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When Linksys announced its WRT54G-inspired WRT1900AC wireless router back at CES 2014, techies everywhere had a moment of nostalgia, and remembered the little blue router they had in their homes as children. Those techies can now own the throw-back as Linksys has just announced the release of the WRT1900AC 802.11ac wireless router.
The new WRT1900AC features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 128MB of RAM, and eSATA and USB 3.0 ports for network storage. Speeds up to 300Mbps on 5Ghz, and up to 600Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band, with an 802.11ac connection are said to be achievable, and Linksys says that the WRT1900AC is the first consumer-grade Wi-Fi router to feature four antennas for added wireless coverage. TweakTown's own Tyler Bernath has one of these on his test bench right now and will have a review up soon!
Google says that it has already laid about 6,000 miles of fiber optic broadband cable throughout Kansas City, and now the company is ready to expand even further. The company plans on extending its Google Fiber coverage to residents in South Kansas City, Kansas City, Grandview, Raytown and Gladstone areas.
Google says that if there is enough demand in these areas and residents sign up with a $10 registration fee, then they will expand their fiber network to these areas just weeks after the signups are complete. There is a deadline to signup for Google Fiber and its ranges based on the area you live in so check the list after the jump and sign up as fast as possible!
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.