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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."
IoT is the future, not doubt about it. ASRock have taken the initiative and released their new smart home router, the X10. Featuring dual-band Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Beamforming support, ASRock have included tech savvy features such as ZigBee and IR blasters. This allows the X10 to control various smart devices to create a central hub for your home network.
ZigBee radio allows for compatible smart home appliances (sensors, lighting, heaters, security systems, etc.) using a 250 Kbit/s channel and enable users to read/control through the ASRock Router app for Apple iOS and Google Android. ASRock Router app is also capable of setting automated scenes, this means your router can have the lights turn off when you go to bed, or turn on your TV when you get up in the morning. This allows for users to have complete control over their smart devices in their home using only their phone or tablet.
The X10's IR blasters allow the router to control devices such as TVs or air conditioners. Unfortunately, the router must be in direct line of the device to allow for the IR signal to not be interrupted for this feature to work. Other features you can expect from your X10 is the ability to operate a private VPN server, parental controls and the impressive geofencing feature. This allows you the ability to have cameras and security systems turn on when you leave your house and turn on your lights when you return.
Today ASUS have announced a September release for their gaming-friendly AC2900-class Wi-Fi router, the RT-AC86U. Powered by a 1.8GHz 32bit dual-core processor, the RT-AC86U features concurrent dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, boosted by NitroQAM™ and MU-MIMO technology that is able to deliver bandwidth of up to an impressive 2166Mbps on the 5GHz frequency band and 750Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.
The RT-AC86U delivers the ultimate gaming experience, with built-in WTFast® game accelerator that optimizes game server connections and Adaptive QoS to proritze game traffic and ensures priority to online gaming in the network queue, The RT-AC86U truly delivers lag-free online gaming and ultra-smooth 4K UHD streaming.