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Verizon has ratched up the speed of their FiOS internet service. Today the company has introduced a 150Mb/sec speed plan for their customers at a premium price of $200 a month.
Of course this is the download speed; the upload on this plan is 35MB/sec which is nothing new for FiOS customers as this speed is offered on a lower tier. The 150 download speed is now the fastest currently available from any major Internet provider in the U.S.; 50 times faster than average DSL service. The service is expected to be offered to businesses as well by the end of the year at a higher rate.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces the availability of the world's smallest 150Mbps Micro Wireless N USB Adapter, model TEW-648UBM. The ultra compact form factor measures a remarkable 0.59 x 0.74 x 0.28 inches (1.5 x 1.9 x 0.7 cm).
When plugged into a USB port, the adapter extends a scant 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) from the edge of the computer. The adapter is so small that users can stow a laptop with the adapter plugged in, without worrying about damaging the laptop or the adapter.
For fans of a NAS server - if you haven't used one, you really should - 18 months with one myself and I'll never, ever go back, this will be something you will like to read.
Today, Thecus pulled the veil back on their new 4-bay NAS, the Thecus N4200Eco NAS Server which promises to deliver next-generation performance and functionality.
It's almost getting to the point that you can't go anywhere in the world without being connected. Ncell, a joint venture between the Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera and some private investors, has installed a 3G and WiFi capable GSM network base station at the base of Mount Everest.
Long famous as the highest point in the world, the summit of Mount Everest no longer requires a satellite phone to make a call. Ncell tested the station by making the world's highest video call at 17,388 feet and has confirmed the network is working at the summit. Ncell also plans to have 90% of Nepal's population covered by the end of next year. Now all your Twitter followers and Facebook friends will be able to know you've completed your climb of Mount Everest the second you reach the top. Hooray?
Bluetooth has some competition - Wi-Fi Direct is touted to everything Bluetooth does, but with far less issues and annoyances all while using a protocol that is far more widespread and easier to setup.
Starting today - Wi-Fi Direct devices will enter the certification process - the actual products to use this tech are unknown at this point, but there should be some hardware on the shelves before Santa arrives in 2 more months.
Functionality wise, the claims stand out instantly - for someone to make a device-to-device connection over Wi-Fi just ONE of the devices needs to be Wi-Fi Direct certified. This will help create a user base out of the box, which is a great step towards instant sales.
Sometimes living in a big house makes getting wireless signal to all corners of the placea real pain, or you've got a room where you want a computer but no way to run the internet without drilling holes or buying a wireless card. Networking is getting quite a bit simpler thanks to Atheros' Hybrid Networking System.
The router gives you standard fare: 802.11 Wifi, Ethernet, all the usual goodies. The Homeplug AV powerline networking is where it gets interesting. Simply by plugging in the AC adapter, you've instantly got extended wireless signal and even an Ethernet port for network access on a non-wireless capable machine. No word on cost yet for this fun little device, but it is expected to ship by the end of the year.
Google is taking another step in completely owning your internet experience with their first trial of an ultra high speed fiber network. Set for testing in "a group of approximately 850 faculty and staff-owned homes" on the campus of Stanford University, this is most likely the dry run for their implementation in the winning community of their "Google Fiber" contest that asked towns to submit themselves for Google Broadband implementation.
Google has stated that they are not looking to get into the ISP business; instead they are trying to make the internet faster for everyone with this project as well as their own DNS and a replacement for the HTTP protocol. Google Broadband is supposed to be able to offer speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which would max out most modern Ethernet ports. Anything that can make the Net faster for everyone is okay by me, but you still have to wonder what the bigger plan is here if Google's not planning to hit the ISP scene.
Getting broadband connectivity throughout a house can often be done with a simple WiFi router and some adapters for computers and other gear. In many instances, that WiFi router doesn't cut it though, especially in larger homes or offices or in environments where there is a lot of wireless interference. In this instanced power line, networking may be one of the only options.
Power line networking speeds today tend to top out at about 200mbps on the high end. That is enough speed for some uses, but for things that need a lot of bandwidth, more speed is needed. The IEEE has now approved a new power line networking standard called IEEE 1901 that allows for speeds of up to 500Mbps using the plain copper power lines already in place.
I love it when one device can take the place of several others. I would love to be able to get the DSL modem off my desk and integrate it right into my wireless router. A new device from AudioCodes called the MediaPack 252 has debuted that integrates the ADSL modem with a WiFi router and several other things.
The MP252 supports HD VoIP and has an integrated handset for placing VoIP calls and has provisions to be used as a PBX device. If your web connection is critical to your business or home life, the 252 has a USB port for failover to a 3G mobile broadband modem for an uninterrupted connection. The device can also be used as a home media sharing hub to share storage, printers, and security cameras across the network.