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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...
Domotz, a provider of home intelligence and remote tech support systems today announced it has acquired Fing, the world's #1 network scanning app.
Launched in 2011, the Fing app enables users to quickly scan a network and see all connected devices, evaluate security levels, detect intruders and resolve network issues. Fing has had over 12 million app downloads and 6 million active users who perform over 600,000 network scans a day.
The Domotz Pro monitoring system launched in 2014 and has been chosen to power maintenance service contracts by thousands of AV integrators around the world.
Fing and Domotz teams will continue working on the existing Fing app as well as new monitoring systems for home and professional users. Fing and Domotz plan to introduce their first joint product for home users in the second half...
Ignition Design Labs today launched the Kickstarter campaign for its Portal Wi-Fi router that was previewed at CES 2016.
Portal is a QCA-based AC2350 / 2400 class router with working MU-MIMO. Its main claim to fame, however, is IDL's FastLanes™ technology that provides access to the 5 GHz Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) channels originally reserved for radar systems.
Most routers don't provide access to these channels because they require constant monitoring for radar signals. If radar is detected, the router must change channel immediately and can't return to it for 30 minutes.
Portal doesn't have to wait 30 minutes because it uses a combination of hardware and cloud service to constantly scan for radar activity and change channel as needed. This opens up four additional 80...
Announced today, D-Link’s new DXS-1100-10TS expands upon the company’s family of 10 GbE smart managed switches.
Targeting small- and medium-sized businesses, the D-Link DXS-1100-10TS includes eight 10 GbE copper and two 10 GbE fiber SFP+ ports, and also features auto surveillance VLAN and auto voice VLAN support, loopback detection, cable diagnostics and bandwidth control. Security-wise, the switch includes static MAC, storm control and IGMP snooping functionality.
Port-level management for the DXS-1100-10TS is provided by the switch’s web user-interface.
The 10-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Switch (DXS-1100-10TS) is available now and is list priced for $1249.99.
Updated - Ubiquiti Networks has decided the challenges of battling for market share in the enterprise Wi-Fi space aren't enough. Today, it announced the creation of its "consumer electronics innovation laboratory" Ubiquiti Labs and launched its AmpliFi Wi-Fi system.
AmpliFi combines an AC1200 AC1750 class router and two Wi-Fi extenders into a "plug-and-play" three AP system. Ubiquiti has eschewed wireless mesh and stuck with tried-and-true wireless extender technology for AmpliFi. But the company has made things a bit more interesting by creating three flavors of its wall-plugged adapters.
The Standard, LR and HD kits come in at $199. $299 and $349, respectively. But only the HD model gets you a system that completely supports 802.11ac. The other two have N300 class (2x2) 802.11abgn dual-band radios, with the LR version getting a 2 dBm transmit power tweak.
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Securifi today announced its Almond 3 Smart Home Wi-Fi router. The AC1200 class router features Gigabit Ethernet WAN (1) and switched LAN (2) ports, USB port, built-in ZigBee radio and security siren.
Securifi specs the Almond 3's coverage at 1300 sq ft and says coverage can be extended by adding more Almond 3's to create a wireless mesh-based network.
The Almond 3 also functions as a smart home automation hub. It can control ZigBee light bulbs, door and window sensors, thermostats, locks, and other smart devices using a free companion Almond app. Bluetooth and Z-Wave smart devices can also be supported via USB adapters (not included).
Securifi also announced its family of Almond routers is now compatible with Amazon’s voice command-based virtual assistant, Alexa. Customers can now give voice-commands and get results by using Amazon’s Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap with Almond 3, Almond + and Almond 2015 routers.
NETGEAR added three new ProSafe 10 GbE smart switches to its XS line of switching products, targeting small- and medium-sized businesses that need cost effective 10GBase-T connectivity.
In addition to the currently available ProSAFE 12-port XS712T and the 28-port XS728T Smart Managed Switch models, the new set of switches are:
- NETGEAR ProSAFE 48-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Switch (XS748T)
- 44 x copper 10GBASE-T ports
- 4 x 1 GbE/10 GbE SFP+ ports for 10G fiber links.
- NETGEAR ProSAFE 16-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Switch...
- NETGEAR ProSAFE 48-Port 10-Gigabit Ethernet Smart Managed Switch (XS748T)
In late April, Intraix launched an Indiegogo campaign for its USB-based Klug Home hub smart device.
Seeking a goal of $30K, Intraix posted an Indiegogo page looking for backers for its app-driven smart home hub that plugs into your router’s USB port. With the Klug app and smart Klug Home hub, customers can control smart devices that help run other electronic smart home products, including lights, environmental switches and coffee makers; up to 20 devices total.
Set to start shipping in October 2016, available Indiegogo Perk packages range from $79 for early bird supporters to $199 for a starter kit. As of this writing, Itraix’s Indiegogo campaign is 23% of the way to its final goal, with 22 days left.
Maintainers of the OpenSSL cryptographic library have patched high-severity holes that could make it possible for attackers to decrypt login credentials or execute malicious code on Web servers.
The updates were released Tuesday morning for both versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 of OpenSSL, which a large portion of the Internet relies on to cryptographically protect sensitive Web and e-mail traffic using the transport layer security protocol. OpenSSL advisories labeled the severity of both vulnerabilities "high," meaning the updates fixing them should be installed as soon as possible. The fixes bring the latest supported versions to 1.0.1t and 1.0.2h.
The decryption vulnerability is the result of what cryptographers call a padding oracle weakness, which allows attackers to...
EnGenius expanded its Neutron line of distributed network management products this week by adding four new Wireless AC Wave 2 4x4 access points, including two indoor and two outdoor models.
Designed for enterprise-class deployments, the new access points can work with EnGenius’ Neutron Wireless LAN Management Controller Switches and ezMaster Network Management software without the need of additional license fees.
The new access points reach up to 2.5 Gbps, have 360 degree omni-directional antennas, and support PoE. Additionally, the two outdoor access point models use IP67-rated enclosures designed to protect the devices from extreme weather conditions.
The new set of Neutron APs include the following models:
- EWS370AP 11ac Wave 2 4x4 Access Point (MSRP $899);
- EWS371AP 11ac Wave 2 4x4 Access Point with External Detachable Antennas (MSRP $1,049);
- EWS870AP 11ac Wave 2 4x4 Outdoor Access Point (MSRP $1,995);
Computer scientists have discovered vulnerabilities in Samsung's Smart Home automation system that allowed them to carry out a host of remote attacks, including digitally picking connected door locks from anywhere in the world.
The attack, one of several proof-of-concept exploits devised by researchers from the University of Michigan, worked against Samsung's SmartThings, one of the leading Internet of Things (IoT) platforms for connecting electronic locks, thermostats, ovens, and security systems in homes. The researchers said the attacks were made possible by two intrinsic design flaws in the SmartThings framework that aren't easily fixed. They went on to say that consumers should think twice before using the system to connect door locks and other security-critical components....
Google announced that its OnHub smart home routers will now support IFTTT recipe-driven commands to help automate devices at home.
One of the promises made by Google is that company would provide regular updates to its OnHub home router, adding new features and security fixes to the wireless smart home router.
Touted by Google as a router first, the latest OnHub update now adds IFTTT (short for “If This Then That) support, giving customers the ability to build out recipes triggered by actions that connected smart home devices and OnHub detect. For example, motion detected by a camera could generate an email notification orchestrated by OnHub, or if Wi-Fi devices are present in a room, then IFTTT recipes setup up on the router could light up that room’s smart LED bulbs.
Through partnerships with Asus and...
Cypress will acquire Broadcom’s IoT business, and its related assets, in a $550 million all-cash transaction.
Post-acquisition, Broadcom will continue working on non-IoT wireless solutions for devices like laptops, smartphone, and set-top boxes, while Cypress will be in a greater position to compete in the growing embedded systems market fueled by automotive, industrial and consumer demand.
Expected to close in Q3 2016, the transaction includes the acquisition of Broadcom’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee product lines, including IP, as well as the WICED brand and developer ecosystem.
There is no word yet on how the Broadcom IoT acquisition will affect the 430 worldwide jobs employed in the business unit’s workforce.
Dropbox Business recently announced Project Infinite, a future offering that fixes the problem of using Dropbox on end-user devices with limited storage space.
Being cross-platform compatible, Project Infinite works like traditional Dropbox Business, but adds the option to store data in the cloud, looking as if though your files are sitting on your local disk or SSD drive. Similar to the green checkmark you get when a local file synchronizes with Dropbox’s cloud storage, Project Infinite-stored files are marked with a small cloud image embedded in the files’ Windows Explorer or OS X Finder icon when synched.
Aside from being able to drag-and-drop these cloud-stored files using your chosen OS platform’s file manager, important properties, such as file size and creation/modification dates, are also be available upon a click of a cursor.
Release dates for Dropbox...
ZyXEL's AC2200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router is a one-of-a-kind MU-MIMO router, and not in a good way.
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BeON announced two new features that help expand the use of their LED security lighting products.
The company’s LED security bulbs are now UL certified (UL1598) for outdoor use, as well as fully enclosed fixtures (UL1993 and CSA C22.2#1993). This certification lets customers expand the bulbs’ utility from just being an indoor security tool, to using BeON’s bulb as an outdoor deterrent for intruders.
BeON will also be updating their app to let customers add various lighting sequences to their routines, mimicking daily lighting activities, instead of preconfigured lighting automation that criminals can detect and use to figure out when someone really isn’t home.
BeON lighting kits are available in different packages based on the size of your home, with prices ranging from $75 to $398....