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Prepare to be underwhelmed by first-gen WiFi 802.11ac warn experts

Prepare to be underwhelmed by first-gen WiFi 802.11ac warn experts

Early experiences with WiFi 802.11ac will likely prove disappointing for those expecting a significant boost over existing 11n wireless, industry experts warn, with the soon-to-be-ratified standard taking a further generation before it lights up properly. "The new standard will be evolutionary, with two waves involved" Cisco's Chris Spain tells Network Computing. "Out of the gate, the increases in performance over 11n will not be tremendously impressive. The second wave - which will require a hardware refresh - gets far more interesting."

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DARPA is working on 100 Gbps wireless technology with 120-mile range

DARPA is working on 100 Gbps wireless technology with 120-mile range

DARPA works with some the most insanely cool projects for the military and other uses in the world. Some of the coolest projects that DARPA works on have to do with robotics and aircraft, but DARPA has many other projects in the works as well. One of those other projects is work that recently began on the development of a wireless communication system capable of 100 Gbps data transfers with a range of 124 miles.

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Cisco reportedly chasing Linksys sale as consumer segment sours

Cisco reportedly chasing Linksys sale as consumer segment sours

Cisco is looking to shed home router division Linksys, according to tipster whispers, in the hope of exiting the low-margin consumer networking business and making back a little on its $500m 2003 outlay on the firm. The company has reportedly engaged Barclays to sniff out a potential buyer, insiders tattle to

Bloomberg, with TV manufacturers expected to be among those interested given the increasing role the internet plays in home entertainment.

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Cisco splashes $1.3bn in chase for the mid-tier

Cisco splashes $1.3bn in chase for the mid-tier

Cisco has gone on a shopping spree, acquiring cloud networking provider Meraki in a $1.2bn deal only days after a $125m grab at a data center management specialist. The latest deal will see Cisco use Meraki's technology to deliver large-scale enterprise tech to mid-scale businesses on a budget, including cloud-hosted features that would traditional demand a reasonably sized in-house IT department to manage.

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WiFox boosts WiFi by 700% using wireless traffic cop

WiFox boosts WiFi by 700% using wireless traffic cop

Faster WiFi from public hotspots could be in the pipeline, with researchers developing software that can make browsing in wireless-congested environments around four times faster. WiFox is the handiwork of a team at NC State University, and acts as a "traffic cop" to balance use of individual wireless channels so that multiple routers don't build up a backlog of data. In fact, WiFox only gets better the more people are active, with up to 700-percent boosts observed.

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Western Digital outs 802.11AC My Net router and bridge

Western Digital outs 802.11AC My Net router and bridge

Western Digital has jumped on the 802.11AC bandwagon, revealing a new flagship wireless router selivering speeds up to 1,300 Mbps and promising no drops in your online gaming performance even under heavy load. The WD My Net AC1300 HD Dual-Band Router - and its My Net AC Bridge sibling - promise the fast speeds the latest generation of WiFi can deliver, as well as super-straightforward setup.

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Netgear Powerline Music Extender streams music and more

Netgear Powerline Music Extender streams music and more

Netgear has a new powerline networking device called the XSUB2511. Like most powerline networking gear, it will connect your Internet connection to your power lines in the house to share that connectivity without needing a wireless network. This new adapter allows more than simply allowing you to share your Internet connection.

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D-Link announces Cloud Router 5700 802.11ac router shipping now

D-Link announces Cloud Router 5700 802.11ac router shipping now

D-Link has announced that it's now shipping its very first 802.11ac wireless router called the Cloud Router 5700. The router uses the 802.11ac standard supporting significantly faster wireless throughput of up to 1750 Mbps. The significantly faster wireless speeds compared to 802.11n mean that users can transfer large files and stream high-definition video around their home or office network more smoothly and quickly.

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