Wireless Networking

Netgear agrees to buy some Sierra Wireless AirCard assets

Netgear agrees to buy some Sierra Wireless AirCard assets

Netgear is a company that's probably best known by most people for wireless networking gear in the consumer market. The company also produces a range of set-top boxes and other devices as well. Netgear has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire select assets of the Sierra Wireless AirCard business.

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D-Link unveils new Wireless Range Extender for Wi-Fi networks

D-Link unveils new Wireless Range Extender for Wi-Fi networks

If you live in larger home or have a lot of interference to wireless signals in your area, you know how challenging it can be to get a Wi-Fi signal into all areas of your home. D-Link has announced a new range extending product. The device promises to extend your Wi-Fi signal so it reaches everywhere in your home or office. The new product is called the Wireless Range Extender DAP-1320.

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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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