US lawmakers want a ban ZTE and Huawei smartphones and routers

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it seems that ZTE and Huawei may have backdoors, enabling China to spy on US communications. The U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee calls for a ban on smartphones and routers from Chinese OEMs, enabling China to spy on US communications.

TP-LINK N600 Wireless Dual Band Router

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The N600 Wireless Dual Band Router provides simultaneous stream on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, great for bandwidth intensive applications like HD video streaming and online gaming. As of 9/26/2012 on, the NETGEAR N600 WNDR3400 retails for $79.00 while the comparable TP-LINK N600 TL-WDR3500 retails for only $47.00, a 40% savings in price.

QNAP TS-869L 8-Bay NAS Server

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QNAP has also released their new 8-bay NAS server, the TS-869L. Designed for SMB / SOHO users, this 8-bay NAS server comes with a 2.13GHz Intel Atom dual-core processor, a 1GB RAM (expandable to 3GB), eight 3.5-inch SATA HDD bays, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 5x USB 2.0 ports, 2x eSATA ports, two 120mm quiet cooling fans and supports for multiple RAID setups (0/1/5/10/6/5, 6,10 + Spare) as well as JBOD.

Shuttle OMNINAS KD20 Energy Efficient NAS Server

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The Shuttle OMNINAS KD20 is the company’s first NAS server. It features a pair of hot-swappable drive bays that can hold 3.5-inch HDDs (hard disk drives) with capacities of up to 4 TB each. The Shuttle OMNINAS KD20 supports RAID-1 mode (mirroring, for high data security), RAID-0 (striping and JBOD modes. The OMNINAS KD20 NAS server also features an 80mm fan for cooling, an I/O panel with one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, an SD card reader and Gigabit Ethernet.

TP-LINK pocket-sized 150Mbps Wireless Nano Router

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TP-LINK introduces the TL-WR702N, a pocket-sized 150Mbps Wireless Nano Pocket Router. TP-LINK, a global provider of networking products, thinks getting high-speed Internet access on the go should not be a hassle. With the new pocket-sized 150Mbps Wireless Nano Pocket Router (TL-WR702N) anyone can have fast Internet access anywhere.

Smaller than a credit card, the 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router provides portability and convenience with its size and flexible power supply. With a MSRP of $39.99 the TP-LINK Nano can fit the budget of any traveler or student. It's ideal for connecting tablet computers, smart phones, portable gaming consoles, and other mobile electronic devices while on-the-go.

At 2.5

Netgear ships new WiFi Booster

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Netgear presents the WN1000RP WiFi Booster, this device will ship for $39.99. NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the WiFi Booster for Mobile (WN1000RP). The compact, WiFi Booster for Mobile amplifies WiFi coverage for mobile devices in the home by extending and strengthening an existing WiFi signal, giving consumers the ability to enjoy an improved wireless experience on tablets, smartphones and e-readers.

Consumers are leveraging WiFi connectivity at home more than ever before to browse the web, stream movies and play online games on their devices. The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile improves an existing WiFi signal throughout the home and even outside on the deck or patio, enabling users to move freely around the house while streaming content on everything from tablets and e-readers to smartphones.

In addition, the NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile helps consumers reduce the risk of unforeseen mobile data plan charges by easily accessing their home WiFi networks instead of the carrier's mobile networks. In a March 2012 report by Chetan Sharma, researchers found that 90% of tablet owners prefer to use WiFi, not mobile data plans, to get online at home. The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile enables users to surf the Internet and stream content using WiFi, unconstrained by mobile data plan usage limits.

NETGEAR's WiFi Booster for Mobile repeats a 2.4 GHz WiFi signal from existing routers and gateways to boost range and WiFi performance. It has a small form factor and is simple to install with a mobile-friendly browser-based setup and real-time LED indicators helping to determine optimal placement to ensure the best WiFi coverage. With the small wall-plug design and NETGEAR's Push 'n' Connect (WPS) feature, the WiFi Booster for Mobile connects quickly and easily once plugged into a power outlet and provides an instant and secure connection to any existing WiFi network.

"Consumers today want the best connected experience, complete with the ability to enjoy online entertainment on their WiFi connected mobile devices throughout the home," said Damir Skripic, product line manager for connected entertainment at NETGEAR. "The NETGEAR WiFi Booster for Mobile enables this experience by significantly increasing WiFi coverage in the home, which is ideal for roaming iPads, iPhones, Android tablets, Kindle e-readers, smartphones or any other mobile WiFi devices."


  • Boost existing WiFi coverage
  • Improve WiFi strength for smartphones, iPads

Synology releases DiskStation Manager 4.1 Beta

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Synology today announced the beta availability of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 4.1, which is engineered to: 

  • Deliver leading and robust storage solutions for virtual infrastructure
  • Boost business productivity and management efficiency with evolved Cloud Station, Syslog Server and Mail Server
  • Offer efficient resource allocation and powerful data sharing solutions to comply with large enterprises

Logitec LAN-W300NDTV Wi-Fi Router

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Logitec Japan has proudly introduced its latest Wi-Fi router in the form of the LAN-W300NDTV. This 1Seg-friendly Wi-Fi router is able to stream any Japanese TV channel to your iPad, iPod, or iPhone. The router provides a USB port, which enables you to plug a 1Seg USB TV tuner. Unfortunately, the Logitec LAN-W300NDTV only works with iOS devices. No word on pricing or availability so far. [Logitec Japan]

Linksys Firmware Upgrade causes Anger

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users of new Wi-Fi routers from Cisco's Linksys division complained this week that the company automatically updated the routers' firmware and pushed them toward a cloud-based administration service they didn't want. Users posting on the Cisco Home Community forum and the U.K.-based site PC Gamer said they had turned on their Linksys EA3500 and EA4500 routers earlier this week and found they were running a new firmware version.

The new firmware presented a login screen for the Cisco Connect Cloud instead of the LAN-based router management interface that had come up previously, they said. Some voiced concerns about the security of cloud-based LAN administration and didn't want to set up accounts on Cisco Connect Cloud. They were able to bring up a local, non-cloud management interface after disconnecting the router from the Internet, but that interface lacked most of the features they had been used to with the previous firmware, the posts said. On Friday, an administrator in the Cisco forum posted a link to official instructions for downgrading the routers' firmware to the previous, non-cloud version. Some commenters had said earlier that Cisco had sent them the old firmware when they complained. But some people on the forum had already said they were fed up and would return their routers.

Linksys did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.

QNAP TS-269 PRO 2-Bay NAS Server

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QNAP hits back by showing off their newest 2-bay NAS server, the TS-269 PRO. Designed for SMB / SOHO users, this entry-level NAS server is equipped with an Intel Atom D2700 processor, a 1GB DDR3 RAM, two SATA HDD bays, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 3x USB 2.0 ports, 2x eSATA ports and supports for multiple RAID setups (0,1) as well as JBOD. The TS-269 PRO will start shipping from late June for unannounced price yet. [QNAP]

Super WiFi Antenna

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Need a little more WIFI range ? The Super WiFi Antenna allows you to connect to any publicly available WiFi network up to a mile away.

It is easy to use. You just need to plug the antenna into the USB port on your computer for powerful WiFi reception. This weather- and UV-resistant antenna comes equipped with a special 15 ft. USB cable with two plugs to increase power, suction cups, a lanyard and a cable tie. The Super WiFi Antenna retails for $119.95. [Product Page].

Transfer Data Through Your Bones

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Learn about bio-acoustic data transfer technology created at AT&T Labs. With this innovative technology, sensors detect vibration patterns that are used to identify specific users. Watch this demonstration of the technology as it is used to unlock a door for a homeowner.

ASUS RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wi-Fi Router

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ASUS has unveiled the new RT-AC66U 802.11ac Wi-Fi router that combines dual-band Gigabit wireless with fifth generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology (5G WiFi). The router provides a combined 2.4GHz-5GHz bandwidth of 1.75Gbps, which is perfect for HD video streaming, video conferencing, online gaming, etc. The ASUS RT-AC66U also adopts the exclusive ASUS AiRadar signal amplification and shaping technology.


TP-Link N750 dual-band router

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TP-Link releases the new TL-WDR4300 N750 router dual-band router. The TL-WDR4300 we're is a router capable of delivering up to 450Mbps in the 5GHz band and 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz band and unlike TP-Link's older TL-WR2543ND, the TL-WDR4300 is a simultaneous dual-band router.

There are also four Gigabit Ethernet port for the LAN side and one for the WAN side and TP-Link claims NAT throughput speeds of 800Mbps or more. The router also sports a pair of USB 2.0 ports to which printers and storage devices can be connected and in the latter case there's support for FTP and media streaming over UPnP. The TL-WDR4300 is expected to rail for only US$90.

Intel 1Gbps DOCSIS 3.0 gateway (cablemodem)

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Intel sends out word that it previewed its first DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway with 1Gbps throughput.

Intel Corporation today previewed its first DOCSIS* 3.0 cable gateway solution that is capable of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). The Intel

Akitio Cloud Hybrid NAS/DAS

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In as much as NAS devices are handy when it comes to backing up data, streaming audio and video over a home network and many other things, one of the downsides is that the performance when it comes to actually putting the data on them isn't always there. Akitio has come up with a home storage solution that attempts to solve this issue by being a combination NAS/DAS with USB 3.0 connectivity.

Admittedly we're growing somewhat tired of the whole "cloud" hype and the Cloud Hybrid as Akitio calls its latest device is clearly trying to build in the cloud storage hype. The base specifications consist of an unspecified 300MHz processor, 32MB of DDR memory and 2MB of flash memory, i.e. not the most impressive specifications out there, but with only room for a single hard drive, the Cloud Hybrid isn't intended to be a high-end storage device, but rather something you'd use for streaming media around your home.

Interestingly, Akitio is using Microsoft's exFAT file system which so far isn't widely used on anything outside of high-capacity flash memory cards. Connectivity consists of a single Gigabit Ethernet port as well as the aforementioned USB 3.0 port. The idea, even judging by Akitio's ideas behind the product is that you load data onto the Cloud Hybrid via USB 3.0 and then connect it up to your home network to access the data.

The good news is that Akitio has added support for a wide range of standard technologies such as UPnP-AV, DLNA, iTunes music server, FTP, Samba and much more. The device is configured via a standard web GUI and it's compatible with UPnP clients like the Xbox 360, PS3, iTunes and Windows 7 MCE, but Akitio also offers a mobile app so you can access the data via iOS or Android devices and it can even be used to record directly to from some Toshiba Regza TV's. There's also support for remote access over the internet via a web portal.

As far as performance is concerned, Akitio claims 60MB/s sustained transfer rates using Samba which isn't exceptional, but pretty decent for an entry level device such as this. Keep in mind that you'd get better performance over USB 3.0, but the enclosure is limited to SATA 3Gbps drives, although this shouldn't be an issue for your average hard drive. At US$99 (S$125) the Akitio Cloud Hybrid isn't terribly expensive for what you get, but keep in mind that this isn't the type of device you want if data security matters to you - thanks vrzone.

LaCie 2big NAS does 100MB/s

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LaCie debuts the 2big NAS with 100MB/s:

Today LaCie announced a new 2-bay network-attached storage solution (NAS) that delivers the ideal combination of speed and security for small businesses

Amped Wireless R20000G Wireless-N Gigabit Router

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The Amped Wireless R20000G is not an ordinary wireless-N Gigabit dual band router. The device is equipped with advanced dual band 600mW wireless amplifiers and 5dBi detachable high gain antennas to provide up to 10,000 sq ft of high performance Wi-Fi coverage.

The wireless router features a 620MHz internal processor, five gigabit networking ports and the simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi technology for an interference free Wi-Fi experience. The Amped Wireless R20000G wireless-N Gigabit dual band router is priced at $179.99. [Amped Wireless]