Items tagged with Ethernet

Despite the fact that 802.11ac products have barely even penetrated the market up to this point, we now have another standard to keep our eyes on: 802.11ad. No, that's not some odd date format talking about the year 802, but rather an upcoming wireless standard that's said to be more revolutionary than evolutionary - the latter of which 802.11ac is. Due in 2014, the 802.11ad standard will open up a new band, 60GHz, which will allow for transmission speeds far greater than the typical home network will offer - up to 7Gbit/s. It's important to note; that's just a theoretical maximum, and... Read more...
With more and more Ultrabook machines pushing Ethernet aside in favor of Wi-Fi, one has to wonder if Ethernet even has a future. But, of course it does! Enterprises and businesses aren't going to ditch the stability of a hard-wired connection in favor of flaky over-the-air alternatives, but with 802.11 taking off on the cordless front, where's the innovation in Ethernet? Here.s IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced formation of the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group. Why was such a group formed?... Read more...
Powerline isn't as popular as it once was, but it's still living life as best it can. TRENDnet has just launched a new, smaller adapter that's actually poised to hide out pretty well in your living room. The 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter with Bonus Plug, model TPL-307E, and the 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter Kit with Bonus Plug, model TPL-307E2K, which comes with two TPL-307E adapters, are the newest products from the company, able to pipe Ethernet signals via a home's power wiring. It's geared to be more reliable than Wi-Fi, and with 200Mbps speeds, the throughput is certainly higher. The TPL-307E... Read more...
TRENDnet announced a full line of 450Mbps Wireless solutions as well as a 4-Port 500Mbps Powerline AV adapter. Included in the 450Mbps Wireless line is the 450Mbps Concurrent Dual Band Wireless N router. This router supports 450Mbps speeds on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands at the same time. The 450Mbps Wireless line also includes a new 450Mbps Wireless N Gigabit router and 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N USB adapter. The Wireless N USB adapter, model TEW-684UB, is the first in the company's line to enable a laptop or desktop to connect to a router at 450Mbps speeds. Now wanting to leave gamers out,... Read more...
Does the world really have machines that are still actively being used...without Wi-Fi? It may seem hard to believe if you're living in a society that's eternally connected, but the niche still exists in some places. To solve that problem, and provide connectivity to machines that were born without, IOGEAR has unveiled their universal Wi-Fi N Adapter. That new device connects A/V devices to a home network via a wireless router -- things like game consoles, Blu-ray players, etc. You simply take a device with an Ethernet port, plug it up to this dongle, and enjoy the spoils of Wi-Fi. Think of it... Read more...
Powerline networking has been around for longer than we can even remember. Much like Ethernet, it's just something we've grown to expect. But unlike Ethernet, Powerline isn't widely adopted, or at least it's not on the same level overall. Many A/V enthusiasts know about and utilize Powerline, though, and TRENDnet has a new 3-port product that they're hoping will get that adoption up. The 3-Port 200Mbps Powerline AV adapter is a pretty simplistic module, which plugs into your home power network via a standard wall socket. On the bottom of the module, there are three Ethernet ports where up to three... Read more...
Bigfoot Networks hasn't introduced a new product in years, at least on the consumer-facing front. The company came into the CE realm with a bang a few years back claiming that their wild new NIC card could actually lower ping times and improve your responsiveness in online gaming. Those claims have been debated ever since, but either way, the company is today giving the gaming world another chance to buy in. The company's newest product is the Killer 2100, a next generation gaming network card for desktop PCs. According to Bigfoot Networks this card "combines elements of speed, intelligence and... Read more...
We know it may be overstated, but Samsung sure knows how to design an HDTV. The company best known for its 'Touch of Color' design style is wowing potential television buyers again today with its all-new 8500 series. Considered the flagship model of its expanded LED backlit HDTV series, the new lineup combines the picture quality you're used to in a Samsung with the thinness of its previous LED HDTVs. Heck, there's even networking and interactive features thrown in, which can only be viewed as a direct response to LG's boastful Vudu partnership announced earlier in the week.The 8500 series utilizes... Read more...
Just a day after Netgear announced that its Digital Entertainer Elite media streamer was shipping worldwide, the company has issued a similar announcement for its MoCA Coax-Ethernet Adapter Kit. Said kit, which was launched to much fanfare earlier this year at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, enables high performance home networking (up to 270Mbps under ideal circumstances) using the coaxial cabling that is already installed within the walls of most newer homes.Officially known as the MCAB1001, the box was specially designed to handle high-definition video streaming and online gaming applications.... Read more...
Easy-to-Use Adapter Kit Enables Fast Transfers of HD Video, Music, Gaming; Quick Solution for Connecting Devices in Multiple RoomsFOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., April 20, 2009 — D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumer and business, announced today that it has begun shipping the easy-to-use HD MediaBridge® Starter Kit (DXN-221) that taps into existing coaxial wiring throughout the home, delivering fast, secure and stable connections for extending a home network to devices at the entertainment system and to multiple rooms without interrupting cable service.The DXN-221 is... Read more...
Now here's a sport we can all enjoy: Speedcabling. Contestants are given a rat's nest of six tangled ethernet cables and are timed as they try to unravel them. The very first speedcabling  event was held in an art gallery in Los Angeles. Matthew Howell is my new hero. Very Zen in his technique. "The finals were brutal - 12 ethernet cords, some as long as 25 feet, all knotted into a nasty bundle," said eventual winner [Matthew] Howell.Explaining his detangling technique, he said: "Each cable is its own rabbit hole. So before going down one of those cable paths, up and around, weaving in and... Read more...
When it comes to solid, reliable networking connections, nothing beats copper at the moment.  It's not the most convenient, as most people (particularly wives and girlfriends) don't want cables running across the floor, or even jacks in walls throughout the house.  That leaves wireless, and although most people have wireless-G at this time, 54 Mbps (when you consider actual throughput) pales in comparison to standard 100 Mbps wired Ethernet.  Even when you consider wireless-N, which still hasn't even been fully ratified, and its up to 300 Mbps speed, throughput isn't that fast by... Read more...
You've all felt the pain a WiFi network can bring, with fading signal strength through walls or over even moderately long distances inside your home or office.  The only other option, short of snaking CAT5 cables inside walls and around your home or office is Powerline Networking. Initially, Powerline Networking technology was spotty at best in terms of its performance and reliability.  Though it's not new, only recently have products entered the market which have the potential to meet or even exceed 100 Mbps wired Ethernet.  One such product is the... Read more...
802.11n has taken forever to come to market - and it's still in Draft status, not even fully ratified.  Interoperability between chipsets is still a problem, as is the "bad neighbor" effect.  Yet the Burton Group today issued a report saying that businesses should plan on moving from gigabit LAN to wi-fi. In a report comparing gigabit Ethernet with the latest version of Wi-Fi, 802.11n, Burton Group suggests that companies should begin making plans for switching their local-area networks (LANs) from wired to wireless.The new 802.11n standard "will put pervasive mobility on the fast track,"... Read more...
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