networking

Sony business class VPL-FX41 projector – Networked Presentations made easy

Sony business class VPL-FX41 projector – Networked Presentations made easy

Sony has quitted developing LCD panel for home theater projector years ago, they've shifted investment on SXRD technology and left the most affordable 3 chips panel process to Epson. But the game is still on for business class division. They have expanded its BrigtEra’s Inorganic technology onto another high lumen data beamer with the availability of VPL-FX41, a 0.79-inch XGA 3 chips LCD panel that is capable of producing 5,200 lumen and 900:1 contrast.

WPA security threat: Exploit is ‘a subset of a true key crack’

WPA security threat: Exploit is ‘a subset of a true key crack’

Reports yesterday that WPA had been partially cracked promptly began to spiral into talk of general router insecurity and the likelihood of bandwidth and data thieves roaming the streets.  In actual fact, the incident is more a proof-of-concept than anything else, and could be argued as a flaw in a subsection of a section of WPA encryption.  Ars Technica's Glenn Fleishman has thrashed out the details - and exactly what we should be worried about.

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Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS Review – 1TB Edition

Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS Review – 1TB Edition

Backup isn't generally seen as glamorous, and the Iomega StorCenter ix2 is unlikely to change that perception. A sober gray box, the ix2 is as compact as dual 3.5-inch SATA-II hard-drives will let it be. However inside there lurks an iTunes-compatible media server, printer sharing facility and optional CCTV recording and Bluetooth file transfers, all for a competitive entry price. Can the StorCenter ix2's hidden charms change our mind about the unbearable dullness of archiving?

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Quantenna 1Gbps WiFi chipset promised for 2009

Quantenna 1Gbps WiFi chipset promised for 2009

Startup wireless networking firm Quantenna are claiming to be able to dramatically increase WiFi throughput and signal coverage with their upcoming range of draft-N chips.  Taking advantage of existing aspects of the 802.11n specification that, the company suggests, are currently being under-appreciated, the Quantenna approach is to use multiple concurrent radio channels.  These can either double up on data transmission, increasing reliability and range, or be used discretely to layer transmissions up to the quoted 1Gbps rate.

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D-Link DIR-825 Xtreme N router with simultaneous dual-band

D-Link DIR-825 Xtreme N router with simultaneous dual-band

D-Link have announced the DIR-825, a WiFi-N router capable of simultaneous dual-band use.  The DIR-825 Xtreme N can sustain both a 2.4GHz and a 5GHz network at the same time, intelligently differentiating between bandwidth-intensive applications such as VoIP and online gaming and assigning them to the more stable 5GHz frequency.  Meanwhile general network traffic uses the 2.4GHz band.

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Logitech Squeezebox Boom wireless network music player

Logitech Squeezebox Boom wireless network music player

Logitech have introduced the Squeezebox Boom, in effect the company's Squeezebox network music player with built-in amplification and speakers.  Setup is straightforward - plug into the mains, enter your WiFi password - and then you have the pleasure of bi-amped 3-inch woofers and 3/4-inch tweeters (with a 24-bit Burr Brown D/A converter behind the scenes) to enjoy either music stored elsewhere on your network or streaming from Rhapsody, Last.FM, Slacker, Pandora and Sirius.