Netgear today announced what it claims is the industry's first AC3200 tri-band Wi-Fi router, the Nighthawk X6. That claim is born from the fact that this is the only consumer tri-band router that's available to purchase today (in pre-order form, with shipping expected in July) -- Asus has its RT-AC3200 on tap as well, though it doesn't look like it will beat Netgear's newest unit into homes.
Little Bobby's upstairs wondering why his wireless Xbox connection keeps dropping out, his sister's in the next room waiting on her streaming tunes to finish buffering, and you're just wanting a reliable Internet connection. Did you skimp on a router? That blue-light special you picked up isn't so special, after all. A big boy router will offer up a strong signal so Bobby can stay in the game and his sister can belt out Katy Perry's playlist. Looking for one? Then check out today's top deal for a Netgear WNDR4300-100NAS N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router - Premium Edition for $90 with free shipping (normally $150; use coupon code: [EMCWVVX49]). This model has 128MB of RAM plus 128MB of flash storage so you can (optionally) flash it with third-party firmware, and it's loaded with other features like DLNA support, Time Machine compatibility, ReadyShare USB access, and the list goes on.
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The death of the full tower has been greatly exaggerated, and the same is true of desktop PCs. So you want to build killer gaming rig in a chassis that looks like it snacks on NUCs? No problem! You can get started by checking out today's top deal for a DIYPC Adventurer 9601G Black Steel Full Tower Gaming Case for $75 with free shipping (normally $130; additional $15 mail-in-rebate). Measuring 20 inches by 8 inches by 19 inches, there's plenty of room for your components. It comes with 5 pre-installed fans and has room for two more, plus an integrated three-channel fan speed controller.
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U.S. District Judge Susan Illston denied Asus' request to dismiss a lawsuit brought on by Netgear accusing the company of reporting misleading information related to the signal strength of its wireless routers, which if true would be in violation of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations. Asus' motion to dismiss was scheduled for a hearing, but Judge Illston denied the motion last Thursday.
Ballmer's Retirement, Nvidia Shield, and Netgear takes Asus to Court.
It’s time for episode #210 of the No BS Podcast, and this time we kicked things off by discussing Steve Ballmer's retirement as the CEO of Microsoft. Next Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang shares his hands-on experience with Nvidia's Sheild, and we discuss the lawsuit between Netgear and Asus while pondering if we could ever quit the Internet. To wrap things up we handled some reader questions, and each editor delivered his or her editor's picks.
Netgear is making some pretty serious accusations against rival Asus in regards to two of the company's wireless routers, the RT-N65U and RT-AC66U. According to a complaint filed with the FCC and subsequent lawsuit, Netgear says the aforementioned routers that sit on store shelves and are available to purchase online emit higher wireless signals than what the FCC allows. Netgear further alleges that Asus conspired with QuieTek Corporation, an independent testing laboratory, to submit false test results to the FCC to ensure certification as part of a grand plan to eliminate Asus' competitors from the wireless market.
Now might not be the best time to upgrade your home networking equipment to 802.11ac since a final standard has yet to be ratified, but if you're gung-ho to make the leap anyway, there are plenty of companies that will oblige. Count Netgear among them. Not only is Netgear offering an upgrade path to 802.11ac, it's new R6100 dual-band router is $100, a relatively cheap price tag considering it's a next-generation router.
Netgear's latest router is for those who value 802.11ac over 802.11n performance.
The new R6520 Smart Wi-Fi router from Netgear is the company's newest product to support the 802.11ac wireless standard, and it's designed specifically for people who care more about the draft specification than with having the fastest 802.11n Wi-Fi performance in the 2.4GHz band. It's armed with a dual-core 800MHz engine to enable combined Wi-Fi connections at speeds up to 1600Mbps.
Today’s top deal from Logicbuy is the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD on sale for $79.99 (normally $99.99). The drive has a SandForce controller and sequential read and write speeds of 555MB/s and 510MB/s respectively. We personally like installing SSDs as our primary drives to minimize boot times. If you're in the market to do the same, this isn't a bad deal.
Platform shift hobbles Netgear’s latest ‘prosumer’ NAS
THE CPU WARS aren’t just about x86 procs, PCs, and phones. The second version of Netgear’s ReadyNAS Duo makes the move from an older Sun SPARC chip to ARM, and the transition isn’t pretty.
Netgear’s ReadyNAS Duo v2 uses a single-core Marvell 1.6GHz ARM processor and 256MB of memory. Two sliding hard drive bays are hidden behind the front door and support two drives in capacities up to 3TB each. The ReadyNAS Duo v2 ships in three configurations: empty, half populated (1TB), and fully populated (2x 1TB). We tested the last option, which came with two Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 drives. The chassis is steel and aluminum, not plastic like some other two-bay NAS devices.
The ReadyNAS Duo v2 supports JBOD, RAID 0, RAID 1, and X-RAID2 drive configurations. X-RAID2 is a configuration from Netgear that allows for dynamically expanding your volume by adding more drives—a carryover, one assumes, from Netgear’s larger NAS boxes, as it’s not useful in a two-bay NAS. The back of the NAS features two USB 3.0 ports, a single Gigabit Ethernet jack, and a power plug that connects to an external 60W power supply. A USB 2.0 port is located on the front of the device, along with the power button and LEDs to indicate drive and USB status. A single 9cm case fan on the rear of the NAS takes care of cooling while keeping the noise level to a low hum.