Netgear

Oct 03 2017

News - NETGEAR adds Circle support to select routers

Circle's ARP spoofing based Internet monitoring and control scheme is an interesting way to keep tabs on what your kids are doing with their devices. Previously, to make it work you had to add their $100 hardware device inside your network. Now, if you have one of the R7000 routers that NETGEAR is supporting you can play with the tech for free. Hard to see this as anything but a bonus, and a big one at that. Worst case, you don't use it. Network OEMs rarely add significant features to their kit, great to see NETGEAR adding something as significant as this to an "ancient" system. Hopefully, others will get the upgrade as well.

Dec 15 2016

News - NETGEAR patches critical issue in a slew of routers

I mentioned a few days ago that some NETGEAR routers have a severe security issue. The good news is that there's a patch available, but on the downside the list of affected routers has grown exponentially. It doesn't look like any of the most recent crop are impacted, but it wouldn't hurt to have a look at the list anyway.

Dec 12 2016

News - Might want to turn off some NETGEAR routers...

If you have a NETGEAR R6400, R7000, or R8000 there is [potentially] a serious security issue with the routers which could lead to a complete compromise of the device. CERT is recommending that owners should disable the popular routers until a patch is released. NETGEAR hasn't yet confirmed the hole, but they have put up an article that should be used to monitor the issue as it developes.

Oct 19 2016

News - NETGEAR announces NIGHTHAWK X10 R9000 802.11ac/ad Wi-Fi router with Plex

If you have $500 burning a hole in your pocket, and a desperate need to be the first one on your block to have an 802.11ad Wi-Fi router with 10Gbe fiber support (?) - the newly announced NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X10 is just the thing for you. That's not to say, it doesn't have some useful features though; like powererd TX/RX (new v. X8) anntennas and Plex support (!) built into the box. That said, I've very curious about the transcoding limitations. Anandtech is listing the SoC as one quite similar to what was in the RN212 - which works, but had some caveats attached. Either way, exciting times. For the well heeled anyway Smile. BTW, anyone know where I can find an 802.11ad Wi-Fi adapter?

Oct 14 2016

News - Mesh Wi-Fi roundup

Mesh Wi-Fi is a rapidly developing market, which something I'm glad to see. Being able to quickly add signal everywhere in your home without needing to worry about channels, SSID, etc. makes solving the problem much easier for everyone (even geeks Smile). This round up doesn't really get in to the technical bits much (or really at all), but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of value to be gleaned from the UX (user experience) provided by the three systems.

Oct 12 2016

News - NETGEAR announces Arlo Pro

If you liked the original Arlo, you will love the updated "Pro" model. Which adds rechargable batteries and 2-way audio. Very slick.

Jun 21 2016

News - NETGEAR patches Badlock on ReadyNAS

TLDR: If you have a NETGEAR ReadyNAS NAS, you need to update it to v6.5.0.

Jun 21 2016

News - NETGEAR Arlo may need security school

It looks like the NETGEAR Arlo monitoring cameras have a security issue where other people can view your cameras. Based on the description on reddit, it looks like it should be reasonably difficult to accidently reproduce, but if it does NETGEAR needs to get on that quickly.

Update: NETGEAR responds...

May 10 2016

News - NETGEAR Arlo now supports IFTTT

One of my main complaints about NETGEAR's Arlo cameras was that they weren't able to interact with a larger home ecosystem when it got reviewed here about a year ago. Happily, this is no longer the case with the system now able to interact with the IFTTT (If This Then That) service. I haven't had a chance to play with it yet (just found out), but it is fantastic news. A great way to pull the Arlo out of its silo and make the devices act as sensors for a smarter home.

May 04 2016

News - NETGEAR releases 10GbE Smart Switch family for business

It's probably a bit too early for wide adoption of 10GbE in the home, but it is becoming more important for small and medium sized business (large has been there for quite a while). Pricing is also still very business oriented, but it is nice to monitor and see what's available. There are three new managed switches available ranging from 8 to 48 ports.

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