You’ve got broadband, right? Are you sure you do? Well, it turns out that the US might well be slipping further down the international ‘what speed can you get’ tables as UK telecom giant BT Openreach has just fessed up that it will be rolling out a 300Mbps wholesale network as soon as spring 2012. As the network is FTTP, there shouldn’t be any more of the old ‘up to’ claims that have plagued the UK market until now. Also, since it’s wholesale, we’ve got our fingers crossed there won’t be any nasty price hiking either, so no need for other providers to start bumping their gums about how unfair it is. So it might not be a gigabit network, but with the UK joining the broad-band-super-speed-party, the US needs to up it’s gross point average of 5.3Mbps soon, or risk being left at the children’s table. If you’re prepared to pine mournfully for what your UK friends have in store, hit the PR past the break.
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BT Openreach launching 300Mbps broadband in the UK – high in fibre, low in fat originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 05 Oct 2011 19:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Between our TVs, PCs, game consoles, and even refrigerators, most every room of our homes have devices needing an on-ramp to the information superhighway. To keep these gadgets connected, D-Link has debuted its Amplifi home networking equipment to bathe every square foot of your abode in ample bandwidth. There’s the $150 HD Media Router 1000 that does 802.11n WiFi at 300 Mbps and has QoS technology to make sure your HD video streams and games are lag-free, plus four Gigabit Ethernet ports and an SD card reader. The Whole Home Router 1000 is $120 and sports similar specs sans the SD slot, but also packs D-Link’s SmartBeam technology that tracks devices and “focuses beams of bandwidth” to keep you connected in every room. D-Link’s $160 WiFi Booster also uses SmartBeam tech to extend your network’s range via the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands and put four more Gigabit Ethernet ports anywhere you choose. Lastly, the Powerline AV 500 Adapter ($100) and Gigabit switch ($200) give you screaming 500Mbps speeds from any electrical outlet. Interested? Well, they’re all available now, except for the laggard Whole Home Router 1000, which isn’t available until August. PR’s after the break.
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D-Link’s Amplifi networking suite keeps the whole mansion connected originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, gigabit switch
, wifi booster
You’ll be forgiven for not being intimately familiar with Californian ISP Sonic.net, though we get the feeling you’ll also wish it operated a little closer to your abode by the time you’ve finished reading this. You see, Sonic has always dabbled in the business of high-speed, low-price internet connectivity, and now it’s going for the jugular with a new fiber-to-the-home service, which costs just $69.95 a month, reaches speeds up to 1Gbps, and bundles in two phone lines and unlimited long distance calling. Just for reference, Comcast’s “Extreme” 105Mbps connection costs $105 a pop when taken as part of a bundle, whereas Sonic’s budget menu option will net you a 100Mbps line for $39.95 (plus a phone line with unlimited calls). Understandably, Sonic’s grand plan is starting out small, with a trial in Sebastopol spanning 700 households, but provided the company doesn’t go bust by giving people so much for so little, expansion to bigger cities will follow, with San Francisco and Santa Rosa being the prime candidates. And just in case you’re questioning Sonic’s credentials, Google’s chosen the ISP to manage its gigabit fiber network at Stanford University, and who knows ultrafast broadband better than Google?
Sonic.net starts trial of 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home internet in California, asks just $70 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 02:49:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
, gigabit internet
The new Logitec (not Logitech) LAN-WH450N/GR offers four Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking that maxes out at a theoretical 450Mbps, and just about the wildest router design we’ve yet seen. Yes, it’s justified by improved wireless throughput as a result of having three antennas sprouting out of the thin-bodied device, but who is Logitec trying to kid? It’s a futuristic, desktop-straddling robocopter and everyone at that company knows it. Should you or the geek in your life be interested in obtaining one, the new routers are going on sale in Japan in mid-April for