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D-Link DIR-X9000 and DIR-X6060 Flagship 802.11ax Routers Pictured

D-Link this CES showed off its flagship 802.11ax Wi-Fi router, the DIR-X9000 (pictured below in silver), which meets the AX11000 standard (11 Gbps combined wireless throughput). The router takes in a 2.5 Gbps WAN port, has four downstream 1 GbE ports. Its wireless chops include 4x4 MU-MIMO over its eight antennae meeting 802.11ax specifications (dual-band plus MIMO and MU-MIMO). The company also showed off the DIR-6060 (pictured below, teal), with a combined wireless bandwidth of 6 Gbps.

Why would anyone need this much wireless bandwidth? The D-Link rep we spoke to said that D-Link understands that people don't upgrade their Wi-Fi routers for years, with a large population still on 801.11n (150-300 Mbps) routers, with the guiding logic being that Wi-Fi bandwidth being significantly higher than your Internet bandwidth comes with little benefit. The DIR-X9000 is a router you buy, install, and forget about for the greater part of a decade. It has sufficient bandwidth for multiple 4K UHD video streams flying around your house, while your appliances are increasingly IoT ready.

D-Link's McAfee-Powered AC2600 Router Automatically Protects Connected Devices

D-Link and McAfee today announced the D-Link AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee (DIR-2680), an all-in-one solution that automatically increases security for devices on the home network and delivers on both companies' vision to address the pressing need for online security as people's lives become increasingly connected. The comprehensive solution includes D-Link's high-performance dual-band 802.11ac router with MU-MIMO technology that enhances network capacity and efficiency for users, McAfee Secure Home Platform that automatically protects all devices connected to the network, and the Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV500 Series to deliver robust Wi-Fi connectivity to numerous connected devices at the same time, running a range of high-bandwidth applications.

The number of connected devices in the home has skyrocketed - from tablets and gaming consoles, to IP surveillance cameras, smart door locks, and more. By 2020, Gartner estimates there will be 20 billion connected things, and their role and influence is set to dramatically increase over the next 10 years1. They've also raised a new crop of security issues, as Internet of Things (IoT) devices are subject to attacks just like any other connected device like a PC or smartphone. The new D-Link AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee immediately and automatically helps secure all connected devices at the network level in a home, including non-display IoT devices, providing an additional layer of protection from potential hackers and for members of the home using devices and accessing online content.

Optimize Your Home Network with Tenda's Latest Nova MW6 Mesh Wi-Fi System

Increasing numbers of connected devices causes connection drop offs, slow performance and dead spots. Most homes in the UK suffer from these common WiFi problems. The new Nova MW6 Mesh Wi-Fi system from Tenda Technology, a leading manufacturer of networking devices, has been created to optimize your home network, eliminating connection frustration, by blanketing your home with fast, efficient and reliable WiFi coverage. With the Nova MW6 in place, householders will be enabled to start their journey to their Smart Home of the future.

The ideal solution for improving WiFi reception throughout your home, the Nova MW6 kit, which includes three WiFi nodes as standard, provides wireless coverage for spaces up to 6,000 square feet. Powered by the latest True Mesh technology, each node is capable of performing as a router or an extender and connect seamlessly with each other to provide whole home wireless coverage. The nodes have been cleverly designed to look and feel stylish, but more importantly, boast a seamless roaming feature so that you can move freely from room to room without losing WiFi connection for lag-free video calling and internet browsing, and consistent online gaming.

D-Link Launches Duo of Gigabit Wi-Fi Routers for Home Users

D-Link has announced the launch of two new routers, designed specifically to meet the demands of the modern home. The DIR-878 Gigabit Router and DIR-882 Gigabit Router offer the fastest wireless speeds and most extensive coverage currently available on the market.

Both Wi-Fi Gigabit Routers come with Multiple-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) with Advanced AC SmartBeam. MU-MIMO technology allows the routers to send and receive large amounts of data to and from devices simultaneously, increasing throughput and application responsiveness, whilst Advanced AC SmartBeam steers the wireless signal to where it is needed to significantly improve wireless range. Using innovative 802.11ac Wave 2 technology, both routers also offer combined wireless speeds of up to 1.9 Gbps and 2.533 Gbps respectively.

Marvell Announces the Industry's Most Complete 802.11ax Wireless Portfolio

Marvell, a leader in storage, networking, and connectivity semiconductor solutions today introduced the industry's most complete 802.11ax wireless product portfolio. The Marvell 802.11ax product family is architected to deliver breakthrough performance, improved network efficiency, low latency and enterprise-grade reliability. Marvell is the first to offer a full MU-MIMO and OFDMA uplink and downlink based on the latest IEEE 802.11ax standards which will help the next generation of high-end users, "Generation Upload," with real-time cloud-based requirements.

Delivering consistent performance and reliability is becoming increasingly difficult for networks already straining to support a dramatic increase in connected devices, high definition streaming video, social media and cloud applications. The average household will have about 50 connected devices by 2022. Major technology advancements are needed to better support today's diverse users that are driving higher end emerging use cases such as virtual and augmented reality, live streaming and smart cities.

ASUS Announces the 802.11ax-enabled RT-AX88U Wi-Fi Router

At IFA 2017, ASUS introduced a number of new products, from laptops to routers. One of the more interesting announcements made by the company was the RT-AX88U Wi-Fi router, which packs technology that is actually ahead of its time. The 802.11ax specification is expected to be finalized and publicly released only by 2019, but as with previous improvements to the 802.11 protocol, products supporting the standard are already hitting the shelves. remember that support for unfinished specifications is always subject to change, but if you're looking to purchase a new router and want to be as future-proof as possible, it doesn't get much better than this.

The next-generation RT-AX88U 802.11ax Wi-Fi supports unprecedented combined speeds of up to 5952 Mbps - 1148 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 4804 Mbps on the 5GHz band, with 4x4 MIMO in both bands. Only three companies - Quantenna, Qualcomm and Broadcom have 802.11ax-enabled silicon as of the end of August 2017; ASUS elected to use Broadcom's solutions. New technologies for the 802.11ax include OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing, which should enable better spectral efficiency in convoluted network conditions) and MU-MIMO (Multi-User MIMO). Thanks to this, the 802.11ax technology provides 4x faster throughput than 802.11ac technology on connected devices in dense environments, while also increasing network capacity and efficiency. This means the ASUS RT-AX88U supports more simultaneous data transfers than 802.11ac MU-MIMO routers, allowing more devices to have faster network access at the same time without waiting for each other - perfect for homes with a growing number of smart, connected devices. RT-AX88U uses TWT technology to reduce unnecessary communications to 802.11ax devices, reducing power consumption and improving device battery life. Pricing wasn't announced at time of writing.
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