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Wireless News Roundup Sept 28-Oct 4

Sept 28-Oct4

Just in case you missed it, here’s what happened in 802.11ac wireless last week with Ruckus, Netgear, D-Link and more:

Ruckus brings Wi-Fi to USS Midway maritime museum– Ruckus Wireless, in partnership with Equinox Telecom, a supplier of advanced networking systems and services, was selected by the USS Midway Museum to supply  802.11ac Smart Wi-Fi products and technology to transform the visitor experience and guest engagement at one of the most visited maritime museums in the world, the USS Midway. 

Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7500, Nighthawk X4S D7800 review– The Netgear Nighthawk X4 R7500 is an 802.11ac router rated at providing combined throughput of 2,300Mbit/s across its 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. That breaks down as 600Mbit/s on 2.4GHz and 1,730Mbit/s on the 5GHz band. The router is also available with a built-in ADSL and VDSL (fibre) modem, as the Nighthawk X4S D7800. To help with carrying so much bandwidth, the routers have four external high-power antennas. The rest of the design is the usual fare we’ve come to expect from the Nighthawk range; sleek black lines and harsh, aggressive angles. White LEDs show you when there’s activity on the router’s four Gigabit Ethernet ports, wireless networks and other ports.

Review: DrayTek Vigor2925ac Dual-WAN Security Router– A full-featured router with 802.11ac Wi-Fi suitable for the advanced home setup or office. When stuffing around with Cisco or Juniper gear isn’t appropriate or too expensive, network engineers tend to get DrayTek equipment instead. DrayTek’s Vigor firmware is generally full featured, relatively easy to setup and the price is quite reasonable. The Vigor2925 is neat little unit that continues the DrayTek tradition of heaps of features at a comparatively low price for both home and business use.

D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi USB 3.0 Adapter (DWA-192)– If you’ve recently upgraded to an 802.11ac router, but are still using older Wi-Fi adapters in your laptop and desktop PCs, you’re not realizing the full potential of your new router. Retro-fitting your desktop clients with an internal 802.11ac adapter can be daunting, and with most laptops it is virtually impossible. Enter the D-Link AC1900 Wi-Fi USB 3.0 Adapter (DWA-192), a $129.99 dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter that uses a USB port to deliver outstanding throughput and solid range performance. All this throughput goodness doesn’t come cheap, and the adapter itself is relatively large, but the DWA-192 is still our Editors’ Choice for wireless network adapters.

Omni-directional MIMO Antenna offers dual polarity operation– Combining 4 antennas in one package, HyperGain DPU Series features separate horizontal and vertical elements for 2.4 GHz frequency band and another set of horizontal and vertical elements for 5 GHz frequency band. Dual polarized unit can be used with MIMO/802.11ac devices to enable multi-stream communication up to 4 streams. Available in 6, 9, and 11 dBi gain, outdoor antenna features UV-resistant PVC radome and heavy-duty extruded aluminum base.

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  • Descriptions of each solution and their strengths
  • Important questions to ask yourself and potential vendors when considering a solution
  • Market overview of the current 802.11ac wireless space
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