New and unpredictable actresses, emphasis on gaming and lots, lots of mesh: the largest electronics exhibition has provided us with quite a few interesting products in the field of routers
CES 2017, which ended at the beginning of the week, produced very little news in the field of home communications.
The number of new products announced was significantly smaller than in previous exhibitions, and the impression is that the field has exhausted the existing wireless technologies.
At the same time and despite the stagnation, a number of companies that did not operate in this field, decided to surprise and presented products that signal their future intentions.
Mesh technology has conquered the home router market in the last year and has become the hot buzz in this field. The great interest in this technology is due to the fact that it is based on the parallel use of two radio arrays (RF) and therefore it does not suffer from a decrease in speed by a factor of 2, each time another access point is connected.
However, performance tests performed on a number of mesh systems did not show a significant improvement over a standard configuration of Router And access points, a fact that casts doubt on the high costs of these systems.
The first in this field were a number of start- Which they presented During 2016 a line of products in this technology. A few weeks later Netgear joined the celebration (with theOrbi) And Google (with theWi-Fi).
As a result, the other players in the market also had no choice, and in the course of CES 2017, 4 announced that they would be using Linksys, D-Link, TP-Llink and ASUS for their Mesh products - Velop (Approximately $ 500 to 3 units), COVR (Approximately $ 300 to 2 units), Deco M5 (Not yet published cost) andHiveSpot (Approximately $ 400 to 3 units) respectively.
The first is another router In the WRT series The new company, classified asAC3200 And uses the company's network technology Killer NetworkingIt can be found in advanced motherboards designed for gamers. The router is based on a new user interface and in order to wink at its target audience, its color is completely black.
The second router, the EA8300, is cataloged as AC2200, including 4 LAN ports at 1G speed and input USB 3.0 one. Both of these routers will be available towards the middle of the year at a price of $ 330 and $ 230 respectively.
TP-Link also presented Router New and fairly standard, called Archer AC2300, but did not publish detailed information about its features, availability and expected price.
Synology, which specializes primarily in storage arrays (NAS), has introduced another router known as RT2600ac, From whose name it can be understood that it is cataloged as AC2600. It includes 4 LAN ports of 1G one of which can be turned into a WAN input and thus turn the router into a Dual WAN. It also includes two entrances USB And an SD card slot. The router will be available over the next month but its price has not yet been announced.
Xiaomi has introduced a new router, designed for the Chinese market only, that includes a hard disk. The router, the machine We Router HD Cataloged as an AC2600, it will be offered in two versions - one that includes a 1TB disk (at a cost of $ 200) and the other that includes an 8TB disk ($ 500).
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Two new companies joined the home routers, exhibiting their first products in this field.
QNAP, which also specializes in storage arrays, has introduced a machine router TGX-150 Incorporates a SATA connection to a 2.5-inch hard disk or SSD. The router is based on the company's Atomm processor Intel And a thin version of the company's operating system (QTS).
It includes 4 LAN ports of 1G and two inputs USB But its exact wireless catalog has not been released. The company also did not disclose the date of availability and price of the product.
Norton, which specializes in information security products, has introduced a machine router Norton Core Secure Router Which it says is designed to protect IoT devices that connect to it in a way radio.
Other interesting products
Linksys has announced a wireless network card in the USB interface called 3.0 WUSB6400M. This card, cataloged as AC1200, will be available this spring for $ 60.
TP-Link introduced a new Range Extender RE650. Other than being listed as an AC2600, including 4 external antennas and a single 1G port, the company has not released any price and availability information about it.
TREDnet introduced a product HomePlug AV2 Known as TPL-430AP.
This is a wireless adapter cataloged as AC1200, which connects to the home router through Network Power, at a declared theoretical speed of 1.2Gpbs, or using one of its 3 1G ports. The $ 125 product will be available independently or as part of a kit called the TPL-430PK.
This kit will also include a standard sample HomePlug adapter TPL-421E And cost $ 180. The adapter and kit will be available for purchase in the summer.
This list closes Netgear, which presented an access point for the business market WAC510. This point is categorized as AC1200, it includes two 1G LAN inputs one of which supports POE. This product is available immediately for $ 160.
In addition, the company introduced 3 switches with 8 inputs each. The first two - GSS108EPP and-GS408EPP - They are managed switches that include support for 4 and 8 POEE ports respectively and are intended primarily for the business market. They are immediately available at a cost of $ 150 and $ 2700 respectively.
The third switch, the machine GS808E Nighthawk S8000, Is unmanaged, including 8 1G inputs and a QOS settings system, designed for gamers, burned into its firmware. It will be available in about 8 weeks at a price of $ 100.
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