networking

Shoddy DHCP causing iPad WiFi woes reckons university

Shoddy DHCP causing iPad WiFi woes reckons university

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).

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Cisco Valet easy-setup routers & Linksys E-Series routers debut

Cisco Valet easy-setup routers & Linksys E-Series routers debut

Cisco have gone networking crazy today (though, given networking is their core business we're glad they're taking it seriously) with the launch of both a new consumer range of routers, the Cisco Valet series, and a "tech enthusiast" range, the Linksys E-Series.  The Valet range - which consists of the Valet and Valet Plus - prioritises ease of setup, using a USB stick onto which all of the network settings are installed, meaning you can get a new machine online simply by plugging it in once.

Video demos after the cut

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Netgear HD Home Theater Adapter & Ethernet Gaming adapter pack WiFi-N

Netgear HD Home Theater Adapter & Ethernet Gaming adapter pack WiFi-N

Netgear have outed two new wireless home networking products at CeBIT 2010 today, the High-Performance Wireless-N HD Home Theater Adapter (WNHDB3004) shown here, and the Ethernet to Wireless Adapter (WNCE2001) for easily bridging wired devices to a wireless network.  The Home Theater Adapter is apparently capable of supporting multiple simultaneous Full HD 1080p streams, and comes with pre-configured security settings so that, after a single button push, the two towers are linked.

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Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT: TV for your whole network

Elgato EyeTV Netstream DTT: TV for your whole network

Elgato have launched a new digital TV tuner intended for use with PCs and Macs, but while most such tuners plug in via USB 2.0 the EyeTV Netstream DTT hooks up to your home network.  Recognising the fact that many users lack decent DVB-T/Freeview coverage or a hard-wired antenna in every place they want to view TV at home, Elgato's new system streams content to PCs and Macs via WiFi or wired ethernet.

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Synology DS710+ NAS Review

Synology DS710+ NAS Review

Synology have made a name for themselves in the network-attached storage segment for sturdy hardware, comprehensive software and decent performance, the the company are hoping to deliver all three once again with the DiskStation DS710+. A dual-drive RAID array with some ambitious throughput promises, the DS710+ also gets a fairly premium price tag too; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Planex MZK-WDPR Rugby router/touchscreen media player

Planex MZK-WDPR Rugby router/touchscreen media player

Remember the unusually rugby-ball shaped Qisda router that was spotted leaping through the FCC back in early December?  The touchscreen media-player-cum-router has now been spotted - on sale - in Japan, as the Planex MZK-WDPR "Rugby" wireless network router.  As the Qisda manual suggested, the wireless networking device supports WiFi b/g/n, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen and can play YouTube videos, locally stored media and internet radio stations.

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Who wants to be the Home CIO? Not me, please

Who wants to be the Home CIO? Not me, please

The PC has come a long way since it entered the home. Going from a disconnected device with little connectivity, it has become one of the core focal points for the digital home. Household PC penetration is on the rise with many homes having two PCs, and it's not uncommon for some to have three to or more. With the rise of lower cost laptops and netbooks, the average age at which a child receives their own PC is getting younger and younger each year. This growth of the PC within the home is not without complications and more consumers are growing frustrated as the proliferation of PCs make management, configuration and support a new and unwelcome household chore.

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