the Hawking Broadband Booster puts the most critical items
Broadly speaking, latency is the time each network takes to process a data packet and send it along. It can range from an imperceptible few milliseconds to an annoying several seconds. Hawking's Broadband Booster streamlines the data traffic flow to the Internet through a cable, DSL, or T1 connection. The problem is that while broadband can deliver a few megabytes a second of data, all but the most expensive ISPs uplink at only a couple hundred kilobytes per second; when there's a lot of action, some data and commands have to wait their turn.
By examining every data packet leaving the network and ranking them based on importance and timeliness, the Ubicom StreamEngine inside the Hawking Broadband Booster puts the most critical items--such as VoIP audio, online gaming, and streaming video--ahead of more mundane items such as Web page and FTP requests, background operations, and software updates. It may sound like a complicated process, but the Hawking Broadband Booster hides the complexity from the user. Just plug it in between your network's router and broadband modem and wait a minute for it to evaluate your connection and adjust its parameters. Hawking claims that it works with every router on the market. We tried it with four recent network devices from Hawking, Linksys, D-Link, and Netgear, and it worked with all.
Samsung brings femtocell to Verizon
Samsung announced Monday that it's bringing its femtocell base station to Verizon Wireless. The Verizon Wireless Extender is similar to the Sprint Airave, which Samsung introduced last year. It acts as a miniature cell phone tower by boosting indoor cell phone coverage where the normal Verizon signal may not reach.
The Extender requires a normal power outlet and a home broadband Internet connection. If you're on the phone and you leave the house, your call will switch automatically between the Extender's coverage area and Verizon's standard network. It costs more than most Verizon handsets ($249), but unlike with Sprint's Airave, Verizon doesn't gouge you for monthly fees after the initial investment.
News for Friday 01 February, 2013