Wireless Networking

Netgear unveils industry’s first 802.11ac cable gateway

Netgear unveils industry’s first 802.11ac cable gateway

Netgear is been demonstrating the industry's first 802.11ac cable gateway. The new cable gateway uses DOCSIS 3.0 technology with 24 x 8 channel bonding. Netgear says that the new router is about three times faster than a 802.11n unit is. The cable gateway supports up to 1.2 Gbps download speeds and up to 320 Mbps uploads.

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iPhone WiFi obsession leaves Android hogging 3G

iPhone WiFi obsession leaves Android hogging 3G

comScore has released a new study that shows iPhone users are more likely to use WiFi than Android owners. The research shows that that in the United States, 71% of iPhones connect to WiFi as well as the mobile network. Meanwhile, only 32% of Android devices connect to WiFi networks, with the remaining 68% only connecting to the mobile data network.

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FCC protects “too big to fail” GPS from LightSquared interference

FCC protects “too big to fail” GPS from LightSquared interference

Today it appears that the FCC has laid down their final (or near-final) judgement of the LightSquared ruling, this judgement saying that because LightSquared's method for transmitting broadband internet interfered with GPS signals across the USA, they would not be allowed to operate. LightSquared has of course again contested the ruling saying that the testing done by the FCC was "severely flawed" and that they "profoundly disagree" with the results, equating the GPS market with "too big to fail" companies of early 2011 - bailout-receivers like the auto industry here in the USA.

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Marvell’s SMILE Plug brings each classroom its own micro cloud

Marvell’s SMILE Plug brings each classroom its own micro cloud

Marvell is rolling out a nifty new device called the SMILE Plug that allows teachers to create a "micro cloud" for their classrooms. The SMILE Plug is part of Marvell's "Classroom 3.0" initiative to revolutionize learning environments by making it simple to introduce technology and connectivity to classrooms around the world.

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NETGEAR unwraps 2012 lineup of networking, storage, and media devices

NETGEAR unwraps 2012 lineup of networking, storage, and media devices

NETGEAR has announced its new lineup of home networking, storage, and media products that aim to simplify the experience of setting up your wireless home computing and entertainment network. The new lineup includes the Powerline 500 Nano (XAVB5101), the Universal Dual Band WiFi Range Extender (WN2500RP), and the Media Storage Router (WNDR4700).

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Trendnet shows off 1300Mbps wireless routers and adapters

Trendnet shows off 1300Mbps wireless routers and adapters

Trendnet has a couple new wireless networking products that it will be showing off at CES this week. The two devices are the 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Router model TEW-811DR and the 1300 Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Media Bridge TEW-800MB. The two devices will make for some very speedy wireless networking in the home or office at up to 1300 mbps.

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Google X labs plan robot researchers to map the future

Google X labs plan robot researchers to map the future

Google could release a fleet of autonomous data collection robots, supplanting its current Google Street View cars insiders suggest, using robotics and AI research from the search giant's mysterious Google X incubator labs. The high-tech exploratory 'bots - which would build on Google's self-driving cars - are one of several outlandish projects currently underway among the company's more prophetic engineers and developers, according to an NY Times piece on the clandestine R&D facility. Other avenues apparently include space elevators and the "web of things" where meshes of network-enabled objects, potentially as mundane as tableware, can communicate online.

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D-Link launches new 200Mbps PowerLine mini adapters

D-Link launches new 200Mbps PowerLine mini adapters

D-Link announced a new line of mini adapters today for its PowerLine home networking solution. These adapters plug into any home outlet and use the existing electrical wiring to extend your wireless home network signal. This helps to deliver a secure and reliable network connection to devices throughout your home or small office where it may normally be inhibited, such as by a concrete wall or by being on a different floor level.

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D-Link unveils SmartBeam and new HD Media Router

D-Link unveils SmartBeam and new HD Media Router

D-Link announced today the launch of its SmartBeam technology along with a new Wireless N HD Media Router (DIR-657). The SmartBeam feature will be debut in a new DIR-645 Wireless N Router and promises a stable and interference-free wireless connection from anywhere within your home such that you get strong and consistent wired speeds with the freedom of a wireless home network.

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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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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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Linksys WES610N Wireless-N Bridge gets your HDTV, console & STB online

Linksys WES610N Wireless-N Bridge gets your HDTV, console & STB online

Linksys by Cisco has outed its latest entertainment bridge, the WES610N Wireless-N Bridge, intended to hook up your ethernet-port toting HDTV, cable and other STBs, and consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3 to your WiFi network. The WES610N offers a choice of 2.3GHz or 5GHz wireless (though not simultaneously) and has four 10/100 ethernet ports.

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