Comcast is adding two new solutions to its Xfinity internet services. One is xFi, a Wi-Fi management console for home owners to manage their Wi-Fi network, and a xFi Advanced Ethernet Gateway. Both services are expected to enhance the user experience of the Comcast Xfinity internet service and make home Wi-Fi configuration easier. The xFi platform is also the foundation to facilitate a stream of new services coming from Comcast.
Control4 has launched a new family of power control devices for the Control4 smart home. The Pakedge PowerPak Power Distribution Units (PDU) help to protect your connected home appliances against surge protection, and with networking capabilities your dealer can monitor and manage the PowerPak PDUs remotely. The new PDUs also leverage SafeStart boot sequencing to power on devices such as modems, routers, and switches in the appropriate order – ensuring proper reset and optimal functionality.
If you are planning on changing your home router this Christmas, NETGEAR has just introduced the latest Nighthawk WiFi home router. Called the Nighthawk X10 AD7200, it offers the latest and fastest in WiFi home networking. According to Netgear the Nighthawk X10 has a powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core processor, the fastest processor in a home router; along with next generation high speed 802.11ad WiFi so you can enjoy media streaming at its best.
The use of the internet is growing at an exponential rate, according to Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index. They are predicting global IP traffic to triple over the next five years at an approximate rate of 22 percent per year. They are expecting this growth to come from; an increase in internet users, more devices and the type of traffic being consumed. As a result of this growth, the Internet of Things (IoT) sector can expect global revenue of more than $682 billion over the next ten years.
This week will see the launch of Bluetooth 5, an improved version that will offer more connected services for those who love to be connected. The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) is schedule to make the announcement this week in London, according to the Bluetooth SIG Executive Director, Mark Powell. The new standard promises new features that will allow a more connected lifstyle, in and outside the home.
Like access to the radio and television, access to the internet has now become a necessity, for most in the developed world. the offering of services via the internet have increased and there is the added benefit that if you use the internet for these services you will save money. Also, to support advance learning the use of the internet is required.
Lynx Technology, the new name for PacketVideo in North American and Europe has release Twonky 8.2, with IPv6, DIAL, audiobook support and cloud-based capabilities. Lynx said the new features added to Twonky 8.2 were in direct response to changing consumer preferences regarding media consumption in the connected home.
When buying your home router have you ever stop to ask what some of the abbreviations mean? One of these is DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification), which is the technology standard that helps to determine your broadband speed. As cable operators delay the role out of FTTH (Fibre To The Home) and try to get more speed out of copper wire, you will need a gateway router that support these latest standard to take advantage of the speed improvements.
Femtocell and Small Cell is touted as an ideal solution for cutting mobile costs and boosting indoor network coverage. For mobile devices, it promises to offers faster data connections and fewer dropped calls, and improved mobile voice quality. Despites their benefits these devices have show slow take up from residential and small businesses. However, according to a report titled “Small Cells and Femtocells Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2013 to 2019”, this is about the change.
Over the next ten years connected LED lighting has to potential to be the most promising vertical market segment in IoT (Internet of Things) market, this is according to research firm Berg Insight. According to Berg Insight, “The global shift from inefficient traditional light bulbs to energy saving LED technology is creating a massive window of opportunity for adding connectivity to the next generation of lighting systems”.