Networking

Wi-Fi platforms have traditionally focused on peak speeds. However, evolving usage scenarios (such as stadium and campus environments and even households with multiple Wi-Fi devices) have led to the appearance of standards aimed at solving the 'capacity' problem. We saw 802.11ac Wave 2 devices come to the market over the last couple of years. MU-MIMO on the downlink side was one of the first features to address this capacity issue. 802.11ax is set to become the next major leap in Wi-Fi technology. The last major introduction (802.11ac) has since been complemented by 802.11ad in the 60 GHz band, but, 802.11ax is the technology that will provide performance benefits in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Quantenna was the first to announce a draft-802.11ax-compliant access...

Synology at CES 2017 - RT2600ac Wi-Fi Router, DSM Value Additions, and New Business NAS Units

As part of my usual CES vendor visits, I caught up with Synology and took a look at the new products and DSM features that had been announced around...

25 by Ganesh T S on 1/31/2017

QNAP at CES 2017 - Thunderbolt 3 and Xeon D NAS Units, Residential Gateways, and More

As part of my usual CES vendor visits, I caught up with QNAP and took a look at the new products and QTS features slated to enter the market...

18 by Ganesh T S on 1/27/2017

GIGABYTE Exhibits an Aquantia AQC107 based 10G Ethernet PCIe Card

During December, Aquantia announced that it will be launching two multi-gigabit NICs into the market, offering 2.5G/5G capability on both and one with 10GBase-T as well. We were told...

25 by Ian Cutress on 1/11/2017

Linksys WRT32X Gaming Router Announced with Killer Prioritization Engine from Rivet Networks

Rivet Networks, the company behind the Killer brand, has been on a roll lately with the launch of a new Ethernet controller (E2500) back in September 2016. Killer's selling...

21 by Ganesh T S on 1/9/2017

D-Link's Covr Whole-Home Networking Solutions - Wi-Fi SON with Wi-Fi and HomePlug Backhauls

D-Link is launching a few IP cameras and a couple of Wi-Fi home networking solutions at CES 2017. More relevant to our recent coverage are the two new whole-home Wi-Fi...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2017

TRENDnet Launches TPL-430AP AC1200 Wireless Access Point with HomePlug Powerline Backhaul

Extending the reach of Wi-Fi networks has become important with the rise in number and spread in usage location of Wi-Fi clients in a typical household. Typical range extenders...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2017

Netgear Launches CM1000 DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem, New Switches at CES 2017

Netgear became one of the first vendors to bring a DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem to the market last month with the availability of the CM1000. It is based on...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/4/2017

Amped Wireless Launches AC2200 HELIOS Family with Qualcomm's Tri-Radio 802.11ac Solution

At Computex 2016, Qualcomm Atheros announced the availability of a tri-radio 802.11ac platform with Wave 2 MU-MIMO capabilities. The firmware in the platform also supported Wi-Fi SON (Self-Organizing Networks)...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/4/2017

Securifi's Almond Routers Get Subscription-based IoT Device Security Service

We have been following Securifi's offerings in the home networking space over the last few years. They have stood out in the crowded consumer Wi-Fi market by being one...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/4/2017

Linksys Enters Mesh Wi-Fi Market with Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi, Expands MAX-STREAM Lineup

Linksys has updates in three different product lines as part of CES 2017. The new product line is the Velop Whole Home W-Fi mesh networking kit. Linksys is definitely...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/3/2017

Aquantia Launches New 2.5G/5G Multi-Gigabit Network Controllers for PCs

Frequent readers of AnandTech will have recognized that our coverage of higher speed network interfaces over copper, particularly 10G, for the home and business has increased recently. This is...

32 by Ian Cutress on 12/14/2016

Extending Home Networks - A Comparison of G.hn, HomePlug AV2 and Wi-Fi Mesh

Over the last decade or so, we have seen a rapid increase in the number of devices connecting to the home network. The popularity of IoT has meant that...

54 by Ganesh T S on 12/7/2016

Netgear Launches 802.11ad-Enabled Nighthawk X10 (R9000) Wi-Fi Router

The Wi-Fi router market has seen a yearly cadence of flagship releases since the first 802.11ac routers came into the market in early 2012. Starting with 3x3 solutions, the...

56 by Ganesh T S on 10/19/2016

ASUS XG-U2008 10GBase-T Network Switch Released: 2x10G + 8x1G for $249

Back at CES, we saw what looked like a first budget-style entry into the 10GBase-T networking arena for low-cost, high-speed RJ-45 networking that would be backwards compatible with most...

22 by Ian Cutress on 10/10/2016

NBASE-T Alliance Receives Boost with IEEE P802.3bz Approval for 2.5G/5G Ethernet

Wired networks relying on traditional Cat 5e and Cat 6 cables (at their maximum channel length of 100m) have been limited to 1 Gbps so far. At the other...

37 by Ganesh T S on 10/3/2016

GIGABYTE GB-BSi7HAL-6500 Dual LAN Skylake BRIX Review

Ultra-compact form factor (UCFF) PCs have become quite popular after Intel introduced the NUCs. They have become powerful enough to be the primary computing platform for many households. However...

25 by Ganesh T S on 9/21/2016

Rivet Networks Launches the Killer E2500 Network Controller: Website Detection, New UI

The Killer brand of network controllers is evolving. The original company, Bigfoot Networks, launched on FPGAs over a decade ago, with super large heatsinks (that are now collectors’ items)...

49 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2016

Netgear Introduces Second-Gen ProSAFE 10GBase-T Switches for SMBs

NetGear has introduced four new ProSAFE 10 GbE switches for small and medium businesses, upgrading their first generation of XS708E and XS712T parts. The new switches support both copper...

45 by Anton Shilov on 5/17/2016

ASUS Unveils PCE-AC88 4x4 Wi-Fi Card with 2167 Mbps Bandwidth

ASUS has introduced its flagship dual-band AC3100 wireless PCIe x1 adapter with four antennas and a maximum supported throughput of 2167 Mbps (270 MB/s). The card is powered by...

26 by Anton Shilov on 5/11/2016

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