USB 3.0 upgrade for older Macs
Several companies currently offer Thunderbolt docks to expand the interface options for recent MacBooks. CalDigit's Thunderbolt Station is one of the latest, providing a wide range of connections including USB 3.0, HDMI and Ethernet ports, among others. Check out our full review for a closer look at the new docking station.
Aging standard is still ahead of most core networking
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, otherwise known as the standards body IEEE, are announcing a new standard for the venerable Ethernet networking protocol that will result in speeds between 400 gigabits (four times the current standard) and one terabit per second (ten times the current standard). IEEE anticipates the need for the latter speed as soon as 2020.
HP uses 3M technology to combine network and power into one cable
HP has teamed up with 3M to release the T410 One Wire PC. Aimed at enterprise and education, the all-in one thin client computer uses an Ethernet cable for both networking and drawing power, removing the dedicated power cable from the system.
Other computer makers also targeted
Apple and several other computer makers have been targeted in a patent infringement lawsuit involving Ethernet technology. The plaintiff, US Ethernet Innovations, claims the companies have been using intellectual property contained in at least one four patents originally issued to 3Com between 1994 and 1998.
GlobeSurfer X.1 ships
nova media has launched the GlobeSurfer X.1, a WLAN b/g/n router that connects via ethernet or 3G modem. The router has two 100 Mbps ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port for a 3G connection and a standard USB 2.0 port that supports an external drive or offers print-serving with an attached printer. It uses a web interface for configuration and arrives with a quick setup wizard for assembling a local network.
MacWireless cuts prices
MacWireless on Friday announced it is lowering the price of its 200Mbps Powerline Network Adapter for Macintosh to $90, offering Mac users a relatively inexpensive way to network computers and equipment in their home or office without requiring WiFi, or running Ethernet cables. The Powerline adapter can transmit over almost 1000 feet of electrical wire at 200 Megabits per second, and does not require any additional drivers or software to function.
MacWireless PoE kit for AP
MacWireless.com on Friday unveiled a Power Over Ethernet kit for the Airport Extreme Base Station (802.11n version) that allows users to position the router 328 feet from a power outlet. The kit provides power over an Ethernet cable between a pair of adaptors: one that sits on the power outlet in question and one that resides by the Airport. MacWireless.com is selling the pair of adaptors for $60, and are available from the company's website.
Powerline Network Adapter
MacWireless.com has announced its new ultra-fast Powerline Network Adapter 200Mbps for Macs. Powerline networking allows users to route a network through the electrical lines that are already built into any home or office. Offering speeds up to 200Mbps, users can easily install an Ethernet network to other floors or rooms in the building without the need to run wires. The devices convert data from any computer into a signal that can be transmitted over standard AC wires. According to the company, the signal does not interfere with the ordinary current traveling through the wires and up to 16 devices can be used on a single network (up to 980 feet of electrical wire). The adapters, which do not require drivers, support Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X, and Windows.
Leopard support for 10Gb
Small Tree Communications recently unveiled software support for the Intel 10 Gigabit Ethernet CX4 Dual Port adaptor under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, providing users with a sub-$1000 solution for the standard. The PCI solution allows users to enhance network connectivity on supported infrastructure, making it ideal to transfer video feeds, large network file transfers, or other areas where networking speed is essential. The software is available from Small Tree's website.
Sonnet Presto for Mac Pro
Sonnet today unveiled the Presto Gigabit PCIe Basic, a PCI Express-based Gigabit Ethernet card for the Mac Pro and late model G5 towers. The adaptor provides users with one full- and half- duplex capable 1000/100/10BaseT port, featuring auto-negotiation. The card includes a low profile mounting bracket for installation in a low-profile PC, and requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or later. The Presto Gigabit PCIe Basic is available for $40 from Sonnet.
GBe PCI card, $90
Small Tree Communications has announced the PXG1D, a new 1-port PCI card that provides additional basic Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectivity for the Power Mac G4, Xserve, Power Mac G5 and Xserve G5 users. The company says this new card significantly reduces CPU utilization, saving valuable system resources to improve application workflow speeds. It also has the ability to achieve GbE speeds on commonly deployed CAT-5 cabling without cable replacement, PXG1D allowing migration to faster network capability. The card is priced at $90. It features PCI or PCI-X support. The PXG1D card does not support 802.3ad link aggregation, PCI Hot Plug, IEEE 802.1Q VLANs or IEEE802.3 (z,ab,u,x) flow control. Those features are fully supported on the Small Tree PXG1 server card.