Wi-Fi

Netgear's flagship router - the Nighthawk X8 (R8500) - was launched in October. At CES, Netgear took the opportunity to upgrade the Nighthawk X4 line. Interestingly, the original X4 - the R7500 - was launched with Quantenna radios and a Qualcomm IPQ SoC, and promised MU-MIMO support in a future firmware update. However, Netgear decided to enable MU-MIMO only with a hardware upgrade - the R7500 v2 with full MU-MIMO support became an all-Qualcomm Atheros affair. The R7500 v2 is being replaced by the Nighthawk X4S at the same price point. The Nighthawk X4S (R7800) comes with an IPQ8065 dual-core SoC at 1.7GHz and the QCA9984 radio. Unlike the AC2400-class routers introduced towards the middle of last year, this 4x4 design supports 160 MHz (either...

Wi-Fi HaLow: Long-Range, Low-Power Wi-Fi for Internet-of-Things Devices

There are more than 6.8 billion devices with Wi-Fi technology in use today, but the number of devices that need to share data or access the Internet wirelessly will...

18 by Anton Shilov on 1/6/2016

Netgear Nighthawk X8 (R8500) Wave 2 802.11ac Router Set to Ship

Broadcom's XStream platform has enjoyed quite a bit of success in the Wi-Fi router market despite its high cost. The first generation XStream platform used a 3x3 configuration for...

29 by Ganesh T S on 10/1/2015

Asus RT-AC5300U 802.11ac Router - 4x4 MU-MIMO with Broadcom XStream

Asus announced the RT-AC5300U 802.11ac router using Broadcom's tri-band Wi-Fi chipset at IFA 2015 today. This is meant to be a flagship router with AC5300 speeds (1000 Mbps on...

39 by Ganesh T S on 9/2/2015

LIFX White 800 Smart Bulb Review

The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has sparked an increased interest in home automation. Lighting is one of the major home automation aspects. LIFX is one of the popular...

55 by Ganesh T S on 6/12/2015

Ruckus Unifies Controller Product Platforms under SmartZone Umbrella

The enterprise Wi-Fi market has been growing at a tremendous rate, thanks to the proliferation of smart wireless devices (even in business settings). There are many vendors targeting the...

2 by Ganesh T S on 5/19/2015

Linksys EA8500 - First MU-MIMO Enabled 802.11ac Router Set to Ship

Readers following our wireless networking coverage must be quite familiar with the developments in 802.11ac land. As a recap: The first 3-stream 802.11ac routers (based on the Broadcom BCM4706 chipset...

83 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2015

TRENDnet's Networking Solutions at CES 2015

We made our annual customary visit to TRENDnet's suite at CES 2015. Just like last year, TRENDnet has put faith in the latest chipsets from Qualcomm Atheros, be it...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2015

D-Link's Networking Solutions at CES 2015

D-Link had one of the most exciting networking suites at CES 2015. The fact that they seem to be having the lead when it comes to adopting Broadcom's latest...

8 by Ganesh T S on 1/13/2015

Quantenna Maintains 802.11ac Technology Lead as Broadcom and Marvell Launch New Chipsets

Quantenna was the first to bring a 4x4 MU-MIMO 802.11ac chipset to the market (with the Asus RT-AC87U and the Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7500). It has a number of...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2015

TP-LINK's Networking Solutions at CES 2015

TP-LINK is one of the leading networking solutions vendor in the Asian market. They have been slowly trying to build up a presence in the US, but there has...

2 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2015

Logitech Targets Home Automation Play with Harmony Living Home Lineup

Home Automation and Control - Setting the Stage The increasing popularity of home automation (HA) equipment has fueled the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. However, the low barrier to entry...

27 by Ganesh T S on 9/17/2014

Netgear R7500 Nighthawk X4 Integrates Quantenna 4x4 ac Radio and Qualcomm IPQ8064 SoC

The high-end 802.11ac router market has seen two introductions in the recent past. The first was the Netgear Nighthawk X6 which was based on the Broadcom 5G Wi-Fi XStream...

10 by Ganesh T S on 9/2/2014

Broadcom WICED Sense Boosts IoT Development Ecosystem

The Internt of Things (IoT) revolution is in the process of taking off in a big way with the rising popularity of wearables and home automation platforms. Different vendors...

1 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2014

Ubiquiti Networks Launches mFi In-Wall Manageable Devices

With the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution underway, consumers want the ability to control devices in an automated and easy manner. The home automation market has also received a...

14 by Ganesh T S on 7/2/2014

Netgear and Broadcom Rush Nighthawk X6 (R8000) 6-Stream 802.11ac Router to Market

Netgear's AC1900 router, the R7000 Nighthawk, has been well-received by the market. Since that launch, the 802.11ac market has seen a number of announcements from chipset vendors. While Qualcomm...

26 by Ganesh T S on 6/25/2014

D-Link Enters Home Automation Market with Wi-Fi Smart Plug

In our coverage of CES 2014, we had pointed out leaks about D-Link's entry into the home automation market with a 'smart' plug controlled via Wi-Fi. Today, D-Link is...

12 by Ganesh T S on 5/6/2014

Ruckus Brings Cloud-based Management to Public Wi-Fi Networks

We have been expanding our coverage of wireless networking recently. In particular, there has been plenty of recent action in the enterprise Wi-Fi domain. One of the top requirements...

3 by Ganesh T S on 4/15/2014

Quantenna Announces Development of 10G Wi-Fi 802.11ac Chipset

At the beginning of 2012 Broadcom announced its first 802.11ac chipsets under the banner of 5G (5th generation) WiFi. Since then we've seen the latest high end notebooks adopt...

19 by Ganesh T S on 4/14/2014

Quantenna's QSR1000 Wave2 802.11ac Chipset, ASUS Gets First Dibs in the RT-AC87U

Quantenna's products are not new to AnandTech. We had reviewed Netgear's 3DHD Wireless Home Theater Networking Kit back in 2011. The kit was based on Quantenna's 802.11n solution. Despite...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/14/2014

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