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Google unveils Google Wi-Fi, an expandable router

By: Anthony Garreffa | Networking | Posted: Oct 4, 2016 @ 12:21 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'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.

Chattanooga sees wage growth, downtown explosion from fiber access

By: Sean Ridgeley | Networking | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 @ 11:39 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.


"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

By: Sean Ridgeley | Networking | Posted: Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:14 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.


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

By: Sean Ridgeley | Networking | Posted: May 4, 2016 @ 9:07 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).


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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Tenda launches 300Mbps capable router for $19 shipped

By: Chris Smith | Networking | Posted: Mar 8, 2016 @ 7:32 CST

Tenda has recently announced that its new F3 'mainstream' router is capable of Wi-Fi speeds up to 300Mbps and will debut on Amazon for under $20 including shipping.


A recently issues press release made mention that this product functions through the use of a Broadcom networking chip, designed to support wireless streaming of HD videos, large network files, video conferences and downloads. Combined with a 200 square meter wireless coverage zone, the F3 further allows for administrators to allocate bandwidth limits to different users based on their IP.

While the original press release mentioned an MSRP of $24.99 on release, a new publication by Legit Reviews has shown that it will debut at only $19 with shiping included from Amazon.

Netflix members viewed 42.5 billion hours of TV in 2015 alone

By: Anthony Garreffa | Networking | Posted: Mar 5, 2016 @ 0:59 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.


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".

Synology showed off their RT1900ac router at CES with an impressive UI

By: Jeff Williams | Networking | Posted: Jan 10, 2016 @ 19:26 CST

CES 2016 - Synology has typically been solely in the NAS market, with some very nice home office, personal and even enterprise solutions for storing all manner of data. Now they're bringing their networking expertise to the table with their first router. A router that one an award at CES this year.


The RT1900ac was on hand at their booth at CES and they connected a variety of devices to in order to show off how easy administration was when using their Synology Router Manager OS, which provides a clean user interface that's surprisingly easy to use, as it builds appropriately off of their other NAS interfaces that have been received well by the community.

Being easy to use can sometimes mean sacrificing quality, features or even security. Or at the very least it could mean hiding away the advanced features in such a way that is the exact opposite of intuitive design. But that's not the case here. This is a powerful and intuitive OS that could give other vendors a real run for their money.

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Ofcom says that Christmas lights may slow your Wi-Fi

By: Chris Smith | Networking | Posted: Dec 2, 2015 @ 22:33 CST

If you're planning to get into the 'festive spirit' this holiday season, British telecommunications company Ofcom says that you should also be aware of possible home networking issues surrounding this trend.


Ofcom claims that electrical interference created by 'fairy lights', or other powered Christmas decorations, are an often-reported issue over the holiday season, with users unaware of how these products may have effect on their signals and speeds.

While this issue can occur year-round, it has been noted that the holiday season sees a massive spike in consumer related complaints, often pointed towards Christmas decorations. So when you're hanging lights this year, try to dangle them away from the antennae.

Netgear releases a router that doesn't look like a ridiculous spider

By: Chris Smith | Networking | Posted: Oct 2, 2015 @ 10:23 CDT

Breaking the trend of crazy-looking mothership or spider routers is Netgear, releasing it's Nighthawk X8 AC53000 Wi-Fi router that looks extremely... normal.


Packing a 1.4GHz dual-core processor within, this reserved router boasts Wi-Fi speeds of up to 5.3 Gbps through it's three Wi-Fi band capabilities, six Gigabit Ethernet ports and the ability for more than 12 devices to be connected to the wireless network at once. The 5.3 Gbps transfer speeds is something that Netgear claims is "a new record for a home router."

In total, the record-breaking Wi-Fi speeds are made up of 1000 Mbps + 2166 Mbps + 2166 Mbps connections, allowing for blisteringly-fast networking for home use applications. While the router looks extremely normal, the price is not - expect to spend around $400 on this crazy piece of technology. As much as the price might hurt the wallet, you're really getting what you pay for here.

ASRock unveils its Gaming G10 router with Infrared app integration

By: Chris Smith | Networking | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 @ 11:29 CDT

Said to provide "the combination of the internet of things and a powerful router," ASRock has shown off its new Gaming G10 router in a recently issued press release.

Able to learn the infrared signals of a TV remote and assign them to your smartphone through its soon-to-be added Google Play and Apple app store ASRock Router Application, this product will enable you to control your television through your smartphone via Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G to the router which provides an infrared connection to your TV.

Not limited only to TV's, any device which relies on an infrared remote can be controlled, allowing for many different applications through a single device.

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