The Trendnet TEW-818DRU brings the cost of top Wi-Fi performance to a new low

The TEW-818DRU AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router is Trendnet's first in the increasingly popular crowd of AC1900 Wi-Fi routers. A little late to the game, but it turns out it's worth the wait.

In my testing, the Trendnet was among the three fastest routers on the market, with great range and an excellent Wi-Fi signal. On the downside, the router's USB ports didn't work well with portable drives, and there's no wall-mounting option.

In all, at the current street price of $180, the Trendnet TEW-818 is a formidable contender to the other best home wireless … Read more

Broadcom aims to double Wi-Fi speeds with new 802.11ac chip

BARCELONA, Spain -- Broadcom announced a new networking processor Monday that brings a faster flavor of the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard to mobile phones.

The BCM4354 system-on-a-chip supports the 2x2 MIMO (multiple input/multiple output) technology, which can transfer data faster on a single frequency by using two transmitting antennas and two receiving antennas. The technology -- at least when a newer 802.11ac-equipped network access point is on hand -- doubles the data rate of earlier 1x1 products while cutting power usage by 25 percent, the company said Monday here at the Mobile World Congress.

Faster Wi-Fi is … Read more

Wilocity: 2015 phones getting extra-fast 802.11ad networking

BARCELONA -- The newest, highest-speed incarnation of Wi-Fi networking, 802.11ad, is coming to mobile phones.

Wilocity announced Sunday it will show a prototype phone at Mobile World Congress that, with the company's wireless networking chips, can use the 5Gbps wireless communication links. The company's upcoming Sparrow chipset for phones will join existing chips that can be used in laptops and tablets, said Mark Grodzinsky, the company's vice president of marketing.

"Phone makers will be integrating it into phones in the second half of 2014," Grodzinsky said. "You'll see the first phones in … Read more

Turn off Bluetooth to fix AirPlay mirroring bug in OS X

AirPlay, Apple's technology for wirelessly streaming audio and video between devices, makes it convenient to watch or listen to media that's stored on one Mac on another Mac, an Apple TV, an audio system, or a similar device as long as it is on the same local network.

This technology involves minimal configuration, but some people report experiencing connectivity issues in which the image shows static, is choppy, or presents frozen images while the connection gets dropped. In particular this affects owners of the late-2013 MacBook Pro and Mac Pro systems when connecting using a 802.11b or … Read more

Buffalo unveils a range of 802.11ac routers at CES 2014

Buffalo, the first networking vendor to come out with an 802.11ac router almost two years ago, the WZR-D1800H, is at it again at CES 2014.

The company unveiled three new routers today at CES, ranging of top-tier to mobile including the AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router (model WXR-1900DHP), the AirStation AC 1200 Dual Band Wireless Router (model WHR-1166D) and the AirStation AC433 Wireless Travel Router (model WMR-433).

The AirStation Extreme AC 1900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router offers high-speed, dual-band wireless connectivity, delivering currently the top performance of up to 1300Mbps on the 5Ghz band (… Read more

Top 5 home routers of 2013: It's a win for 802.11ac

For home networking, 2013 was the year of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Virtually all networking vendors have at least one device that supports this new, much faster wireless specification. On the client side, there are more and more devices that also support 802.11ac, such as the latest MacBook Air or the MacBook Pro.

But not all 802.11ac routers are created equal. There are at least a few of them that you should avoid. Following, however, is the list of five routers I found to be the best of 2013 and all of them support 802.11ac.

They … Read more

Xiaomi Wi-Fi router makes 'some assembly required' a perk, not a problem

The words "some assembly required" are rarely auspicious, but Chinese electronics company Xiaomi is betting the idea can be a selling point.

Customers buying unassembled flat-pack furniture or bicycles usually get extra work in exchange for a lower price. For Xioami's new Mi Wi-Fi 802.11ac router, the company apparently thinks building it will be half the fun.

"We're shipping the new Mi Wi-Fi router to our first 500 beta users unassembled in a beautiful wooden box, complete with white anti-static gloves," said Hugo Barra, vice president of Xioami Global and Google's former … Read more

Broadcom CTO's crystal ball shows wearable widgets, gigabit broadband (Q&A)

Maybe it's time for Broadcom Chief Technology Officer Henry Samueli to get a little of the limelight.

For years, CPU makers like Intel, IBM, and Apple got the glory in the processor industry. But as mobile and cloud computing explodes, communication chips are getting more important, and that's the market where the company Samueli co-founded is a dominant player.

Wednesday, the company announced a new processor that's emblematic of the new trends in the computing industry. The BCM20736 is a modest little thing -- a chip that lets a device communicate over low-power Bluetooth links and charge … Read more

Five 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers not to pick for your home

By now you should have heard about the new 802.11ac (AC for short) wireless standard, which offers up to 1.3Gbps Wi-Fi speed to compatible clients. (If not, check out this post.) Since the new standard is available only on the newer 5Ghz frequency band, all AC routers on the market are true dual-band (also supporting the older 2.4Ghz frequency band) to work with all existing Wi-Fi clients. Most of them are regarded as high-end routers.

In all, AC Wi-Fi is great but not all home routers supporting this new standard are worth your hard-earned cash. Following is … Read more

Linksys turns Wi-Fi up a notch with Smart Wi-Fi EA6900 router

Linksys introduced today at IFA 2013 the latest in its Smart Wi-Fi EA series of home networking devices, the EA6900 true dual-band router.

The new device's marketing name is Linksys Smart Wi-Fi AC1900 router, and the AC1900 hints that it offers a combined speed on both its 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands of up to 1,900Mbps. More specifically, on the 5GHz band, the router offers up to 1,300Mbps when used with 802.11ac-enabled clients, and on the 2.4GHz band it offers up to 600Mbps to supported 802.11n clients.

While the speed of 802.11ac … Read more