Saturday, March 10, 2018

NETGEAR Orbi WiFi System AC3000 RBK50 Review

We are in a modern age. With that comes the internet, where we can access all kinds of content. Since we enjoy all this content, we tend to get products that will allow us to see that content: computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TV’s etc. We need those devices in order to be able to see that content. But it’s easy to forget about the routers that will get us online. Up for review today is the NETGEAR Orbi WiFi System AC3000 RBK50.

Other than your smartphone, devices need help to connect to the internet. Wi-fi is an amazing thing. But they still need a router that will provide the wi-fi signal for them. Not all routers are created equal. If you’re single, and only need to access the internet with a couple devices, most routers will be sufficient. But if you’re married and have a few teenagers, then you will want a seriously robust router. That’s because, chances are, they all have at least 1 device like a smartphone or tablet. There’s almost probably a couple of laptops, a smart TV or two, and one or two gaming systems. And that's not counting smart home devices like a connected thermostat, or connected wireless speakers for that..."hey Google" experience. This all takes a lot of band width for all of those devices. And if you have a large house of 4000 square feet or more, the job just got a lot harder. So when given the opportunity to review the NETGEAR Orbi RBK50, we naturally jumped on it. Especially since we have a large 4,500 square foot house, several teenagers, multiple portable devices, smart TVs, multiple gaming systems. I was really excited to see how it would perform.

Features and Specs:

1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 3 x 10/100/1000M LAN
LAN Ports
4 x LAN for Satellite
Other Ports
1 x USB 2.0 port
Wi-Fi Standards
Radio 1: IEEE 802.11b/g/n 2.40GHz - 256QAM support

Radio 2: IEEE 802.11a/n/ac 5.00GHz - 256QAM support

Radio 3: IEEE 802.11a/n/ac 5.00GHz - 256QAM support
Wireless Data Rates
Up to 3.0Gbps
Frequency Band
2.4 GHz / 5 GHz / 5 GHz
Six (6) high-performance antennas with high-powered amplifiers
6.70" x 3.11" x 8.89"
1.96 lbs.
Better WiFi. Everywhere.
Take your WiFi device from room to room and Orbi follows with the fastest WiFi speeds possible.

Max Internet Speeds.
Orbi uses Tri-band WiFi to keep your Internet running at max speeds no matter how many devices connect

Your Home. Covered.
Kit of two covers up to a 5,000 square ft home with high performance AC3000 WiFi.

Just Plug In.
With simple setup from your mobile device, your secure WiFi network is ready in just minutes.

The NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 came packaged in a nice color printed box with photos and specs. Opening the box revealed well protected devices held in place with custom cardboard. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic. Quality of the materials used was excellent, as was the fit and finish. The NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 was a well made product. Also included were power cords for both towers, a networking cable, and owner’s manual.

The manual was very easy to read and follow, and with the increasing popularity of apps, I was pleased and intrigued to see there was an app that could be used to set it up. Although unsure how well it would work,  I still thought I’d give it a try. I was extremely impressed with how well it worked, and how easy set-up was with the app. The app was extremely easy to follow, and it took you through all the steps. It was so simple and easy to follow, that even someone who is not tech savvy could have figured it out and followed along. Once setup was done, it was time to try it out, and I couldn’t wait!

As a reference, we used the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750. We had it set up on our main floor, so it would be able to reach the 2nd floor and basement. It worked well, but I felt we could do better. So when given the opportunity to review the NETGEAR Orbi, it was a no brainer. We have 50 MB internet service, which is fast enough and works good for us. And testing, the NETGEAR Nighthawk showed a speed of 38 MB. So I was anxious to see how the NETGEAR Orbi would compare to it.

I had high expectations for the NETGEAR Orbi RBK50. And it delivered in Spades! Having one satellite on the 2nd floor and the router in the basement, I knew it would give good complete coverage. My only concern was the router in the basement getting signal to the satellite up on the 2nd floor. But that wasn’t an issue at all! They reached each other and communicated very well. The NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 provided excellent coverage, and speed. It didn’t matter where I was. Going to, I tested each floor. Basement, main floor and 2nd floor, it didn’t matter. I didn’t get below 46 MB and it got as high as 49 MB. Usually the speed was between 47 and 48 MB. Needless to say, I was impressed.  My only limitation it appeared was my 50MB internet service.  This almost makes me want to upgrade my internet service to 100MB, Lol.

The family was also equally impressed with the performance. After giving it a workout for a few weeks, the NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 performed without a hitch. The Xbox One was always smooth. Netfilx, Hulu, Pandora on Smart TV’s as well as tablets and smartphones also performed smoothly without a hitch. My youngest daughter likes to video chat with friends, and it sometimes got sluggish. But not anymore. And when I really wanted to put it to the test, I had all the kids jump on all their devices, TV’s and game systems, all at the same time. And at the end of the test, the results were the same. Everything was smooth, without any problems. dead zones!

Oh, I almost forgot.  The NETGEAR Orbi also is great for concerned parents.  Included in the NETGEAR Orbi is Circle With Disney.  It is an integrated app that works with the device, to help control it's use with your kids.  Here you can monitor and filter content, time, and devices.  It's smart parental controls.  Here you can create a profile for every member of the family.  That way they don't get content that they shouldn't.  And when it's bedtime, you can just turn off the internet to their devices.  Or you can also give time limits to the devices.  Very cool!

In summary, the NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 is nothing short of brilliant! If you have a large home, and great wi-fi coverage is important to you, the NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 is aces! And if you have a smaller home, I would expect a smaller system would work just as well.  Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 has earned our Editor’s Choice award. With an MSRP of $369.99, the NETGEAR Orbi RBK50 is worth every penny.  For more info and complete specs check out their website at

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Kingston Showcases Mobile Lifestyle Solutions at SXSW 2018

Kingston Showcases Mobile Lifestyle Solutions at SXSW 2018

Extending Storage and Functionality of Apple Products Among Demonstrations, Giveaways of Mobile Lifestyle Line

Fountain Valley, CA – March 5, 2018 – Kingston Digital, Inc. the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, announced that it will exhibit at the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas. Kingston will display its line of Mobile Lifestyle products – DataTraveler® Bolt Duo andNucleum at the SXSW Trade Show.
 “SXSW has evolved over the years to become an indisputable showcase of the most innovative trends in interactive, film, music and other emerging industries,” said Craig Tilmont, director of marketing, Kingston. “We’re thrilled to attend and share some of Kingston’s products in front of the world’s top decision-makers, influencers and professionals – not only in tech – but across industries.”
As the largest exhibition component of SXSW, the Trade Show hosts a diverse range of forward-thinking exhibitors ranging from promising startups to recognized industry leaders. Attendees will have a chance to check out both Bolt and Nucleum up close. Not only will both products be available for purchase at exclusive SXSW show prices, but they’ll also be one of the many prizes attendees will have a chance to win. The SXSW Trade Show will be held March 11-14. Kingston will be located in Exhibit Halls 2, 3, 4 – Austin Convention Center – Booth #606.

Kingston® DataTraveler® Bolt Duo
With no option for expandable storage on iPhones and iPads, Bolt is perfect to free up device space. It is designed specifically for Apple®1 iPhone®1 and iPad®1 devices with limited memory. Its intuitive app is simple to use and the capacities allow for storing up to 8,000 photos (32GB), 16,000 photos (64GB) and 32,000 photos (128GB). Photos and videos can be stored directly on Bolt and with its slim form factor, protective rubber case and keyring, it’s conveniently portable.
Kingston Nucleum
As a 7-in-1 USB Type C hub, Nucleum is the ideal accessory for newer MacBooks as it provides extra USB-C and USB-A ports as well as HDMI and SD/microSD card slots. With its multiple ports, Nucleum is built to handle all of the familiar accessories consumers have such as mice, keyboards, and even a second monitor. Users can be more productive as all seven ports can be engaged at the same time.

1Apple, iPad, iPhone, and Lightning are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
*MacBook and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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About Kingston Digital, Inc.
Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit or call 800-337-8410. 

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

D-Link Announces AC1750 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router for HD Streaming, Gaming and Multiple Device Usage

D-Link Announces AC1750 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router for
HD Streaming, Gaming and Multiple Device Usage

New Router Delivers Exceptional Performance and Advanced Features for Everyday Streaming and Gaming Wi-Fi Needs

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – Feb. 26, 2018 – D-Link today announced the immediate availability of its newest router, the AC1750 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-867). The DIR-867 delivers powerful and reliable performance for users who demand faster Wi-Fi speeds for HD streaming and online gaming on multiple devices. This feature-packed router makes it easier for users to enjoy strong Wi-Fi speeds no matter where they are in the home.

The DIR-867 offers blazing fast dual-band speeds of up to 1,750 Mbpsand AC SmartBeam technology, which tracks connected devices for enhanced Wi-Fi speed and range. This router also comes with intelligent Quality of Service (QoS) with traffic prioritization, four high-performance external antennas for maximum range, parental controls, and an intuitive interface that allows users to setup their device and experience these features right out of the box. The DIR-867 also features the latest MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output) technology, which allows multiple devices to get high-bandwidth Wi-Fi signal at the same time.

“The DIR-867 is ideal for users who are looking for optimal performance and Wi-Fi speeds throughout their home,” said Oscar Reyes, vice president of marketing, D-Link Systems. “This router offers users the ability to maintain the strongest Wi-Fi signal on multiple devices at one time – with less buffering and lag for the best user experience.”

The D-Link AC1750 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router supports up to three data streams with MU-MIMO Technology, which allows multiple devices to receive high bandwidth Wi-Fi signals at the same time. With AC SmartBeam and MU-MIMO technologies, the DIR-867 is able to distribute data more efficiently to devices, allowing for the fastest Wi-Fi speeds in all areas of the home. The router also uses four high-performance external antennas to provide great coverage throughout the whole home. Users can also stream HD media faster and play lag-free online video games without having to sacrifice Wi-Fi speeds on any device, making the DIR-867 the perfect combination of performance and ease of use.

More about the AC1750 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-867):
·       Dual Band Wi-Fi Performance  Delivers faster Wi-Fi speeds of up to 1750 Mbps
·       Powerful Dual-Core Processor – Boosts wireless and wired performance
·       MU-MIMO Ready – Delivers maximum speed to multiple devices
·       3 x 3 Data Streams – Supports 3 data streams for increased throughput
·       80/160 MHz Support  Doubles bandwidth for intensive data transfer
·       High Power Antenna – Provides wider coverage throughout the home
·       QoS  Prioritizes network traffic for seamless streaming and gaming
·       Advanced AC SmartBeam  Tracks connected devices for enhanced Wi-Fi speed and range
·       Gigabit WAN and LAN Ports – Maximizes performance of wired devices like gaming consoles and desktop computers for the ultimate gaming multi-media experience

Availability and Pricing
The AC1750 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-867) is available now for $89.99 through D-Link’s vast network of retail and e-tail partners. Detailed specifications are available online at D-Link’s website.
About D-Link
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit, or connect with D-Link on FacebookTwitter and D-Link’s Blog.
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Alpine Electronics Now Shipping the iLX-F309 Alpine Halo9 In-Dash System

Alpine Electronics Now Shipping the iLX-F309 Alpine Halo9 In-Dash System
The “hovering” design of the 9-inch screen allows it to be added to many vehicles

Torrance, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2018) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is now shipping the new iLX-F309 Alpine Halo9, an in-dash system with a 9-inch touch screen that “hovers” over the vehicle’s dashboard.

“The iLX-F309 uses a new design that’s quite different from traditional screen-based systems,” said Mike Anderson, vice president and general manager, brand business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “We’re excited to offer this 9-inch screen solution for a wide variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation.”

The iLX-F309 is an AM/FM/Digital Media Receiver with a 9-inch WVGA touch screen and mech-less design (no CD/DVD slot). It uses a 1-DIN chassis for installation but the screen “hovers” over the vehicle’s dashboard, allowing the oversize screen to be added to a variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation.

Installation Fitment
The iLX-F309’s 9-inch screen is attached to an adjustable mount that is connected to a traditional 1-DIN chassis. The screen hovers over the dashboard and its rear housing tapers at the edges for a thin profile. The screen can be tilted at four pre-set angle points (45 degrees, 20 degrees, 0 degrees, -20 degrees) for better viewing depending on the tilt and height of the dashboard. The screen can also be positioned 20 millimeters (mm) deeper than the default position or lowered 30 mm from the default position to adjust for the distance and height of the dash and to avoid any buttons or other components that may be close by. Once the positions are determined, the screen and mount are fixed to the chassis before installation.  

Entertainment Features and System Expansion
The iLX-F309 is suited for smartphone compatibility through Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto with the Google Assistant. The iLX-F309 has Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming and a built-in HD Radio™ tuner. It can control Pandora® music from a compatible smartphone and is SiriusXM Ready™ (requires a SiriusXM tuner and subscription, both sold separately). There is a USB port for video or audio, an AUX input, and an HDMI input. A second HDMI input can be added via the KCX-630HD HDMI Selector (sold separately). Select factory features are retained and vehicle information is displayed when used with the iDatalink® Maestro® module (sold separately, retained features and vehicle information vary by vehicle).

The iLX-F309 comes with one universal rear camera input, or it can be used with multiple cameras through the KCX-C2600B Multi-Camera Selector (cameras and selector sold separately). Electrical accessories like a light bar or motorized tonneau cover can be controlled by the iLX-F309’s touch screen when connected to the KAC-001 External Accessory Controller (sold separately).

The iLX-F309 is available at authorized Alpine retailers for $1,100 SRI. Visit for a store locator.

CarPlay® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android Auto and Google Assistant are trademarks of Google LLC. PANDORA, the PANDORA logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc., used with permission. Sirius, XM, SiriusXM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc. “HD Radio” is a registered trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation. TheBluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Alpine Electronics, Inc. is under license. iDatalink is a registered trademark of Automotive Data Solutions, Inc. Othertrademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

About Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics is an automotive electronics manufacturer that provides consumers and leading automakers with audio, video, navigation and driver assistance products. The company specializes in system integration solutions with innovative vehicle entertainment and information technologies. Alpine’s R&D and manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America ensure that all products address the real world requirements of drivers in each market. The company is committed to developing safe, comfortable and eco-friendly automotive electronics products.

For information about Alpine’s aftermarket products, visit and these social media channels:

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

JBL Boombox Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

I enjoy spending time outdoors. Including music makes it even better. But since weather plays a factor, being waterproof helps. Up for review today is the JBL Boombox. As with the old school boombox, the JBL Boombox is portable to take your tunes on the go. Unlike the boomboxes of old, it’s also waterproof, so no worries regardless of the weather.

Features and specs:
General Specifications
Frequency response:  (50Hz-20kHz)
Signal-to-noise ratio:  80dB
Music playing time:  up to 24 hours (Varies by volume level and music content)
Weight:  5.25kg
Support:  A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.6, HFP 1.6
Power supply:  20V/4A
Dimensions:  (H x W x D)254.5 x 495 x 195.5mm
Transducers:  4-inch woofer x 2, 20mm Tweeter x 2
Control and Connection Specifications
Bluetooth version:  4.2
Bluetooth transmitter power:  0-9dBm
Bluetooth transmitter frequency range:  2.402GHz-2.480GHz
Bluetooth transmitter modulation:  GFSK, 8DPSK, π/4DQPSK
Battery charge time:  <6 .5="" hours="" o:p="">
Battery type:  Lithium-ion Ploymer (74Wh)

The JBL Boombox came in a nice looking color printed box, with photos and features of the boombox. Opening the box revealed the product well protected in custom molded Styrofoam. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic, with some rubber, cloth and metal. Quality of materials used was excellent, as was the fit and finish. The JBL Boombox is a premium product, and it shows! It is extremely well made, and feels very solid! The JBL Boombox should give years of use.

I love the design of the JBL Boombox, with its smooth lines and cloth wrap. On top are just a few buttons for controls. On the back under a panel that provides a tight water seal, are the connections for charging cord, as well as a micro USB service port, 2 USB ports and an analog 3.5 mm audio port. So it’s ready for any weather it may encounter. The IPX7 rating is good for rain, or small dips up to 3 feet.  So just don’t drop it in the pool.

The JBL Boombox is good for music, and more. Up in the mountains, but realized that you forgot to charge your phone? No worries, as long as you have a charger cord. The JBL Boombox has a built-in 20,000 mAh battery, which is huge! So it’s good for 24 hours worth of playing time, or a combination of play time and charging. Which brings us to the use of the USB ports – charging your cell phone or tablet. For music, the JBL Boombox has you covered via Bluetooth, or an analog 3.5 mm port. So for your older music devices, just make sure you have a 3.5 mm analog cable.

So far, I’ve been really impressed with the JBL Boombox. Having reviewed many JBL products in the past, I know what to expect from JBL and their quality. And the JBL Boombox holds true to their storied tradition. I was also pleased to see stereo tweeters and woofers, and I love the look of the two large passive radiators on each end. Add to that the ability to connect to another JBL wireless speakers through JBL Boombox is spades. The next question is how well does it sound?

To test the sound quality of the JBL Boombox, I threw a wide gambit of songs from different genre. From Pavarotti, to Foreigner, to ZZ Top, to Michael Jackson, New Order, Katy Perry, Christina Perri, and Mannheim Steamroller. The JBL Boombox got a serious workout, with the wide gambit of music I threw at it. In the spirit of the winter Olympics that we are currently in the middle of, I’ll put it this way. It would be like a figure skater landing double quads, or a snowboarder landing a 1620 on the half pipe. The highs, mids, and bass all performed amazingly.

With the music selection, I wanted to test vocals, instruments, and bass response. Vocals were silky smooth, very transparent to the source from my HTC One M9 Smartphone, and had nice texture and harmonics. Percussion was crisp and clean with good resolution, and dynamics. Flute was smooth with good air. Piano sounded very natural. The bass was tight and clean with punchy fast beats. And when the bass got deep, it still played clean and with authority. There was also good channel separation, providing a nice stereo aural imaging. The JBL Boombox had plenty of power, and only showed slight strain when it was played at max volume.

When it came to the Bluetooth performance, the JBL Boombox continued to impress.  Having a 2 story home with a basement, I really tested it's range.  I had it on the main floor, and walked around downstairs, and also walked all around upstairs, and never a hiccup.  So I decided to push it a little further and set it in the basement, and played it full blast.  Walking upstairs to the main problem.  And then walking all around on the 2nd floor...still not a single hiccup!  Now I was really curious.  Setting it outside at the end of my driveway, I started to walk down the street.  155 feet later, I lost the signal.  Amazing!

To sum things up, the JBL Boombox JBL nailed it! The JBL Boombox is built like a tank, is waterproof, easy to carry, and has enough power to play your tunes and charge your smartphone or tablet. And when it comes to playing your tunes, your music will come out loud and clear like you are used to it sounding, with excellent Bluetooth performance. And boy can it play loud! It has enough power to fill either your room, backyard, or campsite with clean sound. Based on its design, features, quality and performance, the JBL Boombox has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. If you like music, and the outdoors, you need to check out the JBL Boombox. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches ROG Gladius II Origin

ASUS Republic of Gamers Launches ROG Gladius II Origin 

-- The new ROG Gladius II Origin is built to deliver top performance and comfort with ultra-accurate cursor movement and responsiveness --
Fremont, CA (February 15, 2018) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced that the ROG Gladius II Origin optical gaming mouse is now available in North America. Gladius II Origin is the third model in the Gladius Series and provides gamers with an ergonomic design to suit various grip styles. It features the highly regarded Pixart PMW3360 sensor with 12,000 dpi to ensure that all mouse movements are accurately translated into precise cursor actions. Uniquely designed rubber side panels on both sides of the mouse offer enhanced control during glide and lift actions.
Adjustable Design with Excellent Performance

ROG Gladius II Origin features an exclusive push-fit switch socket design that allows gamers to easily change switches in order to suit preferred click resistance and feedback. This feature also extends the lifespan of the mouse because worn or broken switches can simply be replaced. With pre-installed Omron switches rated up to 50 million clicks, and with an extra pair Omron switches for different click resistance, ROG Gladius II Origin offers customization options to suit the needs of any gamer.
ROG Gladius II Origin also features left and right mouse buttons that are separate from the body chassis, reducing the force required to initiate each click while delivering a more tactile feedback. Additionally, a DPI switch allows for on-the-fly sensitivity adjustments, and an Alps scroll wheel encoder provides crisp scrolling action.
ROG Gladius II Origin arrives with a detachable-cable design and includes two cable types, as well as a padded ROG pouch for protection and convenience. The additional cable eliminates the need to unplug the main cable from the computer, so gamers can simply put their mouse in the pouch and go.
ASUS Aura Sync and ROG Armoury Software

With three lighting zones, ROG Gladius II Origin lets gamers customize color and lighting effects, and also synchronize the lighting of the mouse with other Aura Sync-enabled devices for a coordinated gaming setup. Additionally, gamers can use the intuitive ROG Armoury software to customize lighting effects, adjust performance and surface calibration settings, program and map buttons, create profiles and more.
ROG Gladius II Origin is available now at Amazon and other leading resellers at an MSRP of $99.99. Please contact your local ASUS representative for more information or visit us at ASUS ROG for additional product details.

ROG Gladius II Origin
Connectivity Technology Wired (USB 2.0)
Tracking Optical
Tracking Resolution 12000 dpi
Tracking Speed 250 ips
Tracking Acceleration 50 g
Switches Omron D2FC-F-K (50M)
Additional Omron D2F-01F switches included
OS Support Windows® 10
Windows® 8
Windows® 7
Dimensions 126 x 67 x 45mm (L x W x H)
Weight 110 g without cable
Contents 1 x ROG Gladius II Origin
1 x 2-meter braided USB cable
1 x 1-meter regular rubber USB cable
2 x Omron switches
1 x ROG pouch
1 x ROG logo sticker
1 x User documentation
Note Compatible switch list for ROG switch socket:
  • Omron D2F Series switches: D2F, D2F-F, D2F-01, D2F-01F
  • Omron D2FC Series switches: D2FC-3M, D2FC-F-7N, D2FC-F-7N (10M), D2FC-F-7N (20M), D2FC-F-K (50M)
¹ Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

TRENDnet launches Powerline adapters delivering fast and stable PoE+ connectivity

TRENDnet launches Powerline adapters delivering fast and stable PoE+ connectivity
Powerline and Power over Ethernet make a powerful networking combination
TORRANCE, Calif. – Feb. 6, 2018 -- TRENDnet® (, a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking and surveillance solutions, has announced the launch of its Powerline 200 AV PoE+ Adapters, models TPL-331EP and TPL-331EP2K. These Powerline adapters allow you to easily add PoE+ support to your existing Powerline network.
If your home is not already prewired with Ethernet cabling, adding it may be very timely and costly. With TRENDnet’s new Powerline 200 AV PoE+ Adapters, a PoE connection can be made through your existing electrical power outlets. The TPL-331EP and TPL-331EP2K deliver Powerline 200 networking and PoE+ support to connected devices such as IP cameras, wireless access points, and VoIP handsets.
"Powerline is convenient because it provides a wired connection through your home’s existing electrical system, eliminating the need to run Cat-5e cables that can be both time consuming and come with a heavy cost," said Evan Davis, senior manager of solutions engineering at TRENDnet. "With PoE readily available through Powerline network adapters, users can easily plug a camera or other PoE device in without worrying about PoE injectors, or wires for power and network connectivity."
TRENDnet’s Powerline 200 AV PoE+ Adapters have a range of up to 300m (984 ft.) over existing electrical lines, and adapters are pre-encrypted for your convenience. Unlike other TRENDnet Powerline adapters, the Powerline 200 AV PoE+ Adapters have no power save mode, ideal for camera applications and other systems that would otherwise go into hibernation or standby mode.
TRENDnet’s Powerline 200 AV PoE Adapter, model TPL-331EP, and the Powerline 200 AV PoE+ Adapter (2 Pack), model TPL-331EP2K are now available online on the TRENDnet Store, and nationwide via our distribution and retail partners.
Powerline 200 AV PoE+ Adapter, TPL-331EP
  • Powerline 200 networking over existing electrical lines
  • PoE+ output port for connecting PoE devices over a Powerline network
  • Encrypted adapters auto-connect out of the box
  • Cross compatible with Powerline 1200, 600, and 500 adapters
  • Two Powerline adapters are required to start a network
  • Product page:
  • MSRP: USD $34.99
Powerline 200 AV PoE+ Adapter, 2 Pack, TPL-331EP2K
  • Includes two TPL-331EP adapters – each adapter supports a single PoE+ connection
  • Powerline 200 networking over existing electrical lines
  • PoE+ output port for connecting a PoE device over a Powerline network
  • Encrypted adapters auto-connect out of the box
  • Cross compatible with Powerline 1200, 600, and 500 adapters
  • An existing Powerline network is recommended
  • Product page:
  • MSRP: USD $64.99

About TRENDnet
TRENDnet is a global provider of award-winning networking and surveillance solutions to small and medium-sized business and home users. Building networking solutions since 1990, TRENDnet enables users to share broadband access, multimedia content and networked peripherals for true anywhere connectivity. TRENDnet's diverse product portfolio includes Wireless, Internet Cameras (IP Cameras), Switches, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Fiber, Gigabit, Home Automation, Network Video Recorders (NVR), Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM), Print Servers, Powerline, NAS Media Servers, Multimedia Accessories, and more. To learn more about TRENDnet, please visit

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

ASUS Launches Blue Cave

ASUS Launches Blue Cave 

-- Dual-band AC2600 router for smart homes combines Intel® WiFi technology and comprehensive family security in a unique compact design --
Fremont, CA (January 30, 2017) — ASUS today launched Blue Cave, a high-performance AC2600 Wi-Fi router based on Intel’s latest connected home technology that's built to meet the demanding needs of modern smart homes. Blue Cave is an easy-to-use, innovatively designed router featuring family-friendly features like easy PC-free network setup and control, via the intuitive ASUS Router App for Android and iOS devices.
It's built to cope easily with the increasingly complex and bandwidth-heavy demands of smart home networks, offering superb multi-device performance powered by the Intel® Home WiFi chipset, comprehensive commercial-grade security with ASUS AiProtection, and out-of-the-box IoT integration with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT.
“Combining years of ASUS experience in wireless innovation and Intel’s connected home technology, Blue Cave delivers ultrafast WiFi speeds throughout your home,” said Tenlong Deng, General Manager, ASUS Networking and Wireless Devices Business Unit. “Not only is it powerful with easy to use control features, its eye-catching design without external antennas blends perfectly with any décor.”
ASUS Blue Cave 
Elegantly Designed WiFi for Smart Homes

Blue Cave combines ASUS engineering expertise and Intel’s home Wi-Fi technology to deliver ultrafast AC2600-class concurrent dual-band WiFi speeds throughout the home, ensuring smooth 4K UHD video streaming and gaming, and fast file downloads. With Intel’s latest technology, the router has more than enough capacity to handle the simultaneous data demands of multiple devices found in today’s smart homes plus dedicated bandwidth for software and security features.
“Consumers are bringing more connected devices into their homes and need a network that can keep up now and in the future,” said Dan Artusi, Vice President and General Manager, Intel’s Connected Home Division. “We are collaborating with the industry to transform home connectivity and unleash a new era of smart home experiences. With a unique, eye-catching design, ASUS Blue Cave is a great example of an innovative solution based on Intel technology that fits into lifestyle aesthetics while delivering top performance.”
Blue Cave has a strikingly compact design that fits anywhere. Blue Cave's unique styling and powerful performance are both made possible by ASUS’ sophisticated WiFi engineering. Internal antennas are often a compromise: they allow a cleaner external design, but they can be prone to performance-sapping interference. In Blue Cave, the location and orientation of the four fully-optimized antennas relative to each other and to the internal circuitry was engineered to deliver the best possible WiFi signal in all directions.
Ultimate Protection for the Whole Family

Blue Cave incorporates ASUS AiProtection, the first commercial-grade security for home networks. AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro™, is free for the life of the product, and protects every connected smart device on the network, including IoT devices.
Blue Cave incorporates Advanced Parental Controls, allowing users to keep a watchful eye on the family’s internet usage, and decide how much internet time or what apps each family member is allowed. State-of-the-art parental controls let users block specific categories of mobile apps and websites — and apply these settings to all devices belonging to a family member — while allowing free access to the rest of the internet.
ASUS even expands that protection to other devices as Blue Cave includes a year's free Trend Micro™ Mobile Security package for two mobile devices and Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ for two Windows based PCs. Redemption instructions are included in the box. This offer is available until December 31, 2018.
Smart Home Ready

Blue Cave is a smart router for smart homes. It offers out-of-the-box support for IFTTT and Amazon Alexa, so users can easily integrate Blue Cave into a smart home to make their lives easier. For example, a user could just tell Alexa to suspend the Wi-Fi during a family dinner to prevent interruptions, or use IFTTT to get an automatic email notification when children arrive home. Blue Cave enables endless possibilities for smart living.
ASUS Blue Cave is available now at a suggested MSRP of $179.99 USD at AmazonFry'sNewegg and other leading retailers in North America. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information or visit us at ASUS North America. Watch the story behind Blue Cave at ASUS-YouTube and learn more about our class leading Router App here.

  ASUS Blue Cave
Antennas 4 x Internal dual-band antenna
Operating Frequency Concurrent dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
WiFi Data Rate 802.11b: up to 11Mbps
802.11a/g: up to 54Mbps
802.11n: up to 450Mbps
256QAM (2.4GHz): up to 800Mbps
802.11ac (5GHz): up to 1733Mbps
Network Standards IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv6
Memory 128MB flash & 512MB DDR3 RAM
I/O Ports 1 x Gigabit WAN port
4 x Gigabit LAN port
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port
Software AiProtection, Amazon Alexa skill and IFTTT support, ASUS Router App, AiCloud 2.0, Airtime Fairness, Traffic Analyzer, Guest Network, VPN Server/ client, IPTV support, Mac OS Backup
Controls WPS button
Reset button
Power button
DC Power Adapter AC input: 100V~240V(50~60Hz)
DC output: 19V with max. 1.75A current
Package Contents RJ-45 cable
Quick Start Guide
Power adapter
Dimensions 6.3 x 6.3 x 3.1 in
160 x 160 x80mm (W x H x D)
¹ Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at
About ASUS
ASUS is one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 17,000 people worldwide and over 5,500 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,385 awards and earned approximately US$13.3 billion of revenue in 2016.

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