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Circle with Disney, an app-managed smart home device that lets parents manage their family’s connected devices, just announced new integrations with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT.
Circle provides parental controls that help manage content filtering, bedtime hours, and internet access for devices including phones, tablets, computers, and gaming consoles. Using profiles, parents can customize access and limits for each individual child based on parental preferences and age.
Using “Connections”, Circle with Disney now works with Amazon Alexa’s voice command capabilities, answering questions about a child’s screen time, monitored online activities and bed time.
Connections for IFTTT lets parents take an automated route in managing their kids’ activities. By collaborating with other smart home devices and apps, Circle with Disney can pause an internet connection based on weather data showing suitable conditions outside, or change smart...
The 4-bay QNAP TS-453BT3 is a Thunderbolt NAS designed for performance minded creatives on a budget, and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Celeron Apollo Lake processor and 8 GB of DDR3L RAM.
The NAS provides access to its storage via its two Thunderbolt 3 ports, or over the network via its single 10 GbE connection – two additional GbE ports are also built into the chassis.
For storage media, TS-453BT3 supports 3.5” or 2.5” HDDs or SSDs, and has dual M.2 2280 SSD slots for caching. Expanding the Thunderbolt NAS is also possible using QNAP expansion enclosures. Other interfaces include five USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI 1.4b outputs, and audio connections for line-out, microphones, and speakers (note: speakers and line-out don’t work simultaneously).
The TS-453BT3 uses QNAP's QTS 4.3 NAS operating system, which includes the QNAP App Center, allowing customers to extend the NAS’ functionality with downloaded apps. Additional controls for the TS-453BT3...
ZyXEL's Multy X is a two-node "tri-band" (three radio) AC3000 wireless mesh network kit. The company claims up to 5,000 square feet of coverage thanks to its distributed design.
Multy X uses a design very similar to NETGEAR's original Orbi. The client-facing 2x2 radio supports maximum link rates of 866 Mbps on 5 GHz low band (Channels 36-48) and 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHz.
The dedicated 4x4 backhaul radio uses the 5 GHz high band (Channels 148-161) at a maximum 1733 Mbps link rate. Wired interfaces on each node includes four GbE (three LAN and one WAN) ports and one USB 2.0 port.
Other features include MU-MIMO, Amazon Alexa and seamless roaming support, guest SSID and automatic updates. Management is via iOS or Android app. The company did not say whether the system can be expanded by adding additional nodes.
Zyxel’s Multy X system is available...
NETGEAR has EOL'd all of their remaining VPN routers (SRX5308, FVS318G, FVS318N and FVS336G), with the final software update from April being the last one coming out. They discontinued on September 1st and didn't bother to announce until about a week later, but it's right there on the product page.
NETGEAR's R8000P Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band WiFi Router is a redesign of NETGEAR's tri-radio router, adding MU-MIMO and improved storage performance.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
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KRACK, a flaw in Wi-Fi security protocol WPA2, leaves traffic open to eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and malicious injection; US CERT advisory issued.
Report by Ars' Dan Goodin.
Official Website: https://www.krackattacks.com/
Attack is a nonce reuse attack on 4-way handshake
Attack does NOT allow the attacker to recover the Wi-Fi password
Attack DOES allow the attacker to intercept/decrypt/inject packets (i.e. perform a full MITM attack on a connected client)
Attack primarily leverages client-side vulnerabilities so patching the access point won't magically fix this (client side patches are...
NETGEAR’s EX7500 Nighthawk X4S Tri-Band WiFi Range Extender is a tri-band Wi-Fi extender in wall-plugged format.
The new extender is essentially a less expensive version of the EX8000 introduced at the end of August. The EX7500 uses a two stream 5 GHz backhaul radio vs. the EX8000's four stream. Both extenders have dual-band two stream radios for client device connection.
Both products have 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz low band (Channels 36-48) and 5 GHz high band (Channels 149-161) radios and use the 5 GHz high band radio for dedicated backhaul connection to the router being extended.
The EX7500 supports maximum link rates of 400 Mbps @ 2.4 GHz and 866 Mbps in each of its 5 GHz radios to get its "AC2200" speed classification. The EX8000's 4x4 design supports the same maximum link rates in its 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz low-band radios, but 1733 Mbps in its 5 GHz...
NETGEAR’s update to its Arlo Pro security camera gets a few new features added, as well several standard capabilities found in other cameras. New stuff first…
First, Arlo Pro 2 is a 1080p high-definition camera, touted to produce clearer pictures with its 130-degree field of view, providing even more detail when zoomed in from the Arlo app in day, or thanks to night vision, in the dark.
Next, with a separately available Arlo Solar Panel, the Arlo Pro 2 uses rechargeable batteries to power itself with energy provided by the sun. Given that the Arlo Pro 2 is weather-resistant, having the capability to sit outside and get power from the sun adds a degree of hands-off maintenance and interesting options for where the Arlo Pro 2 can go.
Lastly, the Arlo Pro 2 gets support for Amazon Alexa, providing a video feed for the Echo Show and FireTV connected televisions via Arlo Skill for Amazon Alexa...
D-Link's DIR-882 AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router is a surprisingly good router for the money.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
Optimized for desktop computing (Barracuda) and NAS (IronWolf and IronWolf Pro), these new 12 TB drives are now shipping. All three models are 3.5”-sized SATA drives with 7200 RPM spindle speeds and 256 MB cache.
Barracuda Pro drives are designed for desktop users, creatives and DAS devices and have a maximum sustained transfer rate of 250 MB/s.
Designed for storage devices like NAS and RAID arrays (up to 8 bays for IronWolf and 16 bays for IronWolf Pro), and services ranging from backup to virtualization, IronWolf and IronWolf Pro 12 TB drives come optimized for storage with Seagate’s AgileArray subsystem. AgileArray provides balancing services and power management needed for drives to flourish in multi-bay systems that stay on all the time. Also, both IronWolf drives use RV (rotational vibration) sensors that detect and help compensate for vibrations created by the drives within their enclosures.
In Q42017, IronWolf Health...
Targeting small and medium businesses, Qnap introduced two new tower-based NAS product lines, all powered by quad-core AnnapurnaLabs Alpine AL-314 1.7 GHz processors. Both series support snapshots for data recovery (thanks to QTS 4.3.4) and get the option to boost performance with SSD caching.
TS-x31P2 series is available in 2-bay and 4-bay models with 1 GB and 4 GB RAM configurations (max 8 GB), support hot-swappable 2.5”/3.5” SSDs or HDDs, and include two GbE interfaces and two USB 3.0 ports.
Available models include:
- TS-231P2-1G: 2-bay, 1GB DDR3 RAM
- TS-231P2-4G: 2-bay, 4GB DDR3 RAM
- TS-431P2-1G: 4-bay, 1GB DDR3 RAM
- TS-431P2-4G: 4-bay, 4GB DDR3 RAM
Starting with the Roku Express and Roku Express+, these second generation players get added horsepower that Roku touts is five times more powerful than previous models. Both entry level items run up to Wireless N speeds and are powered by a quad core processor. The Express model is built to connect via HDMI, while the Express+ targets older televisions with its HDMI and composite connections.
The updated Roku Streaming Stick and Streaming Stick+ include a voice remote that can power on compatible televisions and control their volume level. The sticks also have Wireless AC, with the Streaming Stick+ model getting a newer wireless receiver that, per Roku, gets four times the range than the previous Streaming Stick. Both Sticks are also powered by quad core processors, and connect via HDMI - with the Streaming Stick+ getting geared up to handle 4K video via HDCP 2.2 HDMI.
Lastly, the new Roku Ultra also streams HD and 4K, as well as 4K...
Touted to cover up to 5,000 to 6,000 square feet, Tenda’s new Nova Mesh Wi-Fi System is the latest of several wireless home networking products that incorporate MU-MIMO, beamforming, Wi-Fi roaming, and mesh networking, all in a single package.
Composed of three wireless units, Nova comes pre-paired for easier installation and quick deployments. Tenda says the product supports 802.11r and 802.11v for fast roaming and is based on the 802.11s mesh standard. Tenda's announcement doesn't state a Wi-Fi class, most likely AC1200 or AC1300, nor does it say whether each node has two or three Wi-Fi radios.
Tenda's Nova will start shipping Oct 30 with a list price of $229.99 through partnerships with brick and mortar retailers like Best Buy and Walmart, as well as the usual online stores.
Check tenda.com’s home networking section for the latest updates.
The DS418play is a new addition to Synology's "Value" series positioned as a home multimedia center.
It runs Synology’s DiskStation Manager OS 6.1 and is powered by Intel’s Celeron J3355 2 GHz dual core processor (with burst up to 2.5 GHz), 2 GB DDR3L RAM (expandable to 6 GB), and supports two channels of H.265/H.264 4K transcoding. The 4-bay NAS supports 3.5” and 2.5” SATA HDDs, 2.5” SATA SSDs, and employs AES-256 encryption to protect data. Supported redundant disk types include RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 6, and RAID 10, as well as Synology’s Hybrid RAID, basic and JBOD drive configurations.
Interfaces on DS418play include two GbE ports that are link aggregable and two USB 3.0 ports.
The DS418play's MSRP is $429.99 and it will be in stores shortly.
Amazon today significantly expanded its options for getting its Alexa AI terminals into every room of your home. Aside from adding several new Alexa features, Amazon is also introducing a whole set of Echo-related smart home products, including the Echo Spot, Echo Plus, all-new Echo, Echo Connect, and Echo Button.
Already at over 25,000 skills, Alexa is getting updated with several new features to help smoothen out its operations and interoperability with other smart home products.
- New Alexa Routines lets owners create an automated series of actions issued from a single voice command. For example, “Alexa, good night” can initiate several devices to respond in an orchestrated fashion, turning off lights, setting alarms, and locking doors.
- The Smart Groups feature logically combines devices so they all work under a single command, as opposed to having them triggered separately, one at a time.
- The recently introduced Alexa...
Arris' new SURFboard SBG6950-AC2 and SBG7400-AC2 gateways combine modem, wireless router and switch technologies into a single package, while adding Arris' McAfee-based Secure Home Internet feature to secure home networks.
The Arris Secure Home Internet is app-based, and enables customers to disconnect select devices at a specific time or at a touch of a button, receive notifications of intruding devices, and set up user profiles for controlling access to the Internet, particularly for children.
Other feature include 16x4 DOCSIS channel bonding, download rates up to 686 Mbps, and maximum wireless link rates up to 1900 Mbps for the SURFboard SBG6950-AC2 and 24x8 DOCSIS channel bonding, download rates up to 1 Gbps, and maximum link rates up to 2350 Mbps for the SURFboard SBG7400-AC2. Each gateway model are MU-MIMO devices, have bandsteering, come with four GbE ports, and have one USB 2.0 port.
Both new Arris gateways are available now,...