I think most of us would rather go wireless with all of our gear than have to fight wires and cables assuming the wireless gear offered the same performance as our wired gear. Netgear is big in the home networking realm with all manner of gear for wired and wireless products. The company has unveiled a new line of gear that is specifically designed to allow for high-speed streaming of jitter-free 1080p HD video throughout the home wirelessly.
The Pogoplug keeps getting updated, and there's not a single bad spot in sight. This time around, with a brand new firmware that's being pushed out to the devices right now, the pink box will officially support plenty of features that the company previously made official over the last few months. One of the most exciting ones: cloud printing!
Pogoplug has launched a new WiFi adapter, the Pogoplug Wireless Extender, which allows users of the home NAS adapter to get online via a wireless network rather than stringing ethernet cable to their router. Up for preorder at $29, the Wireless Extender supports WiFi b/g/n. Meanwhile Pogoplug are also slashing the price of their eponymous device, down from $129 to $99.
Find out how to get a free Pogoplug Wireless Extender after the cut
We were big fans of the second-gen Pogoplug when we reviewed it back in April, and now the company has outed a business-centric version, the Pogoplug Biz. Ditching the consumer model's hot pink chassis for a more sober, black finish - after all, we wouldn't want employees thinking it was a party in the office - the Pogoplug Biz adds in file tracking stats, custom email addresses and file-sharing pages, multiple user accounts and remote backup.
Cisco has announced that they've put in a bid to buy MOTO, but before you get too excited it's not the Motorola that produce cellphones but the design consulting firm based in San Francisco. MOTO are no strangers to the pages of SlashGear - we've featured their Labs work a few times now - but the company has also worked with Cisco before on the Flip camcorder range.
Chinese researchers are looking to use flickering LEDs to replace traditional short-distance wireless networking standards, and that could be integrated into office or home lighting. By rapidly pulsing the LEDs, the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute for the Study of Semiconductor have come up with the Lighting Information Network, consisting of blue LEDs capable of 2Mbps transfer speeds.
Bigfoot Networks has been making network cards for a long time that promise to improve the gaming performance of computers used for online games. The company already offers NICs like the Xeno Killer Pro and Ultra. Bigfoot Networks has unveiled its latest Nic aimed at gamers today called the Killer 2100.
TiVo have outed their latest peripheral for the newest TiVo Premiere, and if you've been regularly tripping over a stretch of ethernet cable running between your router and the DVR then the TiVo Wireless N Network Adapter should save your knees. Backward compatible with WiFi b/g, the 802.11n adapter is all about speed: whether that be faster video-on-demand downloads, transferring HD files between multiple TiVo units, or speedier exporting to portable devices.
Network-attached storage is seldom eye-catching, rarely interesting and not normally cheap, and in that sort of market the Pogoplug is guaranteed to stand out. Currently in its second generation - with a fair few software upgrades along the way - the bright pink box promises to take regular USB hard drives and have them shared across a network for both local and remote access within minutes. Too good to be true? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Princeton University reckon they've discovered the root cause of the iPad's intermittent WiFi connection problems, and rather than a hardware fault - as many early-adopters feared - they believe it's down to how iPhone OS 3.2 handles DHCP leases. They found that in certain circumstances the iPad doesn't renew its DHCP lease, attempting to continue using the same IP address despite whichever router assigned it no longer seeing it as valid (and, potentially, already having assigned it to a different user).
ASUS have already thrown AMD Phenom II X6 support into their M4-series of motherboards, and now the company have thrown another tidbit into the mixture: IEEE 802.3az. In case you're not familiar with the latest acronym, that's Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) and it promises to cut power consumption by up to 81.3-percent during periods of low network activity.