Oct 21 2015

News - Amped Wireless Announces AC1750 Touchscreen Wi-Fi Extender

In many larger, or particularly solid, homes one Wi-Fi router can't quite get to the edges, so it is necessary to add an extender or second access point. There are many options about there, but AFAIK this is the first, and only, touch screen model. I'm not sure what the touch screen really adds to the mix after first run besides "Digital Clock Mode", but since it's also a media bridge with five Gigabit ports there is something to justify the $199 MSRP.

Full PR after the click.

Jun 25 2014

News - NETGEAR Announces Nighthawk X6—AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Gigabit Router

NETGEAR Nighthawk X6—AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Gigabit Router

The pace of improvement in the 802.11AC market has been blistering, and I had a chance to talk to NETGEAR about their newest top-end entrant the $299 Nighthawk X6 (R8000) – AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router yesterday. Before digging into the specifics of the R8000 it is critical to understand what exactly the X6’s AC3200 actually means. Unlike the AC1750 and AC1900 class routers that preceded it the Nighthawk X6 has three discrete radios; one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz. The “3200” is the sum of total bandwidth (600 + 1300 + 1300) available across these radios, but it be made absolutely clear that two 5GHz radios are not bonded so each device that connects (even another X6 media bridge) will only have 1300Mbps (theoretical) available. That is not to say that this isn’t a useful feature, it actually solves a problem that I have experienced, just that it is important to understand what the technology actually offers. Full PR and more from our conversation after the click.

Oct 01 2013

News - NETGEAR Announces R7000 – Nighthawk AC1900 Wireless Router

NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk

Continuing the recent push towards summing Wi-Fi bands to classify wireless routers NETGEAR announced today their newest AC1900 (1300Mbps 5GHz AC + 600Mbps 2.4GHz N) Wi-Fi all-in-one the R7000 “Nighthawk”. This three stream router/access point/repeater/media bridge is based on the Broadcom 4709 Communication Processor; which is interesting for a few reasons – academically a shift away from MIPS to ARM (ARM9 in this case), but also because of the interesting applications putting a dual-core 1GHz ARM SoC in a home appliance that also offers USB 3.0 and NETGEAR’s ReadySHARE VAULT backup utility (very similar to Windows Home Server’s backup capabilities).

I had a chance to chat with NETGEAR about their newest $199 SRP home networking appliance recently – click through to see all of the interesting features it provides now, and will offer in the next firmware release as well as the full PR.

Jan 20 2012

News - NETGEAR - CES 2012

NETGEARI often find that that good networking kit is neglected when it comes to building an solid connected home theater, with low-end network interface cards (NIC), routers and wireless access points (AP) creating a sub-standard experience. It's also an area where we haven't done as much as we should to spread the word through guides and reviews - something that I'd like to change in the coming year. With that in mind I made a point to stop by NETGEAR to check out what they had on tap for the coming year; of course it didn't hurt that they also make a really solid over the top (OTT) streamer, the NTV200...

Jan 14 2012

News - Wi3 is bringing a new option for MoCA connectivity - CES 2012

There was a booth setup in a small little corner of the Eureka section of CES. It was from a company called Wi3. They are offering a home solution that you install a box into your house and using MoCA specs you can send wireless and make a AP or you can send Ethernet, or you can send HDMI connections. The best part of this company after talking to their engineer they are trying to take this beyond just sending interent, they are incorporating thin clients, and roku boxes into these to make them a portable home solution.

These boxes work as better then most because they come as two parts. You install the main box in the back and it connects to your COAX connection and that will stay in your wall. The best part of this system is the main part is a removable cartrige that is swappable and upgradable. If they come out with an upgrade or a new type, you just pull out the cartrige and you pop in the new cartrige. There is a lot of potential for this product and with them staying with the MoCA alliance they can continue to develop and enhance thier product.

Jan 06 2012

News - Wi-Fi Goes Gigabit+ with 802.11ac, Broadcom First in Line


It seems like just yesterday that network equipment manufacturers were falling all over themselves to release Draft-N Wi-Fi devices so that they could squeeze in a whole product cycle before the IEEE finalized the 802.11n spec. The idea of a wireless network that could send data at 150Mps meant that it just might be possible to place that HTPC anywhere in the house without convincing the significant other that, yes, the 100m Ethernet cable tacked to the wall really is necessary. Of course, real world performance might suffer if one were to try to add a couple of wireless HTPCs to the network, or pop some microwave popcorn during the movie.

Well, the IEEE has heard our consternation and 802.11ac is now in draft form, and Broadcom has announced that they will be the first company to release a line of devices for the fledgling spec. The expectation is that the company can address any changes made to the spec before 802.11ac is finalized in late 2012/early 2013 through software updates. To be honest, although I knew that work on a new Wi-Fi standard was underway, I was not familiar with what was in store. The new standard supports up to 1.3Gps, and with wider channel bandwidth, improved beamforming, and 256QAM encoding, there is good reason to believe that this new 5GHz only Wi-Fi will have better real world performance than it predecessors. I expect a number of other companies will be showing Draft-802.11ac devices at CES. After all, the clock is now ticking if they are going to once again squeeze in a product cycle ahead of IEEE ratification.

We'll enjoy the benefits of less interference as 802.11ac is a 5GHz-only standard as well as much higher performance thanks to wider channels and 256QAM encoding. Transmit power efficiency should also go up if we get wireless APs with sophisticated beam forming support. All of this will work together to deliver many times the performance we currently get over 802.11n without significant downsides. 


Dec 21 2011

News - TRENDnet 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N HD Media Bridge Reviewed

Unfortunately, most of us do not have the luxury of a wired network at home, forcing us to rely on wireless networking. However, if your home theater stack includes networkable devices that do not support wireless or lack the wireless hardware to take full advantage of that hot new router you just bought, then a media bridge might be the most cost-effective way to upgrade or enable wireless networking for multiple devices at one time. These kinds of infrastructure devices are rarely exciting, but the TRENDnet 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N HD Media Bridge looks to be on the speedy side.

The 450Mbps Dual Band Wireless N HD Media Bridge from TRENDnet is a high performance adapter and with its help we can connect to our local WiFi network (2.4Ghz or 5GHz) up to 4 devices at the same time (like a PS2, PS3, HTPC and a standalone media center). 


Oct 25 2011

News - ATT U-verse Set-Top Boxes go Wireless

With all of the talk of wireless lately, why not add AT&T U-verse into the mix. Starting Monday October 31st (Happy Halloween) AT&T will be releasing an additional box that will convert your U-verse set-top box into an all wireless device (not including HDMI and power cables). If you have constraints in your home of not being able to run coax everywhere in your home, and are a U-verse customer this just might be something to look into.

For a one time installation fee of $49, and a reoccurring $7 a month you can enjoy your AT&T U-verse service wirelessly.

starting October 31st, AT&T U-verse customers will no longer be constrained by wires! (Besides HDMI and power cords, that is.) The company's new wireless receiver pairs with your AT&T-issued residential gateway and pulls in broadcasts over WiFi. What the provider claims is the first consumer wireless receiver of its type should simplify installation and free customers from the worry of running coax around their homes. You could even drag your big screen out to the patio and try to enjoy the "big game" under the glare of the sun. Just don't make lugging your 42-incher around a habit -- hernias aren't covered by the warranty. The receivers will be available to order on Monday for a one-time fee of $49 and a $7-a-month rental fee there after.

Engadget HD

--Hit up the promotional video after the break--

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