networking

Fraunhofer LED networking hands-on [Video]

Fraunhofer LED networking hands-on [Video]

The Fraunhofer Institute's LED-based light networking technology left us mighty impressed on paper back in August, so we jumped at the chance to test the Visible Light Communication system here at IFA 2011. Promising up to 800 Mbit/s data rates from rapidly flickering white LEDs, without any risk to hospital equipment, airline hardware or sensitive manufacturing tech, Fraunhofer's demo ran at a more mundane 10 Mbit/s but was still enough to stream high-res video streams between two notebooks. Check out the full video and more details after the cut.

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VLC D-Light LED networking takes on WiFi and GPS [Video]

VLC D-Light LED networking takes on WiFi and GPS [Video]

Another optical WLAN project has demonstrated the potential for using LED lighting as a method of data transmission, with University of Edinburgh professor Harald Haas showing the 10 MBit/sec in action. Presenting a prototype anglepoise lamp at TED this month - you can watch the video after the cut - Haas illustrated how rapidly flickering the LED - faster than the human eye can discern - can allow it to embed the data for streaming video playback. Meanwhile, the technology - which Haas has dubbed D-Light, and hopes to commercialize under the new VLC (Visible Light Communications) brand - could also have applications in mobile location and positioning services.

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Optical WLAN uses LED light for up to 800 Mbit/s networking

Optical WLAN uses LED light for up to 800 Mbit/s networking

Networking researchers have used LED lighting to distribute Full HD movies to notebooks, smartphones and other devices, in a system that could join WiFi and PowerLine networks in shuttling high-speed data around the home and office. The optical WLAN co-opts white LEDs used for regular illumination to transmit data at up to 100 Mbit/s, by flickering it more rapidly than the human eye can see.

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D-Link Debuts “Amplifi” Family Of Premium Home Networking Products

D-Link Debuts “Amplifi” Family Of Premium Home Networking Products

With all the gadgets and entertainment devices in our homes these days that all need to connect to the internet or each other, reliable and high performing networks are no longer just the realm of businesses. D-Link has just unleashed a family of premium home networking products called Amplifi that aims to bring a best-in-class solution to tackle the connectivity needs of today's homes.

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New AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule details emerge, launch imminent

New AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule details emerge, launch imminent

Earlier this month I mentioned that the AirPort utility update had revealed the new Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme were inbound with mention of the new products in the new software update. New details of the updated products have now landed thanks to a mystery source over at 9to5Mac. The new details include part numbers and storage capacities for Time Capsule devices. We still don’t know for sure when they will land and what they will cost, but the launch is said to be soon.

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New Apple AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule confirmed in Airport Utility update

New Apple AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule confirmed in Airport Utility update

Earlier in June, we talked a bit about the shortages of the Apple AirPort and Time Capsule devices and figured at the time that the shortages pointed to new models coming. We also heard that the new devices might have the ability to cache software updates for all sorts of Apple gear from your iPhone to your MacBook so you could update all your devices from your local network. The new devices and the caching feature have now been confirmed.

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Iomega Home Media Hard Drive Cloud Edition Review

Iomega Home Media Hard Drive Cloud Edition Review

The Iomega Home Media Hard Drive, Cloud Edition is a network attached storage (NAS) that will not only store and backup your data, but also let you share and access it via the web. These days, it seems like everything computing is heading towards the cloud, which has come to be known as storing your data on remote servers so that it can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. This convenience typically comes with a monthly cost and may not be ideal for those who have a lot of data or prefer to have their data stored locally. This is where Iomega’s Cloud Edition NAS hopes to save the day.

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HomePlug Powerline networks electric cars from Audi, BMW, more

HomePlug Powerline networks electric cars from Audi, BMW, more

We usually associate HomePlug products with straightforward ways to spread your internet connection around the house using mains cabling rather than WiFi but, if the Powerline Alliance has its way, your future hybrid or all-electric car may also be using the system to talk to your power supply. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen have all thrown in with the HomePlug Green PHY (GP) profile for electric vehicle charging, enabling Earth-friendly cars to integrate with the smart grid.

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D-Link dual-band MediaBridge DAP-513 wants to get your console online

D-Link dual-band MediaBridge DAP-513 wants to get your console online

D-Link has unveiled its latest MediaBridge, a monolithic totem intended to get up to four wired internet devices - like your Xbox 360, PS3 or STB - hooked up to your wireless network. The D-Link Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge DAP-1513 is as functionally straightforward as its name is ridiculously long: four 10/100 ethernet ports on the back, and WiFi a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz inside.

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