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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.
Announcement here - https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=2008
"We are happy to announce the release of pfSense® software version 2.3!
The most significant changes in this release are a rewrite of the webGUI utilizing Bootstrap, and the underlying system, including the base system and kernel, being converted entirely to FreeBSD pkg. The pkg conversion enables us to update pieces of the system individually going forward, rather than the monolithic updates of the past. The webGUI rewrite brings a new responsive look and feel to pfSense requiring a minimum of resizing or scrolling on a wide range of devices from desktop to mobile phones."
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