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March 28, 2017

Netgear Expands Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi Lineup with New Kits, Lower Entry Pricepoint

Last year, Netgear introduced the Orbi, which is one of the best mesh Wi-Fi networking systems on the market. Featuring a 4×4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi dedicated backhaul, it was the fastest home mesh Wi-Fi system we’ve tested to date, but due to its high cost, it wasn’t accessible to those who weren’t interested in spending $400 on a Wi-Fi system.

In order to bring the Orbi to a wider audience, Netgear is expanding the Orbi lineup with two new Orbi mesh Wi-Fi kits, the RBK30 and RBK40 priced at $299.99 and $349.99 respectively.

In order to lower the pricepoint for the RBK30 and RBK 40, both are AC2200 systems featuring a 2×2 [...]

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March 22, 2017

Ubiquiti Networks Releases Numerous Security Patches as SEC Consult Exposes Command Injection Vulnerability

In a recent advisory sent out by SEC Consult’s Vulnerability Lab, SEC Consult advised that a security flaw had been confirmed in at least four Ubiquiti Networks devices with as many as an additional 38 devices possibly vulnerable to the security issue.

According to the advisory, a command injection vulnerability exists in the “pingtest_action.cgi” script in the devices. If an attacker is able to lure a user to click on a special link or go to a malicious website, it would allow an attacker to gain control of the networking equipment. This issue is largely attributed to a decade old version of PHP, PHP/FI 2.0.1, used by the devices.

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March 1, 2017

ARRIS Unveils SurfBoard SB8200 Cable Modem Supporting Multi-Gigabit Speeds

In a recent announcement, ARRIS took the wraps off the fastest cable modem they’ve ever built, the SurfBoard SB8200.

According to the release, the ARRIS SurfBoard SB8200 is a DOCSIS 3.1 ready modem featuring 32 download and 8 upload SC-QAM channels along with 2 download OFDM and 2 Upload OFDMA channels. It’s capable of theoretical speeds up to 10Gbps, a whopping 10x faster than DOCSIS 3.0 however, as the device only features two Gigabit Ethernet ports, maximum bandwidth is actually capped at a paltry 2Gbps. For those who need it, the SB8200 also supports both IPv4 as well as IPv6 technologies.

Carrying a MSRP of $199.99, the ARRIS SurfBoard SB8200 is [...]

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February 23, 2017

Review: Eero Home Mesh Wi-Fi System

WiFi That Works

Around this time last year, I stumbled upon the Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System. At the time, the concept of mesh Wi-Fi was really limited to just high end enterprise systems that typically used it to blanket places like stadiums, shopping malls, and hotels. Using it in the home however, was pretty much unheard of even though homes are a perfect use case for mesh Wi-Fi. Unless of course you were some sort of network engineer or you had some serious money to invest in a real Wi-Fi system along with an IT team to manage it.

Noticing the market opportunity for mesh Wi-Fi in the home, the team at Eero unveiled their cloud based mesh Wi-Fi system focusing on performance, [...]

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February 22, 2017

ARRIS Acquires Ruckus Wireless, ICX Switch Business for $800 Million

In a recent announcement, ARRIS and Broadcom announced that they’ve entered an agreement for ARRIS to acquire Broadcom’s Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business, a business Broadcom acquired with their acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems late last year. The acquisition, which will cost ARRIS $800 Million plus the cost of unvested employee stock awards will follow the completion of Broadcom’s acquisition of Brocade.

The inclusion of Ruckus’s networking technologies will help expand ARRIS’s product portfolio from the consumer wired and wireless networking market to education, commercial and enterprise as well. According to [...]

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February 22, 2017

Intel Announces Atom C3000 Denverton CPU: Up to 16-Cores, 10GbE Support, 8.5w Power Consumption

Intel recently launched their latest Atom C3000 “Denverton” CPUs based on the 14nm FinFET Goldmont architecture for low power applications such as networking, storage, and IoT.

Featuring between 2 to 16 cores and clock frequencies between 1.5GHz to 2.2GHz, the Intel Atom C3000 is a powerhouse of a chip with the flagship 16-core chip capable of outperforming the previous generation Intel Atom C2750 by 2.3x.

Additionally, the Atom C3000 is also capable of supporting ECC memory, virtualization (including Intel VT-d), 10 GbE Ethernet, Intel QuickAssist technology, power consumption as low as 8.5w, and for networking applications, up to 19Mpps of Layer 3 [...]

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February 14, 2017

Qualcomm Announces 802.11ax, Increases Wi-Fi Capacity Up to 4x

Thought your brand spankin’ new 802.11ac wave 2 router was going to last 2017 without going obsolete? Guess again.

In a recent announcement, Qualcomm unveiled two new chips, the IPQ8074 SoC and QCA6290, becoming the first chipmaker to unveil an end to end solution for 802.11ax Wi-Fi, the next Wi-Fi standard beyond 802.11ac wave 2. Whereas previous versions of Wi-Fi prior to 802.11ac wave 2 have always focused on improving speed, 802.11ax Wi-Fi continues the trend started by 802.11ac wave 2 by focusing more on capacity and coverage rather than just pure single client performance. In order to achieve this, 802.11ax utilizes technologies such as 8×8 MU-MIMO, [...]

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January 12, 2017

Synology Launches RT2600AC Router, VPN Plus

Synology is getting ready to launch their RT2600AC router which we recently saw at CES 2017.

Being the best router Synology has to offer for home/small office users, the RT2600AC supports all the latest Wi-Fi standards including 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, boasting up to 1,733Mbps on the 5.2GHz band and 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band for a total throughput of up to 2,533Mbps. In order to achieve this, the RT2600AC features MU-MIMO which ensures a dedicated antenna for each receiver/transmitter radio pair to ensure the best possible performance even if there are many users on the network.

Powering the RT2600AC is a dual-core 1.7 Ghz processor along with 512MB of DDR3 DRAM [...]

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January 10, 2017

CES 2017: Linksys WRT32X Integrates Killer QoS Features into Gaming Router

For CES 2017, Linksys unveiled their new WRT32X gaming router, designed specifically for gamers in mind.

As typical of gaming routers, the main selling point for the WRT32X is its QoS features. For the WRT32X, Linksys partnered with Killer Networking to integrate their gaming QoS software. Killer Networking software is typically already found on gaming motherboards, notebooks, and PCs, but this limits the QoS functionality onto the device rather than the entire network.

In terms of hardware, the hardware inside the Linksys WRT32X is identical to the Linksys WRT 3200 ACM. As such, the WRT32X features a dual-core 1.8GHz ARM processor, 512MB DDR3, and supports [...]

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January 8, 2017

CES 2017: Netgear Nighthawk S8000 Switch Offers 4Gbps Link Aggregation

Connecting devices through wired Ethernet offers a little more security and is a whole lot more stable than Wi-Fi, but there are often not enough ports on the back of the router to supply a Ethernet connection to all the devices within a household. As such, a network switch is needed to provide additional ports for the additional devices.

As such, Netgear unveiled its Nighthawk S8000 (GS808E) switch at CES 2017, aiming to simplify setting up a LAN with the highest level of performance. Featuring a futuristic design similar to the Netgear Nighthawk routers and fabricated out of zinc alloy, the Netgear Nighthawk S8000 features eight Gigabit Ethernet ports on the [...]

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