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Features included in QNAP's latest QTS 4.2.1 NAS OS include:
- Virtual Switches - Aid in building isolated network environments
- Proxy servers - Cache and record downloaded content in order to help save bandwidth
- “Previous Version” - Snapshots provide immediate file restores that save time
- Qsirch 2.1 - Indexes stored files as a background task
- Hybrid Backup Synch - Consolidates basic data protection features (backup, restore, and synch) and ships data to local and external storage repositories.
- Qmail – Email client that gives users the ability to access or switch between email accounts, while also backing up email locally from a cloud service to the QNAP NAS.
- Linux Station - Provides a Linux environment that is accessible from a browser
- Virtualization Station 2.1 - Adds more features to help facilitate virtual machine operations, such as GPU Passthrough and several new guest drivers.
- Container Station -...
Seeking to add more value and security to today’s web browsing software, the makers of Opera are adding free VPN capability into the company’s latest browser version.
Opera developer 38 will include a built-in VPN client that is both free and unlimited in use. Users will be able to browse the internet securely, without having to pay for additional VPN software or subscriptions.
According to Opera Software’s blog, the company wanted to innovate upcoming browser versions with components that prior browsers haven’t included yet. Aside from the ad-blocker feature that the prior Opera browser included, adding VPN was the next step in the browser’s evolution.
Opera’s VPN client will include the following features for browser users:
- Virtual IP addresses that hide...
Thecus' new Windows-based NAS gets double the processing power than before.
The new SMB targeted W2810Pro Windows Storage Server NAS comes with an Intel Celeron N3150 quad-core processor and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. A step up from the W2000+ model, which has an Atom dual-core CPU, Thecus states that the new NAS gets more than double the processing power than its predecessor.
For storage, the Thecus W2810Pro maxes out at 16 TB of disk using its dual-bay form factor, and also includes an embedded 60 GB SSD boot drive for platform operation.
The W2810Pro runs Microsoft’s Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials, so customers also get the many built features included with the OS, such as Storage Spaces and Windows’ own flavor of Data Deduplication.
There’s no word on how much the W2810Pro will cost, but Thecus did state that the new NAS will begin shipping globally on April 21, 2016.
New research into the "Rowhammer" bug that resides in certain types of DDR memory chips raises a troubling new prospect: attacks that use Web applications or booby-trapped videos and documents to trigger so-called bitflipping exploits that allow hackers to take control of vulnerable computers.
Continue reading on ArsTechnica...
Online backup vendor, iDrive, just released the One, an 802.11ac-based wireless storage device for home use.
A dual-channel wireless device, the iDrive One is available in either HDD or SSD configurations, and utilizes beamforming to help remotely store files and system backups at speeds up to 1.3 Gbps. The One can also work as a wireless network extender for existing home networks.
Managed via the iDrive One app (available for iOS and Android), the One also uses 256-bit encryption to secure data, and is compatible with Windows and Macs, as well as mobile devices.
Now available on the iDrive website, pricing for the iDrive is as follows: 1 TB HDD – $99.99, 2 TB HDD - $149.99, 128 GB SSD - $99.99 and 256 GB SSD - $149.99. Packaging for each model also includes a year-long subscription to a 1 TB iDrive cloud account and a one-year limited warranty.
Arris introduced its new SURFboard line of RipCurrent G.hn routers and extenders. The added members of the SURFboard family of products adds flexibility to building out a home network by using a combination of wireless, wired and powerline technologies. Setting up the new products is facilitated with both plug-and-play installation and the Arris’ own Surfboard Manager mobile app (for iOS and Android).
The new SURFboard RipCurrent products include three wireless AC routers and two extenders:
- SURFboard SBR-AC1200P Wi-Fi Router with RipCurrent G.hn - $119.99
- N300 + AC900, 4 antennas, four GbE ports, one USB 2.0 port
- SURFboard SBR-AC1900P Wi-Fi Router with RipCurrent G.hn - $199.99
- N600 + AC1300, 6 antennas, four GbE ports, two USB ports (2.0 + 3.0)
- SURFboard SBR-AC3200P Wi-Fi Router...
- SURFboard SBR-AC1200P Wi-Fi Router with RipCurrent G.hn - $119.99
Aside from its $99 per year subscription plan, Amazon Prime added two monthly plans that will appeal to subscribers not in interested in the service’s alternative year-long commitment.
The $10.99 per month plan includes all the features that the yearly Amazon Prime plan offers, including free two-day shipping (one-day shipping in some areas), unlimited movies, TV shows and music streaming and ebook access.
The $8.99 per month plan, the real Netflix competitor between the two packages, will give subscribers unlimited access to movies and TV shows.
The two monthly plans’ short-term commitment may sound attractive to some, but as Nick Wingfield of the New...
Trend Micro’s Simply Security blog warned QuickTime for Windows users not to throw caution to the wind and prompting readers to uninstall Apple’s now unsupported video player. Over the weekend, the blog noted two recently announced critical advisories, posted on Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative website (ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242). The blog emphasizes there will be no patches released for these remotely executable vulnerabilities.
Though the QuickTime software still works in its current unpatched state, remote attackers can take advantage of the vulnerability after, by user interaction, a malicious file or web page is opened.
Asustor is targeting its latest pair of NAS devices, the 8-bay AS6208T and 10-bay AS6210T, at environments looking for high capacity units that handle the latest and largest 8 TB hard disks on the market.
The latest extension to the AS62XXT line, the AS6208T and AS6210T, both use an Intel Celeron 1.6 GHz Quad-Core processor that’s automatically overclocked to 2.24 GHz, 4 GB of Dual-Channel DDR3L RAM that’s expandable to 8 GB, and according to Asustor, both models provide read/write speeds of over 398/355 MB/s.
For external connectivity, the new NASes include four gigabit Ethernet ports, three USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, and 2 eSATA ports.
Asustor also emphasizes the AS6208T’s and AS6210T’s 2K and 4K UHD video qualities, pointing out the units’ HDMI 1.4b port and S/PDIF fibre optic audio output, as well as their included hardware...
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...
The soon to be shipped Thecus N2810PLUS 2-bay NAS server takes a step up from its predecessor, the N2810, by doubling up on RAM and CPU cores.
Memory-wise, the N2810PLUS has 4 GB of DDR3 memory at its base configuration – 2 GB more than the N2810.
As for the embedded CPU, the N2810PLUS uses an Intel Celeron N3150 Quad Core processor - twice the number of cores than what the N2810’s Intel Celeron N3050 Dual Core provides.
RAID modes for the SATA-based N2810PLUS include RAID 0, 1 and JBOD.
For connections, the N2810PLUS includes three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port for up to 4K UHD playback, and two LAN ports that give 7 modes of link aggregation.
The N2810PLUS, a Linux-based NAS, runs ThecusOS 7.0 for its front-end. Launched from beta earlier this year, the company’s 64-bit OS provides a user interface and adds new...
Market intelligence firm, Parks Associates, released new research indicating that 20% of U.S. broadband households plan to purchase network security cameras within the next 12 months. In the Park Associate’s report, 360 View: Residential Security and Smart Home, the firm also finds that factors, such as the ability to protect a home while traveling and remote access to connected home systems, rank high as drivers for purchasing a home security system.
In addition to the 20% given for potential security camera purchases, Parks Associates also noted that smart door lock purchases produced a similar percentage.
Trendnet’s recently updated mobile app, IPView, is used for remotely accessing the company’s latest line-up of IP cameras and NVR products. Aside from an updated user interface and IPView’s existing features (video snapshots, zoom in/out, etc.), this latest in-app upgrade also adds performance and stability patches, and unlocks the following capabilities:
- Record to mobile device / Dropbox
A little on the technical side, but worth a read. Also talks about sticky clients.
Good argument for using APs vs. converted consumer routers. Most don't allow controlling supported data rates.
If you want to at least disable B rates, look for settings for 1,2,5.5 and 11 Mbps data rates. This Cisco article has a good screenshot of one of their controllers that makes it easy.
For busy households, the battle over who can watch recorded Sling TV content, whenever or whenever they want, may end in peaceful accord now as Sling TV announced a new multi-stream service. Available for $20 a month, the new beta can stream up to 3 devices, mobile or not, at the same time.
In addition to the new multi-streaming service, Sling TV also announced it is including live and on-demand content from Fox Network Group, as well as broadcasts from other multi-stream programmers, including AMC, HBO, Turner and Univision.
For new Sling TV customers, they can try out the multi-stream service for free for seven days without having to sign up for an annual contract or longer term commitment, though a credit card is still required in the four step sign up process.
Sling TV’s single-stream service will still be available for $20 a month as well.
For more information on the multi-stream service and the added channels, check out...
[Ed. note: We missed this news last week! Sorry!]
In a $1.5B cash and stock deal expected to close in Q3 2016, Brocade will cross into new territory and expand its reach into wireless networking. With Brocade already known as a SAN vendor, the acquisition of Ruckus Wireless will now place the storage networking company at a higher networking market tier in areas such as enterprise, hospitality, campus, and service provider wireless, according to Brocade.
In the joint announcement between CEOs Lloyd Carney (Brocade) and Selina Lo (Ruckus), customers are told that the acquisition will not produce any near-term changes, and that Ruckus products will still be sold and supported by Ruckus Wireless.
For investors, the pair had this to say; “[The acquisition] also aligns very well with both companies’ mobile strategies and positions us to win in emerging opportunities like 5G services, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities, and more.”
Asking Alexa, Amazon Echo’s built-in voice assistant, to turn on your living room lights is now possible with D-Link’s Connected Home Smart Wi-Fi Plugs. D-link announced the new compatibility with Amazon’s Smart Home device as an additional feature that now exists alongside D-Link’s mydlink Home mobile app and IFTTT (if this then that) recipe support for customizing commands.
For the mydlink app functionality, Amazon Echo specifically works with the DSP-W110 and DSP-W215 Wi-Fi Smart Plugs.
The mydlink Home app is available for download and will include the new integrated support for Amazon Echo. For more information, visit the D-Link Connected Home page.