Wi-Fi

Netgear has announced imminent availability of their first 802.11ax router - the 8-stream Nighthawk RAX80, along with the technical details, pricing, and other information. In addition, they have also unveiled the 12-stream RAX120. While the RAX80 will be available for purchase this month, RAX120 will make it to retail in Q1 2019. 802.11ax has had an uphill adoption curve. Silicon vendors have been announcing draft-compliant chipsets since late 2016 (Quantenna - Q4 2016, Qualcomm - Q1 2017, Broadcom - Q3 2017, Marvell - Q4 2017, and Intel - Q1 2018). Device vendors were not far behind, with Asus going public about its plans to release a router (RT-AX88U) based on the Broadcom platform as early as September 2017. A year after the announcement, the RT-AX88U...

Wi-Fi Naming Simplified: 802.11ax Becomes Wi-Fi 6

In a bid to simplify the naming of the current and future Wi-Fi standards and ensure that even unexperienced users buy the right equipment, Wi-Fi Alliance on Wednesday introduced...

19 by Anton Shilov on 10/3/2018

The ASRock B360M-ITX/ac Motherboard Review: Tiny Take on B360, Sub $100

Everyone likes a good analysis of a Mini-ITX sized board, but this time we're looking at a B360 chipset version. This chipset offers users the ability to jump into...

24 by Joe Shields on 9/17/2018

Netgear XR700 Router Brings 802.11ad and 10G to the Nighthawk Pro Gaming Family

At the 2018 CES, Netgear had introduced the Nighthawk XR500 gaming router and the SX10 (GS810EMX) NBASE-T switch as part of the Nighthawk Pro family to server the needs...

26 by Ganesh T S on 8/30/2018

Netgear's Orbi Voice Melds Mesh Wi-Fi with Smart Speakers

Netgear has been enjoying market success with their Orbi line of mesh Wi-Fi routers. Today, they are launching the Orbi Voice - a mesh Wi-Fi node compatible with existing...

4 by Ganesh T S on 8/30/2018

More Details on Intel's Z390 Chipset Exposed

A couple of days ago we revealed that ASUS had published a list of its upcoming motherboards on the currently unofficially announced Z390 chipset. While we know a little...

30 by Gavin Bonshor on 7/31/2018

Synology 2018 NAS and Wi-Fi Lineup Sneak Peek

Yesterday we published an interview with Alex Wang, CEO of Synology America, and as part of that interview we were able to get a sneak peak into some of...

14 by Ganesh T S & Anton Shilov on 7/25/2018

Next-Gen NAS: An Interview with Alex Wang, CEO of Synology America

At AnandTech, we have been following the consumer and SMB NAS market very closely over the last decade. Synology is one of the leading vendors in this space. Similar...

40 by Ganesh T S on 7/24/2018

The ASRock Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Review: Mini-ITX with Thunderbolt 3

There's a lot of love for mini-ITX, and our next review is the ASRock Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac. This gaming-centric board offers users a number of features which make it highly...

36 by Joe Shields on 7/13/2018

The GIGABYTE B360 Gaming 3 WIFI Review: A Cheaper Alternative at $120

One of GIGABYTE's first B360 series motherboards in the Gaming 3 WIFI. This is our first review of this new chipset, and it offers users a cheaper way into...

20 by Joe Shields on 7/11/2018

Netgear Launches the Cable Orbi - A Mesh Wi-Fi System with an Integrated Cable Modem

Most home networks fall under one of three categories: ISP-supplied gateway (modem and wireless router combo) with optional wireless extenders Discrete modem and a standalone wireless gateway / router (coupled with...

16 by Ganesh T S on 5/8/2018

Huawei Pushes G.hn Powerline Networking with the WiFi Q2 Whole-Home Wi-Fi Solution

Mesh networking / whole-home Wi-Fi systems have seen rapid growth over the last couple of years. Almost all vendors in the consumer networking space have one or more offerings...

9 by Ganesh T S on 1/17/2018

Marvell Announces 802.11ax Wireless Portfolio

Today Marvell announces the introduction of their new 802.11ax wireless portfolio which promises to be the company's first product line laying the groundwork for advancing the new wireless standard...

5 by Andrei Frumusanu on 12/11/2017

Netgear Launches Smart Cloud Devices with Insight Management for Business Networks

Netgear is a popular vendor in the SMB and SME market segments for switches and access points. While they do have full-blown managed switches, their smart offerings (which rely...

2 by Ganesh T S on 9/19/2017

Intel Discontinues WiGig Cards, Antenna and Sink, Set to Focus on WiGig for VR

In a surprising move, Intel has announced plans to discontinue a number of their 802.11ad products. The company intends to cease shipments of the majority of its WiGig devices...

12 by Anton Shilov on 9/8/2017

Netgear Launches Orbi Pro Wi-Fi System Kit for SMBs

Netgear's Orbi Wi-Fi system has emerged as one of the leading mesh / Wi-Fi systems in the market in terms of performance. The platform, with its FastLane 3 marketing...

9 by Ganesh T S on 8/31/2017

Netgear Nighthawk X6S EX8000 Brings Orbi Tri-band Wi-Fi to Range Extenders

​Netgear's Orbi system has proved to be one of the most popular kits in the emerging mesh / Wi-Fi system market. While Wi-Fi systems are not for everybody (for...

3 by Ganesh T S on 8/29/2017

Netgear Expands Orbi Wi-Fi System Family with AC2200 Kits

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...

14 by Ganesh T S on 3/28/2017

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

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