Category Home Networking

Wi-Fi Boost: Turbocharged Home Networking with Six-Stream 802.11ac MIMO

With the average consumer household sporting roughly six connected devices, home Wi-Fi networks are tasked with carrying an increasingly heavy load.

Smartphones, tablets, PCs, set-top boxes, gaming devices and, now, even a new class of wearables that register health and fitness activities— are all tapping the same wireless router.

And now that the newest flavor of Wi-Fi — 802.11ac, or 5G WiFi — is starting to show up in client devices, there’s even more pressure on the workhorse router …

Lifehacker List: 5G WiFi-Powered Routers Make the Cut

The router — the humble, antennae-topped box at the heart of home wireless local area networks — isn’t the most celebrated consumer electronics device.

Still, it’s a gadget important enough for life-improvement blog Lifehacker to put out a call last week for its readers to take a “fresh look” at the best ones on the market.

The results are in, and Broadcom’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity technology is the common denominator among four out of the five devices on Lifehacker’s list

Clint Brown in Wi-Fi Alliance: “802.11ac Represents a Dramatic Leap Forward” in Wi-Fi Technology

Editor’s Note: Broadcom experts often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared on the Wi-Fi Alliance blog, in which Clint Brown, Director of Business Development at Broadcom, talks about 5G WiFi.

From The Wi-Fi Alliance:

In 2007, Apple’s first iPhone hit the shelf. That same year, the fourth generation of Wi-Fi® technology—802.11n—was introduced as a wireless technology to meet the demand for medium-resolution video such as …

Report: Broadcom’s Home Networking Technologies Rank First for Innovation

When it comes to home networking technologies, Broadcom is an industry leader that is “well-positioned to lead” the hybrid wired-wireless networking space, according to an analyst report issued today by ABI Research.

In the report, Broadcom was named first among the top five chipmakers for innovation and implementation of home networking technologies. That conclusion was based on a competitive analysis by ABI that looked at the top home networking standards, such as HomePlug, MoCA, Wi-Fi and others.…

IPTV Gets Supercharged with 5G WiFi

Perhaps the most salient feature of the “always-on” digital age is that consumers want their content, and they want it now.

Whether it’s viewed on a smart TV, a tablet or a smartphone, streamed via an Internet-connected set-top box or stored on a laptop and beamed to another device, the expectation is still the same: Access to content should be easy, seamless, and available anytime, anywhere in the home.

For cable, satellite and other pay-TV operators around the world, the …

Netgear Picks Broadcom for Powerline Push

They call it “no-hassle networking.”

It’s a phrase that’s music to our ears this week at the International Consumer Electronics Show, where every kind of shiny, new gadget is vying for both an Internet connection and spot in our homes.

We’ve talked about the simplicity and intuitiveness of Powerline Communications and how the HomePlug Alliance, a Broadcom partner and champion of Powerline networking standard HomePlug AV, is taking the technology to the next level with new products all …

Connected Home Technologies: See the Enhanced In-Home Experience at CES

The ultimate connected home is heading to Las Vegas for the big Consumer Electronics Show next month and the top home networking alliances are getting ready for more than just demos of their technologies. This year, the focus is on how they work together to bring home connectivity to the next level.

Those networking groups’ technology standards – Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), HomePlug, Multimedia over Coax (MoCA) and Wi-Fi – are already working in today’s home. Multi-room …

Powerline Communications: Standard Outlets Boost Home Networks

The original in-home network – the series of wires and outlets that carry standard electricity from kitchen to bedroom to living room – will soon be taking connectivity to the next level. With a recent standards revamp for a technology known as Powerline Communications, or PLC, the everyday wall outlets that are already powering consumer electronics devices in the home are being tapped to provide access to the Internet, too.

That’s an important development for the consumer electronics industry as …

Broadcom’s Community Wi-Fi Named Finalist for Best New Cable Service

The spotlight is on Broadcom’s Community Wi-Fi software service as the newest go-to technology for cable subscribers, according to Light Reading, a top source for news for the communications industry.

Community Wi-Fi was recently named as a finalist in the“Best New Cable Service or Application” category by for Light Reading’s Leading Lights awards. A run down on the technology: Broadcom’s software, coupled with a DOCSIS 3.0-enabled cable set-top box or media gateway allows cable operators to offer on …

Cable Connections Power Community Wi-Fi at IBC

Everybody loves a Wi-Fi hot spot – that instant wireless signal that connects most mobile devices to the vast world of online content. But the reality is that connecting to a hot spot is sometimes more trouble than it’s worth.

Sometimes hot spots are crowded with other users, bogging down connection speeds. Other times, logging in can be a drawn-out, intrusive registration process that compromises your privacy and time. Even worse, if a Wi-Fi hot spot connection is less-than-secure, checking …

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