networking

Google Cloud gets a big boost with new data centers and undersea cables

Google Cloud gets a big boost with new data centers and undersea cables

It's a pretty big day for Google, as the company has announced a major expansion to the infrastructure that drives its Cloud network. This expansion encompasses much of the globe, with three new submarine cables and data centers in five new regions planned. These new regions will come online beginning later this year, while the undersea cables will all launch in 2019.

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Huawei WiFi Q2 mesh router adds Powerline for easy setup

Huawei WiFi Q2 mesh router adds Powerline for easy setup

Huawei is getting into the mesh router business, unveiling the Huawei WiFi Q2, a multi-unit networking system that combines wireless and powerline backhaul. Announced at CES 2018 today, the WiFi Q2 also has an eye on the Internet of Things (IoT), promising a dedicated channel that will automatically shift connected device and smart home traffic into its own, separate lane.

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NETGEAR Arlo Baby Camera, Nighthawk Pro Gaming router make everyone win

NETGEAR Arlo Baby Camera, Nighthawk Pro Gaming router make everyone win

Whether its playing a PC game or the game of life, one can’t afford to lose. Especially if the latter involves a wee little one. At CES 2018, network equipment professionals NETGEAR put on display their latest connected gear for all sorts of home users. Be it amateur or pro gamers who need the reliability of the Nighthawk Pro Gaming router and its companion LAN Switch, or the concerned parent who needs to see what the little one is up to from afar with the Arlo Baby Camera.

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Linksys Velop Dual-Band mesh routers cut the price

Linksys Velop Dual-Band mesh routers cut the price

Linksys has revealed a more affordable version of its Velop mesh networking system, a dual-band model that's smaller and cheaper to take on Google Wifi and Eero. The Velop Dual-Band Whole Home WiFi Mesh System borrows the obelisk styling of its siblings, but drops the third wireless band and loses about two inches of height in the process.

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This Linksys WRT32XB gaming router puts Xbox One first

This Linksys WRT32XB gaming router puts Xbox One first

When it comes to networking, there's arguably no group of users quite so demanding - and easily frustrated by lag - as gamers. That's just the cohort Linksys is targeting, and Xbox One players in particular, with the new Linksys WRT32XB, designed specifically with Microsoft's console in mind.

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Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner will soon have another job aside from tidying up, with iRobot set to turn the 'bots into roving WiFi analysts. The company has had connected robot vacuums in its line-up for some years now, but a new software update iRobot plans to trial will allow them to not only connect, but assess wireless signal strength.

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5G standard ratified six months early with industry push

5G standard ratified six months early with industry push

4G is dead, long live 5G! Or something to that extent. While the rest of the world is still trying to settle on the current 4G technology, the industry is already trying to push the next generation 5G forward. And while it might take years before it reaches the same reach that 4G has now, there’s really no reason not to get the ball rolling as early as possible. That’s why the standards body known as the 3GPP has just ratified a major part of the 5G standard, months earlier than it projected earlier this year.

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NETGEAR Wi-Fi products get Circle with Disney parental control

NETGEAR Wi-Fi products get Circle with Disney parental control

Most mobile devices and operating systems these days include some form of parental control. Sooner or later, however, this per-device system becomes inconvenient and sometimes even ineffective. The best way to monitor, check, and curb Internet use is really at the source, which, in the case of a home network, is often the router. That is why NETGEAR and Circle Media have teamed up to install the Circle with Disney parental control system directly on NETGEAR’s Wi-Fi systems and routers.

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Linksys RE9000 Max-Stream Wi-Fi extender is a beast

Linksys RE9000 Max-Stream Wi-Fi extender is a beast

With the increase in the number of connected devices in homes and especially in home or small offices, simple networking solutions, like home routers, can no longer keep up with the increased demand. Not to mention the sometimes complicated structure of buildings. For such challenging networks, you have a choice between using Wi-Fi range extenders or mesh networks, the latter of which is becoming more popular of late. Linksys is offering a sort of middle ground with the RE9000 Max-Stream Wi-Fi Range Extender that looks almost like a router itself and even acts like one when needed.

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eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero's mesh router wants to be your internet watchdog as well as getting all your gadgets online, with the addition of new security tools to the company's eero Plus subscription service. Launched alongside the second-generation eero system earlier this year, eero Plus started out with two of what the company said were users biggest demands: whole-home network security, and parental controls with content filtering.

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eero woos professional installers with PoE+ adapter, remote tool

eero woos professional installers with PoE+ adapter, remote tool

The growing number of devices in our homes and the complexity of home networks mean that conventional networking devices like simple routers are no longer enough. Once considered just something for geeks, mesh networks are starting to become more commercialized, easier to install and use. There will, however, always be a business around installing such networks for customers. To appeal to this professional installation market, eero is launching not just a new adapter and mount to let users install the Wi-Fi system anywhere they want as well as a remote management tool for keeping those networks in check.

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D-Link Covr brings its own extender to cover all all bases

D-Link Covr brings its own extender to cover all all bases

The Internet needs of a modern household has far exceeded that of not more than 5 years ago. The growing number of devices and streaming services, not to mention the growing complexity of house designs, have pushed network hardware makers to come up with solutions to address those needs without requiring a computer science degree to operate. D-Link’s new Covr is one such solution, one that combines a powerful AC26000 dual band MU-MIMO router with an AC1300 Gigabit Extender to cover every square feet of your house.

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