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If you've been finding it hard to buy a new AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card of one of NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards, or one of the next-gen consoles then you're not going to be happy about this news.
We're now hearing that the global chip shortage is having an affect on the router market, with Bloomberg reporting that their sources have said that carriers are being told there is a 60-week wait on new router orders. That's over an entire year, double the normal waiting time of around 30 weeks (just over 6 months).
Taiwan-based router maker Zyxel Communications has chimed in, with head of European regional business Karsten Gewecke saying that they haven't run out of routers just yet but "it could still happen".
ASUS has just unveiled the world's first Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) wireless router, with the introduction of its new ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 Wi-Fi Gaming Router.
The new ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 Wi-Fi Gaming Router packs the very latest Wi-Fi 6E standard, seeing its combined Wi-Fi speeds hitting an insane 11,000Mbps. This is between the 2.4GHz with 1148Mbps, the 5GHz and 6GHz bands each pumping away at 4804MHz each.
Not only that, but you can use WAN aggregation between 2 x 1Gbps ports for 2Gbps internet connections, while ASUS provides its iconic spider-like 8 antennas and a slew of IO on the rear. Inside, we have 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 256MB of NAND flash memory.
D-Link just released the top model of a trio of Wi-Fi 6 routers, which are poised to take on the modern smart-connected home's needs. The top-of-the-line EXO AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 router (DIR-X5460) should be able to handle the network traffic of even the most device-heavy households.
The new Wi-Fi 6 router is up to 90% faster than the previous generation at 2.4GHz and a whopping 176% faster at the 5GHz band. On top of that, the new protocol can handle 4x higher network capacity, which is critical for households that routinely stream 4K video content while participating in high-stakes e-sports matches.
D-Link's EXO AX5400 Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460) is available now for $349.99 MSRP. A slightly less expensive $309.99 EXO AX4800 Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X4860) model is slated for release in September. The entry-level EXO AX1500 (DIR-X1560) will get you started for $99.
In September of 2019, we were one of the first sites to get our hands-on the Killer AX1650. The AX1650, as most of you know, is powered by the Intel AX200 Wi-Fi chipset with additional low-level hardware controls that enable software hooks for Killer Control Center.
The initial release of the AX1650 was a 2230 m.2 solution only, meant for OEM installation into partner notebooks like the Alienware lineup from Dell. Rivet launched a module-only solution as well onto Amazon for users that wanted to move from their 1435, 1535, or 1550 Wi-Fi 5 cards to the latest. At the time of release, I questioned Rivet about the possibility of client devices for desktops. While they did hint at the possibility, nothing was shipping in the immediate future.
Rivet was recently acquired by Intel and recently dropped its first product with the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 Desktop PCIe Wireless Adapter. This is the long-awaited add-on card for system builders and PC enthusiasts that want the very best Wi-Fi now and for the future. Pictured above, this is a boxed product just like the AX58BT from ASUS with all of the special sauce that comes with Killer Control Center.
It feels like Gigabit Ethernet has been around for decades, because the uptake on 10GbE connectivity hasn't been as fast as the switch between 100Mbps and 1GbE. There are motherboards with 10GbE connectivity, but they're few and far between... and now QNAP has a solution for that.
QNAP has just unveiled their new QNA series Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE adapter which lets people with Thunderbolt 3 Type-C connectivity to easily step up to 10GbE. Dan Lin, Product Manager of QNAP explains: "With the handy QNA series adapter, a 10GbE network can be created between your Thunderbolt 3 computer and another 10GbE-capable device without needing a complicate setup. 10GbE networks can facilitate high-speed data transfer and greatly benefit applications that are bandwidth or file-size intensive".
QNAP has your back when it comes to networking standards with the Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE adapter, of which there are two models. The first is the QNA-T310G1T which rocks a Thunderbolt 3 to 10GbE Multi-Gigabit (10G/5G/2.5G/1G/100M) port while the QNA-T310G1S has one 10GbE SFP+ port. The adapters will work on both Windows and Mac PCs, as long as you have the appropriate drivers installed.
Razer has just entered the gaming router market with the surprise announcement of Sila, a new gaming router that the company designed to keep lag away when gaming or streaming media.
Inside, the Razer FasTrack QoS system will prioritize traffic for when you're gaming or streaming video from the likes of Netflix or YouTube. It'll also automatically detect consoles, or work out which game you're playing on your PC and keep bandwidth secured away for you exclusively.
Razer has deployed a multi-channel zero-wait DFS system that will ensure network congestion stays at a minimum. Sila will make sure you get connected with the strongest signal possible, as there are more and more gamers using Wi-Fi to game all day or night long, especially with the rise of Fortnite on mobile.
Netgear took the wraps off of some new Nighthawk gaming routers recently, but the new flagship Nighthawk XR700 Gaming Router features some impressive technical specs including 10GbE connectivity.
The new Nighthawk XR700 is nearly identical to the current flock of high-end Nighthawk Pro Gaming routers but it has been specifically tuned for various networking hurdles that gamers and enthusiasts get put through. Netgear is optimizing network connections by stablizing pings and ironing out spikes in lag whether you're using the gigabit and now 10GbE wired connectivity, as well as gamers over Wi-Fi, if you are restricted from using ethernet cabling.
Netgear uses the DUMAOS on the Nighthawk XR700 gaming router which is a gaming router OS that was built specifically for power gamers, with the following features:
We have 7 x GbE port and a single 10GbE port that will connect to SX10 using SFP+ Module or DAC, as well as a built-in Plex Media Server. The new Netgear Nighthawk XR700 gaming router is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core CPU with some super-powered AD7200 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi technology.
The big feature here is the single 10GbE port which when plugged into the Netgear SX10 Nighthawk Pro switch, will provide 15 gigabit ethernet ports for a huge LAN party. This is the point Netgear is pushing here is that for LAN gamers and those with a huge network filled with gaming PCs and laptops, the new Nighthawk XR700 gaming router will be king.
Rivet Networks (Killer) and Intel have teamed up on a new Wireless-AC card, the 1550. Its predecessor, the 1535, was a formidable card, but now Killer is working with Intel to produce their next generation Wireless AC products with Bluetooth 5.0.
The new card will feature 160MHz support, with theoretical speeds of 1.73Gbps. That is double the speed of most existing 2x2 Wireless AC cards.
It will also offer Wave 2.11ac features like MU-MIMO and Transmit Beamforming. The card is powered by Intel's latest technology, and should lead the way into the next generation of wireless-AC cards. The new card will be capable of DoubleShot Pro, which is where wireless and wired NICs work together to handle different bandwidth.
CES 2018 - Netgear have just announced their new Orbi Outdoor Satellite which will allow users to stay connected to their internet while outside and not have to worry about the elements damaging their portable extenders.
The Orbi Outdoor Satellite is specifically designed for outdoor use as the device will extend your Wi-Fi signal by an additional 2,500 square feet. To eliminate fears of an outdoor Wi-Fi device being damaged by the elements, Netgear have made the Orbi Outdoor Satellite completely water and dust resistant.
Most other Wi-Fi extenders provide users with a slower connection speed, but Netgear's Orbi Outdoor Satellite won't have this issue. Netgear have deployed some proprietary technology called FastLane3, which is capable of dedicating bandwidth between the Orbi Wi-Fi and your router, giving your outdoor devices the best connection speed possible.
Ever thought I could really use a Blu-ray disc drive for my NAS? Well, someone at QNAP clearly has because QNAP have teamed up with Vinpower Digital to integrate Vinpower's industrial-grade Blu-ray optical disc drive in to QNAP's latest NAS, the TVS-882BR NAS series. This NAS will provide the ability to write content from your NAS directly to CD, DVD and Blu-ray optical discs. This provides users with the ability to back-up storage on multiple formats, portable data and just for media playback on their Blu-ray player or DVD player.
"In the past year, we've seen a number of natural disasters that have destroyed whole communities, making storing content in a single location alone highly dangerous and susceptible to complete data loss," said Ryan Swerdloff, Vice President of Vinpower Digital. "Utilizing the optical disc writer drive on the TVS-882BR series provides an added layer of protection not found on most common NAS back-up solutions. In essence, it's an added level of insurance added to an excellent secure storage solution, similar to getting earthquake or flood insurance on top of your standard home insurance policy. You may never need to use it, but should the worst case scenario happen, you'll be protected and relieved you had it."