NETGEAR has reviewed the recent FCC rule changes. We are aware of their potential implications on open source firmware availability for WiFi routers but believe we can continue our general practice of not prohibiting opens source releases for our WiFi routers."
NETGEAR joins TP-LINK, ASUS and...
Netflix has introduced fast.com, a simplified download speed test tool that gives home users a quick way to test their network connection.
Fast.com is a browser-based tool that immediately tells you how fast your internet connection is without the clutter of server locations or advertising other tools have. Just click to the fast.com webpage and the test runs.
Note the test shows downlink speed only, while other tools provide both up and downlink speed and latency. However, Fast.com's tool provides a handy link to speedtest.net
There’s probably more to the tool’s function that Netflix wants to say in its announcement, such as giving the streaming media company logged data that can be used to track speed rates of its regular and potential customers. But the simplified design will definitely make it easier for anyone to check how fast their downlink network connect is.
Fast.com is online and...
“Okay, Google” just got more interesting. Google introduced its entry in the home virtual agent market, Google Home, at this year’s I/O conference.
Built around AI-inspired technology, Google Home will be competing against Amazon’s Echo, creating a stir in today’s growing virtual agent business. Using far field microphones that listen and respond to verbal commands, Home’s virtual agent can run voice activated tasks such as playing music or movies, sending text messages out, and even running Google searches, all on command . Google Home will also work in tandem with Google’s upcoming Assistant smartphone app, as well as the company’s Chromecast and Nest devices.
Slated for availability in Fall ’16, pricing for Google Home is not available at this time, however potential customers can sign up for future updates about the product at Google Home’s home page.
(Ed. Note: And no, it doesn't double as an...
Updated - TP-LINK today announced its Talon AD7200 Multi-Band Wi-Fi Router is now available. The product was announced at CES 2016.
The Talon AD7200 is a 4x4 Qualcomm-based MU-MIMO enabled AC2600 class router with an integrated single-stream 802.11ad radio supporting a 4600 Mbps maximum link rate. The 4x4 2.4 and 5 GHz radios support maximum link rates of 800 Mbps and 1733 Mbps, respectively. MU-MIMO is also supported on the 5 GHz radio.
Hardware specs include a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, eight high-gain antennas, five Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN, and 4 LAN) and two USB 3.0 ports supporting printer and storage sharing. TP-LINK says Smart Connect automatic band steering will be supported for the Wi-Fi radios in a future...
Belkin today announced its Wemo Switch, Wemo Insight Switch, Wemo Light Switch and Wemo Maker products are now certified to work with Nest’s Learning Thermostat.
Wemo switches can now turn on and off depending on an associated Nest Learning Thermostat's mode. For example, devices like lights can turn on when the thermostat switches to Home mode, or fans can turn off when the thermostat switches to Away mode.
The Wemo switch Works with Nest integration also adds some control of the Nest thermostat using Wemo’s app. These functions include thermostat status, temperature/humidity reading, thermostat mode control, and temperature setting.
The Works with Nest functionality is available now, enabled through the newly released Wemo app, version 1.15, downloadable from both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
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...
Western Digital Technologies (WD) announced that Sandisk is now a Western Digital company with post-acquisition related activities starting immediately.
Three days after getting Chinese approval for its acquisition of SanDisk, Western Digital Corporation (WDC), announced that its WD subsidiary completed the process of making SanDisk Corporation a WDC company, stretching WD’s existing reach, even further, into the consumer and business storage markets.
For the acquisition to happen, Western Digital Corporation had to raise funds from different sources including $5.225 billion in secured notes, $8.875 billion in loans, $1 billion in revolving credit, and $3 billion in a raised bridge facility, altogether totaling $18.1 billion.
SanDisk took a huge step into Enterprise storage a couple years ago after it acquired Fusion-io, and now the SanDisk brand, its 74,000 employees, and its products will fall in line alongside WD and HGST as a WDC company.
Nest just announced that it is releasing OpenThread, an open source version of the IPv6-based Thread protocol used to connect smart home devices over low-powered wireless mesh networks.
With Nest’s release of OpenThread, and with contributions from companies like ARM and Qualcomm, the newly announced open source protocol can run on Thread-based radios that, according to Nest, will help accelerate the growth and spread of smart home technologies and products, including those that are already using Thread, like Nest Weave and ZigBee.
OpenThread is now available on GitHub, along with sample code and documentation.
Microsoft announced that a key feature in Wi-Fi Sense will not be available in its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build as of build 14332.
Microsoft said that the cost of maintaining Wi-Fi Sense and its low demand were reasons why the feature was removed from the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build.
Wi-Fi Sense has drawn concern from users as it automatically connects Outlook, Skype and Facebook contacts to your shared wireless networks. The idea behind the feature was to facilitate granting network access to guests without having to dig around and give visitors Wi-Fi passphrases, however this list of contacts is not a granular one, and only presents an all or nothing option, making the feature unmanageable for those concerned with securing access to their networks.
In its blog post, Microsoft did say that not all of...