Archive for the ‘Wi-Fi’ Category

New arrival: Google Wifi mesh Wi-Fi home router in Singapore

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Google has launched its home Wi-Fi system in Singapore – the first in Southeast Asia and the 8th country in the world to begin shipping the mesh router. Prices below.

Customers will be able to get a three-pack Google Wifi at $0 upfront cost when they sign up or renew selected StarHub Broadband or Hubbing all-in-one plans.

Customers will be able to get a three-pack Google Wifi at $0 upfront cost when they sign up or renew selected StarHub Broadband or Hubbing all-in-one plans.

Google Wifi will be available in Singapore from 31 August, 2017 – exclusive to StarHub customers.

By setting up two or more Google Wifi routers around the home, a mesh Wi-Fi network is set up in the home that extends the range of a traditional router and provides coverage to dead Wi-Fi zones plaguing most home Wi-Fi networks.

Alex King, Google Wifi Product Manager explaining features of the app. Google Wifi was launched at the offices of Google Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Alex King, Google Wifi Product Manager explaining features of the app. Google Wifi was launched at the offices of Google Asia Pacific in Singapore.

This is especially useful for larger apartments or homes with physical layouts that are introduce Wi-Fi dead zones.

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New arrival: Linksys Velop whole home Wi-Fi mesh system

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Linksys Velop promises to deploy your home Wi-Fi network to the furthest corner and ensure there are no dead Wi-Fi zones. Available from 12 April in Singapore in 1-pack (S$349), 2-pack (S$599), and 3-pack (S$749) configurations.

Sick of poor Wi-Fi signal in your own home? Check this out!

Sick of poor Wi-Fi signal in your own home? Check this out!

Velop is a Tri-Band modular Wi-Fi system that can be installed in various mesh configurations, helping users to get the most out of their broadband subscription by promising 100% of their Internet speed to the edge of their network.

Linksys launched Velop in the Atlas Showroom at Millenia Walk in Singapore.

Singtel Fibre Broadband customers can purchase a 3-pack Velop at $30/month over a 24-month contract.

That works out to S$720 over the 2-year contract.

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IoT: LILEE Systems announces fog computing gateways and cloud network solution for distributed, mobile, and industrial enterprise environments.

Monday, September 19th, 2016

The new TransAir STS Series Gateways and T-Cloud Management Platform combine to offer high-performance IoT (Internet of Things) innovations to new markets.

LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store.

LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store.

LILEE Systems, provider of advanced mobile connectivity solutions and emerging innovator in cloud-based network solutions, announced today its new platform for mobile and fixed distributed enterprises, such as bus fleets and retail franchises, which includes multiple first-to-market capabilities.

“A new generation of intelligent connectivity, provisioning, and management solutions are needed to drive adoption of IoT into a wider range of markets, such as first responders, retail, and smart cities,” said Vikrant Gandhi, industry director of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) at Frost & Sullivan.

LILEE’s TransAir STS series gateways and T-Cloud platform enable organisations to more rapidly and reliably network, track, control, and interact with their mobile and fixed assets to improve operations and reduce costs.

LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store.

They include an onboard application engine that enables enterprise applications to run in a fog-computing architecture; i.e., integrating on-site and in-cloud computing.

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New arrival: Linksys EA9500, RE7000 & WUSB6100M networking products

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Linksys launches home wireless solutions leveraging next generation Wi-Fi, MU-MIMO & seamless roaming. Prices & availability below.

The new Linksys home wireless networking products shipping in Singapore now.

The new Linksys home wireless networking products shipping in Singapore now.

Linksys has launched in Singapore three new networking products in its MAX-Stream MU-MIMO portfolio.

  1. EA9500 (S$539) – Tri-Band router capable of up to 8 MU-MIMO streams.
  2. RE7000 MU-MIMO (S$199) – range extender with seamless roaming.
  3. WUSB6100M (S$129) – MU-MIMO USB adapter.

As part of its launch, the Linksys EA9500, one of the world’s most powerful routers and winner of the Network World Best of CES 2016, will be made available at a discounted rate of S$100 to Singtel Fibre Broadband customers from 14 July 2016.

“With the rise of bandwidth intensive activities, such as 4K streaming and online gaming, the importance of an efficient and optimized Wi-Fi network is more critical than ever. The Max-Stream family of products provides the broadest array of MU-MIMO capable and enabled products in the marketplace. MU-MIMO enables multiple devices to communicate with the router and/or range extender simultaneously, so the result is a faster and more reliable Wi-Fi,” said Justin Doucette, Senior Director of Product Management at Linksys.

Singtel Fibre Broadband customers can present their latest broadband bill at selected Challenger outlets to enjoy the offer.

This promotion is offered exclusively by Singtel.

The Linksys AC5400 Tri-Band MU-MIMO Router (Max-Stream EA9500) and AC600 MU-MIMO USB Adapter (WUSB6100M) will be available exclusively at Challenger stores and Hachi.Tech from 14 July 2016.

These two products will be available island-wide from 1 August 2016.

The AC1900 MU-MIMO Range Extender with Room to Room Wi-Fi (RE7000) will be available from 1 August 2016.

Challenger will hold a launch offer exclusively for their members – purchase the EA9500 router at a special price of S$499 and get the MU-MIMO USB adapter FREE while stocks last (savings of S$169).

More details from the press release below.

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M1 & Nokia ups cellular & Wi-Fi networks in SMRT stations

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

M1 boosts network capacity, indoor coverage with Nokia in Singapore’s busiest MRT stations.

The new Flexi Zone small cells network in Orchard MRT, Raffles Place MRT and Jurong East MRT has increased 4G LTE download speeds by up to 2 times, compared to the performance over the existing base station and antenna system.

The new Flexi Zone small cells network in Orchard MRT, Raffles Place MRT and Jurong East MRT has increased 4G LTE download speeds by up to 2 times, compared to the performance over the existing base station and antenna system.

M1 Limited (M1) and Nokia have completed the installation of indoor small cells and WiFi networks to meet the surging data demand of mobile device users at Orchard MRT station, Raffles MRT Station, as well as Jurong East MRT station.

With the high adoption of advanced smart devices in Singapore, the demand for sharing and viewing high-resolution photos and high-definition videos have been growing.

To further improve customer experience in accessing data, M1 is working to provide high quality mobile coverage in MRT stations to thousands of passengers, particularly at the crowded zones during peak hours.

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AirTies partners Singtel to strengthen home Wi-Fi with Mesh

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

AirTies Wireless Networks, a leading supplier of advanced wireless products, has partnered Singtel to provide the telco’s fibre broadband subscribers with Singtel WiFi Mesh. Prices below.

Update (6 April, 2017):

Linksys has launched in Singapore their Velop whole-home Wi-Fi mesh system based on Tri-Band modular Wi-Fi routers. One to three packs available.

The AirTies 4920 1600 Mbps 802.11ac Video Grade Wireless Booster is available in Singapore exclusively to Singtel Fibre Broadband subscribers.

The AirTies 4920 1600 Mbps 802.11ac Video Grade Wireless Booster is available in Singapore exclusively to Singtel Fibre Broadband subscribers.

Singtel WiFi Mesh is a broadband add-on that helps users mitigate Wi-Fi dead zones within their home, improving customers’ surfing experience.

“APAC registered the largest absolute growth in internet user numbers with an impressive 12% year-on-year growth, the global operators are seeking for more stable and reliable broadband solutions to satisfy their customers, and AirTies meet the market needs. In Singapore, we are pleased to be working exclusively with Singtel, the largest broadband provider in the country,” said Philippe Alcaras, CEO, AirTies.

Singtel WiFi Mesh with Client Steering technology actively switches devices seamlessly between APs (access points) dynamically, to improve Wi-Fi performance from any corner of your home.

Unlike Wi-Fi range extenders or boosters, the smart WiFi Mesh technology enables the devices to “talk” to one another to select the best wireless transmission path for your device from any corner of your home.

With band steering capabilities, it switches your device to the optimum band (2.4GHz or 5GHz) whenever you move from one room to another, to ensure seamless wireless surfing.

WiFi Mesh can be easily connected to a Singtel-issued router (Aztech 7000, 7002, 7003 and 7009) or your own router to extend Wi-Fi coverage in your home.

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AirTies was at CommunicAsia in Singapore and I got a peak at the range of Wi-Fi mesh boxes they have on display.

Depending on your home layout and size, you can choose the number of WiFi Mesh devices you need at home.

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New arrivals: Linksys EA9200 with Singtel 1Gbps Fibre Broadband Plan

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

The new Linksys AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA9200) is now available in Singapore at S$399 at Challenger stores, and at other retailers from end-February.

Customers signing up for Singtel’s 1Gbps broadband connection gets a S$100 discount voucher on the EA9200.

“The Linksys EA9200 Tri-Band Router features an innovative Smart Connect technology which automatically balances your devices over the two high-speed 5 GHz bands in real time. It selects the best band for each device, ensuring optimal device performance,” said Mike Chen, vice president product development, Linksys.

“The Linksys EA9200 Tri-Band Router features an innovative Smart Connect technology which automatically balances your devices over the two high-speed 5 GHz bands in real time. It selects the best band for each device, ensuring optimal device performance,” said Mike Chen, vice president product development, Linksys.

The new router promises faster wireless networking speeds for families with multiple internet users and demanding high performance for all their connected devices.

“Linksys is all about quality and performance. Our goal with the EA9200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi router is to enable families who have a lot of devices connect to the internet wirelessly and achieve high performance and speeds. Bundling the EA9200 with Singtel’s 1Gbps fibre plan will enable users to enjoy the benefits of a high speed fibre connection coupled with a high performance router in one sitting.” said Mike Chen, vice president product development, Linksys.

The new EA9200 offers networking speeds up to 3.2 Gbps and is suited for large or small homes or apartment environments that need both performance and range for home networks.

As part of its launch, the EA9200, Linksys’ most powerful product launched to date, is being bundled together with Singtel’s 1Gbps Unlimited Fibre Broadband plan from 6 February, 2014.

The partnership enables customers to experience even faster connection speeds that were previously unavailable to home users and families.

Industry Research firm – IDC, forecasts that by 2017, consumers worldwide will be using 9.8 billion devices capable of connecting to a home network router.

The Linksys EA9200 Tri-Band Router is designed for homes with many connected devices and simultaneous wireless activities – such as multiple computers, smart phones, tablets, gaming consoles, home automation like WEMO and other networked devices.

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Travel Tip #3: Use Skype for overseas calls while travelling

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

In addition of making overseas calls from your home country, you can also use Skype to call family, friends and colleagues who back in your home country on their landline or mobile – when you are travelling overseas. All you need is Wi-Fi access or mobile broadband on your smartphone, and some Skype credits.

Check out Skype as an additional affordable means of voice/SMS communication when you travel overseas.

Check out Skype as an additional affordable means of voice/SMS communication when you travel overseas.

When I first arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, while waiting at the customs, I logged on to the free Wi-Fi network in the airport and used Skype to call a local sight to make enquiries and make reservations for a day trip to a wildlife rescue centre in Petchaburi.

The Suvarnabhumi Airport serving Bangkok provides a pretty decent free Wi-Fi to travellers in its terminals – good enough to make VoIP calls using Skype.

First you need to register in the login page for the AOT network in the airport and you get to use the network for free for up to 2 hours a day.

Don’t bother to memorise the complicated userid and password they issue you, the next time you use the network – which is probably when you leave Thailand – you can register as a new user again and use a new set of userid and password.

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New arrivals: Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch SE4008

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch (SE4008) is the first in a lineup of new networking peripherals made to compliment the Linksys Wireless-AC Dual Band Wireless Router (WRT1900AC). Available from 28 November at S$109.

Front and rear views of the Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch SE4008.

Front and rear views of the Linksys WRT 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch SE4008.

The SE4008 is designed to physically stack below the WRT1900AC router, and expands a home network while reducing the clutter and creating a clean “stack” of vital networking components.

Offering easy connectivity of up to eight devices, the new WRT Switch brings maximum Gigabit transfer speeds to wired products such as game consoles, printers, hard drives, IP cameras and more.

Features at a glance:

  • Eight Gigabit Ethernet ports: deliver speeds up to ten times faster than Fast Ethernet.
  • Space-Saving Design: Build up the WRT system while saving desktop space with the switch’s unique stackable design.
  • Quality of Service (QoS): Prioritize network traffic such as video and audio applications for optimal streaming from a connected router.
  • Auto-Sensing Ports: Advanced ports maximize data flow rates to connected devices. Additionally, when a connected device is turned off or not in use, the SE4008 will place the port in power-saving mode.
  • Easy Setup: Simply plug a router into the switch and instantly connect devices to your Wi-Fi network.
  • LED Indicators: Located on the front of the switch for simple troubleshooting.

More details below.

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New DSLR: Canon EOS M2 MIL camera with Hybrid CMOS AF II

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The new Canon EOS M2 compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera incorporates Hybrid CMOS AF II for significantly enhanced autofocus (AF) performance. Available in black or white, the EOS M2 goes on sale in Japan in mid-December. Price TBA.

*The images in this article are from Canon.

The white EOS M2 (left) with EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, and the black EOS M2 (right) with EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

The white EOS M2 (left) with EF-M22mm f/2 STM lens, and the black EOS M2 (right) with EF-M18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.

The EOS M was first released in September 2012.

Its successor – the EOS M2 promises image quality on par with EOS series of digital SLR cameras but in a compact and lightweight design.

EOS M2 versus EOS M - according to Canon Japan.

EOS M2 versus EOS M – according to Canon Japan.

Compared with its predecessor, Canon claims that the new EOS M2 realises dramatically improved autofocusing performance and now incorporates built-in Wi-Fi in a body that is approximately 8 percent smaller in volume.

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