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Things are pretty good for NETGEAR's Arlo security cam business. So good, that the company yesterday said it plans to spin off Arlo into a separate business using an IPO.
The company said it plans to retain 80% ownership of the spinoff.
New NETGEAR recruit Matthew McRae will serve as the new company's CEO. He joined NETGEAR in Q4 last year, exiting his CTO/Head of Marketing post at flatscreen TV maker Vizio.
The spinoff brings the technology behind Arlo full circle. It was acquired with NETGEAR's purchase of Avaak's VueZone wireless IP camera system back in 2012, which NETGEAR basically rebranded. NETGEAR added some R&D to address some of VueZone's shortcomings and launched Arlo, which has obviously been a success.
NETGEAR expects the IPO to be complete in the second half of this year, pending approval of NETGEAR's board....
TRENDnet has announced a powerline adapter that includes PoE+ support.
The TPL-331EP supports the 802.3at higher power over Ethernet standard, which is specified to provide up to 25 W of power to compatible devices connected to the adapter's single 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port.
The adapter supports the older HomePlug AV 200 standard, which will interoperate with newer, faster HomePlug AV2 devices, although at lower speeds. It also has no power save mode, to better support always-on devices like IP cameras and VoIP phones.
Available now, TRENDnet’s single pack TPL-331EP costs $34.99 MSRP, while the dual pack TPL-331EP2K is $64.99 MSRP.
Zyxel' Multy X AC3000 Tri-Band WiFi System is unlikely to put a dent in Orbi sales.
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vQTS allows QNAP customers to run multiple instances of QTS on a single NAS device. Initially available for QNAP’s AMD Ryzen-powered TS-x77 series of NAS products, vQTS lets QTS instances operate alongside other virtual instances running Windows, Linux, Unix and/or Android operating systems, all within the same NAS-encased virtual environment.
Based on QNAP’s Virtualization Station solution, vQTS virtual instances run within a multi-tenant environment, letting departments have their own QTS system to run applications and services separately from other QTS instances. Administrators can also allocate dedicated hardware resources (CPU, memory, storage and networking) to each QTS instance, segregating usage within the virtual machine. Finally, by using iSCSI or NFS, vQTS allows processes to run on a TS-x77 NAS while using storage on a separate NAS device, if needed.
QNAP vQTS is now...
For $5 per month, Bell customers can rent the Canadian provider’s Whole Home Wi-Fi package that includes four Plume access points - also called pods, giving subscribed homes a rented wireless mesh network.
The Plume pods basically offer Bell customers an app controlled AC1200 dual-band wireless network generally offering better coverage than conventional router/access point combinations.
This is Plume's second carrier deal. A customized version of its pods is offered by Comcast as an option for its XFINITY xFi service. Comcast also has taken at least a $63M stake in Plume and a seat on its board.
Currently the Bell Whole Home Wi-Fi package only works with Bell’s Home Hub 3000 modem (costing an additional $7 per month in some cases), which...
Zyxel’s has added three new members to its ZyWALL line of firewall appliances, designed to protect small and medium businesses.
The ZyWALL VPN50, VPN100 and VPN300 use Zyxel’s SecuDeployer feature to simplify deployment for up to 50 firewalls without having to use additional software or hardware.
ZyWALLs also feature active/passive high availability, multi-WAN load balancing, IPSec load balancing, a built-in AP controller, and integration tools for Facebook Wi-Fi (for retail/restaurant/hospitality businesses) and Amazon VPC (for cloud services).
Quick specs for each model:
VPN50 – 4 x GbE LAN, 1 x GbE WAN, 1 x SFP, 1 x USB 3.0, 50 max concurrent IPSec VPN connections, 150 Mbps VPN max throughput.
VPN100 – 4 x GbE LAN, 1 x GbE WAN, 1 x SFP, 2 x USB 3.0, 100 max concurrent IPSec VPN connections, 500 Mbps VPN max throughput.
VPN300 – 7 x Configurable GbE ports, 2 x USB 3.0, 300 max concurrent IPSec VPN connections, 1000 Mbps VPN max...
It turns out our feelings about mesh Wi-Fi pioneer Luma were correct. The company has been quietly purchased by home safety product maker First Alert.
The purchase was reported in a scoop by Axios' Dan Primack, who, according to TechCrunch, obtained an internal memo authored by Luma chairman and co-founder Paul Judge.
You can read the details in both posts.
The web is indeed a cruel mistress. Luma's website--https://lumahome.com--has already all but disappeared from search engines. The site is still up, but appears to be broken.
There is no statement on...
TRENDnet and Router Limits have announced a partnership that adds the latter company's web filtering and screen time management tools to a new TRENDnet SMB router.
The TEW-829DRU AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Multi-WAN VPN SMB Router, scheduled for release in Q2 2018, will get Router Limits' web content filtering, browser history tracking and internet time management feature set.
The new router also features MU-MIMO, beamforming, dual WAN ports with load balancing/ & fail-over, VLAN support and SSL, IPsec, and PPTP VPN.
Router Limits is primarily known as a family-focused product designed to help manage online activity at home.
For more information about Router Limits, check out their website.
Open Mesh's A42 is a new dual-band AC1200 class PoE-powered access point, replacing the company's previous A40 dual-stream AP.
The company claims the A42's quad core processor platform supports twice the number of devices and delivers up to "3X more data throughput than the previous model".
Wireless link rates for the 2x2 Open Mesh A42 max out at 300 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps at 5 GHz. Other features include built-in firewalling and support for multiple SSIDs and device fingerprinting.
Each access point includes a USB port, two gigabit Ethernet ports and is encased in an IP55 rated enclosure, allowing outdoor installation. Included with the access point are several mounting kit options, including wall-, ceiling-, pole- and desktop kits, expanding the number of installation options.
Open Mesh’s CloudTrax software and mobile app support plug-and-play deployments, client and bandwidth management, statistics and device...
QNAP NAS owners will soon be able to easily deploy pre-configured virtual appliances running Netgate's pfSense firewall services.
The collaboration will combine QNAP’s own Virtualization Station virtual switching and Netgate’s open source-based intrusion prevention system, to provide a secure application environment on virtualization-ready x86 QNAP NASes. Future plans for the firewall solution will also address increased throughput, stronger encryption and improved manageability.
The QNAP NAS/Netgate pfSense security solution was recently showcased at CES 2018. However, specific availability was not announced.
QNAP's CES announcements for CES 2018 cover AI, IoT, robotics and, yes, a few new NASes.
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D-Link announced more Covr Wi-Fi systems, two 802.11ax routers and new products for the connected home at CES 2018.
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