networking

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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D-Link unveils new PowerLine AV + Mini Adapter DHP-309AV

D-Link unveils new PowerLine AV + Mini Adapter DHP-309AV

Networking company D-Link has announced a new powerline AV networking kit that ships with a pair of little powerline adapters. The kit is model number DHP-309AV and is designed to help you get network connectivity into just about any part of your home without having to rely on Wi-Fi signals. The adapter kit comes with a pair of the powerline adapters.

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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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Cisco drops Connect Cloud from default router settings

Cisco drops Connect Cloud from default router settings

Cisco caused an uproar when it pushed out an update to certain Linksys routers that blocked local access to router settings, instead prompting users to sign up for the Cisco Connect Cloud service. Not only that, but the policy for the service stated that users had to agree to anti-porn and anti-piracy clauses. Now Cisco has taken to its blog to try and clarify the situation.

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TRENDnet unveils small 500 Mbps powerline adapter with outlet

TRENDnet unveils small 500 Mbps powerline adapter with outlet

TRENDnet is heavily into powerline networking and has a new product unveiled at Computex called the 500 Mbps Compact Powerline EV Adapter with Build in Outlet model number TPL-407E. The adapter also comes as a kit with model number TPL-407E2K that features two of the adapters. These adapters promise fast connection speeds and have an integrated outlet.

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Researchers in Japan use terahertz frequencies to transmit data at 3 Gbps

Researchers in Japan use terahertz frequencies to transmit data at 3 Gbps

Researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology have made a very interesting breakthrough that could have serious implications for wireless high-speed data networks. The researchers have developed a new wireless transmission system that works using a frequency that is unregulated by any country or standards organization in the world. The system the researchers developed works in the range of 300 GHz to 3 THz.

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Google, Microsoft, and others buy networking gear directly from Asia

Google, Microsoft, and others buy networking gear directly from Asia

Massive Internet companies like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook would seemingly consume networking gear like breath mints. These companies are some of the biggest online, and as they grow, they would need a never-ending stream of new servers and networking gear to maintain the speed and efficiency of their networks. You might expect these companies purchase their gear from big names like Cisco or HP.

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Australian government bans Huawei from bidding amid security concerns

Australian government bans Huawei from bidding amid security concerns

The Australian government was accepting bids for building a high-speed Internet network within the country. When bids opened up the Australian government decided to block the Chinese firm Huawei from the bidding process. The reason cited for blocking Huawei from bidding was security with many cyber attacks carried out against corporations in the West believed to have originated from China.

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US Airways adding in-flight WiFi to 90% of fleet by end of year

US Airways adding in-flight WiFi to 90% of fleet by end of year

US Airways is continuing strong with their commitment to offer entertainment in-flight and let people tweet, Facebook, watch movies on their iPad and more while traveling. Recently US Airways has announced they are expanding their WiFi services with Gogo in-flight WiFi and it will be available to 90% of their domestic fleet.

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