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Previously in beta, Asustor’s ADM 3.0 is now available to customers via online firmware update.
From the company’s official announcement, the user interface seems to be getting the biggest changes, including several new features to the UI’s looks and functionality. This includes a customizable desktop environment with better icon layout configurations, background themes, app icon grouping, and restorable desktop snapshots.
Additional desktop changes include updated widgets for Storage Manager and Activity Monitor intended to improve system status visibility in real-time. Additionally, the login screen can now display system messages, online help and app shortcuts.
For entertainment and digital lifestyles, Asustor ADM 3.0 also enhances its photo browsing and music playing using the ADM’s File Explorer applet.
Asustor EasyConnect, a new feature in ADM, is a passthrough function that lets clients connect to ADM 3.0 powered NAS devices...
Due to an increase in demand in CrashPlan’s enterprise and small business offerings (partly thanks to attacks like WannaCry and GoldenEye), Code42 is transitioning away from the consumer backup space.
From Code42’s announcement, it also sounds like the company wants to focus on business computing because home computing customers’ needs prove to be very different from what SMB and enterprise IT users experience. By dropping its home product, Code42 can now focus on the non-consumer market.
With a target date of October 22, 2018 for winding down its support, Code42 is offering its home backup customers several options to help the transition away from CrashPlan for Home. First, existing CrashPlan for Home subscribers will get 60-day extensions added on to their ending subscriptions. Second, through a partnership with Carbonite, customers get exclusive offers and help to move their backups over to the partner’s data protection services....
Thecus’ 4-bay N4350 NAS is the company’s updated version of its previous N4310 model. Upgraded to a dual-core Marvell Armada 388 SoC (up to 1.8 GHz) and 1 GB of DDR4 memory, the new NAS was designed to be a low-power consuming, affordable storage solution for home, small-, and medium-sized businesses.
Physical interfaces for the N4350 include one gigabit Ethernet LAN port and two USB 3.0 ports for external storage support.
Powered by Thecus OS7, N4350 includes several options for data protection and storage management, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 and JBOD support, remote backup, replication, hooks to Amazon S3, and thin provisioning. Thecus OS7’s App Center also adds a collection of apps for today’s digital lifestyle, as well as OS features like Photo Center, File Center and Plex media server support.
Mobile and remote users can also manage the N4350 via apps: Thecus Connect for live access to the unit, Thecus Wizard for...
Linksys today opened up pre-ordering for the WRT32X Gaming Router announced at January's CES2017.
As noted at the time of announcement, the Marvell-based router is basically a WRT3200ACM with Rivet Networks' Killer networking technology built in, black "stealth" styling and a restyled GUI, all calculated to attract gamers like flies to honey.
Linksys claims the built-in Killer Prioritization Engine reduces "peak" ping times up to 77%, but only for PCs equipped with Killer network hardware. Killer-equipped PCs and mobos are available from Dell, Gigabyte, MSI, Razer and others.
Key hardware specs include 1.8 GHz Dual-Core ARM CPU, 802.11ac Wave 2 Dual-band 3x3 wireless radio, 256 MB flash, 512MB of DDR3 RAM and gigabit WAN (1) and...
EnGenius’ EAP2200 is a indoor 802.11ac access point marketed to small and medium-sized businesses and residences, and is manageable individually or by using Engenius’ ezMaster software for larger installations.
Part of the EnGenius EnTurbo line of networking products, the tri-band EAP2200 is powered by a Qualcomm 717 MHz quad-core processor, is PoE compatible, and uses an integrated omni-directional antenna.
EAP2200 uses three bands with the following maximum link rates – one 2.4 GHz band at 400 Mbps, and two 5 GHz bands at 867 Mbps each. Other wireless features include MU-MIMO, auto-band steering, and beamforming. Operation modes for the EAP2200 include access point mode, WDS: WDS AP, WDS bridge, and repeater.
Also included on the EAP2200 are two GbE ports that, when link aggregation is enabled, can reach up to 2 Gbps in throughput.
Available now through EnGenius resellers and distributors,...
Broadcom is taking what it thinks is a more pragmatic approach to getting a slice of the 802.11ax pie.
The company's Tuesday announcement of its Max WiFi 802.11ax device family unveiled three devices, two built with four stream architectures and one with two streams, instead of the eight stream maximum supported by the upcoming 802.11ax "high efficiency" standard.
Both Quantenna and Qualcomm have previously announced 802.11ax devices supporting 8 streams in 5 GHz and four in 2.4 GHz.
The BCM43684 and BCM43694 support four streams of 802.11ax, for use in residential access points and wireless routers and enterprise access points, respectively. Broadcom claims the devices are fully...
The ASRock X10 is an AC1300 wireless router with an integrated Zigbee controller. Designed for smart home environments, customers can use the X10 to control lights, utilities and security products, and all else that would fall under the “smart” device type, as well as set up related functions like geofencing and scenes.
Aside from its smart home capabilities, the X10 wireless router capabilities include maximum link rates of 400 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps at 5 GHz, MU-MIMO, beamforming, parental controls, VPN service, and remote access to USB attached storage.
Physical interfaces for the X10 include five Ethernet ports (1xWAN and 4 LAN) and two USB ports (1xUSB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0.
The X10 can be managed onsite and remotely using ASRock’s Router app, giving access to files on an attached USB drive, controlling devices while away from home, or manage other X10 and G10 routers. The app can convert a mobile device to work like an IR...
Synology’s DS418j NAS was designed for the home computing market. This 4-bay desktop NAS server is powered by a Realtek RTD1293 dual core 1.4 GHz processor, comes with 1 GB DDR RAM and over 40 TB single volume raw capacity support.
Touting 112 MB/s read and 87 MB/s write numbers, the SATA-based DS418j uses 3.5” HDD, 2.5” HDD, and 2.5” SSD compatible drives and supports RAID 0/1/5/6/10, JBOD, basic and Synology’s Hybrid RAID system.
The new NAS also uses Synology’s DiskStation Manager (DSM) OS, which in itself offers a range of services including backup and multimedia applications. Other notable features mentioned include 8.97 watts consumed during HDD hibernation (versus 21.22 watts in full operation), one GbE LAN port, and two USB 3.0 ports.
Available now, Synology’s DiskStation DS418j has an MSRP of $299.99
D-Link has expanded its lifetime warranty program to include the company’s lines of smart managed switches, and unified wireless controllers and controllers.
The program previously covered only its enterprise managed Ethernet products. All products in the program are now protected by the expanded warranty service, which also includes networking hardware components like power supplies and fans.
As long as the D-link product was purchased from an authorized D-Link reseller (proof of purchase may be required) in the U.S., customers can benefit from the warranty’s services, including a 24 hour/next business day replacement service and 24/7 customer support.
For more on the upgraded coverage or contact information, you can go to D-Link’s lifetime warranty program page.
Powered by a dual-core processor, the new AC2600 EXO series router (aka DIR-882) has a maximum link rate of 800 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1733 Mbps at 5 GHz, and 4x4 data streams. The DIR-882 is a MU-MIMO device that also features SmartBeam functionality, QoS, DLNA compatibility, and 80/160 MHz support.
Aside from its four wireless antennas, physical interfaces on the DIR-882 include four GbE LAN ports, one GbE LAN ports, and USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports for adding network accessible storage or printing.
D-Link’s AC2600 EXO MU-MIMO Wi-Fi router is available in stores and online now with a price of $149.99.
D-Link announced it is shipping one of the Wi-Fi systems it announced at CES 2017.
The Covr AC3900 Whole Home Wi-Fi System (Covr-3902) has been renumbered and renamed to include an artificially inflated "class" rating of AC3900. This is achieved by adding the AC2600 class rating of the 4x4 AC router and 2x2 AC1300 extender.
Covr is a router / extender system, more like NETGEAR's Orbi than Google's Wi-Fi. But unlike Orbi, Covr does not use a dedicated wireless backhaul radio to connect the router and extender. The extender's simultaneous dual-band radio does double duty for both backhaul and client connection.
The router supports MU-MIMO, has Gigabit WAN and four switched LAN ports, one USB 3.0 port and has parental control and automatic priority-based QoS. The system is said to support band-steering and "smart roaming" to...
Wi-Fi System maker Luma has announced a subscription security service.
Luma Guardian provides customers with basic network support centered around security, privacy and performance, including VPN, antivirus, ISP performance monitoring and US-based technical assistance.
Designed through a partnership with endpoint security company, Webroot, the app-based Guardian is designed for home networks, a target market where the number of connected devices keeps growing, technical skills vary greatly, and the need to secure inbound and outbound traffic becomes more important.
Luma was the first Wi-Fi system maker to include security services at no charge as part of its mesh Wi-Fi product. But the company perhaps saw an opportunity for also grabbing recurring revenue, given eero's announcement of its eero Plus service along with its second generation hardware....
The Bluetooth SIG announced that the consortium’s next generation of wireless connectivity will be mesh-enabled. Bluetooth Mesh, as others are calling it, will let Bluetooth LE devices create a mesh network with other Bluetooth (spec level v.4 and above) devices, treating them like nodes on a network. Using an m:m (many to many) approach, the new meshed version will benefit wireless/IoT connections by providing self-healing Bluetooth networks that can potentially support up to thousands of devices and eliminating single points of failure.
One example would be using smart bulbs to relay commands from one Bluetooth Mesh device to another Bluetooth Mesh device in another room sitting outside of typical Bluetooth range.
Wide adoption may take a while, but Bluetooth Mesh specifications and tools are available now on the Bluetooth website.
Ubiquiti's Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch 8 150W is a powerful managed switch that can be challenging to configure
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