Networking

​The 2017 CES saw various vendors introduce their first cable modem based on Broadcom's DOCSIS 3.1 BCM3390 chipset. Netgear's CM1000 was one of the first out of the gate, though it didn't come with future-proof features such as the dual Ethernet ports in the Linksys CM3132. Today, Netgear is launching the C7800 cable modem router (being marketed under the Nighthawk X4S tag) based on the same platform as the CM1000. I won't go into the details of DOCSIS 3.1 and its advantages (already covered in the CM1000 launch article). The router and network processor segment is more interesting. Based on the AC3200 specifications, the C7800 appears to be heavily based on the Broadcom BCM93390 reference design (PDF) where the BCM3390 itself is the network processor...

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

Omni-Path Switches at SuperComputing 15: Supermicro and Dell

It was clear at SuperComputing 15 that Intel had two main things in mind to promote: Knights Landing, their new Xeon Phi product, and Omni-Path, their new 100 Gbps...

10 by Ian Cutress on 11/24/2015

Netgear Expands Smart Home Lineup with Arlo Q IP Camera

Netgear's push into the consumer IP camera / smart home space began with the Arlo Wire-Free cameras launched last year. The first generation Arlo cameras aimed at addressing the...

6 by Ryan Smith on 11/16/2015

Intel's Xeon D Product Family Updated with Storage and Networking-Specific SKUs

Intel's Xeon D has been one of the most exciting platforms to come out of Intel this year. Xeon D has created more excitement in the micro-server / edge...

17 by Ganesh T S on 11/9/2015

Marvell Announces First MoChi Architecture Modules: SoCs Go To Pieces

Much has been written over the last few years on the significant cost issues semiconductor companies are and will be facing over the coming years. While newer manufacturing nodes...

7 by Ryan Smith on 10/6/2015

Netgear Nighthawk X8 (R8500) Wave 2 802.11ac Router Set to Ship

Broadcom's XStream platform has enjoyed quite a bit of success in the Wi-Fi router market despite its high cost. The first generation XStream platform used a 3x3 configuration for...

29 by Ganesh T S on 10/1/2015

Asus RT-AC5300U 802.11ac Router - 4x4 MU-MIMO with Broadcom XStream

Asus announced the RT-AC5300U 802.11ac router using Broadcom's tri-band Wi-Fi chipset at IFA 2015 today. This is meant to be a flagship router with AC5300 speeds (1000 Mbps on...

40 by Ganesh T S on 9/2/2015

Netgear Launches XS728T 28-port 10-Gigabit Smart Managed Switch

In early 2013, Netgear launched the XS708E (8x 10GBASE-T with 1x shared 10G SFP+) unmanaged switch, the XS712T (12x 10GBASE-T with 2x shared 10G SFP+) smart managed switch and...

11 by Ganesh T S on 8/31/2015

Exploring Intel’s Omni-Path Network Fabric

For several months now we have been talking about Intel’s Omni-Path network fabric, the company’s next-generation 100Gbps netwoking fabric technology. Typically Omni-Path has come up alongside discussions of Intel’s...

16 by Ryan Smith on 8/26/2015

Ruckus Unifies Controller Product Platforms under SmartZone Umbrella

The enterprise Wi-Fi market has been growing at a tremendous rate, thanks to the proliferation of smart wireless devices (even in business settings). There are many vendors targeting the...

2 by Ganesh T S on 5/19/2015

Linksys EA8500 - First MU-MIMO Enabled 802.11ac Router Set to Ship

Readers following our wireless networking coverage must be quite familiar with the developments in 802.11ac land. As a recap: The first 3-stream 802.11ac routers (based on the Broadcom BCM4706 chipset...

83 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2015

ZyXEL Launches Affordable 10G Switches, Brings UTM Devices to Home Users

ZyXEL has a track record of making affordable networking equipment for both home users and service providers. Post-CES, the company has made a couple of product line announcements that...

29 by Ganesh T S on 2/24/2015

Netgear Introduces ReadyNAS 3130 Rackmount NAS

Netgear is introducing a trio of products targeting SMBs and SMEs today. The primary product is a modular switch chassis, while the second one is a new WLAN controller...

0 by Ganesh T S on 1/19/2015

Netgear Launches ARM Cortex-A15-based ReadyNAS 200 Series

Netgear's major announcement at CES 2015 was the ReadyNAS 200 series of NAS units targeting the SOHO market and power users. This lineup has two members, a 2-bay RN202...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/15/2015

TRENDnet's Networking Solutions at CES 2015

We made our annual customary visit to TRENDnet's suite at CES 2015. Just like last year, TRENDnet has put faith in the latest chipsets from Qualcomm Atheros, be it...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2015

D-Link's Networking Solutions at CES 2015

D-Link had one of the most exciting networking suites at CES 2015. The fact that they seem to be having the lead when it comes to adopting Broadcom's latest...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/13/2015

Diamond Multimedia Updates Networking and DisplayLink Products Portfolio

We made the annual customary visit to Diamond Multimedia's suite at CES. Last year, they had products on display marking their first foray into the networking market. Primarily known...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/13/2015

Quantenna Maintains 802.11ac Technology Lead as Broadcom and Marvell Launch New Chipsets

Quantenna was the first to bring a 4x4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac chipset to the market (with the Asus RT-AC87U and the Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7500). It has a number of...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2015

TP-LINK's Networking Solutions at CES 2015

TP-LINK is one of the leading networking solutions vendor in the Asian market. They have been slowly trying to build up a presence in the US, but there has...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2015

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