The high-end 802.11ac router market has seen two introductions in the recent past. The first was the Netgear Nighthawk X6 which was based on the Broadcom 5G Wi-Fi XStream platform with two discrete 3x3 802.11ac radios. On the other side, we had Asus introduce the first Wave 2 router in the RT-AC87 using the same Broadcom SoC and 2.4 GHz radios as the Nighthawk X6, but choosing the Quantenna Wave 2 solution for the 5 GHz band. In the launch coverage of the RT-AC87, we had mentioned the online leaks of the Netgear Nighthawk X4 router. Today, Netgear is providing us the official details. In terms of the configuration of the radios, the Netgear Nighthawk X4 and the Asus RT-AC87 are equivalent. Both of them...

Diamond Multimedia Tests Networking Waters at CES

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3 by Ganesh T S on 1/8/2014

Qualcomm Atheros Introduces QCA7500 HPAV2 Powerline Solution with MIMO Capabilities

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9 by Ganesh T S on 10/21/2013

Dropcam Pro Targets Improved Video Quality, Includes Connected Home Play

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12 by Brian Klug on 10/10/2013

The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi

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135 by Jarred Walton on 7/8/2013

Broadcom Updates 802.11ac SoC Lineup with NAS-Friendly BCM5862x

The initial batch of 802.11ac routers shipped with the dated and inefficient BCM4706 (based on a 600 MHz MIPS32 CPU). Broadcom made some amends last year with the BCM4708x...

8 by Ganesh T S on 6/3/2013

Securifi's Almond+ 802.11ac Touchscreen Wi-Fi Router Integrates ZigBee and Z-Wave

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20 by Ganesh T S on 3/5/2013

Wilocity Bringing WiGig To Your Desk, Lap, Home and Office

We had a chance to meet with Wilocity to take a look at their progress in bringing WiGig to market. Let’s start with a primer. WiGig (802.11ad) is an...

10 by Jason Inofuentes & Cara Hamm on 1/12/2013

TRENDnet Joins 802.11ac Bandwagon with AC1750 TEW-812DRU Router and TWE-805UB USB 3.0 Dongle

We have covered CES announcements from Netgear and D-Link already and we now move on to TRENDnet. Despite being headquartered in Torrance in southern California, they seem to have...

0 by Ganesh T S on 1/9/2013

Netgear at CES 2013: Connected Entertainment Solutions (Google TV and More...)

Netgear's press conference at CES 2013 is kicking off as I write this, and the focus this time around seems to be heavily in the connected entertainment solutions area...

0 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2013

D-Link at CES 2013: Multiple 802.11ac Routers & IP Camera Solutions

D-Link has been pretty busy preparing products for CES launches, and their focus is very evident. A trio of 802.11ac routers have been introduced along with some surveillance solutions...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2013

Open Source Router Platforms - Part 1: The Hardware

Open Source Router Spotlight A few months ago we asked a simple question - what do you use for your router, and what would you look for in a router...

46 by Brian Klug on 8/22/2012

Amped Wireless R20000G, SR20000G, and UA2000: Routers, Repeaters, and Adapters (Oh My!)

A couple months back, we were contacted by Amped Wireless and offered a chance to look at their latest dual-band 802.11n router, the R20000G. Along with the router, Amped...

28 by Jarred Walton on 6/23/2012

Western Digital Enters Router Market with My Net Series

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25 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/14/2012

Broadcom Announces BCM4708x and BCM5301x SoCs for 802.11ac routers

We've been talking about 802.11ac a lot lately, and today Broadcom is announcing a new family of SoCs with greater integration and performance specifically tailored to 802.11ac SMB and...

5 by Brian Klug on 6/5/2012

Netgear Announces 2-stream 802.11ac R6200 router and A6200 USB 2.0 adapter

We're at Broadcom and Netgear's joint press event today, where both are announcing the commercial availability of the R6300 three spatial stream 802.11ac router which was announced at CES...

16 by Brian Klug & Ganesh T S on 5/15/2012

Spotlight on Open Source Router Platforms - Thoughts?

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56 by Brian Klug on 2/27/2012

Belkin Brings Home Automation, TV and Thunderbolt Solutions to CES

Belkin's product portfolio stretches across a huge range from A/V and networking solutions to iPod and Kindle cases. Their CES both focused primarily on their home electronics products with...

4 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/12/2012

D-Link at CES : Cloud-Friendly Routers and IP Cameras

We took some time to swing by D-Link's press room and got a look at all the nice networking gear announced via multiple press releases yesterday. In keeping up...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2012

5th Generation WiFi: 802.11ac, "Gigabit" WiFi Primer

Five years have passed since the first 802.11n devices implementing a draft of the now-finalized specification hit the market. Over the years 802.11n support has become ubiquitous in the...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

Broadcom Announces Family of 802.11ac Chipsets & 5G WiFi Brand

If you've read our 802.11ac primer you already know that the fifth generation of WiFi is something to be excited about. At 433Mbps of bandwidth per stream with expected...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

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