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Say what you will about the inefficiencies of government, but FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has evidently been busy of late. While things like "Internet expansion" generally get shoved aside in place of things like "debt ceilings," Genachowski has been doing a fine job of keeping some of our interests in the limelight. We're obviously in favor of spreading as much broadband love as possible across every area of the globe, and it seems that the FCC's head man is as well. This week, he announced new actions as part of the Broadband Acceleration Initiative, which is described as "a comprehensive... Read more...
In the world of Internet use, we can't really ever get enough speed. Thus, we're thrilled to see two leading networking companies sharing resources in order to produce yet another "world's first" in the art of transmission. Huawei and Vodafone this week announced the successful trial of 2 Tbit/s optical fiber transmission technologies on Vodafone's live network. The field trial achieved 2 Tbit/s transmission capabilities of over 3,325km. This provides a data highway capacity 20-times higher than current commercially deployed 100Gbit/s systems and has a speed equivalent to downloading 40 HD videos... Read more...
The list of nations living in a mostly disconnected state continues to shrink, and that's a good thing. Cuba most certainly has access to the Internet, but it definitely isn't topping the list of countries that offer the highest speeds at the lowest prices. But now, an undersea cable of the fiber optic variety has been laid and connected -- Cuba is now linked to Venezuela in terms of ones and zeros that pass along intel through the world wide web. The line was just switched on this week, marking a huge milestone. Previously, Cuba was unable to join other undersea fiber optic networks because of... Read more...
It's strange how things kind of come full circle in the technology realm, even amongst rivals. Though one could argue that Linksys, which was purchased by Cisco, has a pretty good tussle going with Belkin, it's Belkin who is handing over cash to Cisco in order to get something it's been longing for. Belkin this week announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Cisco's Home Networking Business Unit, and yes, that includes Linksys. Another year, another changing of hands of one of the world's most noted networking and accessory brands. Belkin intends to maintain the Linksys brand and... Read more...
Kanex's mySpot sure looks a lot like Asus' newest product -- or, should say that the other way around? Whatever the case, it appears that the travel-friendly router is sure getting smaller, with Asus' new WL-330NUL USB pocket router being the latest on the block. It's a tiny, tiny device, with an Ethernet jack on one end and a flip-out USB connector on the other. Essentially, you simply plug a live Ethernet cable in, connect the USB end to either your laptop or a power port, and watch as a Wi-Fi network is created. The dongle supports 802.11b/g/n, and it should ship around a month from now. Unfortunately,... Read more...
There's just no escaping the cloud. Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Google, and a host of other major players in the enterprise and CE spaces have already dived headfirst into cloud hosting, and it looks as if HP isn't going to simply rely on third-party companies for its own. The company has just created a new business unit, called Converged Cloud, which will be responsible for managing its "cloud computing offerings." Reportedly, the division will be creating and defining HP's cloud-related hardware, software, and services. It'll also oversee "market efforts and coordinating a network of partners." Saar... Read more...
In addition to the major system and graphics card announcements ASUS made at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the company was showing off a number of other interesting products as well. We just spent some time with representatives from ASUS at a suite in the Trump Hotel and got to check out some new monitors, motherboards, notebooks, mobile devices, and networking products first hand. One of the most interesting products on display was a new wide-screen monitor dubbed the MX299Q. This 29” display sports a 21:9 ultra-wide aspect ratio and a high-quality IPS panel with... Read more...
Nokia Siemens Networks isn't a name you hear very often in the consumer space, but it's behind quite a few connections made around the world. The networking company has just announced an agreement with Marlin Equity Partners to sell its Optical Networks business unit. The deal would result in the unit being established as an independent company, and the move is allowing NSN to shed pieces of its past and move one step closer to being a "mobile broadband specialist." It's clear that wireline as a whole is going to play second fiddle to wireless going forward, but what remains to be seen is how NSN... Read more...
After all of these years, there's still a time and a place for PowerLine networking. When routers just won't reach, and you really don't feel like running 100 feet of CAT5 cabling through your living room, D-Link's new PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapter kit is en route to the rescue. The company claims that the kit, which acts to extend your Internet's reach by using the power cabling within the walls of your home, is some 35% faster than conventional PowerLine products. The bundle ships with two adapters, two Ethernet cables, and a push encryption button. The PowerLine AV+ Mini Adapter Starter Kit (DHP-309AV)... Read more...
These days, a disappointing router can ruin just about all of the fun within your home. Slow transfers, wonky connections; we've all been there. Amped Wireless is producing a new piece of gear that aims to make those woes a thing of the past. The AP20000G dual-band Wi-Fi access point delivers up to 7,500 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage, which ought to cover even that wild mansion you've been eying down the street. The unit has a 620MHz processor, 600mW 2.4GHz amplifiers, high power 5.0GHz Wi-Fi amplifiers and two dual band high gain antennas. There's a USB port here as well for sharing files on a... 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...
A couple of weeks ago, Cisco launched Cisco Connect Cloud, a cloud platform for Linksys Smart WiFi routers that was designed to make setting up and using the router much simpler and more user-friendly and included a convenient mobile app and third-party apps that offered enhanced functionality such as easy streaming to smart TVs. Suffice it to say that however Cisco expected the early returns on the platform to go, it was not expecting the amount of blowback it received; apparently, not everyone wants to be forced into opting in to a cloud service, especially one that contained the following in... Read more...
Need a cloud? Then you need a router. But, do you need a cloud router? D-Link thinks you do. The networking giant has just introduced two new routers -- Cloud Routers -- the Cloud Router 1200 (DIR-636L) and Cloud Router 2000 (DIR-826L), supporting speeds of up to 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps, respectively. Both routers include mydlink Cloud Services for easy management and configuration from anywhere via free smart phone apps. Additionally, these routers include a USB port that works with the free SharePort mobile app to enable users to share and enjoy photos, music, and movie files from a range of connected... Read more...
If you like gadgets and you travel a lot, D-Link has a shiny new toy for you. The D-Link DIR-505 is a “mobile companion” that functions as a router/access point, signal repeater, and WiFi hotspot triple threat, and it’s not even three inches square. The little bugger plugs into a wall outlet and features one-touch setup and configuration with WPS. Once it’s up and running, you can share media and files between a USB storage device and iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Additionally--why not--it also serves as a travel charger for iPhones or Android phones. The DIR-505 support... Read more...
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