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160 MHz Wi-Fi Channels: Revisited

Image credit: Ruckus Wireless Introduction After 160 MHz Wi-Fi Channels: Friend or Foe? posted, I heard indirectly from some folks in the Wi-Fi biz that some of the results were not as they would expect. The most notable was the 867 Mbps uplink rate for a 160 MHz wide channel. ...

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QNAP TS-332X Three Bay 10GbE NAS Reviewed

Product QNAP Budget-friendly 3 bay 10GbE NAS (TS-332X-4G)   [Website] Summary Three bay RAID 5 class NAS powered by quad-core Annapurna Labs processor. Pros • Tool-free drive installation • Quiet • Built-in 10GbE SFP+ port • Three M.2 SATA SSD slots for SSD Caching • Memory expandable to 16 ...

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Synology DS119j 0 NAS Reviewed

Product Synology Single Bay NAS (DS119j)   [Website] Summary Single bay NAS powered by dual-core Marvell SoC with single Gigabit Ethernet and two USB 2.0 ports. Pros • Least expensive NAS you can buy • Virtually silent Cons • USB 2.0 ports Introduction Single-bay NASes make up a very small part ...

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First Peek At Wi-Fi 6: ASUS RT-AX88U & NETGEAR RAX80

Introduction Updated 1/14/19: Retested and corrected poor uplink performance Some uplink tests were rerun due to problems found in the test methods. ASUS and NETGEAR have no qualms about having early adopters and Wi-Fi naifs shell out big bucks for the honor of beta-testing their first draft 802.11ax/Wi-Fi 6 routers. ...

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A New Door Opens – SmallNetBuilder

Regular SmallNetBuilder readers may be wondering why it’s been relatively quiet here lately. The truth is I’ve been focused on finding a way to keep SmallNetBuilder going. Like many web publications, we have two sources of revenue: advertising and affiliate payments. But to make any sort of decent money, you ...

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Introduction To The TR-398 Wi-Fi Performance Test

Introduction Why is this man smiling? It’s been vewy, vewy quiet around ol’ SmallNetBuilder since my last post. Since then, I’ve been focused on getting the Broadband Forum’s TR-398 test suite up and running on a new octoScope test platform. This work will soon be available as a turnkey product ...

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Wi-Fi 6 Performance Roundup: Five Routers Tested

Introduction It’s been a long, slow slog for the engineers developing Wi-Fi 6 chipsets and products. I’ve been in the thick of it, trying to develop Wi-Fi 6 test methods that can show whether these draft-standard products deliver on the benefits they promise. That effort has been hampered by the ...

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What’s Missing From Your Wi-Fi 6 Router? OFDMA

  Introduction OFDMA spectrum plot Credit: Gjermund Raaen I feel like I’ve been on hold for the past year. As 2018 drew to a close, the collapse of advertising support caused me to shift gears into paid consulting. While this has been better for me financially, the primary focus on ...

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Does OFDMA Really Work? Part 1

  Introduction In What’s Missing From Your Wi-Fi 6 Router? OFDMA back in January, I said that OFDMA was beginning to look at lot like MU-MIMO. Since then, I’ve continued to work on developing OFDMA test methods, trying different approaches, as you’ll see shortly. The bottom line is I still ...

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