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D-Link Agrees to 10 Years of Security Audits to Settle FTC Charges

D-Link Agrees to 10 Years of Security Audits to Settle FTC Charges
July 03, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Taiwanese networking equipment manufacturer D-Link has agreed to implement a "comprehensive software security program" in order to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit alleging that the company didn't take adequate steps to protect its consumers from hackers. Your wireless router is the first line of defense against potential threats on the Internet. However, sadly, most widely-used routers fail to offer necessary security features and have often found vulnerable to serious security flaws, eventually enabling remote attackers to unauthorizedly access networks and compromise the security of other devices connected to it. In recent years, the security of wireless networks has been more of a hot topic due to cyber attacks, as well as has gained headlines after the discovery of critical vulnerabilities—such as authentication bypass , remote code execution , hard-coded login credentials , and information disclosure—in routers manufactured by various brands.

Netgear Now Collects Router 'Analytics Data' — Here's How to Disable It

Netgear Now Collects Router 'Analytics Data' — Here’s How to Disable It
May 22, 2017Wang Wei
Is your router collects data on your network? Netgear last week pushed out a firmware update for its wireless router model NightHawk R7000 with a remote data collection feature that collects router's analytics data and sends it to the company's server. For now, the company has rolled out the firmware update for its NightHawk R7000, but probably other router models would receive the update in upcoming days. The Netgear's alleged router analytics data collects information regarding: Total number of devices connected to the router IP address MAC addresses Serial number Router's running status Types of connections LAN/WAN status Wi-Fi bands and channels Technical details about the use and functioning of the router and the WiFi network. The company said it is collecting the data for routine diagnostic to know how its products are used and how its routers behave. "Technical data about the functioning and use of our routers and their WiFi network

WiGig — New Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Standard Ready to Boost Your Internet Speed in 2017

WiGig — New Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Standard Ready to Boost Your Internet Speed in 2017
October 31, 2016Mohit Kumar
Get ready for faster Internet because the WiFi you know today is about to change and get much, much faster. The WiFi Alliance, a self-described "worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi," has finally certified " WiGig ," an ultra-fast, short-range wireless network technology that will nearly double Wi-Fi's current top speed. As many as 180 Million devices, including routers, smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other devices, arriving by the end of next year will support WiGig or multi-gigabit Wi-Fi 802.11ad on the 60 gigahertz band, the Alliance announced . This certification program aims to encourage the production of devices and hardware that not only operate in the "less congested" 60 GHz spectrum but can also fall back to the regular Wi-Fi – 2.4 or 5 gigahertz bands – for maximum interoperability. "Wi-Fi has delighted users for more than 15 years, and WiGig now gives users even higher performance in a rich variety of appl

MIT Researchers Solve the Spectrum Crunch to make Wi-Fi 10 times Faster

MIT Researchers Solve the Spectrum Crunch to make Wi-Fi 10 times Faster
August 24, 2016Swati Khandelwal
While using your cell phone at a massive public event, like a concert, conference, or sporting event, you have probably experienced slow communication, poor performance or slow browsing speeds, as crowds arrive. That's because of ' Spectrum Crunch ', which means, Interference of WiFi signals with each other. WiFi signals of all cell-phones in a large event interfere with each other because they are all fighting over the same limited spectrum but there is not enough bandwidth to handle all the traffic from the cellphones that are trying to use the same frequency slice at the same time, leaving them frustrated with painfully slow Internet access. However, a team of researchers from the MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a solution for this problem. In a new research paper, 'Real-time Distributed MIMO Systems,' published online this week, the MIT team described a system for managing networks that cause the WiFi

New Long-Range Wi-Fi Standard Offers Double Range to Home Devices

New Long-Range Wi-Fi Standard Offers Double Range to Home Devices
January 06, 2016Swati Khandelwal
It is a common problem: Home Wireless Router's reach is terrible that the WiFi network even does not extend past the front door of the room. My house also has all kinds of Wi-Fi dead zones, but can we fix it? The answer is: YES . The problem will improve with a future, longer range version of Wi-Fi that uses low power consumption than current wireless technology and specifically targets at the internet of things (IoTs). Global certification network the WiFi Alliance has finally approved a new wireless technology standard called 802.11ah, nicknamed " HaLow ." HaLow: Long Range WiFi Wi-Fi HaLow has twice the range of conventional Wi-Fi and has the ability to penetrate walls that usually create blackspots in our homes. The Wi-Fi Alliance unveiled this latest WiFi technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Although currently used 802.11 Wi-Fi standards commonly operate in frequency bandwidths between 2.4GHz and 5GHz, the n

Meet World's Fastest Wi-Fi Router (Looks Like an Alien)

Meet World's Fastest Wi-Fi Router (Looks Like an Alien)
September 04, 2015Swati Khandelwal
In above picture, Have you noticed those numerous crazy spikes? The Device looks like an Alien artifact, which is actually the World's fastest wireless Wi-Fi router for the Game of Thrones generation. Unveiled at IFA 2015, Asus has launched its uniquely designed RT-AC5300 Wi-Fi router , which they said would offer the fastest connection speed ever. Asus RT-AC5300 Wi-Fi router has Eight external dual-band antennas that promise to deliver ultra-wide area coverage, reaching up to 500 square meters with absolute signal stability. The router is compatible with all those geeks who work in networking arena or love to Play Online Games and want stream 4K resolution videos. Specifications Of Asus RT-AC5300 Wi-Fi router The New Tri-Band Router: Delivers up to 1,000Mbps from the 2.4GHz band, and 2,167Mbps from each of the 5GHz bands (total 5334Mbit/s) Supports USB ports 2.0 and 3.0 versions. Equipped with Broadcom's NitroQAM/TurboQAM technologies to allow u

Have a D-Link Wireless Router? You might have been Hacked

Have a D-Link Wireless Router? You might have been Hacked
February 03, 2015Wang Wei
The popular DSL wireless router model from D-Link are allegedly vulnerable to a software bug that could allow remote hackers to modify the DNS (Domain Name System) settings on affected routers and to hijack users' traffic. The main goal of DNS hijacking is to secretly redirect user's traffic from a legitimate websites to a malicious one controlled by hackers. The vulnerability might also affects other devices because it is located in the same, widely-used wireless router firmware used by different manufacturers. Bulgarian security researcher Todor Donev discovered the flaw which exists in a widely deployed ZynOS firmware from ZyXEL Communications Corporation, that is used in network hardware from TP-Link Technologies, ZTE and D-Link. According to the security researcher, D-Link's popular DSL2740R wireless router and a number of other D-Link routers, particularly the DLS-320B, are vulnerable. Late last year, similar router vulnerability was discovered in the

Open Wireless Router Let You Share Your Internet with the World

Open Wireless Router Let You Share Your Internet with the World
June 23, 2014Swati Khandelwal
In this era of mass surveillance, we have always learned from security folks to protect and encrypt our communication and networks, especially widely open private Wi-Fi networks. It is always recommended to use a strong password and encryption on Wireless Routers in an effort to safeguard the privacy and security of our web communication and personal data. Quite the contrary, a group of activists says opening up your home Wi-Fi network could not only enhance your privacy, but actually increase it in the process. A new movement dubbed as " Open Wireless Movement " is encouraging the users to open-up their private network or at least a small portion of the available bandwidth to strangers. It really sounds quite annoying! Isn't it? In this case any unknown can consume a large part of your network bandwidth or can use your network to perform illicit activities, and it will come as a great boon for those cyber thieves who are in wake of finding such open networks to carr
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