Networking

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 market moved on to 4x4 and MU-MIMO-enabled Wave 2 solutions. We also saw Broadcom taking the lead with a dual 5 GHz radio solution (that has now been adopted by Qualcomm Atheros also). Many networking equipment vendors introduced solutions based on this. The recent mesh networking craze is also an offshoot of this dual radio solution - a dedicated 'invisible' channel is used to link the satellite to the main router (a discussion for another day). At CES earlier this year, the TP-Link Talon announcement indicated that tri-band Wi-Fi was getting traction in the market...

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

Comtrend PG-9172 Powerline Adapter Review: G.hn Gets Primed for Retail Push

The battle between HomePlug and HomeGrid to emerge as the de-facto powerline networking standard was quite interesting between 2010 and 2013. However, despite silicon getting demonstrated at various trade...

49 by Ganesh T S on 5/3/2016

Compulab fitlet-XA10-LAN Review: A Fanless AMD UCFF PC for Networking Applications

Passively cooled computing systems carry many advantages. Most of these turn out to be very important for industrial and embedded applications. The attention paid by AMD and Intel to...

48 by Ganesh T S on 4/19/2016

Securifi Updates Smart Home Hub Lineup with New Almond 3 Wireless Router

Securifi is famous for bringing out the world's first commercially available touchscreen router. We have covered them a couple of times in the past. They were one of the...

9 by Ganesh T S on 1/20/2016

ASUS Booth Tour at CES 2016: 10G Switches, External GPU Dock, USB-C Monitor and more

When ASUS emailed a couple of weeks before CES announcing that they had cancelled their press event for the show, we had a few question marks. Previous shows involve...

50 by Ian Cutress on 1/19/2016

D-Link Demonstrates Innovative Networking Solutions at CES

D-Link had two major core networking announcements at CES along with a host of updates for their home automation product line. There are a number of things to discuss...

14 by Ganesh T S on 1/18/2016

New GIGABYTE Server Motherboards Show Xeon D Round 2

The Xeon D platform, as reviewed by Johan back in June, put together eight Broadwell cores, 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, dual 10 Gbit Ethernet and USB/SATA control all into...

23 by Ian Cutress on 1/18/2016

Amped Wireless Launches APOLLO IP Cameras and Updates Networking Lineup at CES

Amped Wireless is popular for marketing equipment with long range, high-performance power amplifiers and high-gain antennas. At CES, they had the usual updates to the networking lineup - new...

4 by Ganesh T S on 1/17/2016

TRENDnet Announces AC2600 Router and AC1900 USB 3.0 WLAN Adapter at CES

TRENDnet's CES suite had plenty of networking equipment ranging from outdoor long-range access points to industrial switches. It made clear that TRENDnet is focusing more on SMB, particularly in...

16 by Ganesh T S on 1/15/2016

Netgear Updates Networking Lineup at CES

Netgear's flagship router - the Nighthawk X8 (R8500) - was launched in October. At CES, Netgear took the opportunity to upgrade the Nighthawk X4 line. Interestingly, the original X4...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2016

Linksys Expands Max-Stream Networking Lineup at CES

Linksys was one of the first vendors to jump on to the MU-MIMO bandwagon last year with the launch of the EA8500 AC2400-class 802.11ac router. The Max-Stream branding is...

1 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2016

Synology Demonstrates RT1900ac 802.11ac Router at CES

Synology had organized the Synology 2016 Conference back in September 2015 to talk about their plans for the next couple of quarters. We had covered it in great detail...

16 by Ganesh T S on 1/10/2016

Netgear Nighthawk X8 R8500 AC5300 Router Brings Link Aggregation Mainstream

The average consumer equipment's wired ports have been stuck at 1 Gbps for quite some time. On the other hand, 802.11ac enables router manufacturers to market multi-gigabit Wi-Fi. Power...

66 by Ganesh T S on 12/31/2015

Host-Independent PCIe Compute: Where We're Going, We Don't Need Nodes

The typical view of a cluster or supercomputer that uses a GPU, an FPGA or a Xeon Phi type device is that each node in the system requires one...

8 by Ian Cutress on 12/21/2015

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