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Multiple vulnerabilities found in Belkin WeMo home automation modules

Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | Wed, Feb 19 2014 2:31 AM CST

Mike Davis who is a principal research scientist in IOActive found that Belkin WeMo home automation modules have multiple vulnerabilities which could endanger homes of half million users.

Multiple vulnerabilities found in Belkin WeMo home automation modules | TweakTown.com

According to the report, the vulnerabilities found in Belkin WeMo devices can potentially cause threats to users' house from anything as serious as opening doors to wasting electricity.

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Hackers exploit ASUS routers, gains access to connected drives

Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | Tue, Feb 18 2014 7:44 PM CST

Hackers have exploited an 8 month old flaw in ASUS routers. This exploits allows the hacker to access the data stored in a storage drive that connected via the USB port of the router.

Hackers exploit ASUS routers, gains access to connected drives 1 | TweakTown.com

This vulnerability was found by a researcher called Kyle Lovett back in June of last year. Kyle also published an article on how this exploit works, followed by a temporary fix such as disabling FTP and AICLOUD. He pointed out in the article that more than 40,000 ASUS routers with USB port(s) for attaching storage drives are at potential risk.

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"The Moon" worm infecting Linksys home and SMB routers

Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | Mon, Feb 17 2014 1:27 PM CST

A self replicating worm called "TheMoon" is taking advantage of an authentication vulnerability found in Linksys E-Series routers product line-up. This was discovered by SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center who immediately posted a warning when Linksys E1000 and E1200 were found to be scanning IP address ranges on ports 80 and 8080.

The Moon worm infecting Linksys home and SMB routers | TweakTown.com

The worm infects Linksys E-Series routers as it exploits an authentication bypass vulnerability on the firmware. ISC explained that the worm would first connect to port 8080 and if its necessary, it uses /HNAP1/ URL. This would prompt an xml formatted list of the router and the firmware details. Once the worm learns the required information, it exploits the vulnerable script in the firmware which allows access to such routers without authentication credentials. The worm simply spreads itself and stifles the remaining bandwidth. The worm is a 2MB file and it has a list of about 670 networks from different countries.

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Broadcom triples home Wi-Fi speeds with its new 5G Wi-Fi offerings

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jan 7 2014 12:02 AM CST

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 triples home Wi-Fi speeds with its new 5G Wi-Fi offerings | TweakTown.com

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.

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TRENDnet begins shipping 16-port Gigabit Web Smart PoE+ Switch

Charles Gantt | Thu, Aug 22 2013 5:29 PM CDT

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.

TRENDnet begins shipping 16-port Gigabit Web Smart PoE+ Switch | TweakTown.com

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.

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Google spends $600,000 to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks

Charles Gantt | Wed, Jul 24 2013 6:34 PM CDT

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.

Google spends $600,000 to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks | TweakTown.com

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

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Wi-Fi Alliance launches Wi-Fi Certified program for 802.11ac

Charles Gantt | Wed, Jun 19 2013 7:01 AM CDT

This morning the Wi-Fi Alliance launched its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac certification program, and we sat down with them to talk all things 802.11ac. Before we get into the interview, lets cover what the Wi-Fi certified program is, and why it is needed. In today's world, we are seeing more wireless data being generated than ever before, and current Wi-Fi standards simply can not keep up.

Wi-Fi Alliance launches Wi-Fi Certified program for 802.11ac 1 | TweakTown.com

This massive overload in Wi-Fi data is the direct result of several factors including: always-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and even household appliances such as TVs, audio systems, and even refrigerators and laundry machines. This is where the Wi-Fi Alliance comes into play. They are the party responsible for certifying that 802.11ac chipsets meet the stringent standards and requirements to push connected devices to the next level.

Building on the high-performance foundation of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED ac products deliver whole-home coverage at two or even three times the speed of older Wi-Fi products and handle demanding applications such as Ultra HD and 4K video, multimedia, and rapid file transfer with ease.

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ASUS releases new 802.11ac Wi-Fi router capable of speeds up to 1900Mbps

Charles Gantt | Mon, Jun 3 2013 10:52 AM CDT

ASUS will be showing off a ton of new products at this years's Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan. A lot of products will feature the new Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, and to complement those products, the company is launched a new 802.11ac router.

ASUS releases new 802.11ac Wi-Fi router capable of speeds up to 1900Mbps | TweakTown.com

The new ASUS RT-AC68U is being touted as the first dual-band 802.11ac router with AC1900 data rates up to 1900Mbps. This performance can be attributed to AiRadar Beamforming technology, which helps establish a stronger connections and produce 250 percent better range.

ASUS says that you will also build a file share between other ASUS routers via attached USB drives with no need for a PC or other device handling the transfer. At the time of publishing, there is no word on pricing or availability, but previous ASUS flagship routers ran in the $200 range and it would be safe to expect the RT-AC68U to be near that as well.

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LSI announces their new AXM5500 family of products, partnered up with ARM-based hardware

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Feb 19 2013 10:11 PM CST

LSI have come out today announcing their latest AXM5500 family of products, which feature the first high-end ARM-based multicore for mobile networking equipment. This new family of products from LSI will help mobile companies and service providers get out of the mess they're in right now with the ever-increasing mobile market.

LSI announces their new AXM5500 family of products, partnered up with ARM-based hardware | TweakTown.com

The growing trends in the mobile market right now are expanding quickly with the 4G LTE adoption, and as this grows, LSI's help is going to get noticed more and more. Better network intelligence will bump heads with big data, and this needs to have a product to help it - enter the AXM5500 family.

It might not seem like we need it, but streaming video, music, games, social networks and the countless other things we do over mobile networks is always increasing - but network bandwidth and server hardware needs to continuously be upgraded in order to not be congested.

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IEEE adopts WiGig (802.11ad) capable of 7Gbps wireless speeds

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Jan 15 2013 11:28 PM CST

Wireless is a funny thing, it pretty much controls most people's everyday lives, and because it is mostly invisible, there's never an afterthought. If it 'just works', then that's fine. Well, a new wireless standard is on its way as the IEEE have adopted a new standards known as 802.11ad.

IEEE adopts WiGig (802.11ad) capable of 7Gbps wireless speeds | TweakTown.com

802.11ad will boast some incredible speeds of 7Gbps over 60GHz frequencies and should be baked into consumer devices as soon as 2014. The consumer-friendly marketing name that will find its way plastered all over 802.11ag is going to be WiGig. WiGig won't be replacing your wireless network, it will be complimenting it.

The hopes of the new technology will be that it'll provide an insanely fast, direct link between devices. The reason behind this is because of the 60GHz frequency it finds itself surfing along. As higher radio frequencies are used, they aren't so good at penetrating solid objects like walls, fridges, desks and more. High frequencies are really only good at shorter ranges, so WiGig will have its place in the market, but not where you'd like it to be.

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