Super easy to set up with lots of advanced features for networking and media
Once upon a time, a brand-new Linksys router showed up on our doorstep. So we gathered some network-minded friends together, and hooked it up to the Internet. We ran it through its automatic set up, and downloaded a few iOS and Android apps that would allow us to do cool stuff like stream media from an external drive plugged into the router to our mobile devices or a Chromecast. We fiddled, poked, and prodded so we could report back. Over all, we had a good experience setting up and using the brand new model from Linksys, but it wasn't without its challenges. What challenges, you ask? Check our review and find out.
D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi router boasts 5,330Mbps maximum connection speed
D-Link has used CES to launch a new range of strikingly-designed Wi-Fi routers, as well as more powerline networking products. The AC5300, AC3200, and AC3100 Ultra Wi-Fi Routers all tout high wireless network speeds, while the PowerLine AV2 1000 and 2000M kits claim to provide fast wired network speeds using the home's power supply.
E8350 dual-band, EA9200 tri-band routers available October 19 starting at $280
Linksys announced two new routers today, both of which are aimed at households with multiple Internet users or have a high-demand on bandwidth. The company is releasing the AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi router (EA9200) and the AC2400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi router (E8350), devices that have been specifically designed to handle "maximum performance and range" in home networks.
D-Link now shipping Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Network accessories company D-Link has announced that its new Wi-Fi Smart Plug is now shipping. Originally introduced in the spring, the device allows users to turn devices on and off from anywhere using the free Mydlink Home app, available for iOS as well as Android. A range of devices are compatible, allowing users to create power on/off schedules that are suitable for frequent travellers.
Smart Connect feature manages traffic across three network bands for optimum speeds
The newest version of the high-speed 802.11ac wireless Nighthawk routers was announced by Netgear today. The Nighthawk X6 Tri-Band Wi-Fi router (R8000) offers improvements over the previous version, introducing tri-band technology with Smart Connect to make network sharing more flexible. The Nighthawk X6 features a 1GHz dual-core processor with three offload processors to aid in the balancing of the high demand on data in the modern home.
Devices connected to Cupid compromised routers open to data collection
As if the original Heartbleed exploit wasn't enough, new ways for the bug to spread have been discovered in Android and Wi-Fi devices. Information from a security researcher has shown evidence of a new style of attack called Cupid, which preys on the same types of vulnerabilities that put a large percentage of Internet websites at risk.
Flaw slightly obscured by firmware patch, researcher calls exploit intentional
A security flaw in some Linksys and Netgear routers discovered this winter, thought to be patched, has only been marginally hidden. Instead of the router listening and obeying command packets on port 32764, now the command must be prefixed by a specially-crafted packet, which reactivates the flaw, and allows for remote command and seizure of afflicted routers.
Pre-encrypted wireless router now shipping
Networking hardware producer, TrendNet, is now shipping its new Extreme Performance AC1900 (TEW-818DRU) wireless router. Powered by a 1GHz processor, high-power radio amplifiers for extended wireless coverage, and Gigabit Wireless AC networking speeds, the unit is designed to optimize wireless connections within the home. The TEW-818DRU is pre-encrypted, to help with mitigating the threat of hacking based on using unchanged default login credentials. The unit is priced at $260, and is available from retailers now.
D-Link announces 11AC portable router and charger
Announced today, D-Link is now shipping its 802.11ac router, entitled the Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router and Charger (DIR-510L). Allowing users to quickly create a Wi-Fi hotspot from an existing Internet connection, the DIR-510L incorporates Wireless AC750 technology as to produce and maintain fast connection speeds.
SharePort Mobile app allows attached drives to share stored files to cloud
D-Link has put the Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router on sale in the United States. Last shown at CES in January, the AC1200 offers dual-band speeds on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands of up to 300Mbps and 867Mbps for 802.11a, b, g, n, and ac devices, and can be remotely managed from a mobile device using an accompanying app.
Gaming router first to use StreamBoost QoS engine
D-Link has unveiled a number of routers at CES, targeted at travelling users and gamers. The SharePort Go II portable router creates a Wi-Fi hotspot from any Ethernet connection, while the AC 1300 Gaming router, AC1750, and AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud routers are more stationary pieces of networking equipment.
WD pushes new QoS tech, 802.11n optimizations
The Western Digital brand typically conjures thoughts of hard drives or other storage devices, however the California-based company has continued to push its way into the home-networking market. The My Net N900 router exemplifies this new focus, bringing dual-band 802.11n connectivity and a slew of high-end features that attempt to balance raw performance with simple setup and superior traffic management. In our full review, we attempt to determine if the device is worth its hefty price.
Offers quad-band 3G, auto failover
Nova Media in Berlin and Belgium company Option have made available a combo router with support for both broadband and quad-band 3G which supports up to 14.4 Mbit per second download and 5.76 Mbit per second uploads, compatible with most 3G networks worldwide. The GlobeSurfer III+ also offers DSL failover, automatically switching to cellular data and switching back when the broadband connection returns.
Cisco multi-purpose router shows at FCC
The Cisco REN301 Residential Gateway Wi-Fi router has shown at the FCC undergoing compliance testing prior to its release. The device is a single-band router that supports 802.11 b/g/n and incorporates a color LCD display. It also includes capacitive touch buttons that allows the device to be set up and configured without the need to use a PC.
Connection automatically switched as needed
AirLive has introduced the Air3G, a multifunction router capable of working with USB-attached wireless broadband modems. Users can configure the the router to choose the wired connection for primary use, while the 3G modem is automatically enabled only if the primary connection is disrupted. To help prevent overage charges on a wireless broadband account, the router automatically switches back to the standard connection as soon as service resumes.
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.
TRENDnet has begun shipping its latest network device, the TEW-654TR Wireless N travel router kit. The router supports theoretical transfer speeds of up to 300Mb/s, although typical results will likely be slower. A compact housing measures just 60 x 80 x 18.5mm, while users can power the device from either an included AC adapter or USB cable.
GlobeSurfer III shipping
nova media has released the GlobeSurfer III, a 3G wireless router for the Mac. The router can link to a mobile network using WLAN (802.11 B and G networks) and gigabit Ethernet to distribute the connection. The router supports up to 7.2Mb/s downloads speeds and 5.7Mb/s upload speeds. It also links to the Internet via WLAN connections at 54Mb/s speeds.
GPS WI-Fi, apps for Iphone
PosiMotion says it will introduce new applications and a GPS-enabled WiFi router when the iTunes AppStore opens Friday. The software titles include G-Spot, which brings GPS-like features to older iPhone and iPod Touch models, G-Park to help users remember where they parked, and G-Minds, a pubishing program for developers. The company has also announced what it calls “the world’s first mobile GPS network router," the G-Fi."
CradlePoint recently unveiled a new EVDO-sharing WiFi router, the PHS300, allowing users to connect 3G-based cellphones or 3G USB modems to the device and share the connection with any WiFi enabled device. The device features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AC power, both of which provide enough current to run a USB modem. The PHS300 supports WEP and WPA encryption, and uses a built in firewall to protect connections to the router. CradlePoint will ship the PHS300 on December 20th, and is taking pre-orders based on a price of $180.