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Based on FreeBSD 11 Stable, FreeNAS 11, the updated open source storage operating system includes the latest and greatest drivers and libraries available and adds four new notable features:
- Virtualization is provided by bhyve, an open source hypervisor that supports web-scale virtual machines running Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Linux distros.
- FreeNAS 11 supports S3 compatible objects, allowing the development and deployment of Amazon storage services from within the storage OS environment.
- The new Alert Service page can be configured to send critical messages from FreeNAS to services like Slack, PagerDuty, AWS, Hipchat, InfluxD, and others.
- Lastly, in order to get community feedback, FreeNAS 11 includes a beta version of its Google Angular-based admin GUI, which should be finalized by version 11.1.
Arris’ new hardware, software, and service platform is designed for service providers struggling to support customers experiencing Wi-Fi related challenges and problems. Home Assure combines systems, self-help portals and people power to help tackle issues ranging from performance to Wi-Fi passwords.
HomeAssure features include:
- Maximizing wireless coverage using HomeAssure-enabled range extenders that facilitate SSID and password management
- Automated access point hand-offs that immediately move connected devices from one AP to other APs that have better signal – a must for voice/video calling over Wi-Fi.
- Self-service consumer control that facilitates SSID/password management, installation, guest access and parental control via app, web and voice.
- ECO Cloud for service providers provides remote monitoring and configuration, consumer analytics, and tools to aid help desk reps and on-site technicians during customer...
Netgear has released the 1st part of a multi-part staged release of the Orbi firmware. Netgear has provided the long awaited Daisy Chain - which allows Orbi Satellites to talk to each other. This will allow Orbi to be used in large installations where the router cannot be placed in the middle of the satellite placements. This will be staged rollout over the next weeks. But for those looking to download now see the links below.
Of note the ethernet backhaul is not yet released. The Mesh Daisy Chain was the prerequisite. Ethernet backhaul will follow at a later date.
OrbiOS 2.0 availability
Announcing the availability for OrbiOS 2.0.
This release includes 2 community requested features that we're happy to deliver:
1) Daisy Chain - which allows Orbi Satellites to talk to each other. This extends the reach of the...
The 1080p TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam with Night Vision has a range of 25 feet in the dark, shoots at 30 fps, and has a wide-angle view of 130 degrees. The KC120 is controlled via TP-Link’s Kasa app, giving its owners remote viewing capabilities with the option of storing up to 1 GB of video in the cloud for free (upgrades available) or saving incoming feed to a mobile device.
The KC120 uses motion and sound detection that sends notifications to its owner’s mobile device, while activity zones can be set to prevent the camera from sending out false alarms, minimizing unnecessary interruptions. The KC120 also uses AES-120 bit encryption and will be getting extended functionality with Amazon's Echo Show in the near future.
The TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam is available now for $129.99, sold exclusively on TP-Link’s website and Amazon.
Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei just introduced the first 802.11ax enterprise grade access point.
Not many details were revealed about the AP7060DN, aside from using Qualcomm's 8x8 802.11ax chipset, supporting a maximum link rate of 4.8 Gbps in 5 GHz and having a 10 GbE port. The product roadmap below from earlier this year shows a 4x4 2.4 GHz radio.
No price or availability was part of the announcement, which came at Huawei Connect 2017 in Beijing.
Wi-Fi chipmaker Quantenna has announced reference designs for two Wi-Fi "boosters".
The design comes in single and dual-band versions. According to the announcement, the single band version is based on the company's QV840 4x4 802.11ac Wave 2 Wireless LAN Chipset Solution, while the dual-band QV860-based version adds an additional 2x2 802.11n n/g/b radio for a dual band, dual concurrent solution.
Both solutions offer a peak PHY rate of 1.7 Gbps in 5 GHz,. The dual-band version supports a peak rate of 300 Mbps in 2.4 GHz. The designs have their own processor and feature automatic channel selection and DFS, MU-MIMO and intelligent QoS support.
Quantenna is targeting service providers to improve coverage and speed of existing "legacy" home gateways without the need to swap out the gateway itself.
The company said "multiple OEM and ODM partners currently have Quantenna based Spartan AP Booster solutions in mass production today".
Logitech updated its Circle 2 camera to work with Apple’s HomeKit smart home automation tech. Whether using a “Hey Siri” voice command or motion detected alerts, customers can now use the Home app and Circle 2 cameras to keep a remote eye on at home through thier iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.
Existing Logitech Circle 2 Wired customers can now update their Circle 2 cameras to get the newly integrated HomeKit feature, while those looking for a Circle 2 camera can find them at retailers for $179.95. Circle 2 window and plug mounts also work with HomeKit and retail for $39.95 and $29.95, respectively.
The NETGEAR FlexPower Wire-Free IP Camera (VNC4030) is compliant with the open standards put out by the Open Network Video Interference Forum (ONVIF), making security cameras compatible with other ONVIF products such as the FlexPower Base Station (VNB4000), as well as NETGEAR 4G LTE modems and other existing products.
Encased in an IP65 weatherproof shell and powered by rechargeable battery, AC adapter or optional solar panel, FlexPower products are designed for simplified installation that doesn’t require extra wiring and constant battery charging (one battery charge can last several months).
VNC4030 provides 720p HD video and IR night vision with its 130-degree wide angle lens and RGB-R sensor and includes PIR motion detection that streams detected movement, while its PTZ lets you use the camera’s app for live streaming.
The FlexPower VNC4030 camera and...
The XS712Tv2 is the latest addition to the company’s family of smart webUI-managed switching products targeting small and medium business customers building infrastructure for voice, video and data within their converged environments.
Designated as a cost effective 10 GbE solution, XS712Tv2 provides a 240 Gbps non-blocking fabric that lessens congestion across its twelve ports, L3 static routing for interVLAN local routing, L2 VLANs/rapid spanning tree/IGMP/snooping and querier/IGMP fast leave functions, smart switching static routing/DiffServ QoS policies/LACP link aggregation/broadcast control/DoS protection features, and green ethernet power savings.
In addition to its twelve 10 GbE ports, the XS712Tv2 has two shared (combo) 10GBASE-T copper/10GBASE-XSFP+ ports supporting 10G/1G speeds.
Available now, NETGEAR’s twelve port 10 GbE...
D-Link's Covr is an extender type Wi-Fi System like NETGEAR's Orbi, but takes a different approach.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
[Image removed; triggers Google's SafeSite. -RM]ASUS announced the first router based on the draft 802.11ax standard at IFA in Berlin. The RT-AX88U is a 4x4 design using Broadcom's 11ax platform, according to WikiDevi.
Neither price or availability was announced.
More information is in the press release below.
ASUS Presents The Edge of Beyond at IFA 2017
NETGEAR introduced its Orbi Pro AC3000 Tri-band Wi-Fi System for Businesses(SRK60). Composed of an AC3000 router and satellite, SRK60’s main differences vis-a-vis consumer Orbi are:
- Ease of installation with a minimal number of wires needed to set up the system and secure mounting base.
- Three separate pre-defined wireless networks with SSIDs for each for admin/infrastructure – servers, switches, POS, etc., employees/endpoints – gives workstations, mobile devices Internet access, and guests – isolating visitors away from company traffic.
The system is managed using Orbi’s app or web client. For physical connections, Orbi Pro comes with three gigabit...
Western Digital had a busy week. Aside from acquiring enterprise storage vendor Tegile, WD is also bolstering its consumer branch with the purchase of Upthere, for an undisclosed amount.
The company is a six-year old cloud storage company and enhances Western Digital’s presence in the competitive online storage market.
Upthere adds a one-stop shop for those looking for personal cloud storage solutions spanning across iOS, MacOS, Android and Windows platforms.
Upthere’s CEO, Chris Bourdon, will be joining WD’s leadership team. Barbara Nelson, formerly of IronKey, will be overseeing Western Digital’s Cloud Services division.
WatchGuard Technologies has announced the WatchGuard AP420 802.11ac Wave 2 access point.
The AP has a dual-band 4x4 radio with MU-MIMO, supporting maximum link rates of 800 Mbps in 2.4 GHz and 1733 Mbps in 5 GHz. A third radio supports dedicated Wireless Intrusion Prevention System (WIPS) and RF optimization scanning.
Features include dual gigabit Ethernet ports, power via 802.3at PoE+, 8 SSIDs per radio, VLAN tagging, captive portal and MAC whitelist/blacklist access control.
Management is via WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud that supports firewall policy control, pre-defined user role policy, plus integration with Google for Education.
The AP420 is available now at U.S. MSRP of $1,035, which includes a one-year subscription to Wi-Fi Cloud with all services.
The new My Cloud Home comes in single and dual-drive versions and is targeted at those who want to bring their "scattered digital content" back home from the cloud.
The Homes support new features not available on the mass-market My Clouds including individual user accounts, built-in search, quick media import via USB, auto media backup from Android and iOS devices and support for file import from Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Facebook and other cloud services.
The new My Clouds also maintain their predecessor's strengths in easy remote access for files and media playback.
Both models have single gigabit Ethernet ports and USB 3.0 ports, one for the single bay and two for the dual.
The My Cloud Homes are initially available only at Best Buy in the U.S. and at "select retailers and distributors around the world". U.S. MSRPs are $159.99 2TB, $179.99 3TB, $199.99 4TB, $259.99 6TB and $319.99 8TB for the single bay model and...
We retested NETGEAR's Orbi and Linksys' Velop and were pleasantly surprised by one of them.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
NETGEAR's new EX8000 Nighthawk X6S AC3000 Tri-band Wi-Fi Range Extender makes the technology used in the company's best-selling Orbi family of Wi-Fi Sytstems available to those of us who can't or don't want to swap out our current routers.
The EX8000 creates a single SSID extended network complete with bi-directional band steering and 802.11k fast roaming support.
The "tri-band" part of the EX8000 consists of a dual-band two-stream AC1300 radio and additional four-stream 5 GHz high-band AC1700 radio. In Orbi, the 5 GHz high-band radio is dedicated to backhaul connection between router and satellite.
But while the EX8000 will prefer to use its 4x4 radio to connect back to the router being extended, it can use either of the other 2x2 radios to make the connection. And, also unlike Orbi, if the 2x2 5 GHz radio is busy with backhaul duties, the 4x4 high-band radio is available for client connection.
The EX8000 will attain...