Wireless Networking

Netgear R6400 promises up to 80% boost from afar

Netgear R6400 promises up to 80% boost from afar

Netgear has added a new smart router to its home networking line-up, with the AC1750 Smart WiFi Router R6400 promising up to 80-percent better performance at a distance. The new router, which offers 802.11ac WiFi along with backward compatibility for a/b/g/n devices, offers up to 1,750 Mbps speeds (450+1300 Mbps), at least in theory, along with simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz use. Meanwhile there's a smartphone app for management rather than having to log into a clunky browser interface.

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Qualcomm has new MIMO and SISO Powerline range extenders

Qualcomm has new MIMO and SISO Powerline range extenders

Just in time for Computex, chipmaker Qualcomm has announced a bunch of new products hailing from its Atheros subsidiary that broadens the chipmaker's portfolio beyond mobile devices and into the networking market. These include a new Wave 2 access point with support for Multi User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and 4x4 antenna configurations, new HomePlug AV2 range extenders that support MIMO and SISO, and a somewhat odd partnership with Allwinner Technologies that will see Qualcomm's chips inside Allwinner's tablet solutions, with the promises of bringing Qualcomm's 4G expertise into the mix.

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Li-fi successfully tested at 150 Mbps, say Chinese scientists

Li-fi successfully tested at 150 Mbps, say Chinese scientists

Scientists at Fudan University have successfully transmitted data via "li-fi" at speeds up to 150 Mbps, reports Xinhua News. Li-fi, or "light fidelity", is a theorized way to stream data via LED lighting instead of Wi-Fi. Although still under investigation, the technology could be used in high-speed, visible-path transmission applications. The scientists are scheduled to demonstrate a set of example li-fi kits at the China International Industry Fair on Nov. 5 in Shanghai.

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Google’s Project Loon dissects a global Internet balloon antenna

Google’s Project Loon dissects a global Internet balloon antenna

Some of the technical details behind Google's Project Loon were revealed in a recent video explaining the inner workings of one of its global Internet antenna balloons. Network engineering lead Cyrus Behroozi popped off the top half of one of the bulbous shells to point out the various parts of its two main components: a radio and the antenna itself. The design, Behrozi said, was intentionally simple, but it could become more sophisticated over time as the prototypes continue in their development.

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XO Tablet native mesh networking added with Open Garden preload

XO Tablet native mesh networking added with Open Garden preload

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has paired with Open Garden to bring mesh-networking to the new XO Tablet, allowing users of the low-cost open source slate to get online via bridged connections with other owners. Part of what OLPC describes as its vision of "a network made of connected devices and internet access to everyone", the new deal will see the XO Tablet - which hit retail back in July - preloaded with the Open Garden app, and able to create and join dynamically created mesh networks even if they're far from the original access point.

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Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung next gen 5G wireless service hits 1 Gbps in testing

Samsung Electronics has announced that it has been testing next-generation 5G wireless service in one of its in-house testing centers. Samsung reports that the new 5G service is "hundreds of times faster" than current 4G mobile networks. The next generation 5G network will be able to support all the same content types as current generation 4G networks.

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