Articles about Router

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Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

Australian political commentator Waleed Aly has made a spectacularly non-useful intervention into the debate about the technologies used to build Australia's national broadband network (NBN), setting the ridiculous expectation that streaming video must always load in under a second and must never pause. Aly's piece on The …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Apr 2016
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Optus patches crap credential cock-up in cable modems

Optus has patched a vulnerability in its popular routers that allowed attackers to change administrative passwords without knowing the existing logins. The flaw, reported by The Register, exists in the CG3000v2 cable modem and means attackers could type anything into the current password field to change the code to one of …
Darren Pauli, 04 Apr 2016
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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

The Register is proud to announce a new venture: we're getting into the self-help business with The Mindful Sysadmin Colouring Book. Adult colouring books are the publishing industry's surprise hit. Apparently colouring in helps you to relax. As we contemplated our own effort in the field, The Register engaged eminent techno- …
Team Register, 01 Apr 2016

Infosec miscreants are peddling malware that will KO your router

Malware targeting embedded devices such as routers rather than computers is doing the rounds. A new and improved version of Kaiten, an Internet Relay Chat (IRC)-controlled malware typically used to carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, is spreading, security firm ESET warns. KTN-Remastered or KTN-RM features …
John Leyden, 30 Mar 2016
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Arista takes on the network big boys with switchin 'n' routing gear

Arista is taking on the big boys of Cisco and Juniper with its new switching and routing platform for cloud service providers and enterprise data centres. The Arista 7500R “universal spine” device combines the functions of a high speed modular switch and a router. It is based on Broadcom’s “Jericho” silicon enhanced with …
Kat Hall, 29 Mar 2016
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Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

The average home broadband speed in the UK increased to 28.9Mbps, up by 6Mbps from a year ago – according to the latest annual research from Ofcom. In November 2015, forty-two per cent of residential fixed broadband lines were superfast products – connections with a headline speed of "up to" 30Mbps or more, a nine percentage …
Kat Hall, 24 Mar 2016

Who watches over your data – and how do you know it won't go AWOL?

There are a couple of alternative interpretations of the concept of data ownership. The first relates to the legal ownership of data – the intellectual property aspects such as copyrights, designs and trademarks. Now, while that's a world I did work in for a few years it's the other interpretation I'm concerned with here: the …
Dave Cartwright, 15 Mar 2016
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Reprogrammble routers axed by TP-Link as FCC bans custom firmware

Network gear maker TP-Link will no longer allow people to install customized firmware on its Wi-Fi routers in the US – and the FCC is to blame. In a brief statement and FAQ published this week, TP-Link – which is based in Shenzhen, China – said the FCC's revised rules on radio-based equipment makes user reprogrammable firmware …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Mar 2016

WLAN sales closing in on wired Ethernet sales

The global Ethernet switch market has stirred and started tapping messages on the underside of its coffin-lid, according to prognosticator IDC, managing measurable growth in Q4 2015 rather than the of-late-usual shrinkage. At US$6.4 billion, Q4 2015 exhibited an almost-beating heart, with more than 3.2 per cent growth compared …

Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Ah, it’s sod’s law,” murmurs the person sitting next to me. I nod agreeably. It was inevitable. I am attending a brief awards ceremony for student journalists prior to this year’s Hugh Cudlipp lecture. Young journos, we were reminded, were masters of digital content and were making their names through the use of social media …
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Mar 2016

Rent a denial-of-service booter for $60, wreak $720k in damage

Criminals can pay distributed-denial-of-service attackers less than US$60 to inflict as much as US$720,000 in damage to an organisation per day, researcher Dennis Schwarz says. The so-called booter or stresser services are commonly sold as would-be legitimate tools for security professionals. These tools are supposedly used to …
Darren Pauli, 04 Mar 2016

Amazon crafts two more voice-controlled gizmos in its Echo chamber

Amazon is putting its full weight behind its surprise tech success, the Echo voice system, with the release of two complementary products. The Amazon Tap is a smaller, portable version of its $180 standalone Echo that costs $130, and the Echo Dot is a cut-down version of the Echo that costs $90. In both cases, Amazon's hope is …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Mar 2016
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Converged PC and smartphone is the future, says Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, told The Register that converged devices – phones that can also be PCs – are the future of personal computing. Shuttleworth was at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last week, where Ubuntu exhibited to show off its phones, tablets, and IoT (Internet of Things) initiatives. Among …
Tim Anderson, 03 Mar 2016
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Cisco leans in close, coughs, whispers: If you want 100GE for 40GE prices, I know a person...

Cisco Partner Summit Cisco has announced new Nexus 9000 and 3000 switches with a theme of 25 and 100 gig Ethernet for 10 and 40 gig prices, calling them cloud-scale products. It's also buying cloud app wrangler startup CliQr. Switchzilla has adding the 9200, 9300 and 9500 models to its 9000 family. The latest gear sports a new ASIC delivering 10/ …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2016
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Tor takes aim against malicious nodes on the network

The Tor Project is working with Princeton University boffins to try and identify possibly malicious nodes, and prevent them from harvesting traffic by gaming its node reputation system. Tor's reputation services collect flags from relays, from which they assess and publish (hourly) the reputation of relays, but the researchers …
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Law enforcement's next privacy overreach will be the metadata of things

Governments around the world are legislating to collect metadata, usually with the excuse that modern crime-fighting and national security efforts require access to records of citizens' communications. In many nations that's sparked what I call "horizontal" scope-creep, in which, as just one example, the Australian Health …
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Online crims delight in watching you squirm, says Mandiant

Criminals behind ransomware attacks are drinking the digital disruption Kool-Aid, changing their attack methods in new and nasty ways to target business according to forensics outfit Mandiant. Ransomware and extortion hacks are on the up, the firm says, along with the quiet compromise of code. It is part of the findings into …
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2016

US boffins propose yet another low-low power Wi-Fi for Things

University of Washington boffins are touting extremely low-power Wi-Fi transmissions – if your application can put up with a maximum 11 Mbps capacity. The students and boffins, Bryce Kellogg, Vamsi Talla, Shyamnath Gollakota and Joshua Smith of the University of Washington, have in mind the kind of low-power devices that will …

Feds spank Asus with 20-year audit probe for router security blunder

Asus has settled its case with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after hackers pwned nearly 13,000 home routers via an unpatched security flaw. The case arose in February 2014, when miscreants used an easily exploitable flaw in Asus's home router line to take control of 12,900 systems in the US. An investigation by the FTC …
Iain Thomson, 23 Feb 2016

Let's talk over Wi-Fi, says Oracle to folks who don't know Skype exists

MWC16 Oracle's parked its yacht near Barcelona and fired off the usual broadsides of product announcements that accompanies a major conference like Mobile World Congress. Mobile operators in need of a Wi-Fi gateway can throw their hats into the air with the launch of the Oracle Communications Mobile Security Gateway. The gateway's …
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Brocade drifts on a flat open ocean, waiting for a 5G breeze to pick up

Flat is as flat does ... Brocade is motoring steadily along while hoping for a gear shift from 5G mobile broadband. On Wednesday, Brocade said it exceeded the mid-point of its revenue estimate of $560m for its first fiscal 2016 quarter, ended January 30: sales came in at $574m, 0.35 per cent down on a year ago, and 2 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2016
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Linux Foundation whistles up 'Fido' for SDN, NFV

The Linux Foundation has kicked off a new collaboration designed to push open I/O closer to the metal, to squeeze higher performance out of the white-box world. Fd.io – which the outfit assures the world is pronounced “Fido” – builds on efforts like Intel's Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). The other foundation technology …
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Router configurations suck (power out of mobile devices, that is)

Unknown and unseen to most users, your smartphone is “talking” in its sleep, and that can sap your battery. The problem? Routing advertisements, one of the fundamental operating principles of the Internet, can demand enough communications to have a noticeable impact on battery life. Router advertisements are multicasts that …
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Bluetooth direct to the internet: What could possibly go wrong?

The Bluetooth special interest group (SIG) reckons connecting "things" to PCs and smartphones is passé and wants to add direct-to-router connections to its technology. It's published a guide to using a bunch of RESTful APIs to build a gateway between Bluetooth and IP networking without an intermediary device. Explaining its …

Building automation systems are so bad IBM hacked one for free

An IBM-led penetration testing team has thoroughly owned an enterprise building management network in a free assessment designed to publicise the horrid state of embedded device security. The IBM X-Force team of Paul Ionescu, Jonathan Fitz-Gerald, John Zuccato, and Warren Moynihan, along with Akamai engineer Brennan Brazeau, …
Darren Pauli, 11 Feb 2016
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How one of the poorest districts in the US pipes Wi-Fi to families – using school buses

America's second-poorest school district is also home to a surprising IT program that has won it national acclaim. The Coachella Valley Unified School District, located east of Los Angeles in California's Riverside County, encompasses around 1,250 square miles of largely rural areas. It includes 20,000 students, most from hard …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Feb 2016
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Intel's Wind River preps server to deliver VMs into home routers

Intel is starting to deliver on its vision of x86-powered modem/routers in the home , as its Wind River subsidiary releases a server dedicated to delivery of functions to virtual customer premises equipment (CPE). The new offering is aimed at telcos, who for years have struggled to get customers to buy more than carriage. …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2016
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Nokia kicks off pre-MWC race with tech show-and-tell

And then there were four: the Big Five mobile network vendors are reduced to a quartet, though Cisco will be hoping that its new alliance with Ericsson will admit it to the inner circle, while Samsung and NEC remain hopeful of harnessing virtualisation to improve their radio access network (RAN) business. But the fight is …
Wireless Watch, 09 Feb 2016
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While we weren't looking, the WAN changed

Sysadmin Blog: Wide Area Networking (WAN) solutions are not discussed enough in the tech press. We babble incessantly about consumer broadband, or some new top end fibre speed achieved in a lab, but this is merely a fraction of the story. There is a very real revolution in WAN connectivity that is occurring right now, today. It goes largely …
Trevor Pott, 05 Feb 2016
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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

BT has blamed a faulty router for knocking its network offline yesterday, leaving hundreds of thousands of customers without the internet. The telecoms giant apologised for the failure, which began at around 2pm yesterday afternoon. Customers across the country were unable to get online, with reports of the outage affecting …
Kat Hall, 03 Feb 2016

International Trade Commission pens patent love letter to Cisco

The International Trade Commission has handed Cisco another gun to fire at antagonist Arista, finding that the latter violated three Cisco software patents. The patents in question cover router management (US 7,162,537), and private VLANs (US 6,741,592 and 7,200,145). Since Cisco reckons Arista's in violation of twelve …

Word up: BlackEnergy SCADA hackers change tactics

A new BlackEnergy spear-phishing campaign is targeting more Ukrainian firms, including a television channel. A spear-phishing document found by Kaspersky Lab analysts mentions the far-right Ukrainian nationalist political party "Right Sector" and appears to have been used in an attack against a popular television channel in …
John Leyden, 28 Jan 2016
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Aereo TV boss is back ... pitching gigabit internet and a $350 Wi-Fi router

The man who started the ill-fated Aereo TV service is back, and this time he wants to start an ISP. Chet Kanojia said that his Starry Internet service would allow home users to access gigabit internet service by installing wireless broadband antennas in their home routers. Promising to use short-wave radio frequencies to …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2016
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Broadband-pushers expand user piggyback rides on private Wi-Fi

The number of public Wi-Fi hotspots piggybacking on private routers in the UK is set to increase "significantly" by next year, according to research. Currently 47 per cent of public Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK are derived from "homespot" routers. That proportion that will increase as broadband providers compete to to offer …
Kat Hall, 26 Jan 2016

FRITZ!Box home broadband routers' security FRITZed

The FRITZ!Box range of home broadband routers, popular in Germany and Australia, needs patching against a variety of remote code execution bugs. Germans RedTeam Pentesting turned up the bugs in model 3272, 7272, 3370/3390/3490, 7312/7412, 7320/7330 SL, 736x SL and 7490 devices. The vulnerabilities are present in all firmware …
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Samsung turns to smart home, wearables chips as mobile declines

Analysis Looking for a radical change in culture and product mix is Samsung, which has ridden high on the smartphone boom but is now refocusing its growth efforts on the IoT, chips and displays. The decade of the smartphone will end this year, and growth in sales will fall below 10 per cent for the first time ever, according to …
Wireless Watch, 11 Jan 2016
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Star Wars BB-8 toy in firmware update risk, say UK security bods

A Star Wars BB-8 internet of things toy comes with a vulnerability that leaves it open to malevolent influences of the Dark Side. The Sphero toy itself is very cute with some lovely functionality, with a slick mobile app. However, a preliminary assessment by UK security consultancy Pen Test Partners (PTP) has revealed a class …
John Leyden, 08 Jan 2016
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MediaTek to spin out Ethernet biz – reports

Fabless semiconductor design house MediaTek is continuing its "focus on the core business" strategy, with reports in Asia suggesting it plans to spin off its Ethernet chip operations this year. The company's Ethernet switches mostly target the home broadband router market, a segment that makes up a relatively small chunk of …
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Amazon drafts blueprints for its own home router, IoT gateway ARM chips

Amazon is readying its own ARM-compatible processors to power home routers, Wi-Fi hotspots, and network-attached storage boxes. The Alpine system-on-chips were designed by Annapurna Labs, a fabless biz founded in 2011. It is based in San Jose, California, and Israel, and was bought by Amazon in early 2015 for about $350m. The …
Chris Williams, 06 Jan 2016

Look what Gbps fiber brings: Competition, then new router chips

It's not often that a couple of services create a market segment on their own, but that's what Google Fiber and Comcast's 2Gbps home broadband rivalry seem to have done. To cope with such high speeds, Broadcom has baked up silicon that once would have been at home in an enterprise-grade router: a 1.8GHz, 64-bit quad-core ARM- …

Linode: Back at last after ten days of hell

Linode reckons its long outage has come to an end, although its most-current message says there may be “intermittent” issues for users, mostly of its Atlanta facility. At the time of writing, the status of all services was listed as “operational”, except for Atlanta which still shows as “partial outage”. The company has been …

Researcher criticises 'weak' crypto in Internet of Things alarm system

Security shortcomings in an internet-connected burglar alarm system from UK firm Texecom leave it open to hack attacks, an engineer turned security researcher warns. Luca Lo Castro said he had come across shortcomings in the encryption of communication after buying Texecom’s Premier Elite Control Panel and ComIP module and …
John Leyden, 31 Dec 2015
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13,000 Comcast customers complain to FCC over data caps

More than 13,000 people have complained about Comcast's imposition of a new 300GB monthly data cap, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed. The request was filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by the Cut Cable Today blog, and the response includes more than 2,000 letters about the cap that was …
Iain Thomson, 17 Dec 2015
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Be afraid, Apple and Samsung: Huawei's IoT home looks cheaper and better

Apple and Samsung can start worrying now. Huawei has unveiled its IoT strategy and the extent of its ambitions. Amongst the highlights are a TV kit that provides latest-generation Apple TV functionality, with Siri-like voice navigation through content. That will be available for around £30 (Y226), or one fifth of the price of …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Dec 2015
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A testing time for Load DynamiX as storage analytics biz seeks niche

Analysis Networked storage system workload tester Load DynamiX has added analytics to its product in a v5.0 release, and aims to transform itself from a one-off array test facility to more of a dynamic, real-time array monitor. The seven-year-old startup was founded as SwiftTest in 2008 by chairman Richard Bush, CTO Leonard Sheiba, and …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2015

Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

Cisco has forgotten to install all the light emitting diodes (LEDs) in some routers. The Register understands that the LTE-enabled C800 integrated service routers. models C896, C897, and C898, lack LEDs that indicate traffic is passing over the WAN. Cisco has 'fessed up to the mess in a field notice that says "... two LEDs and …
Darren Pauli, 15 Dec 2015

Brit-American hacker duo throws pwns on IoT BBQs, grills open admin

Kiwicon American hardware hackers have ruined Christmas cooks ups across Australia, revealing gaping and pwnable vulnerabilities in Internet-connected barbecues. Hardware hackers Matthew Garrett and Paul McMillan revealed how the Internet-of-things CyberQ exposed its remote administration facilities and could be owned over the …
Darren Pauli, 10 Dec 2015
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Battery-free IoT sensor feeds off radio waves

Dutch researchers have invented an internet-of-things sensor that powers itself from router radio waves. The first sample chip measures just 2mm square, weighs 1.6 milligrams and measures temperature. It draws power from a Wi-Fi router via a tiny antenna, takes a reading, and then broadcasts it back, using a slightly different …
Iain Thomson, 08 Dec 2015

Linksys routers vulnerable through CGI scripts

Linksys' EA6100-6300 wireless routers need a patch: KoreLogic has published an advisory saying that rubbish CGI scripts in the admin interface open the device up to remote attackers. Since it's a consumer product, it's a fair bet that most of the devices out there won't get patched, but here's the detail. Many of the CGI …
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Ethernet switch sales flatten but 40 Gbps starts to take off

The Ethernet market remains pretty dull: flat on a year-on-year basis, prone to quarter-on-quarter swings in individual segments, and dominated by Cisco. One vendor that can wave IDC's latest numbers in front of its investors is Juniper Networks, which piled on 39.4 per cent year-on-year, but at US$230 million for the quarter …