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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