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Wi-Fi gets quicker with 802.11ax, but buying early might offer few advantages

The latest Wi-Fi standard makes home networks faster, especially for video streaming.

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Cisco axes Spark, elevates and enhances WebEx

Cisco has unified its two, largely separate, collaboration packages – Spark and WebEx – into a single platform that supports a single set of features. The move makes sense because Cisco had been developing the somewhat similar...

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Is it time to kill the pen test? | Salted Hash Ep 22

Host Steve Ragan reports from the show floor at RSA 2018, talking with guest Adrian Sanabria, director of research at Savage Security, about de-emphasizing network penetration tests to put more focus on attack simulations and helping...

Understanding Virtual Private Networks [and why VPNs are important to SD-WAN]

VPNs can create secure remote-access and site-to-site connections inexpensively, are a stepping stone to software-defined WANs, and are proving useful in IoT.

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Network World's searchable glossary of wireless terms

From amplifier to wireless network topology, find concise definitions of wireless terminology

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What is DNS and how does it work?

The Domain Name System resolves the names of internet sites with their underlying IP addresses adding efficiency and even security in the process.

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Cover your home with Wi-Fi on the cheap with Amazon’s one-day TP-Link sale

Amazon is selling a slew of TP-Link home networking routers, switches, and devices for up to 30 percent off today.

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Netgear Orbi Outdoor Satellite review: Great range, but only so-so speed

This node will extend your Orbi mesh network far into your yard—for a price.

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What is the Open Compute Project?

Hardware designed to Open Compute Project specification accounts for well over $1 billion in hardware sales.

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Cisco emboldens its disaggregation strategy

Cisco is separating the operating system and applications from the underlying hardware, and it is making it possible to host apps on certain switches and routers.

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REVIEW: Network test tools from Fluke, NETSCOUT and SignalTEK

Network testers are ideal for IDing bad cabling, helping to troubleshoot network issues, estimating cable lengths and determining cable rates

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Penn State secures building automation, IoT traffic with microsegmentation

Penn State chose microsegmentation technology from Tempered Networks to isolate and cloak traffic from its smart building systems, which rely on the BACnet communications protocol to share data related to HVAC, lighting, access...

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FPGA maker Xilinx aims new software programmable chips at data centers

Xilinx, which for decades has vied with rival Altera (now part of Intel) for technical leadership in FPGAs, is unveiling what it calls a new product category – the Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP) – that, it says, goes...

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MPLS explained

Multi-protocol label switching is a way to insure reliable connections for real-time applications, but it's expensive, leading enterprises to consider SD-WAN as a way to limit its use.

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The internet of useful things

There are so many pointless consumer electronics devices connected to the internet these days that there's a Twitter account dedicated to mocking them. But there are more useful things that can be connected up. Here are some of our...

Cisco attacks SD-WAN with software from Viptela, Meraki acquisitions

New Cisco software will address SD-WAN challenges with help improving application performance, planning bandwidth allocation, and modeling how policy changes might affect network performance.

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Why a bare-metal cloud provider might be just what you need

Cloud services that provide nothing but server hardware can help solve application-migration, performance, customization and hardware-access problems.

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How to set up a VPN in Windows

Step-by-step instructions for configuring the built-in VPN client in Windows 7 and Windows 10.

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