LAS VEGAS--CES 2010 has come to an end, and unlike most of what happens in Las Vegas, there are quite a few things showgoers want to make sure they carry home. Here are a few that I personally am excited about in the networking and storage categories.
First is the debut of USB 3.0 products. The technology was first announced at CES 2009, and at CES 2010 a few companies released their own products, including Seagate, LaCie, Buffalo, and Western Digital.
As there's no motherboard with built-in USB 3.0 controllers yet, all of the new USB 3.… Read more
Bruce Fredrickson says the the router and video grabber from his company can be installed in less time than it takes to boil an egg. Fredrickson, who is chief marketing officer for No Geek Needed, says he's tired of having to go to neighbors' houses to help them install things.
The company's strategy is to make all the decisions for the user, giving people nothing to think about when they install the product, such as what type of security to add to their router.Subscribe now: iTunes (audio) | RSS (audio)
LAS VEGAS--If you don't want to upgrade to Wireless-N with an access point such as the D-Link Rush , but instead want to replace the router itself, D-Link also has some new options for you.
The company announced at CES 2010 two new Wireless-N routers: the the D-Link Touch DIR-865 and the D-Link Wireless N Pocket Router. The Touch is a flagship high-speed Wireless-N router,whereas the Pocket Router is a minimobile router for people on the go.
According to D-Link, the Touch blends power, speed, range, security, functionality, and energy efficiency into one economical box that has the shape … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Do you want a cellular mobile router but can't afford the expensive and limited MiFi 2200 solutions from Sprint and Verizon? Do Netgear's new mobile routers not excite you because of their large size? TrendNet has something that may make you happy.
The company announced Thursday at CES its first cellular Wireless-N router that redefines portability for a router of its type, the 150Mbps Mobile Wireless N Router model TEW-655BR3G.
About the size of a pack of Orbitz chewing gum, the TEW-655BR3G has a USB port so that you can connect a compatible USB modem from 3G/… Read more
LAS VEGAS--True dual-band routers are not news anymore; but TrendNet, a networking vendor with many innovative solutions, introduced one at CES 2010 that offers some original features.
The company announced Thursday its brand-new true dual-band router, the TEW-673GRU. According to TrendNet, this new router uses up to 70 percent less energy than other routers with the same features.
The router achieves this by using TrendNet's power saving GreenNet technology that reduces port-based power consumption. It also uses an Energy Star Certified power adapter that reduces energy consumption by 30 percent compared with noncertified adapters.
The TEW-673GRU uses Atheros' XSpan … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Anticipating the rapid implementation of cellular technologies, including 3G, 4G, and WiMax, Netgear unveiled two new broadband wireless-N routers at CES 2010 that gear toward cellular broadband markets.
The new routers include the 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Wireless-N router (MBRN300) and the Wireless-N 300 Router with DSL Modem-- Mobile Broadband Edition (DGN2200M).
Lengthy names aside, these two wireless-N routers combine 802.11n wireless with connectivity to a high-speed cellular network via an external 3G/4G/WiMAX modem. The two look identical in shape and size and share a common long list of features for broadband users, such as:Autodetection … Read more
You finally received a wireless-N router as a Christmas present and are now ready to move on to the new and faster standard. (And even if you didn't, I would recommend that you go get one yourself.) Now that you have some relaxing time, let's go through the basics on wireless networking and how to generally set up your router like a pro.
Wireless-N router basics
The year 2009 is a very significant year for wireless networking as the N standard (or 802.11n, which offers speed up to 300Mbps and higher) was finally ratified in September after seven years of being in draft. However, chances are, your new router is still based on the latest revision of the draft N. As far as I know, there aren't any final N products on the market yet, though there will be soon.
Nonetheless, as long as has been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance, it's guaranteed to be interoperable with N products when they come out. Even if it's not certified, it's likely that it will still work, and all existing draft N wireless routers can be upgraded via firmware to be fully compliant with the final N.
As some of you might not know, routers are platform-agnostic. It doesn't matter if you run a PC or a Mac, your new router will work. In other words, if you just upgraded to Windows 7 and your router's says it's "Vista-ready," you will not need a new router. That kind of labeling is just for marketing purposes. All wireless routers work with all consumer operating systems.
Wireless-N is backward compatible with previous standards of wireless networking including wireless-G, which caps at 54Mbps and is currently popular in mobile devices like smartphones and Netbooks, and the now obsolete wireless-B standards. This means clients (computers, phones, handheld devices, etc.) that use the old standards can connect to a wireless-N router and vice versa; the wireless-N clients can also connect to a wireless-G routers.
However, the cap speed of a mixed connection is that of the slowest standard. Most wireless-N routers are capable of delivering the slower speeds to clients of old standards while maintaining the high-speed connection to N client at the same time. So upgrading your router to an N one will not require changing the adapters to your computers, unless you absolutely need the faster speed.… Read more