D-Link Announced New Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge

D-Link announced its new Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge (DAP-1513), allowing consumers to easily expand a home network by wirelessly connecting up to four devices. Equipped with 802.11n technology, 2.4 GHz and 5GHz dual-band, for an enhanced media experience and a four-port Fast Ethernet switch, the DAP-1513 is ideal for connecting a wide range of network-ready devices for streaming HD videos, playing online games and sharing music, photos, movies, and more within a home network.

Featuring selectable dual-band to offer flexibility on how to best connect to the home network, the DAP-1513 can bridge a wireless signal from either a 2.4GHz or 5GHz network. Consumers can choose from the 5GHz band, ensuring smooth video streaming or online gaming with less interference, or the 2.4GHz band, ideal for surfing the Web or sharing photos. In addition, Intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) automatically organizes and prioritizes network traffic according to bandwidth needs to ensure a smooth connection over both wired and wireless networks.

“The Wireless N Dual Band MediaBridge allows consumers to quickly and easily expand their home wireless networks to connect PCs, game consoles, media players, and more without running any messy cables,” says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. “And, dual-band connectivity makes it ideal for streaming HD video content, whether you’re watching your favorite shows or battling with friends in an online game.” Read the rest of this entry »

Cisco Next-Generation Linksys Wireless Routers and Switches

Cisco® is continuing its legacy of leadership in home networking with the launch of its new Linksys E-Series family − a complete suite of powerful and easy-to-use next-generation Wireless-N routers and switches.


With Internet video consumption exploding and sales of wireless-enabled products such as tablets and game consoles steadily growing, consumers are seeking greater performance, reliability and simplicity from their home wireless networks.  The new Linksys Wireless-N routers and switches, available today, offer a complete range of options that set a new standard for speed, range, and ease-of-use, while also sporting a visually-appealing new design. Read the rest of this entry »

New CPE delivers greater uplink performance while lowering operator capital and operating expenses

The Networks business of Motorola announced the latest WiMAX device added to its extensive portfolio of customer premises equipment (CPE) and USB dongles.

The new CPEi 825 wireless broadband modem supports data and voice with an integrated voice over IP (VoIP) port. It builds upon the functionality of earlier CPEs in the portfolio to deliver improved uplink performance, network operations, management and self diagnostics, meaning a better experience for customers and decreased expense for operators due to the unit’s remote management capability.

The CPEi 825 also features multiple input/multiple output (MIMO) functionality, a highly sensitive receiver, omni-directional performance, high-power output and high-gain polarized antennas with switched transmit diversity. These factors stretch the service level areas of the network, improve cell-edge performance, reduce uplink overhead on the access points and increase uplink efficiency, which is the limiting factor in most WiMAX network deployments. Together, these factors improve the end-user experience and enhance the overall site capacity.

“The CPEi 825 is based on Motorola’s proven WiMAX CPE experience gained from the performance of our devices in dozens of networks operating around the world,” said Bruce Brda, senior vice president, Motorola Networks. “This is our fourth-generation WiMAX CPE platform, and with each generation, we build in more functionality while driving down the prices so our operators can compete more effectively.”

The CPEi 825 has one data port and one voice access port. It also features a firewall for security, providing an effective solution for residential communication needs. The desktop unit can be mounted on a wall with an optional accessory that lets users position the unit in the best possible location for improved indoor performance.

Motorola’s latest CPE features easy-to-read signal strength indicators and WiMAX network, data and voice status indicators on the front of the device that are visible from a greater than 240-degree view angle. This feature makes it easier for users to check the status of the device.

In addition, the Motorola CPEi 825 supports remote management capability, allowing management and health monitoring of the devices from a standards-based centralized device management server, such as OMA-DM or TR-069 platforms. Network operators may further benefit from using Motorola’s NBBS remote device management software platform – built on industry-standard protocols, providing maximum flexibility for the operator with multi-vendor CPE support – allowing effective, reliable management of all configurable devices, including support for TR-069, OMA-DM, SNMP, WIB, Telnet and HTTP DL Server – streamlining operations, improving customer care and delivering enhanced services.

The CPEi 825 will be available in the 2.3GHz, 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz bands beginning in Q3 2010.

For more information about Motorola’s WiMAX solutions visit www.motorola.com/wimax.

NASA extends the World Wide Web out into Space

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station received a special software upgrade this week – personal access to the Internet and the World Wide Web via the ultimate wireless connection.

Expedition 22 Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer made first use of the new system Friday, when he posted the first unassisted update to his Twitter account, @Astro_TJ, from the space station. Previous tweets from space had to be e-mailed to the ground where support personnel posted them to the astronaut’s Twitter account.

“Hello Twitterverse! We r now LIVE tweeting from the International Space Station — the 1st live tweet from Space! 🙂 More soon, send your ?s”

This personal Web access, called the Crew Support LAN, takes advantage of existing communication links to and from the station and gives astronauts the ability to browse and use the Web. The system will provide astronauts with direct private communications to enhance their quality of life during long-duration missions by helping to ease the isolation associated with life in a closed environment.

During periods when the station is actively communicating with the ground using high-speed Ku-band communications, the crew will have remote access to the Internet via a ground computer. The crew will view the desktop of the ground computer using an onboard laptop and interact remotely with their keyboard touchpad.

Astronauts will be subject to the same computer use guidelines as government employees on Earth. In addition to this new capability, the crew will continue to have official e-mail, Internet Protocol telephone and limited videoconferencing capabilities.

To follow Twitter updates from Creamer and two of his crewmates, ISS Commander Jeff Williams and Soichi Noguchi, visit: http://twitter.com/NASA_Astronauts

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