D-Link has unveiled a new USB WiFi adapter that is an orb that resembles the Death Star. The adapter is model number DWA-192 and it aims to bring extended WiFi range and speed to desktop PCs and laptops. The orb has 3x3 internal antennas, dual-band tech supporting 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks, and supports speeds up to 1900 Mbps.
Netgear has added a new smart router to its home networking line-up, with the AC1750 Smart WiFi Router R6400 promising up to 80-percent better performance at a distance. The new router, which offers 802.11ac WiFi along with backward compatibility for a/b/g/n devices, offers up to 1,750 Mbps speeds (450+1300 Mbps), at least in theory, along with simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz use. Meanwhile there's a smartphone app for management rather than having to log into a clunky browser interface.
Audiophiles have been known to spend big money on products that seem a bit out there to the average user. For instance, they will spend thousands of dollars on amplifiers with old school vacuum tubes when the non-audiophile can get an amp for a fraction of that price. A new audiophile product has landed and this time it's an insanely expensive Cat-6 Ethernet cable.
However the FCC rules on Net Neutrality (we hear you’ll like the outcome), we’re sure most people consider their home Internet a utility. Connectivity is crucial to thriving in society, as we’ve migrated our physical existence to the digital world. That’s why poor WiFi, especially at home, is rage-inducing. A new startup, Eero, wants to change all that. Their small hardware, when positioned strategically around the home, cobbles together a range extender, repeater, and router into one device. By connecting more than one Eero, you’re creating a mesh network, scalable to your wants. and needs.
Linksys is tossing some new networking gear for the home or small office onto the market with the official unveil for the new items at CES 2015. Among the new items are the WRT1200AC Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router, WRT Network Storage Bay, and Linksys High-Gain Antennas. Linksys also has several other networking devices that it is adding to the WRT family at CES 2015.
D-Link has launched new home networking kits at CES 2015 that people with spotty WiFi coverage or concerns about wireless security will want to check out. The new home networking kit is the industry's first gigabit PowerLine networking system with MIMO. D-Link is offering the system in two versions including the PowerLine AV2 2000 Gigabit Starter Kit DHP-701AV and an updated PowerLine AV2 1000 Gigabit Starter Kit DHP-601AV.
Internet users who don’t want to be tracked have many tools at their disposal. One of the most commonly used tools is Tor. Tor is a free software platform and open network that is designed to allow users to defend against traffic analysis as they surf the web. Users of Tor want to keep their business activities, relationships, and privacy secret. It appears that Tor may have a significant flaw.
Samsung is talking up its new WiFi technology that it claims will improve data transmission speed compared to current generation WiFi gear by up to five times. WiFi tech currently tops out at around 866Mbps. The new 60GHz WiFi technology will allow data transmission speeds of up to 4.6Gbps of throughput. Samsung says with this new WiFi technology consumers will be able to transfer a full HD movie from a mobile device to a TV in less than three seconds.
Unless you've been living under a rock recently, you're likely aware of the massive protests taking place in Hong Kong. What you might be less aware of is the effort being put in to keeping afloat despite censorship efforts: the protestors have started using mesh networks to get around attempts to shut them down.
OpenGarden has a new update for its rather unique FireChat app that users on both sides of the mobile divide would most likely love. With the aptly named the FireChat <3 (Love) update, Android and iOS users will now be able to message anyone of the opposite mobile inclination even when they don't have an Internet connection at hand.
Quantenna Communications has announced that it is working on what it claims to be the world's first 10G WiFi chipset. This chipset will eventually find its way into the next generation of access points for WiFi users in the home, public locations, and enterprises. The company says that the new chip uses an architecture that allows MIMO configurations up to 8x8.