I have two access points stolen from one of my clients, a mid-size hotel somewhere in the Bay Area. Six days later, the thief decides to connect one of the access points to his network. Of course, the access point reconnected to my cloud controller giving me complete access to the stolen unit. Just to mess around with the dumb thief, I decided to change the Wi-Fi password of the access point. I also changed the SSID to “Stolen from xxx hotel.” I’m sure his neighbors are delighted to see such a unique SSID. And one more thing, I turned on the “locate” feature causing the access point to blink every second. I hope the thief sleeps through fine with a blinking blue light at night.
Linksys upgraded one of their top routers, the WRT1900. The latest version is called WRT1900ACS. This is the second installment with faster processors and faster results. The 2.4GHz band has a theoretical throughput of 600 Mbps, while the 5.0GHz band has a theoretical throughput of 1300 Mbps. Here’s one good review from PCWorld.
Google is coming out with a new version of Chromecast later this month. This is at the heels from an announcement Apple when it released the latest version of the Apple TV a few weeks ago. Chromecast is also competing with Amazon and Roku in the media streaming space. Details of the newer Chromecast have been sketchy, but rumors have been swirling around that the newer versions can connect to the faster wireless signals, namely 802.11ac.
You knew WiFi on trains and buses were not good. What you didn’t know is they are really bad, according to a review by Dan Berman of NationalReview.com. “In some stretches between DC and New York, you basically don’t have the Internet at all.”
Google is in partnership with TP-Link to release a new router called OnHub.
Here are some of it’s features.
Despite the unassuming look, there are 13 antennas inside the OnHub, with the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands getting six each, plus a congestion-sensing antenna to make a baker’s dozen. They’re arranged in a circular pattern to ensure reliable coverage throughout your home. OnHub is an 802.11ac router powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of DDR3L memory. It also has 4GB of eMMC flash and 8MB of NOR flash, a USB 3.0 port, built-in 3W speaker, WPA2-PSK security, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.15.4 conformance. It supports speeds of up 1,900Mbps.
OnHub will retail at $199. It will be available in a few weeks.