If you live or work in a building with a lot of other people that have their own Wi-Fi networks, you know firsthand that too many networks can cause interference for everyone and slow things down. A group of researchers from Stanford University is working on a new shared wireless network system called BeHop that is designed to make for faster wireless networking by sharing inside buildings.
BeHop is a single, dense Wi-Fi infrastructure that can be centrally managed, but allows individual users to manage their own portion like a private Wi-Fi network. Users on the Behop network will each get their own SSID, passwords, and other settings.
The big thing with this shared, yet private network is that it is set up using cheap consumer grade access points. The hardware used in the tests was provided by NetGear and runs custom firmware. The test system the researchers set up let the individual users name and secure their own networks just as they would if the router was in their room.
Today Buffalo announced the launch of three new high-speed AirStation wireless routers based on the open source DD-WRT firmware. The new AirStation AC 1750 WZR-1750DHPD, AirStation N600 WZR-600DHP2D, and the AirStation N300 WHR-300HP2D all feature DD-WRT Linux-based firmware that provides a high-performance and stable networking stack that is highly customization and community driven.
Buffalo says that the new generation of AirStation Wireless Routers provide high-performance networking, advanced features, and low-level device management while unlocking extensive capabilities with increased network stability. The company's decision to continue offering DD-WRT firmware in its routers offers consumers powerful features not found on other closed-source firmware-based routers of similar pricing points. DD-WRT provides the stability and configuration options needed for high-end home networking or the small business networking environment.
"Consumers and business professionals are demanding increased access and control of their wireless network configurations," said Matt Dargis, COO at Buffalo Americas (USA), Inc. "We launched new open source DD-WRT models of the AirStation router to address this rising demand, giving users the ability to unlock advanced capabilities of their wireless routers at a cost effective price. These features, such as PPTP, OpenVPN and VLAN, allow network administrators and programmers to enable advanced features typically unavailable in consumer-grade wireless routers."
Enterprise hardware company Barracuda Networks announced the Barracuda NG Firewall is available using the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform. Microsoft is increasingly partnering with hardware and software companies looking to support Azure, as many major enterprises and companies use the popular cloud service.
"Customers are increasingly looking to move their applications to the cloud, and Windows Azure provides a robust cloud infrastructure platform for them to do so," said Yossi Dahan, Solidsoft Principle Consultant, in a press statement. "The Barracuda Web Application Firewall and Barracuda NG Firewall solutions provide complementary application security and secure remote access capabilities that augment Windows Azure."
The Barracuda NG Firewall provides remote sessions that are secure - and includes streamlined management capabilities.
Mike Davis who is a principal research scientist in IOActive found that Belkin WeMo home automation modules have multiple vulnerabilities which could endanger homes of half million users.
According to the report, the vulnerabilities found in Belkin WeMo devices can potentially cause threats to users' house from anything as serious as opening doors to wasting electricity.
Hackers have exploited an 8 month old flaw in ASUS routers. This exploits allows the hacker to access the data stored in a storage drive that connected via the USB port of the router.
This vulnerability was found by a researcher called Kyle Lovett back in June of last year. Kyle also published an article on how this exploit works, followed by a temporary fix such as disabling FTP and AICLOUD. He pointed out in the article that more than 40,000 ASUS routers with USB port(s) for attaching storage drives are at potential risk.
A self replicating worm called "TheMoon" is taking advantage of an authentication vulnerability found in Linksys E-Series routers product line-up. This was discovered by SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center who immediately posted a warning when Linksys E1000 and E1200 were found to be scanning IP address ranges on ports 80 and 8080.
The worm infects Linksys E-Series routers as it exploits an authentication bypass vulnerability on the firmware. ISC explained that the worm would first connect to port 8080 and if its necessary, it uses /HNAP1/ URL. This would prompt an xml formatted list of the router and the firmware details. Once the worm learns the required information, it exploits the vulnerable script in the firmware which allows access to such routers without authentication credentials. The worm simply spreads itself and stifles the remaining bandwidth. The worm is a 2MB file and it has a list of about 670 networks from different countries.
Today, TRENDnet announced the launch of its latest Ethernet over powerline adapter series, the HomePlug AV2. The new Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter kit features two TPL-480E adapters capable of 500Mbp/s transfers and are said to offer double the real-world performance over the company's first generation powerline 500 adapters.
The HomePlug AV2 line is ready to go out of the box and features pre-encryption for enhanced data security. Each model features a a high-performance Gigabit Ethernet port, and a power saver mode that reduces electrical consumption by up to 80-percent when not in use. Each module featured a three-year limited warranty and can be found at major electronic retailers both online and in-store.
Networking hardware company Barracuda Networks recently launched its Barracuda NG Firewall F280, designed to provide full Ethernet support for offices and remote locations. The device promises 99.99 percent availability, scalability, and mobility enhancements while using the Barracuda Control Center to have an easier time configuring and troubleshooting.
"The new Barracuda NG Firewall F280 model provides the power next-generation firewall capabilities of our Barracuda NG Firewall, and has been designed to run at branch offices," said Klaus Gheri, Barracuda VP of Network Security, in a statement. "In combination with the Barracuda Control Center, administrators can centrally manage the devices - setting policies once and running them everywhere, making it a great solution for distributed organizations requiring next-generation firewall capabilities at smaller locations."
Barracuda sets itself apart from most rivals by providing free trials of its products to end-users, often times working with value-added resellers (VARs). Companies interested in Barracuda products, and work with a VAR or IT outsourcing firm, can push for better pricing when the free trial begins to winds down.
CES 2014 - Netgear invited us to their suite last week to check out some of the new 802.11 ac Wi-Fi products they are showing off at this years Consumer Electronics Show. We were shown everything from new 802.11 ac cable gate ways to range extenders and even a travel router that is 802.11 ac compatible.
I particularly liked the wall plugged 802.11 ac Wi-Fi range extender. The on board arrows combined with Netgear's app, make this one of the easiest to use Wi-Fi range extenders ever made. The high performance version was cool as well, and I could see my self purchasing one in the coming weeks to extend my wifi. During any CES, internet is at a premium, and in my case, I was lucky to get 300k up over the hotel's Wi-Fi, which made uploading content difficult. With Netgear's new Trek travel router, we could have used the wired connection to share Wi-Fi with my colleagues.
Storage Visions 2014 - Zac Wood from TRENDnet sits with us to discuss the new wireless AC1900 specifications, a new high speed wireless home router, the world's first gigabit powerline Ethernet product and a pair of IP cameras.
The real standout is the new AC1900 router, TEW-818DRU. Look for a review from Tyler in the near future.
CES 2014 - Broadcom has just unveiled its super-speed 5G Wi-Fi chips, which will be capable of tripling the typical bandwidth found in the average consumers' home.
Broadcom announced the new technology at CES 2014, where it will make it easier to stream video through routers, gateways, STBs, digital TVs, and much more in the home. The company is offering up two 5G Wi-Fi systems that will hopefully break through any walls in any home, with the chips capable of reducing interference when one person plays an online game, while another streams video content from one device to another.
The new Broadcom BCM43569 wireless networking chip will allow smart TVs to receive both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals, simultaneously. Better yet, the BCM43602 can offline processing from a CPU for Wi-Fi networking, with both chips offering support for beamforming, or taking advantage of noise to increase available bandwidth.
This morning Mellanox announced that it has released its Messaging Accelerator software's source code into the open source arena. Known as VMA, this software serves as a platform for message-based and streaming network socket applications. By open sourcing this software, Mellanox opens up a new avenue for app developers to work within the VMA community to customize their software to run on VMA.
"By opening VMA source code we enable our customers with the freedom to implement the acceleration product and more easily tailor it to their specific application needs," said Tom Thirer, director of product management at Mellanox Technologies. "We encourage our customers to use the free and open VMA source package and to contribute back to the community."
VMA Open Source is released under the GPLv2 licence as well as a commercial version. The entirety of the source code can be downloaded at the Google Code link below. Mellanox says that they will take an active role in the VMA Open Source community and will provide further enhancements that will better facilitate the development and deployment of the project.
Everyone knows that a Wi-Fi network connection is going to be slower than a modern day wired connection. Up until today that statement was considered to be true, but a new report is suggesting that Wi-Fi could be, on the order of magnitudes, faster than even a fiber connection.
A joint research team from Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, have just release data from their recent experiments that show that Wi-Fi can be much faster than anyone had ever thought. Using very high-frequencies in the 237GHz range, the team was able to achieve a sustained transfer rate of 100Gbit/s.
That is 100 times faster than Google's Fiber Internet service. So fast that you could transfer an entire Blu-ray ISO in just 2 seconds. Unfortunately you should not expect to see this technology arrive in your home anytime soon as high frequencies such as the ones used in this experiment, do not pass through walls very good. They must rely on a line of sight between devices to even function at all.
Today, Ubiquiti Networks released two UniFi enterprise-grade Wi-Fi access points designed for outdoor deployments. The new UniFi Outdoor AC and UniFi Outdoor+ were designed with multi-Lane RF technology making them perfect for dense and "noisy" environments.
The UniFi Outdoor AC access point has been regarded as the first outdoor compatible 802.11ac device in the industry. The unit features a dual band, 3x3 MIMO access point that is capable of throughput up to 1750Mb/s. The unit is priced at $489 and is available now on the company's website.
The UniFi Outdoor+ features Ubiquiti's patent-pending Multi-Lane RF technology that is able to provide more than double the throughput of competitive solutions in environments with high interference, which is said to improve Wi-Fi performance in noisy and dense environments such as stadiums, public spaces, conference centers, and college campuses. The unit features a single band 2.4GHz 2x2 MIMI access point and is priced at $189 and can be purchased on the company's website.
Super Talent Technology has just released their first Wi-Fi related product that is aimed at making file sharing between mobile devices much easier. The new Wi-Cap--short for wireless capsule--enables customers to easily share files, photos, music, and videos with nearby devices.
The new Wi-Cap from Super Talent is compatible for use on laptops, tablets, smartphones, and desktop PCs that have a wireless connection. Compatibility with a wide variety of browser,s as well as support for Mac, Windows, and Linux, makes the Wi-Cap one of the most feature rich devices of its kind.
Using the Wi-Cap is as easy as clicking on menus that appear in a browser interface after a Wi-Fi connection has been established. The unit is password-protected, which prevents unwanted persons from accessing data stored on the device. The Wi-Cap comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB capacities and also features an external microSD slot for additional storage.
IDF 2013 - Today at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum we got a chance to stop by the PLX booth and talk with Larry Chisvin about the companies new ExpressFabric technology. Larry was kind enough to walk us through their new "Top of Rack" switch that allows up to 32 servers to be connected without individual NIC cards.
Larry says that the system shown in the video is just a proof of concept and that they will be releasing products based on this technology in the future. The Device will also allow for the removal of Infiniband HCAs.
Today, TRENDnet announced that it has began shipping its new TPE-1620WS 16-Port Gigabit Web Smart PoE+ Switch. The company says that this all metal, rack-mountable, managed PoE switch features 16 Gigabit PoE+ ports and two shared SFP slots.
Security protocols including ACL, SSL, MAC/port filtering, 802.1X, TACACS+, and RADIUS support layered security controls. The TPE-1620WS is IPv6 ready, with full IPv6 support. Embedded traffic management technology includes: 802.3ad link aggregation, Asymmetric VLAN, 802.1Q VLAN, Voice VLAN, GVRP, 802.1p Class of Service (CoS), and QoS queue scheduling. Traffic comparison charts, error group charts, and a convenient cable diagnostic test aides in rapid troubleshooting. RMON, SNMP, SNMP Trap, and Port Mirroring support administrator monitoring solutions.
Each of the 16 ports automatically support PoE+ (30 Watts) and PoE (15 Watts) power-connected devices. Featuring the company's GREENnet technology, the TPE-1620WS is capable of powering down the ports when they're not in use, which offers up to a 70 percent increase in power savings. TRENDnet says that the TPE-1620WS is available online and from participating retail partners at an MSRP of $529.99.
For years now, San Francisco citizens have wished for there to be a free Wi-Fi service in their parks, and now thanks to Google, 31 of the city's plazas, playgrounds, parks, and rec centers are getting just that. Google donated $600,000 to install the free service, which is still pending approval.
The $600,000 gift will cover the equipment, installation, maintenance and service for the next two years after which it is still uncertain what will happen to the networks. If things go as planned, installation will begin as early as November and would wrap up sometime in April of 2014, just in time for park weather. Advocates and Google hope that this installation will serve as a model that will eventually grow into a city-wide free Wi-Fi network.
A full list of the areas getting the new free Wi-Fi are listed below:
Alamo Square, Balboa Park, Bernal Heights Recreation Center, Boeddeker Park, Chinese Recreation Center, Civic Center Plaza, Corona Heights, Crocker Amazon Playground, Duboce Park, Eureka Valley Recreation Center, Gene Friend Recreation Center, Hamilton Recreation Center, Huntington Park, Joseph Lee Recreation Center, Justin Herman Plaza, Margaret S. Hayward Playground, Marina Green, Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, Mission Dolores Park, Mission Recreation Center, Palega Playground, Portsmouth Square, Richmond Recreation Center, St. Mary's Recreation Center, St. Mary's Square, Sue Bierman Park, Sunnyside Playground, Sunset Playground, Tenderloin Recreation Center, Upper Noe Recreation Center, Washington Square
This morning the Wi-Fi Alliance launched its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac certification program, and we sat down with them to talk all things 802.11ac. Before we get into the interview, lets cover what the Wi-Fi certified program is, and why it is needed. In today's world, we are seeing more wireless data being generated than ever before, and current Wi-Fi standards simply can not keep up.
This massive overload in Wi-Fi data is the direct result of several factors including: always-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and even household appliances such as TVs, audio systems, and even refrigerators and laundry machines. This is where the Wi-Fi Alliance comes into play. They are the party responsible for certifying that 802.11ac chipsets meet the stringent standards and requirements to push connected devices to the next level.
Building on the high-performance foundation of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac products deliver whole-home coverage at two or even three times the speed of older Wi-Fi products and handle demanding applications such as Ultra HD and 4K video, multimedia, and rapid file transfer with ease.
ASUS will be showing off a ton of new products at this years's Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan. A lot of products will feature the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, and to complement those products, the company is launched a new 802.11ac router.
The new ASUS RT-AC68U is being touted as the first dual-band 802.11ac router with AC1900 data rates up to 1900Mbps. This performance can be attributed to AiRadar Beamforming technology, which helps establish a stronger connections and produce 250 percent better range.
ASUS says that you will also build a file share between other ASUS routers via attached USB drives with no need for a PC or other device handling the transfer. At the time of publishing, there is no word on pricing or availability, but previous ASUS flagship routers ran in the $200 range and it would be safe to expect the RT-AC68U to be near that as well.
There has already been some experimentation with "Super Wi-Fi" networks using the white spaces spectrum in the US, and now Mountain View-based search giant Google are poised to use the same technology to deliver Internet access to ten schools across South Africa.
The Verge has reported that "launching the test network is Google's most direct effort yet to demonstrate the potential of white spaces... as a means of delivering faster internet connectivity to the developing world and other rural areas."
"White spaces" are bands of unused television spectrum that allows signals to travel farther and penetrate deeper into buildings than the commonly used 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi spectrum bands.