Ethernet Speed Certification

Inspired by the IP industry where engineers have a huge resource of off-shelve tools and materials that they can call on to inspire new designs and easily create software to make things work, the Ethernet testing industry is quickly adopting an approach where testers are specifically designed to certify Ethernet.

6 New Routers That Can Handle All Your Smart Home Needs

Stacey Higginbotham for Fortune:  Routers, those typically ugly-looking devices that provide Wi-Fi, have long been a weak link in home network security. Hackers can take advantage easy-to-guess passwords and lax manufacturing standards by an industry that has long focused on price over security, asdetailed Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal.

Homeowners, for their part, haven’t exactly focused on network security either. Many have no idea what routers do and instead rely on their Internet service provider to include them in their modems.

When ISPs started charging monthly rental fees of $4 to $7 for modems, some consumers started buying their own home networking gear. But most people still shop based on price.

Even those looking for high-end features don’t have much to choose from. Most routers come with only a limited number of extras.  That is changing though.  Cont'd...

Installer Tips: Understanding Wireless AP Placement

Educate yourself on how Wi-Fi works, make sure your site surveys are thorough, use tools and testing to help you design, and ask your vendor for help. Do all of these things, and you'll be much more likely to install great Wi-Fi networks for satisfied, happy customers.

A Quick Study of Power over Ethernet

PoE+ devices can ask for power in much smaller increments and can change their power needs at any time, depending on what the device is doing, such as "sleeping"-a power saving mode.

Wireless Controllers and Roaming: What You Need to Know

Your customers need stable, secure and useable Wi-Fi, and they need it in increasingly larger spaces and under more challenging conditions. Determining the best wireless solutions will require a little homework on top of considering customer requirements and budgets.

HGI sets requirements for home network devices

QoS and power management in the home network are addressed

2015 Ultra Broadband Forum Debuting in September to Embrace a Gigaband World

Two full days of keynotes, panels and sessions in Madrid, focusing on business innovation and network re-architecture in the Gigaband era

Amped Wireless TITAN, a Long Range, HighPower AC1900 Wi-Fi Router Is Now Available

Ultimate Wi-Fi coverage and bandwidth with 4 Antenna-Rx Technology for the most demanding households.

TP-LINK and Google Collaborate to Launch OnHub, a Router for a New Way to Wi-Fi

OnHub's Innovative Antenna Design Helps Maximize Wi-Fi Performance

TP-LINK Ships AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Routers

Archer C3200 Tri-Band Routers Deliver High-Performing Wi-Fi Speeds to Facilitate Simultaneous 4K Video Streaming and Online Gaming across Multiple Devices

Amped Wireless Announces High Power AC1750 Wi-Fi Router with a 4" Touch Screen

Get a blazing-fast, whole-home Wi-Fi network in minutes with a few taps of your finger

TP-LINK Now Shipping TL-PA8030P KIT Powerline Featuring the Latest HomePlug AV2 Standard

AV1200 Gigabit Powerline Adapters Deliver Data at Lightning-fast Gigabit Speeds

Silicon Labs Simplifies IoT Connectivity with Best-in-Class Thread Solution

Market Leader in Mesh Networking Delivers Breakthrough Technology with Thread Protocol Stack and Powerful Development Tools

Setting Up A Dual-WAN Router with a DSL and Cable Provider

Small Net Builder walks through setting up a Dual-WAN router. Dual-WAN routers allow you to setup your home network with service from two separate service providers (in the example a DSL and cable company):

Failover vs. Load Balancing


Better failure detection methods include pinging your ISP's default gateway, pinging a host on your ISP's network, pinging a host elsewhere on the Internet, resolving and pinging an FQDN (fully qualified domain name) or making a TCP connection to an external server.


With load balancing enabled, it is important to configure your router with the speeds of your Internet connections. Many dual WAN routers' default load balancing algorithm equally distribute traffic over both WAN connections. If your Internet connection speeds are not the same, your router needs to know both connection speeds to distribute the traffic load accordingly...

The two routers Small Net Builder uses in their setup article are the Linksys LRT224 ($175) and the ZyWALL 110 ($369). Neither of these routers have wireless radios so you will need to bridge to a separate device for that.


Bandwidth Management

Let's say I want to ensure my Netflix streaming device has enough bandwidth for smooth playback. Netflix recommends 5 Mbps for HD quality streaming.

I would start by giving my Netflix device a static IP address on my network. On the Linksys LRT224, the default LAN network uses the subnet, and the DHCP range is Thus, I could give my Netflix device a static IP address of

In the Linksys LRT224 rule shown below , I've configured both WAN interfaces to allow all traffic to a minimum of 5 Mbps and a maximum of 6 Mbps. The goal in bandwidth management is to give the traffic-sensitive device(s) enough bandwidth, without limiting bandwidth for other devices and users too much. If my Netflix rule turns out to be too low, I can always increase the minimum and maximum values in 500 kbps increments until it works as desired.


Rest of article (Small Net Builder)

Linksys LRT224 detailed review

ZyWALL 110 detailed review

Vivint Becomes First Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) to Offer Fiber-Fast Speeds Through the Air

Vivint Delivers the Fastest Wireless Broadband Service to Single-Family Homes in the U.S. ---- Company Adds Wireless Pioneer, Arogyaswami J. Paulraj, Ph.D., to Its Advisory Board

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