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CES 2016 - Synology has typically been solely in the NAS market, with some very nice home office, personal and even enterprise solutions for storing all manner of data. Now they're bringing their networking expertise to the table with their first router. A router that one an award at CES this year.
The RT1900ac was on hand at their booth at CES and they connected a variety of devices to in order to show off how easy administration was when using their Synology Router Manager OS, which provides a clean user interface that's surprisingly easy to use, as it builds appropriately off of their other NAS interfaces that have been received well by the community.
Being easy to use can sometimes mean sacrificing quality, features or even security. Or at the very least it could mean hiding away the advanced features in such a way that is the exact opposite of intuitive design. But that's not the case here. This is a powerful and intuitive OS that could give other vendors a real run for their money.
If you're planning to get into the 'festive spirit' this holiday season, British telecommunications company Ofcom says that you should also be aware of possible home networking issues surrounding this trend.
Ofcom claims that electrical interference created by 'fairy lights', or other powered Christmas decorations, are an often-reported issue over the holiday season, with users unaware of how these products may have effect on their signals and speeds.
While this issue can occur year-round, it has been noted that the holiday season sees a massive spike in consumer related complaints, often pointed towards Christmas decorations. So when you're hanging lights this year, try to dangle them away from the antennae.
Breaking the trend of crazy-looking mothership or spider routers is Netgear, releasing it's Nighthawk X8 AC53000 Wi-Fi router that looks extremely... normal.
Packing a 1.4GHz dual-core processor within, this reserved router boasts Wi-Fi speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps through it's three Wi-Fi band capabilities, six Gigabit Ethernet ports and the ability for more than 12 devices to be connected to the wireless network at once. The 5.3 Gbps transfer speeds is something that Netgear claims is "a new record for a home router."
In total, the record-breaking Wi-Fi speeds are made up of 1000 Mbps + 2166 Mbps + 2166 Mbps connections, allowing for blisteringly-fast networking for home use applications. While the router looks extremely normal, the price is not - expect to spend around $400 on this crazy piece of technology. As much as the price might hurt the wallet, you're really getting what you pay for here.
Said to provide "the combination of the internet of things and a powerful router," ASRock has shown off its new Gaming G10 router in a recently issued press release.
Able to learn the infrared signals of a TV remote and assign them to your smartphone through its soon-to-be added Google Play and Apple app store ASRock Router Application, this product will enable you to control your television through your smartphone via Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G to the router which provides an infrared connection to your TV.
Not limited only to TV's, any device which relies on an infrared remote can be controlled, allowing for many different applications through a single device.
Do you remember when routers were simple units, providing maybe a single Wi-Fi antenna and 100 Mbps Ethernet? Those days are gone - long gone. Offering a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, network management through the NETGEAR genie app and more, the NETGEAR AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi router (R6400) is designed for home use applications where Wi-Fi devices are in abundance.
With 802.11n technology and claimed stutter-free streaming of multiple HD videos supported through this single connection, 202.11 a/b/g devices are also able to connect and enjoy the speeds. The hardware includes three antennas couipet with Breamforming+ in order to improve the reach.
1750 Mpbs total speed is on offer here through dual band Wi-Fi technology (450 + 1300 Mbps), utilizing banded 2.5GHz for range and 5 GHz for performance. There are also QoS options available for when your internet can't keep up.
Said to be targeting motherboards to be placed in online gaming PC builds, Realtek is looking to win back some lost market share in the DIY motherboard scene - taken by Intel and Killer over the past few years. The new Realtek Dragon is said to offer lower latencies for those wanting to play games online.
This chip features the new Realtek RTL8118AS, showcasing gigabit Ethernet speeds. Said to offer better performance for small packet traffic and lower power consumption than competitors, Realtek has released a fancy new logo for this model as seen above - asking motherboard manufacturers to print it onto the PCB.
Set for debut in LGA1151 motherboards through the help of ECS, there has been no other mentioned manufacturers taking this new Realtek design on board just yet.
Computex 2015 - Networking company Rivet Networks has launched the Killer Wireless-AC 1535, the first network adapter offering ExtremeRange Technology. The new feature supports up to 150 Mbps of additional throughput up to 10 meters in range.
The MSI GT72 and GT80 Gaming Notebooks and MSI X99A GODLIKE Gaming Motherboard will be the first products to make use of the Killer Wireless-AC 1535, the company announced. Using the new technology, gamers and enthusiasts can make use range-extending technology - utilizing your home network's capacity.
"We've packed this second generation Killer Wireless-AC product with intelligence that massively improves latency, reduces jitter and virtually eliminates video freezes at even greater ranges and with stronger signals," said Mike Cubbage, co-founder and CEO at Rivet Networks. "Our sole focus is to create the best networking experience for performance users with speed and reliability that is unmatched by competing wireless adapters."
Computex 2015 - Adding to the plethora of models on offer in Taipei, ASUS has showcased two new Wi-Fi home products, the RT-AC3200 tri-band gigabit router and the RP-AC68U 3-in-1 access point, rage extender and media bridge.
This new router offers consumers tri-band Smart Connect technology which sets out to assign each connected device the ideal Wi-Fi band pending its needs, AiProtection to help keep your home safe from breaches of personal data and a traffic analyzer so you can find out exactly which housemate or child has been downloading torrents throughout the night.
As for specifications, this router operates on a frequency of concurrent 2.4GHz (600 Mbps), 5GHz-1 (1300 Mbps) and 5GHz-2 (1300 Mbps) and offers a single gigabit WAN port, four gigabit LAN ports, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 connection.
Boasting a sales portfolio of over 100 million routers globally and being the first to do so, Linksys has just released its new RE5700 WLAN range extender with inbuilt power plug.
If you're worried about taking up precious power board space and are living in a large home, this may be just the product for you. Featuring a Wi-Fi signal boost of up to 10,000 square feet and a nice all-white design, this product will set you back $119.99 from online retailers.
The RE6700 uses a Gigabit port for Ethernet input or output, a 3.5mm jack for audio streaming and boasts the capability to work with any router on odder.
NZXT have just announced their DOKO - a PC streaming device that connects to your network, allowing you to use the PC in your living room or other places around your home. The DOKO gives you the ability to complete any function that your PC would usually do, no matter where you are - thanks to its lack of limitations.
According to their recently issued press release, "the current problem with modern PC streaming technologies and set-top boxes is that they all come with their own pre-defined limitations," further explaining that "TV boxes are restricted to their own set of media channels, file formats and limited applications. PC game streaming and screen mirroring devices are all restricted by their own platforms, proprietary technologies or latency issues."
Using a gigabit Ethernet connection, the DOKO offers low latency, 50-80ms, high definition, 1080p @ 30fps, services. Complete with four USB ports containing USBoverIP technology, users gain the ability to plug a device into the DOKO and it will mirror these actions just as if you plugged it in to your home PC.