networking

WiFi Alliance “Certified n” logo debuts with confusing taglines

WiFi Alliance “Certified n” logo debuts with confusing taglines

If you're the sort of person who squeals with delight at seeing what logo might be plastered across your next laptop, then prepare to, well, squeal.  The WiFi Alliance have unveiled their latest graphics now that 802.11n has been officially welcomed into the fold, and to make things extra-confusing there are now several different versions and taglines depending on just what the networking manufacturers have bothered to include.

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Sharp LX-Series HDTVs with 2m:1 contrast

Sharp LX-Series HDTVs with 2m:1 contrast

Sharp Japan have outed four new LX-series HDTVs, each boasting massive 2,000,000:1 contrast ratios.  The range starts from the 40-inch LC-40LX1 and tops out at the 60-inch LC-60LX1, with 46- and 52-inch models in-between; each offers Full HD 1920p resolution, "industry's lowest" power consumption, and a six-speaker integrated sound system with dual sub-woofers on all but the smallest.

Spawn Labs HD-720: remote console gaming on your PC [Video]

Spawn Labs HD-720: remote console gaming on your PC [Video]

Spawn Labs have announced their HD-720 remote gaming adapter, and from the sound of it they're trying to do to console games what Slingbox did for TV.  The HD-720 hooks up to your console - both Xbox 360 and PS3 are natively supported, with adapters for other versions - and then streams gameplay over WiFi to your PC.  While that might not seem much use if you're at home, it does mean you can keep up with your favorite game while on the road without having to lug your console along with you.

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WiFi 802.11n gets ratified

WiFi 802.11n gets ratified

In "about bloody time" news, the IEEE Standards Association have finally ratified the WiFi 802.11n standard, meaning we can finally drop the clumsy "draft-n" terminology that has been in use since 2006.  Already to be found on many laptops and other devices, WiFi 'n' offers significantly higher throughput compared to 802.11g - theoretically up to 300Mbps - together with improved signal stability.

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Netgear XAVB1004 Home Theater 4-port Powerline switch kit

Netgear XAVB1004 Home Theater 4-port Powerline switch kit

Back before HDTVs, set-top boxes, consoles and Blu-ray players sprouted ethernet ports, the only people who needed a network hook-up near their AV kit were those with media streamers.  Now one cable might not be enough, so Netgear have stepped into the fray with their XAVB1004 Home Theater Internet Connection kit.  Consisting of a four-port ethernet switch with Powerline support, the kit funnels an internet connection across your mains wiring and shares it with multiple devices.

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