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ResetPlug reboots your router when internet goes out

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Networking | Posted: May 4, 2016 2:07 pm

The newly available ResetPlug is a smart plug that keeps your internet connection as fluid as possible. When it goes out (and it's bound to from time to time), the plug detects this and resets power automatically, getting you back online quickly (assuming all you need is a reset).




If the reset doesn't work the first time, ResetPlug will keep trying. You might worry this would destroy your router's power supply or power circuit should your connection remain out for an extended period, but it resets every five minutes by default and this value is adjustable up or down during setup. As such, there shouldn't be issues.

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Tenda launches 300Mbps capable router for $19 shipped

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: Mar 8, 2016 1:32 pm

Tenda has recently announced that its new F3 'mainstream' router is capable of Wi-Fi speeds up to 300Mbps and will debut on Amazon for under $20 including shipping.




A recently issues press release made mention that this product functions through the use of a Broadcom networking chip, designed to support wireless streaming of HD videos, large network files, video conferences and downloads. Combined with a 200 square meter wireless coverage zone, the F3 further allows for administrators to allocate bandwidth limits to different users based on their IP.


While the original press release mentioned an MSRP of $24.99 on release, a new publication by Legit Reviews has shown that it will debut at only $19 with shiping included from Amazon.

Netflix members viewed 42.5 billion hours of TV in 2015 alone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Mar 5, 2016 6:59 am

We all know how powerful Netflix is, but what kind of impression is it leaving against the traditional TV market? Well, Netflix is really cutting into traditional TV ratings, and that's both a good, and bad thing.




In 2015 alone, Netflix accounted for around 50% of the 3% decline in TV viewing in the US, according to a new study by Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson. Nathanson calculated that based on an estimate of Netflix's domestic subscribers, who streamed a huge 29 billion hours of video in 2015 - and worldwide, Netflix members streamed a huge 42.5 billion hours of content. With 29 billion hours of video streamed, it represents 6% of total American live-plus-7 TV viewing reported by Nielsen (up from 4.4% in 2014).


Nathanson continued in his report, adding that he predicts Netflix's total streaming hours as a percentage of TV viewing will increase - where in 2020 it should be hitting around 14%, he noted: "Currently, Netflix is a source of industry pain, but not necessarily a cause of industry death".

Synology showed off their RT1900ac router at CES with an impressive UI

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Networking | Posted: Jan 11, 2016 1:26 am

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.

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Ofcom says that Christmas lights may slow your Wi-Fi

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: Dec 3, 2015 4:33 am

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.

Netgear releases a router that doesn't look like a ridiculous spider

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: Oct 2, 2015 3:23 pm

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.

ASRock unveils its Gaming G10 router with Infrared app integration

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 4:29 pm

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.

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NETGEAR launches the feature-packed AC1750 Smart Wi-Fi router

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: Jul 15, 2015 11:29 am

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.

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Realtek has produced a new onboard LAN chip aimed at gamers

By: Chris Smith | More News: Networking | Posted: Jul 7, 2015 1:02 pm

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.

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Rivet Networks unveils the Killer Wireless-AC 1535 network technology

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Networking | Posted: Jun 3, 2015 6:55 am

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."