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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.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Linksys WRT120N Wireless-N Home Router, Refurbished, for $14.99 after Rebate!.
Offer: The Linksys WRT120N 802.11b/g/n wireless 300Mbps router with four 10/100 ports, refurbished, is just $14.99 after $10 mail in rebate (expiring 9/30/10). Shipping comes out to just $4.96.
Google introduced a new call-out service dubbed "Google Voice" last week and noted that the service is only available for U.S. residents at this time.
However, there is a little 'tweak' that can be made which allows us Australians to make use of it, too. And many of you will want to, especially if you often make calls to the U.S. or Canada, as Google is allowing you to do this for free until the end of this year. You can also use Google Voice to call other international numbers for as low as $0.02c USD per minute.
First of all, you need to sign into GMail. From there make sure your Language setting is adjusted to "English (US)". Once you've done that you should see a "Call Phone" option under your name in the Chat section on the left-hand side of the screen. When you click on that you should be prompted to download and install a browser plug-in after which you should be all suited up for calling.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - Zonet and TRENDnet Wireless-N Routers for $19.99 Each with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: Newegg has two wireless 802.11b/g/n routers for $19.99 each with FREE shipping. They include four 10/100 ports and a WAN port.
Zonet router with 3 year warranty: ZONET ZSR4154WE 802.11B/G/N WIRELESS ROUTER DEAL
TRENDnet router with 1 year warranty, expiring 8/29/10: TRENDNET TEW-651BR 802.11B/G/N WIRELESS ROUTER DEAL
WD has a ton of storage devices on the market today ranging from external storage devices like HDDs for backing up computers and adding more space to DVRs to internal HDDs for consumer and enterprise computers. WD has unveiled its latest offering and it's not for storage. The new product is called the WD Livewire Powerline AV Networking Kit.
The kit is designed to allow the user to set up a 200Mbps high-speed network anywhere in the home using the power lines already in the walls. This sort of power line networking system is perfect for homes where WiFi networks don't work or devices lacking support for WiFi need to be connected. The new networking kit is designed with the speed needed for users to stream HD video content around the home. The device has four network ports for connecting devices.
We first heard about 1TB topping broadband internet plans from iiNet and TPG last week, with iPrimus pushing the barrier a bit further and opting for 1.1+ TB of monthly usage; allowances that most people would find very difficult to comprehend as being possible to use up in a single month.
Another (smaller) player has announced plans to compete this week and is really going all out. Spin is soon rolling out a whopping 2TB a month plan, but what's possibly of more interest to many folks is the 'free' ADSL2+ plan they're offering up.
Inverted commas were used there because as you would be quick to assume, there is indeed a catch. Naturally an ISP isn't going to hand out any of its services for free, unless said services are bundled with something that's not free; and that's exactly what the deal is here.
Following an extraordinary result on Saturday, we are now left with a hung parliament and there is a lot of uncertainty in the air as to what lies ahead in Australia's immediate future.
Some say a part of the reason for it is due to so many mixed opinions and concerns between Labor's $43 Billion NBN and the Coalition's much cheaper $6 Billion broadband alternative. While on one hand we have a solution that is much more technologically advanced with future proofing, the immense cost that comes with it has people in discomfort about whether or not the country can really afford it. We all know one way or another Labor would be sucking additional pennies out of us as a result.
TPG has just revealed its intent to offer a 1 Terabyte broadband plan to new and existing customers. This is the third ISP in Australia to shift plans up to 1TB and beyond. Earlier this week iiNet announced its 1TB plan and iPrimus was quick to follow up with an even larger quota on offer of 1.11TB.
While it may seem TPG has some stiff competition with the likes of iiNet and iPrimus, there is one particular attribute of this plan that shines brightly; price. TPG is offering its 1TB plan at just $69.99, whilst the other two ISPs are offering their 1TB+ plans at $99.95.
However, apparently the plan is limited in its availability at this time to both new and existing TPG customers.