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HomePlug Gets Interoperability Event

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HomePlug Gets Interoperability Event

The HomePlug Alliance announces a multi-vendor event for HomePlug Netricity technology-- bringing together Cisco, Itron, Semtech (EnVerv) and Texas Instruments and the low-frequency, narrow-band IEEE 1901.2 standard.

The Netricity program is designed for long-range powerline networking applications, namely outside-the-home, smart grid, smart city and industrial control. Built using frequencies below 500kHz, the technology incorporates an IEE 802.15.4-based media access control (MAC) layer to enabled hybrid (wired + wireless) networks. The program complements and coexists with the high-bandwidth HomePlug AV and AV2 specifications and standards, as well as HomePlug Green PHY for smart home applications.

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HomePlug Alliance Gets AV2 Certification

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HomePlug Alliance Gets AV2 Certification

The HomePlug Alliance announces the availability of HomePlug AV2 MIMO certification for powerline networking products, as well as the launch of the first HomePlug AV2 certified products, at CES 2015.

Products and CES demos come from HomePlug Alliance members Broadcom, Qualcomm Atheros, D-Link and LEA Networks.

“HomePlug AV2 MIMO products are available now in retail stores worldwide, and many service providers are expected to include HomePlug AV2 MIMO technology in IPTV offerings,” the alliance says. “With MIMO technology, the next generation of HomePlug technology has arrived, delivering much higher data throughput and coverage.”

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D-Link Intros ULTRA Routers

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D-Link Intros ULTRA Routers

D-Link launches the ULTRA Performance series at CES 2015-- a trio of "aggressive" Stealth fighter-style 11AC wifi routers promising wireless speeds of up to 5.3Gbps, improved coverage and a revamped UI.

The routers (specifically the AC5300, AC3200 and AC3100) promise a range of advanced features, including Wireless 11AC Beamforming, automatic client assignment via Smart Connect and a QoS engine complete with drag-and-drop UI for simple prioritisation of applications and devices. Connectivity comes through high-power antennas (4 in the AC3100, 6 in the AC3200 and 8 in the AC5300), as well as gigabit ethernet ports.

Security comes through WPA, WPA2 and Wifi Protected setup. For further performance the AC5300 and AC3100 feature multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology enabling simultaneous transmission to groups of clients, making wifi networks more efficient and faster.

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G.fast Broadband Gets Approval

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G.fast Broadband Gets Approval

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) gives final approval to G.fast, the broadband standard promising access speeds of up to 1Gbit/s over regular telephone cables.

Described as a cost-effective complement to fibre to the home (FTTH) technologies, G.fast uses fibre to the distribution point (FTTdp) architecture to combine the best of fibre and DSL. It features fibre-like speeds within 400m of a distribution point and the customer self-installation of DSL, bringing about improvements for customers and cost-savings for service providers.

ITU says G.fast enables bandwidth-intensive services such as 4k or 8k video streaming, advanced cloud-based storage and communication via HD video. It also serves the broadband needs of SMEs, and provides backhaul for small wireless cell sites and wifi hotspots, with "zero-touch" operation, administration and management making new service rollout faster.

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Bluetooth Reaches Version 4.2

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Bluetooth Reaches Version 4.2

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announces Bluetooth core specification version 4.2-- an update featuring improvements on security and speed, as well as an IP connectivity-enabling profile.

“Bluetooth 4.2 is all about continuing to make Bluetooth Smart the best solution to connect all the technology in your life-- from personal sensors to your connected home," the SIG says. "In addition to the improvements to the specification itself, a new profile known as IPSP enables IPv6 for Bluetooth, opening entirely new doors for device connectivity.”

On the security front Bluetooth 4.2 should make it harder for eavesdroppers (such as Apple's iBeacons) to track devices without direct user permission. It also promises to transfer data up to 2.5 times faster than previous versions, with reductions in both transmission errors and power consumption.

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A BOX for Smart Home Protection

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A BOX for Smart Home Protection

Bitdefender suggests every devices making the Internet of Things is at risks from hackers, viruses and other security hazards-- thus necessitating the BOX, a device designed to secure all customers web-enabled devices.

According to the company the BOX protects PCs, mobile devices, game consoles, smart TVs, smart appliances and more from fraud, malware, data theft, spying and all other online ills. It either connects to a router or acts as one, and intercepts and scans essential parts of the data packets flowing in and out of the network in order to block hazards the network level.

It also provides customers with parental controls and other options via compatible Windows, iOS and Android apps.

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Old TV Frequencies for "Super Wifi"?

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Old TV Frequencies for

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) suggest governments should not auction off old TV frequencies to the highest bidders-- instead they be used to create a free "super wifi" network.

Old TV frequencies allow the transmission of wifi over lower frequencies , resulting in coverage as wide as several kilometres in radius. Such a network could replace pricey mobile services of the 4G variety, leading to far wider mobile internet use.

Current wifi technology operates at high frequencies of 2GHz and above.

The KIT researchers say they also have a technique for the prevention network congestion via the reserving of a 90MHz interval in the UHF bands. Another argument in favour is that in any case the general public should be given preference to the use of electronics communications.

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ZigBee Reaches Version 3.0

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ZigBee Reaches Version 3.0

The ZigBee Alliance unifies multiple ZigBee wireless networking technologies into a single standard-- ZigBee 3.0, a means enabling communications between multiple devices in both residential and enterprise applications.

ZigBee 3.0 is IEEE 802.15.4-based, operates at 2.4GHz and uses ZigBee PRO, the group's standard for network formation and the devices attached to them. However it lacks 2 ZigBee specs, namely Smart Energy 2.0 (an IP-based profile) and RF4CE (a ZigBee version geared at remote controls).

“Underneath the covers we are accommodating these multiple applications in a single standard, so ZigBee thermostats, for example, can be used in either home or office buildings,” the Alliance says.

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A Kiss for Faster Wireless Connectivity

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A Kiss for Faster Wireless Connectivity

Keyssa claims to have a faster means for the wireless transmission of large files between devices in close proximity-- Kiss Connectivity, a low-power system using extremely high frequency (EHF) signals.

According to the company the technology operates at transfer rates of up to 6Gbits per seconds, allowing users to download a 1GB file in as little as 2 seconds. It also has lower power consumption and, being a point-to-point connection, is more secure than network-based solutions.

In comparison, current wifi speeds top at 1.34Gbps, while NFC clocks at around 400kbps.

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