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TechCrunch reported early today that mesh Wi-Fi company eero has laid off 30 employees.
TC described the layoff as "20 percent of [eero's] workforce". eero confirmed the number of laid-off employees, but did not comment on its total workforce size.
This is not unexpected and perhaps overdue. eero was one of the first companies to spearhead what has become a mainstream movement to multi-node Wi-Fi systems. But once consumer networking heavyweights like NETGEAR and Linksys jumped on the mesh train, smaller players were bound to be pushed to the bottom of market share charts.
It also didn't help that Google also launched a mesh Wi-Fi system that was aggressively priced below all other competing systems. eero generally has resisted competing on price, with its Pro system priced around $450.
eero's RIF is unlikely to be the last. Early mesh Wi-Fi company Luma never achieved as much attention as eero and...
Origin Wireless has announced that its TRM (Time Reversal Machine) now supports Qualcomm's Wi-Fi Mesh Platform.
TRM uses two Wi-Fi devices that send and receive echoed multipath pulses within an interior space, like an office or home. The pulses are used to detect movement/location within one to two centimeters, according to the company.
Possible applications listed include indoor positioning/tracking, home/office security and monitoring, and detecting/monitoring vital signs - like breathing. This could eliminate the need to use other devices to track breathing rates.
For more information on Origin Wireless’ TRM, check out the company’s site. There’s also a video on the homepage that shows TRM’s different applications.
AiMesh is a free firmware upgrade for select ASUS routers that adds the ability to form multi-node networks. So you can start with an existing AC class router and add other copies of that router, or any other AiMesh-enabled router to your mesh.
Which routers are supported you ask? Well, the situation is fluid. The EdgeUp ASUS blog post dated today says
Blink, a home security wireless camera maker just announced it was acquired by Amazon.
Aside from it's inventory of indoor and outdoor cameras, Blink just recently announced a video doorbell, an obvious competitor to Ring products, especially since it comes with a modest $99 price tag for existing Blink customers. It also has a touted battery life of two years (it uses AA batteries). Amazon already has it's own Cloud Cam cameras and Amazon Key system, however a video doorbell camera would definitely compliment the company's smart home product line-up.
It seems not much will change for Blink's existing customers post-acquisition. Blink's short press announcement mentions, "If you own one of our systems, nothing changes for now. We’ll continue to operate under the Amazon umbrella selling and supporting the same great products you know and love."
For more information about Blink, check out the company website at...
Cujo’s artificial intelligence platform is designed to help ISPs protect customer’s smart home environments by using threat intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing to analyze an automated home’s network behavior.
Algorithms report back to the app and help identify what’s on the network, block known threats, and troubleshoot problems on the network without having to introduce new hardware to the environment.
By looking at metadata, Cujo AI protects home networks from hazards including phishing attacks, remote access threats and denial of service bots, while helping ISPs curb ticket-generating phone calls.
For more information on Cujo AI’s artificial intelligence platform, go to getcujo.com.
Synology has announced all-flash 12-bay desktop and 2 bay SOHO NASes and a VM manager.
Synology’s all-flash 12-bay desktop NAS, the FS1018, runs on Intel’s Pentium D1508 dual-core CPU and 8GB (expandable to 32 GB) of DDR4 EEC memory. Networking is provided through four GbE ports, with expansion options thanks to its PCIe 3.0 x8 slot. Additional interfaces include three USB 3.0 ports and two expansion ports for additional storage options.
DS218 is a 2-bay NAS runs a Realtek RTD1296 quad-core CPU and uses 2 GB DDR4 memory. DS218 can use 3.5” HDD and 2.5” HDD/SSD drives and supports Synology Basic, JBOD, RAID 0/1, and Synology’s Hybrid RAID formats. Interfaces include a single GbE port and two USB ports (2.0 and 3.0). Using Video Station, DS218 transcodes 10-bit 4K H.265 video.
Finally, Synology released Virtual Machine Manager, the company’s own hypervisor that virtualizes Linux, Windows and...
Designed to work with the Ooma Telo smart home phone service, the company added two new products to complement its platform; Telo Air and HD3 handset.
Telo Air is a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth product that can be paired with mobile phones and used to answer incoming calls from any phone around the house. Setup is app based (Android or IOS) and can be used to get a new phone number, for account set up, and configure Telo Air’s Wi-Fi settings.
Ooma’s new ergonomically designed HD3 handset has several features designed to work with the smart home phone concept. For example, while charging, the handset can be used as a speakerphone, and customers are also able to synchronize phonebook data from Apple, Google, Yahoo, etc. The HD3 uses social media profile pictures for caller identification, and the handset uses one-touch voicemail, and an intercom button that is usable during handset transfers.
Ooma Telo Air will be...
Arris calls their new NVG578 and NVG558 gateways “future-ready” as both are designed to tackle upcoming challenges for service providers.
The PON gateway platform used by the NVG578 is built to handle passive optical network speeds used by ultra-high speed broadband services, and will scale to adapt to GPON, XGS-PON and NG-PON2 speeds (up to 10 Gbps symmetrical). For wireless, NVG578 offers 802.11ac and 802.11ax, supporting both dual- and tri-band configurations.
Other physical interfaces found on the NVG578 are one phone line, one 10 GbE LAN/WAN port, four GbE ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and a GPON fiber 2.5 BOSA and SFP+ cage.
NVG558 is a fixed wireless broadband triple-play gateway available in variants supporting 4G LTE or 3.5GHz CBRS services (and potentially 5G, per Arris). Supported Wi-Fi options for the NVG558 include 4x4 802.11ac or 4x4 802.11ax in dual- or tri-band configurations....
The Alliance's Wi-Fi Agile Multiband Certification program is based on IEEE 802.11 k, v, u and r standards plus "Wi-Fi Alliance defined technologies".
It is intended to establish a standard use of these technologies vs. the piecemeal approach currently taken by most makers of Wi-Fi product and ensure interoperability across device vendors.
The primary focus of the new Certification is to ensure intelligent steering and fast network transitions for devices to ensure fast, smooth roaming and band steering. Eliminating the cause of "sticky" clients will help to ensure better bandwidth use.
An examination of the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Agile Multiband™ Technology Overview indicates that the new Certification primarily uses features from 802.11k, v and r. The Wi-Fi Alliance features include expanded information reported between APs and client...
Router, Extender or Wi-Fi System? Here's how to choose.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
Marvell signaled its entry into the arena for next-generation Wi-Fi with the announcement of its first 802.11ax products.
Marvell's 11ax portfolio includes two, four and eight stream devices. The 88W9068 is a 5 GHz only 8x8 for high-end access points and wireless routers. The 88W9064 is a dual-band 4x4 AP/router device for "mainstream" products. The dual-band 2x2 88W9064S moves down-market even further, targeting service provider and set-top boxes. No solution for mobile devices was announced.
All devices will also support 1024 QAM, off-channel spectrum scanning, dedicated in-service monitoring and precision location. Integrated Bluetooth will also be available for the dual band 88W9064 and 88W9064S SoCs.
Marvell is attempting to distance itself from its competitors by emphasizing support for both downlink and uplink MU-MIMO and OFDMA. All 11ax chipsets announced to date have claimed "support" for uplink MU-MIMO. But...
Linksys' EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router is a less expensive two-stream, tri-band router that still delivers surprisingly good Wi-Fi performance.
Read on SmallNetBuilder
Changes to D-Link’s DGS-1210 series include two new PoE smart managed Gigabit switches, the 8-port + 2 combo DGS-1210-10MP, and the 24-port + 4 combo DGS-1210-28MP. Aside from their sets of Layer 2 networking and switching features, both switches will support PoE across all ports and have budgets of 130W and 370W, respectively.
D-Link also announced new features for the DGS-1210 series: surveillance mode and static routing. Surveillance mode switches out the conventional management UI with a camera/NVR-centric interface featuring a network topology map that provides port information, including power consumption, device type, IP and MAC addresses and other link data. Static routing lets admins control communication between VLANs by letting them manually add routes into the switch’s routing table, increasing performance.
Two other features for the DGS-1210 series include dual image memory that offers the choosing of configuration ID and...
Zyxel’s three new MoCA 2.0 devices use coaxial cabling to help build home networks.
The EMG6765-Q10 AC2200 Ethernet gateway, the WAP7205 AC1300 MU-MIMO extender, and the HLA4205 Ethernet adapter all support bonded data rates up to 1400 Mbps.
The EMG6765-Q10 has an Ethernet WAN port and can use its built-in MoCA adapter to send data to other MoCA devices like Zyxel’s new extender and Ethernet adapter.
Maximum wireless data rates for the EMG6765-Q10 run at up 450 Mbps at 2.4 GHz and 1733 Mbps at 5 GHz. Other EMG6765-Q10 features include four GbE LAN ports and two USB 3.0 ports for device sharing. For service providers, the EMG6765-Q10 also features support for TR-069 for remote management, and TR181 for Wi-Fi diagnostics.
The Zyxel WAP7205 AC1300 extender is a 2x2 MU-MIMO enabled wireless extender with a MoCA-based backhaul link. It supports...
DeWalt’s DCT100 Jobsite access point is designed for constructions sites where the local geography is constantly changing. The ruggedized access points can withstand 10’ drops and are encased in IP67 material, protecting the AP from dust and water immersion, while also being able to tolerate temperatures between -4°F to 122°F. The DCT100 can be mounted on an anchor, carabiner, tripod or wall-mount.
Based on a self-healing wireless mesh networking model, the Wireless N DCT100 has a maximum link rate of 270 Mbits at 2.4 GHz and 300 Mbits at 5 GHz and includes two GbE ports on each unit.
Pre-orders for the DeWalt DCT100 Jobsite AP are being taken at the company’s website with pricing set at $1495 MSRP.