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Buffalo™ launches first next gen Wi-Fi® routers

To offer its users up to three times faster Internet speed, Buffalo Technology has unveiled the first commercially available 802.11ac capable wireless router and wireless media bridge in the U.S.

Models introduced

The two new wireless routers are AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router and the WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge. Both these wireless routers are fully backward compatible with 802.11a, 11b, 11g and 11n to ensure interoperability with legacy devices. In addition, both these new 802.11ac capable wireless routers will be able to transmit data over 5Ghz spectrum (which means they will function nice with many cordless phones), and will use Buffalo’s beam-forming technology to extend their range.

Both the routers are available online in the U.S. market for US $179.99. Want to know what 802.11ac, the next generation of Wi-Fi technology, can do for you then watch the video given below.

News source: Buffalo Technology

NETGEAR® Announced New Routers and Genie App at CES 2011

NETGEAR is a manufacturer of computer hardware devices and networking equipment. The main products manufactured by NETGEAR are hubs, routers, and DSL/cable gateways, switches, wireless access points, and storage devices. The main focus of company is to provide the best networking equipment. NETGEAR launched a new line-up of routers at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011).

A router is a device which is used for connecting two or more computers with one another or to a network. It comes in two categories: wired and wireless. NETGEAR is the world’s leading router manufacturer. They unveiled a new series of routers at CES 2011. This new series has three new routers. These are the new Gigabit and ADSL routers with wireless technology. These routers are mainly designed for home networking applications. These NETGEAR routers have Push 2TV HD technology. By using this, a user can project a laptop’s screen and also sound in full HD, 1080p format without messing up with wires.

The WNDR3800 is a dual band Gigabit wireless router which is titled as an Ultimate Networking Machine by NETGEAR. This wireless router is made to give a high performance HD video and gaming experience. This WNDR3800 router also has Clear Channel Selector features which are in-built. The function of this system is to avoid busy Wi-Fi channel sound, thus the sound disturbance in the router is decreased and the audio performance of the router is increased. One new feature is introduced in it which is a Ready Share Remote. Ready Share Remote feature allows gaining access to data with USB HDD remotely. It also provides wireless connectivity to a printer which is attached to a router using USB port. DGND3700 is an ADSL router which is also a wireless router. This router has built in Dual-Band ADSL modem which is compatible with the ISP. Both of these routers have DLNA compatibility and many other advanced capabilities. This router is also equipped with Broadband Usage meter the so user can set the limit of usage and when it exceeds beyond the limit, there is a notification.

NETGEAR also announced an application at CES 2011, which is named as NETGEAR Genie. This application is a home networking application and is available without any charges. The use of NETGEAR Genie is to monitor and to solve the problems which occur with a wireless home network. It also helps to resolve the wireless connection issues. NETGEAR Genie software has a user friendly dashboard which shows the common problems related to a wireless network connection and also shows the way of solving them. It consists of an assistance device which assists in setting up the Wi-Fi connections for administrator and for the guests.

How to Fix Your Internet Network Security

The Internet is a facility which has been made available at many homes now. People are now very much dependent on the web in their everyday lives. However, despite the importance that it holds in their lives, many fail to recognize the priority of internet network security in order to keep hackers away from gaining access to one’s computer. Thus, there are a few tips that one needs to follow in order to maximize one’s network security and configuration.

Instructions to Maximise Network Security

Firstly, there are few basic settings that one needs to follow which involve changing the default

Username and password. Many routers are set up with default usernames like “Admin” or “Administrator”. The password fields in these cases are usually left blank or use the same phrase as the username as default. This provides an opportunity for other users to hack into one’s system as the fact is very well known to many.

Next, the MAC setting is one of the key settings that one needs to get familiarize with. For this, the functioning and setup of the router needs to be well explored and understood to take advantage of its network security options and tools. The MAC setting option gives the opportunity to permit only specific devices and computer networks.

This way one can provide himself with safer and more reliable network security solutions. Also, one need to keep the firewall enabled and turned on as routers contain a built in firewall in order to maximize the network security.

Changing the SSID is an important precaution one may take, against leaving the name default by manufacturer. Although this does not affect the security of the network, its something hackers may notice and thereby take steps to gain access to one’s security enabled network.

Another important step one might take to maximize foolproof security is to disable the SSID from being broadcasted or shown over the airways. This will hide the status or availability of the network, thereby reducing any probability that it will be noticed by hackers. This is especially useful from the business point of view, as lots of confidential information is at stake.

Apart from the above instructions, another additional tip which can be followed is that the username and password needs to be changed regularly, at least once every 30-90 days to avoid the system being prone to hacking of information. There is no connection which is 100% safe, so all the above steps must be followed together.

How To Stop the Netgear Firewall

Firewalls are very important computer security components. They help protect from external threats that may attack or infiltrate the computer from the Internet. Most routers and modem already come with a firewall Netgear routers also usually come equipped with firewalls to provide extra protection for computer applications, but there are times when the firewall may hinder the user from carrying out some activities properly on the Internet. Some sites may be inaccessible because they are automatically blocked by the Netgear firewall. For this and other reasons it is sometimes necessary to stop Netgear firewall. Here are simple steps that you can follow to stop Netgear firewall.

Step One

You will need to first open yourInternet browser, which includes Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer browser on your computer. Next you need to access the navigation text box and key in the IP address of your router. The default Netgear IP addresses are 192.161.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 depending on the particular Netgear router that you have. You need to type in the appropriate Ip address of the router in the navigation text box and then press Enter.

Step Two

Once, the router’s IP address has been properly keyed in, a prompt will ask for your password and username. You need to type in this information to gain access to the”configuration console”. The default username is usually “admin” while the default password is usually password. After putting in this information, you again press Enter.

Step Three

At this point, the router Netgear menu would be displayed and then you need to click the tab labeled “Security”, after which you will again need to click on “Rules”. This is also sometimes displayed as “Firewall Rules”, which you will have to click and after that click on the “Add” option. The Add option is the rule concerning inbound traffic.

Step Four

Next you will need to input the term “Any” on the section labeled “Inbound Services”. An “Action” drop down box will appear on which you will need to select “Allow always” and then click on “Enabled” to enable it. This will save the new firewall rule settings that you just entered. Some Netgear router models will require that you click on a Save button to save the changes you made. Once completed and after closing your browser, the Netgear Firewall is disabled from your router.

These are the simple steps to stop the firewall on the Netgear router. The above mentioned steps and process may differ slightly depending on the model of router being used. Turning off the firewall does not totally prevent it from providing security. Disabling the firewall will however stop the firewall from preventing access to the Internet and would also disable the security function.

Since the user has the right to decide what to do on the Internet, they reserve the right to disable the firewall to maximizeInternet browsing pleasure. It may sometimes be necessary to consult with an expert or to visit the Netgear website to get more information on how to safely turn off your firewall.

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