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D-Link’s COVR-C1203 is a three-piece AC1200 dual-band Wi-Fi system just added to the company’s COVR line-up of products. The MU-MIMO Wi-Fi system uses 2x3 antennas that gives up to 5000 sq. ft of coverage, per D-Link, while providing multi-user support needed to handle multiple concurrent connections.
Like its tri-band and powerline siblings, the COVR-C1203 provides mesh networking services including seamless roaming and smart steering, as well parental controls, app-based installation and management, and compatibility with other routers and gateways. Also, unlike its siblings, COVR-C1203 uses a lower profile design, an aesthetically pleasing build that also includes swappable color plates used to customize each unit to one’s personal taste.
D-Link’s 3-pack COVR-C1203 Wi-Fi system is available now and costs $249.
While people are glossing over 802.11ax routers, this is something that particularly caught my attention yesterday:
A USB 2.5/5 GBps Ethernet adapter. Pricing will be the important thing here, but if I remember correctly, that manufacturer was the one who opened the door to inexpensive PCI-Express 5 Gbps adapters a year or two ago.
ASUS announced two new 802.11ax routers at Computex 2018 today and said shipments will begin in Q3 this year.
At the top end is the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, the "world's first" tri-band 802.11ax router. The 11,000 comes from--you guessed it--the sum of top link rates of 1148 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 4804 Mbps on the separate 5 GHz low and high band radios.
Continuing the fine Wi-Fi marketing tradition of link-rate inflation, the 4804 Mbps link rate specified for the 5 GHz radios comes not from 8 streams, but from using 160 MHz bandwidth with four streams. The 2.4 GHz radio also supports four streams, with its link rate is specified using 40 MHz bandwidth.
This new addition to ASUS' line of gaming routers also sports one 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port that can be used for WAN or LAN duties. Its hardware platform also includes a quad-core CPU (Broadcom BCM4906, according to...
TP-Link just announced its Archer A7 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router.
The main thrust of the router is lower cost, given its $80 price tag. Otherwise, it's a pretty standard Qualcomm-based 3x3 AC1750 class router with a USB 2.0 port supporting storage sharing.
It's up for order now on Amazon.
Linksys' takes a run at cheaper version of its Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System and comes up too short.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
Utilizing two Qualcomm QCA9984 NICs, QNAP’s new QWA-AC2600 dual-band dual-concurrent PCIe 2.0 x1 wireless adapter can be used in Linux PCs and QNAP NAS products to give workgroups a wireless bay station with direct access to NAS resources, or as a wireless access point. As a 4x4 MU-MIMO device, the QWA-AC2600 also supports simultaneous connections with maximum link rates of 2533 Mbps.
According to QNAP, in order to use the extended capabilities brought out by the NAS + QWA-AC2600 combination, customers need the QNAP provided WirelessAP Station app, while extended features like DHCP and NAT are enabled with the Network and Virtual Switch app.
Available now, a quick Google search shows the QNAP QWA-AC2600 Wireless Adapter costing between $159 to $168. We’ll update this post with official pricing once we hear back from QNAP.
QNAP’s latest set of QM2 PCIe expansion cards include models that support up to four M.2 SSDs, providing different to ways to use additional flash memory, including SSD caching, data tiering, or just adding more capacity.
Designed for use with QNAP’s own PCIe slot equipped NAS products, the two SSD and four SSD supporting QM2 cards support RAID 5/6/10, include thermal sensors that monitor real-time temperature, and have built-in heatsinks and smart fans to further protect the cards from overheating.
Still available, other QM2 Cards in the series include integrated 10 GbE adapters, supporting 10 GbE/5 GbE/2.5 GbE/GbE/100 MbE network speeds, combining two very helpful features for those crossing over to 10 GbE and needing better storage performance.
The new four M.2 SSD supporting expansions cards include:
- QM2-4S-240: Quad M.2 2280 SATA SSD card, PCIe Gen2 x 4
- QM2-4P-284: Quad M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe SSD card,...
- QM2-4S-240: Quad M.2 2280 SATA SSD card, PCIe Gen2 x 4
Comcast today announced nationwide availability for its xFi Pod Wi-Fi extenders. The company had previously trialed the devices in limited markets late last year.
The Pods act as Wi-Fi extenders, working with select Comcast xFi gateways (Arris TG1682G, Cisco 3941T, Arris TG3482G, Technicolor CGM4140COM, according to this FAQ) to extend Wi-Fi to weak signal areas.
Comcast says the Pods work with the gateways to "continuously monitor and optimize Wi-Fi connections to each device", using a remote management platform hosted in Comcast's cloud.
The Pods are based on technology licensed from mesh Wi-Fi startup Plume. According to TechCrunch, "Comcast licensed the Plume technology, then reconfigured some aspects of it in order to integrate xFi. It also designed its...
Powered by AMD’s 8-core Ryzen architecture, the 16-bay TS-1677X Ryzen NAS is built to handle workloads found in larger businesses, such as AI and virtualization.
Available in four different models - based on processor and RAM (up to 64 GB), each TS-1677X Ryzen series NAS includes three PCIe expansion slots ((1x PCIe 3.0 x8, 1x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1x PCIe 2.0 x4) supporting graphics cards, 10/40 GbE NICs, USB 3.1 cards and QNAP’s own QM2 M.2 SSD/10 GbE products.
Running QNAP’s QTS OS, AI support comes from QNAP’s new QuAI developer package and the systems’ architecture, with performance further enhanced when used with higher-end graphics cards. Virtualization ready, TS-1677X Ryzen NAS can host virtual machine/containers running in VMware, Microsoft and Citrix environments, as well as QNAP’s own vQTS service, all accessible over iSER (iSCSI Over RDMA). Additionally, TS-1677X Ryzen NAS’ QVR Pro application has 8 free channels for video...
Designed for small and medium-sized businesses, the six-bay DS1618+ desktop NAS is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom C3538 quad core 2.1 GHz processor and 4 GB DDR4 memory (expandable to 32 GB).
Built with hot-swappable drive bays compatible with 3.5”, 2.5” HDDs and 2.5” SSDs, DS1618+ is expandable to sixteen bays when paired with Synology’s DX517 expansion units bumping storage to 192 TB maximum capacity. The DS1618+ also includes a Gen3 x8 PCIe expansion slot accommodating cards like M.2 SATA SSD cache, or 10 GbE for faster throughput.
Interfaces include four GbE network ports (Link Aggregation/Failover support), three USB 3.0 ports and two eSATA ports.
Available now, the Synology DS1618+ is priced at $799 and comes with a 3-year hardware warranty.
Qualcomm has announced that the third-generation Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA3) standard will be available on Qualcomm’s new mobile and networking infrastructure products later this year.
WPA3 is seen as the next logical step in securing wireless communication. It adds enhanced cryptography, data privacy protection in public hotspots via Opportunistic Wireless Protection, and an improved on-boarding experience for wireless products. It also eliminates the security hole exposed by the KRACK exploit that could bypass WPA2 security.
Qualcomm is targeting the WPA3 implementation into its chipsets starting in summer 2018, starting with its Snapdragon 845 platform and on then all the company’s network infrastructure products. The announcement also said Qualcomm will support WPA3 on its "802.11ax-ready" WCN3998 2x2 client device and IPQ807x AP platform.
This announcement does not mean...
The 8-bay quad-core QNAP TS-832X desktop NAS is now available and includes several interesting features built into a budget friendly package.
Via QNAP’s Qtier application, TS-832X supports auto-tiering, which takes advantage of SSD and HDD hardware, keeping frequently used “hot” data on faster storage, while keeping moderately used “cold” data on larger capacity disk drives.
Two PCIe expansion slots inside the NAS can add either M.2 caching SSDs and/or 10 GbE networking via QNAP’s QM2 expansion card products, or can be used to add USB 3.1 Gen2 and/or wireless networking cards.
QNAP TS-832X is powered by an AnnapurnaLabs Alpine AL-324 quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A57 processor and is available in 2 GB or 8 GB DDR4 models (both expandable to 16 GB).
Other TS-832X interfaces include two 10 GbE SFP+ ports, two GbE RJ45 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, and a line-out jack.
For additional storage, the TS-832X can use up to two QNAP UX-800P and...
Focused on access points, Wi-Fi Certified EasyMesh is standards-based certification established by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
In other words, customers are able to use multiple certified access points from different vendors with the assurance that optimal wireless coverage and operation is achieved.
Certified vendor’s access points provide the same benefits consumers expect from autonomously operating mesh networks, including seamless roaming and self-healing Wi-Fi. As a result of providing interoperability between different vendors’ products, the certification assures consumers that security, protocols, management, setup and scalability are all functional if and when different certified APs are used. Lastly, consumers get the freedom to pick and choose which certified products they want to use at home without having to worry about compatibility.
For more information, visit the...
Available in 4-bay, 6-bay and 8-bay models, the new SMB targeted TS-x73 desktop NAS series is powered by AMD’s RX-421ND quad-core 2.1 GHz CPU, and is available with either 4 GB or 8 GB DDR4 configurations (all models are upgradeable to 64 GB of RAM).
The QNAP TS-x73 series includes:
- TS-473-4G (four-bay, 4 GB DDR4 RAM)
- TS-473-8G (four-bay, 8 GB DDR4 RAM)
- TS-673-4G (six-bay, 4GB DDR4 RAM)
- TS-673-8G (six-bay, 8GB DDR4 RAM)
Each model has two PCIe slots that can be used to add wireless networking, 10GbE networking, graphics cards, or QNAP’s own QM2 slot-based M.2 SSD cards. The TS-x73 also includes two onboard M.2 SATA SSD slots for caching, but can also be setup to run RAID 5 when used with a storage-populated QM2 M.2...
- TS-873-4G (eight-bay, 4GB DDR4 RAM)
- TS-873-8G (eight-bay, 8GB DDR4 RAM)
Available in single, two-pack and three-pack options, the new AC1300 dual-band, two radio Velop Wi-Fi system is the smaller, more affordable sibling to Linksys’ Velop Tri-Band, three radio offering. Both products have dual-stream AC radios.
Standing two inches shorter than its predecessor, the dual-band MU-MIMO Velop includes familiar features such as Linksys’ Intelligent Mesh tech, parental controls, website blocking, Alexa compatibility, automatic updates, and management using the Linksys App (iOS or Android).
The dual-band Velop system is set up with one of the nodes designated as a parent node while all other (wired or wirelessly) connected nodes are clients. Nodes between the dual and tri-band models are also compatible to one another and can be used to extend a tri-band network at a better price.
Setting up either Velop system is done using the Linksys App, which according to Linksys simplifies the installation process....
Multiple sources report that Apple is discontinuing its AirPort family of routers.
There does not appear to be a formal announcement. But variations in this quote found in iMore's article have been cited in most articles:
The 12-port QSW-1208-8C includes four SFP+ (fiber) and eight SFP+ (fiber)/ RJ45 (copper) combo ports, while the 8-port QSW-804-4C includes four SFP+ (fiber) and four SFP+ (fiber)/ RJ45 (copper) combo ports.
Targeting small businesses wanting to transition to faster networking speeds, QNAP’s new 10GbE unmanaged switches support Energy Efficient Ethernet (802.3az), have a built-in smart fan for heat dissipation, and include a rack mount kit with each switch for those not wanting a desktop switch.
The new switches let businesses move to faster networking speeds by supporting existing networking devices running at 10GbE, 5GbE, 2.5GbE, GbE and 100Mb speeds, while also saving customers money by allowing them to use their existing Cat 5e, 6, and 6a cabling.
The QSW-1208-8C is now available in the U.S. and priced at $589, while the...