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Buffalo offers new powerline networking gear

Posted in Buffalo by Shane McGlaun on January 16th, 2009

Buffalo PL2-UPA-L1Right now, I live in a single story home of about 1700 square feet. You would think in that modest amount of space that a Wi-Fi signal would be strong everywhere. That isn’t the case, in the living room (a mere 10 feet) from the hub my PS3 often can’t connect to the Web.

To fix that problem I have been eyeing some powerline networking gear and Buffalo has introduced some new kit. The Buffalo PL2-UPA-L1 is the firm’s latest powerline networking gear and uses the DS2 chipset. This means that it is compatible with any other DS2 chipset networking gear around.

Belkin showcases new powerline networking kits

Posted in Powerline by Nino Marchetti on July 11th, 2008

Belkin Powerline AV+If you aren’t a big fan of wireless networking but lack the internal wiring for Ethernet, powerline networking is considered by some the way to go. Belkin is debuting some new products in this category, topping its offerings out with the Belkin Powerline AV+, priced at around $180.

The idea behind powerline networking is to use the electrical wiring in your home to serve as quasi-networking cable. The Belkin Powerline AV+ includes a three-port adapter to support multiple devices, such as A/V equipment or a gaming console, and a one-port adapter to connect to a router.

New D-Link adapter uses home TV cabling for network

Posted in Networking by Nino Marchetti on May 29th, 2008

D-Link Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit (DXN-221)

D-Link unveiled yesterday a new adapter kit for those wishing to extend their home networks via existing TV cabling in the home. This new kit is known as the D-Link Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit (DXN-221) and you’ll find it pricing at around $200.

The D-Link Coax Ethernet Adapter Kit (DXN-221) takes signals from attached Ethernet cables and converts them into outgoing data being transmitted via an attached coaxial cable. It comes with with two adapters, each of which includes an Ethernet port as well as a Coaxial F-type connector for bridging the two adapters together. Other adapters can be purchased separately.

IOGEAR’s USB-sharing Net ShareStation

Posted in Networking by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

IOGEAR’s USB-sharing Net ShareStation
When a device comes along that lets us operate with one less cable on our desk, we’re all for it. The latest offering from IOGEAR uses the sharing-over-network method with its new Net ShareStation.

It plugs into your router (wireless or not) and can take up to four USB devices of your choice, but you’ll need your own AC-powered 4-port USB hub if you want to use more than one device. Yes, that kinda sucks doesn’t it? But if you still want one, you can get it for $80.

IoGear PCPortal allows remote computer access

Posted in Networking by Nino Marchetti on March 10th, 2008

pcportal1.jpgIoGear is out today with a new piece of computer hardware which lets on the go workers “access their home or office computers from across the globe, as if they were working on the machine directly.” It is called the PCPortal and pricing is at around $500.

The IoGear PCPortal is completely hardware based, reportedly only requiring an Internet connection, Web browser and your router’s current IP address. With this device you can, for example, do remote file transfers or troubleshoot a remote machine if it is not operating correctly. This device allows for access to multiple machines when connected through a USB KVM switch.

Cisco makes a big fast switch

Posted in Networking by Darrin Olson on January 28th, 2008

Cisco Nexus 7000 series switch with 10 Gigabit EthernetCisco today unveiled the Nexus 7000 series networking switch boasting remarkable speeds of 15 terabits per second through a “unified fabric” architecture giving very high speed connections through very long distances. Cisco has invested around three years and $250 million into this technology which Doug Gourlay of Cisco describes as the most important product launch since the dawn of switches themselves.

A networking switch is designed to control the flow and direction of data quickly and efficiently between computers, and the Nexus 7000 has the same purpose, but with some significant differences. Aside from just an impressive bandwidth the switch family uses a hybrid type of connection which combines Fibre Channel and Infiniband cables with Ethernet cables giving a very high speed connection that is able to connect computers over great distances that the Fibre Channel and Infiniband cables were unable to do in the past. Distances between machines in this network will be measured in hundreds of miles instead of feet.