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IPv4 addresses in Europe are now all used up, IPv6 adoption still low

IPv4 addresses in Europe are now all used up, IPv6 adoption still low

To the majority of computer users, the Internet is an almost magical place where you type in human-readable addresses in a browser and then get served with the corresponding web page. Behind the scenes, these web addresses or URLs as they are known actually map to four groups of three digits that serve as the site's machine address. While these addresses may just be numerical and virtual, there is actually a limit to how many of them there can be and Europe has just run out of IPv4 addresses even while the IPv6 successor remains practically ignored.

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Nokia Beacon 1 Review: The mesh network basics

Nokia Beacon 1 Review: The mesh network basics

Nokia may not be the first name you think of when it comes to home networking, but the company is making quiet inroads into mesh networks. Nokia Beacon 1 is its entry-level product, a sub-$250 system for three that promises to extend your internet connection across expansive homes or through each story of a multi-level houses.

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Pirelli Cyber Tire uses 5G to tell nearby cars about poor roads

Pirelli Cyber Tire uses 5G to tell nearby cars about poor roads

When people hear about the Internet of Things, they mostly imagine smart homes and smart appliances talking silently with one another. Car makers, however, are just as excited about IoT, especially when factoring in high-speed 5G networks. These two technologies, after all, enable cars and car parts to connect to the Internet and send data to the company and to other cars as well. That is exactly what Italian tire (or tyre) maker Pirelli is trying to achieve with a 5G-connected sensing Cyber Tire that can communicate not only with the driver but also with other cars nearby as well.

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AmpliFi Alien Wi-Fi 6 router promises true Gigabit Internet anywhere at home

AmpliFi Alien Wi-Fi 6 router promises true Gigabit Internet anywhere at home

5G may be the battle cry of network operators and device makers in the mobile industry but it isn't the only revolutionary change as far as wireless connectivity goes. Wi-Fi 6 is slowly but surely making its way to mainstream markets but it is hampered by the lack of products for consumers. That's where Ubiquity's new AmpliFi Alien router comes in, promising to deliver 8x8 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 Internet in blazing Gigabit speeds wherever you are in the house or even in the building.

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Huawei US license extension might last 14 days only

Huawei US license extension might last 14 days only

It has been half a year since the US government practically declared it illegal for US companies to do business with Huawei but the Chinese giant's fate still remains uncertain. That would have been sealed by Monday but it seems that the US still wants to hold power over Huawei and is likely to give it yet another extension of its license to do business in the US. This time, however, it will only be for 14 days, probably to give time for the US and China to finally sign a "Phase 1" trade agreement.

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Nest Wifi Review – Mesh network with a side of Google Assistant

Nest Wifi Review – Mesh network with a side of Google Assistant

Google's Nest Wifi arrives as mesh networking is firmly embedding itself in the mainstream. Three years ago, Google Wifi surfed into homes at the bleeding edge of mesh, promising whole-home coverage with multiple interconnected routers filling in any dead spots. Now, Nest Wifi promises the same, only with fewer units and the addition of Google Assistant smart speaker functionality.

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Linksys Velop WiFi 6 mesh routers land for range and speed bump

Linksys Velop WiFi 6 mesh routers land for range and speed bump

Linksys is onboard the WiFi 6 train, with the new Velop WiFi 6 system arriving to deliver the latest wireless standard in mesh form. Joining the Velop range, the new routers promise WiFi 802.11ax at up to four times the speed of the last-generation models, along with a boost in range.

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Nest WiFi is Google’s latest attempt at mesh networking

Nest WiFi is Google’s latest attempt at mesh networking

Google has offered a mesh router called Google WiFi since 2016, but today we're seeing the successor to that system. During its Pixel 4 event today, Google got up on stage and announced Nest WiFi, a new mesh router that improves on the Google WiFi formula. For starters, Google says that Nest WiFi is more capable than Google WiFi, boasting as much as twice the speed and 25% better coverage.

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Netgear Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System is made for large homes

Netgear Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System is made for large homes

Netgear has introduced Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System, an expansion of the company's Orbi Whole Home WiFi System. The new mesh networking product is designed for medium-to-large homes, according to the company, which it specifies as domiciles measuring at least 3,000sqft. The system is comprised of a router and satellites, plus it includes support for Google Assistant and Alexa.

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Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh is a $700 router for the speed obsessed

Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh is a $700 router for the speed obsessed

Get ready for more speed and more range in your home network, with Netgear's Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh system arriving with compatibility with the latest wireless standard. The tri-band routers - which look charmingly like robot stegosaurus plates - promise more channels for WiFi devices, making sure that slower gadgets don't hold up their faster counterparts in the process.

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Huawei support for North Korea could put it back in the hot seat

Huawei support for North Korea could put it back in the hot seat

If Huawei was hoping it is close to getting back into the US' good side, a new expose might put it back in trouble. The Chinese company has always been suspected of being a threat to the US' national security but, so far, it has been associated with China. This new report, however, claims that Huawei provided North Korea with equipment and technology, some of which have been sourced from the US, despite the US export ban on North Korea.

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Verizon’s first 5G MiFi mobile hotspot shares the next-gen network love

Verizon’s first 5G MiFi mobile hotspot shares the next-gen network love

Verizon has its first 5G hotspot, the Inseego 5G MiFi M1000, promising to share out the speed of fifth-generation networks - assuming, that is, you can find one to use. The new MiFi supports up to fifteen devices connected via WiFi at any one time, though you'll pay handsomely for the privilege.

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