Wi-Fi

Netgear introduced their first product in the Wi-Fi system / mesh category, the Orbi, in August 2016. Its dedicated wireless backhaul (4x4 802.11ac / 1733 Mbps) and 2x2 radios with MU-MIMO support for the clients (on both the router and the satellite) made it one of the best performing Wi-Fi system kits in the market. Since the introduction of the Orbi RBK50 (AC3000), various vendors in the Wi-Fi market have come with their own variants. The increasing competition has turned out to be good for consumers, resulting in kits getting introduced at very competitive price points. Many mesh systems come in packs of three, but, Orbi stood out with its claim of being able to blanket a 4000 sq. ft house with just a router...

Qualcomm Announces 802.11ax Access Point and Client Solutions

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...

38 by Ganesh T S on 2/13/2017

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

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...

55 by Ganesh T S on 12/7/2016

Wi-Fi Alliance Begins to Certify 802.11ad WiGig Devices

The Wi-Fi Alliance this week began to certify products featuring wireless modules compatible with the 802.11ad standard (aka WiGig). The certification will help to ensure that all WiGig-branded devices...

50 by Anton Shilov on 10/28/2016

Quantenna Announces 802.11ax Draft 1.0-Compliant Wi-Fi Chipset

Quantenna this week introduced the industry’s first 802.11ax Draft 1.0-compliant Wi-Fi chipset for access points. The QSR10G-AX is pin-to-pin compatible with Quantenna’s commercial QSR10G Wave 3 802.11ac-compliant Wi-Fi platform...

20 by Anton Shilov on 10/19/2016

More Than Throughput: Next Generation Wi-Fi Testing with Ixia's WaveDevice

It’s been quite some time since I first started writing for AnandTech, and without question there’s been a lot of changes that have happened to our testing methodologies in...

44 by Joshua Ho on 3/25/2016

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

Wi-Fi HaLow: Long-Range, Low-Power Wi-Fi for Internet-of-Things Devices

There are more than 6.8 billion devices with Wi-Fi technology in use today, but the number of devices that need to share data or access the Internet wirelessly will...

18 by Anton Shilov on 1/6/2016

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

LIFX White 800 Smart Bulb Review

The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has sparked an increased interest in home automation. Lighting is one of the major home automation aspects. LIFX is one of the popular...

55 by Ganesh T S on 6/12/2015

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

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

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

Logitech Targets Home Automation Play with Harmony Living Home Lineup

Home Automation and Control - Setting the Stage The increasing popularity of home automation (HA) equipment has fueled the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. However, the low barrier to entry...

27 by Ganesh T S on 9/17/2014

Netgear R7500 Nighthawk X4 Integrates Quantenna 4x4 ac Radio and Qualcomm IPQ8064 SoC

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...

10 by Ganesh T S on 9/2/2014

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