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February 23, 2017

Review: Eero Home Mesh Wi-Fi System

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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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December 21, 2016

Synology Announces RT2600AC Router Launch Info, Asia Pacific to Launch First

With the success of Synology’s first entry into the router market, the Synology RT1900ac, Synology wasted no time developing an even faster, more powerful successor, the Synology RT2600AC.

First announced at Computex earlier this year, the Synology RT2600AC features Synology’s in-house Router Manager OS, a dual core 1.7GHz processor and the latest 802.11ac Wave 2 certified radios with MU-MIMO support. This combined with the 4×4 MIMO antenna configuration would give the router a theoretical maximum bandwidth of up to 2.6Gbps.

At the time, a launch date was still unavailable however, according to a recent announcement, Synology will be [...]

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December 16, 2016

Netgear Routers Vulnerable to Hacking, At Least Eleven Models Identified

Netgear appears to have a very serious security problem on their hands as a recent security advisory from the company identifies at least eleven popular routers vulnerable to hacking.

According to the security advisory, the security issue “… allows unauthenticated web pages to pass form input directly to the command-line interface. A remote attacker can potentially inject arbitrary commands which are then executed by the system.” Essentially, hackers will be able to easily take control of an affected router stealing information that passes through or turning millions of affected routers into a botnet for conducting malicious activities.

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November 2, 2016

Broadcom Acquires Brocade in $5.9 Billion Deal in Yet Another Major Tech Acquisition This Year

In yet another major IT acquisition this year, Broadcom recently announced the acquisition of enterprise networking equipment firm, Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. for a whopping $5.9 Billion.

Broadcom’s main interest in Brocade is Brocade’s portfolio of Fibre Channel Switch technology which is necessary for high speed connectivity between enterprise server and storage systems. This was previously a missing link for Broadcom who already produce HBAs for servers and the Fibre Channel ICs for enterprise storage products.

“This strategic acquisition enhances Broadcom’s position as one of the leading providers of enterprise storage [...]

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