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QNAP release the TVS-882BR NAS series

Shaun Grimley | Thu, Nov 9 2017 5:42 AM CST

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.

QNAP release the TVS-882BR NAS series | TweakTown.com

"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."

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ASRock release its X10 IoT router for smart homes

Shaun Grimley | Tue, Sep 12 2017 7:22 AM CDT

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.

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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.

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ASUS announce gaming focused RT-AC86U Wi-Fi router

Shaun Grimley | Sun, Aug 27 2017 1:32 AM CDT

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.

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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.

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ASUS launch 10GbE PCIe adapter, costs just $99

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jul 4 2017 1:21 AM CDT

ASUS has surprised with the release of the first consumer-grade 10GbE card at a very reasonable price of just $99, and thanks to its PCIe 3.0 x4 connection, it will fit into most modern PCs.

ASUS launch 10GbE PCIe adapter, costs just $99 | TweakTown.com

ASUS taps the Aquantia silicon for its XG-C100C adapter, which supports 10/5/2.5/1Gbps networking standards as well as 100Mbps (why, oh why) through normal RJ45 and Cat5e/Cat6 cabling. ASUS uses the Aquantia AQtion AQC107 controller that supports five networking standards (100M, 1G, 2.5G, 5G, and 10G) through PCIe 3.0 x4, and has LEDs for network activity and connection speeds so you're not in the dark over your 10GbE speeds.

The new 10GbE network adapter is capable of pushing 1GB/sec over your network, if it's feeding into another 10GbE machine or a 10GbE-capable NAS or switch. ASUS has its new XG-C100C available at US retailers for $99, which is a freakin' steal. Aquantia sells its own AQC107-based cards for $130, so it's actually cheaper to buy the ASUS XG-C100C, which is powered by the identical chip.

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ASUS unveils ROG Areion, a 10GbE Ethernet PCIe adapter

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Apr 3 2017 11:36 PM CDT

The networking world is going through some changes, after the 1GbE standard becoming a household name on motherboards, with 10GbE being too expensive to shift over.

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ASUS is a company that makes high-end components and products, so it made sense that during their recent 'Outshine the Competition' event in Berlin, ASUS teased a new PCIe-based 10GbE adapter. The new ASUS ROG Areion is a 10GbE Ethernet adapter that has a huge heat sink, and plugs into a PCIe 3.0 x4 port.

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The ROG Areion is also backwards compatible with slower networking standards, with 5GbE, 2.5GbE, 1GbE, and 100Mbps - but 10GbE is why we're all here... over 1GB/sec on your network is a huge deal for some people, especially content creators.

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Google unveils Google Wi-Fi, an expandable router

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Oct 4 2016 12:21 PM CDT

Google has announced their new Google Wi-Fi router, which is a super-smart wireless router that allows you to use multiple Google Wi-Fi routers in tandem, for increased speeds and improved Wi-Fi signals.

Google unveils Google Wi-Fi, an expandable router | TweakTown.com

Google's new Wi-Fi router will feature an awesome Network Assist function, which will optimize your network settings and speeds on its own, so you don't need to.

The new Wi-Fi router will cost $129 on its own, but Google will be offering a 3-pack of Google Wi-Fi routers for $299 when it launches in November.

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Chattanooga sees wage growth, downtown explosion from fiber access

Sean Ridgeley | Tue, Jun 21 2016 11:39 AM CDT

Chattanooga's homeade fiber network has paid dividends and then some: unemployment has dropped to 4.1 percent from 7.8 percent in the past three years and wages are up (which mayor Andy Berke says is directly related to internet jobs and the technology sector), to name a few improvements.

Chattanooga sees wage growth, downtown explosion from fiber access | TweakTown.com

"It changed our conceptions of who we are and what is possible," says Berke. "Before we had never thought of ourselves as a technology city."

The downtown area has exploded as well, with residency doubling, thanks in part to landlords offer gigabit speeds included in rent. Tech businesses and events have shown up in the area too. The revitalized core has paved the way for the success of restaurants, bars, music, and more, too, Berke notes.

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Alphabet wants to beam internet directly to customers, testing now

Sean Ridgeley | Thu, Jun 9 2016 9:14 AM CDT

Google parent company Alphabet is envisioning a not-so-distant future where internet doesn't require cable running through your city, but rather is beamed wirelessly into your home.

Alphabet wants to beam internet directly to customers, testing now | TweakTown.com

Company chairman Eric Schmidt brought the idea up at the annual shareholder meeting, where he stated that thanks to better computer chips and accurate "targeting of wireless signals", the technology is not only viable, but it can match its own Google Fiber speed-wise. Schmidt said he's met with Alphabet CEO Larry Page and CFO Ruth Porat to discuss it.

The technology is said to be in testing now in Kansas City, where Google first launched Fiber. The plan is to demonstrate it there by next year.

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ResetPlug reboots your router when internet goes out

Sean Ridgeley | Wed, May 4 2016 9:07 AM CDT

The newly available ResetPlug is a smart plug that keeps your internet connection as fluid as possible. When it goes out (and it's bound to from time to time), the plug detects this and resets power automatically, getting you back online quickly (assuming all you need is a reset).

ResetPlug reboots your router when internet goes out | TweakTown.com

If the reset doesn't work the first time, ResetPlug will keep trying. You might worry this would destroy your router's power supply or power circuit should your connection remain out for an extended period, but it resets every five minutes by default and this value is adjustable up or down during setup. As such, there shouldn't be issues.

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Netflix members viewed 42.5 billion hours of TV in 2015 alone

Anthony Garreffa | Sat, Mar 5 2016 12:59 AM CST

We all know how powerful Netflix is, but what kind of impression is it leaving against the traditional TV market? Well, Netflix is really cutting into traditional TV ratings, and that's both a good, and bad thing.

Netflix members viewed 42.5 billion hours of TV in 2015 alone | TweakTown.com

In 2015 alone, Netflix accounted for around 50% of the 3% decline in TV viewing in the US, according to a new study by Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson. Nathanson calculated that based on an estimate of Netflix's domestic subscribers, who streamed a huge 29 billion hours of video in 2015 - and worldwide, Netflix members streamed a huge 42.5 billion hours of content. With 29 billion hours of video streamed, it represents 6% of total American live-plus-7 TV viewing reported by Nielsen (up from 4.4% in 2014).

Nathanson continued in his report, adding that he predicts Netflix's total streaming hours as a percentage of TV viewing will increase - where in 2020 it should be hitting around 14%, he noted: "Currently, Netflix is a source of industry pain, but not necessarily a cause of industry death".

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