People don’t typically think much about the nest of cables and wires that run through walls and ceilings at the office and in the home. These Ethernet cables are what bring the connectivity we need to work and play to our computers. The IEEE has now ratified a new Ethernet spec called IEEE P802.3bz that promises five times the top speed of current specifications without having to tear out the cabling already in place.
The new standard allows the access layer bandwidth currently in use to evolve incrementally beyond 1Gbps. The new standard also includes a wireless component for 2.5G and 5G Ethernet that allows connectivity with 802.11ac Wave 2 Access Points.
“As new 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless technology is being deployed the need to offload more and more data at higher and higher speeds from the wireless to the wired network has never been so critical,” wrote Sachin Gupta, vice president of product management in a blog celebrating the ratification. “Going beyond 1 Gb/s with existing Cat5e and Cat6 cables was little more than a talking point two years ago. But now with NBASE-T, we have the ability to extend the life of an enormous asset —your wired network. The Cat5e and Cat6 installed in just the last 15 years now exceeds an estimated 70 billion meters of cabling, which is more than 10 trips to Pluto.”
The new spec means that business that need more speed won’t have to bring down networks and disrupt services with cabling needs, assuming they have Cat 5e/6 outlets already. The new spec will also save enterprises money by not having to foot the bill for that recabling.
Gupta added, “For some, a re-cabling isn’t even possible. For others, unfeasible. For the rest, re-cabling is just costly and disruptive. It is easy to imagine the value of delivering multi-gigabit speeds to the more than 1.3 billion Cat 5e/6 outlets worldwide if it doesn’t require the huge head-ache and expense of a major cable replacement. The promise of NBASE-T has to have nearly every CFO, CTO, building manager and IT group breathing a huge sigh of relief.”
Awesome guide I found on mechanical keyboards by Lifehacker and wanted to show you guys, it’s pretty dope if you know the difference, and if you play games, type a lot you should def know the difference between keyboards.
Mechanical keyboards, or keyboards with full, individual switches under every key, have exploded in popularity recently, although the technology inside is as old as the keyboard itself. There’s really no substitute for that solid, clicking sensation under your fingers as you type, and the satisfying sound each key makes when you press it. However, choosing the best mechanical keyboard can be tricky, since there are dozens of models, different switch types, and more popping up every day. Here’s how to tell them all apart and pick the right one for you.
If you’ve visited Disneyland, you may have seen a small plane fly overhead at one point. The OC is full of rich-ass people, might be a Newport Beach golfer, no big deal, right? Except, as it turns out, the Anaheim police department had access to military-grade dragnet phone spying equipment, the kind that can suck up your phone’s information from an airplane along with thousands of others.
Anaheim isn’t a big city. With a population of 336,265, it is substantially smaller than Wichita, Kansas and Mesa, Arizona. This is how entrenched America’s berserk surveillance culture is: A suburban city’s police department had access to spying tools called dirtboxes, the same spying tools sought by the Air Force. Insane militarization isn’t just for big-city cops.
If you need maximum smartphone security and are willing to pay for it, the Blackphone 2 is now on sale. The latest handset from Silent Circle has privacy features like the Android-based PrivatOS operating system, encrypted calling and texts, and “spaces” that let you keep business separate from pleasure. But unlike the original Blackphone, the latest model is actually a decent smartphone, with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, Qualcomm 8-core CPU, 3GB RAM, a 13-megapixel back-side illuminated camera and quick-charging 3,060 mAh battery.
Given the numerous privacy dangers lurking out there, what price would you pay for both security and a solid smartphone? Silent Cirlce thinks it’s $799, more than a 64GB iPhone 6s costs. However, if you need it, you need it, so assuming you’re in North America, you can grab a Blackphone 2 at Silent Circle’s website. In the UK and the rest of the world, it’s set to arrive “soon.”
Cool link I’ve checked out and used for my personal thumb drive collection. The best one is Portable Apps platform, just check it out for yourself. You can setup all kind of programs, games, software to use with a simple plugin of the USB. Very useful when diagnosing a program or just wanting to run your encrypted email-client or messaging apps and then wipe your drive.
Microsoft has released their latest version of the Windows operating system. And a look around the Web has revealed a consensus: Windows 10 rocks. The most secure Windows operating system yet. I’ve already messed around with it on a virtual machine but I will be waiting awhile before I actually upgrade my machine from Windows 7, if I decide to upgrade. Who’s already on board?
Going to Disney World again soon and wanted to get more information on the (magic bands) which contain RFID chips and link to your account. I wanted to see if anyone has a technical breakdown of these magic bands. Always wondering if they stored credit card info, and wanted to do some research. I will be updating this post with more about the magic bands themselves and some cool ones which I plan on buying to use! (Note: I would never try any methods in the park)
The nRF24LE1 is a highly integrated ultra low power 2.4GHz RF System-on-Chip (SoC) for 2.4GHz ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) band operation. It includes a 2.4GHz RF transceiver core, an 8-bit CPU, and embedded Flash memory. By offering a peak RX/TX current lower than 14mA, a sub-μA power down mode, advanced power management, and 1.9 to 3.6V supply range, the nRF24LE1 provides a true ultra low power solution that enables months to years of battery lifetime when running from regular coin cells or AA/AAA batteries. Finally, a rich set of on-chip analog and digital peripherals makes the nRF24LE1 a flexible, single chip solution for a wide range of applications including PC peripherals, game controllers, remote controls, sports/fitness/healthcare sensors, and toys. (these are useful for Disney parks to allow customers to use them year after year)
So my hard drive had over 100GB of movie backups, and tv backups and I was slowly going.. I need a backup drive. After months of researching, testing, reading, and watching countless YouTube videos I discovered the Synology Ds214play. I use to have to leave my computer on and had an HDMI ran to my television and a wireless keyboard, now I can use my Roku 3 to connect to DSVIdeo and watch all my tv shows and movies with no problem. This version is for a lot of different video formats and does video trans-coding on the fly. If you don’t have a Roku player you can use a XMBC box, Raspberry PI, or simple DLNA then broadcast to television (smart tv) way. I learned this is def the way to go.. the only downside is there is no default encryption and you have to download third-party crap and it makes everything lag out. Hopefully a new version will support this and be just as fast.
You can buy it on amazon here for $359.99 and over a hundred 4-1/2 star reviews.
My favorite LIVE CD which utilizes most of the tools needed to perform network pennetration testing.
Favorite Android IP/network scanner. Quickly maps out a networks assigned IP addresses including MAC Addresses. If you have Android, I have used this tool countless times to discover local IP’s, phillips hue, network camera, etc.
If you want to know if you’ve been hacked, or currently have a remote host connected this is the tool to leave up on a seperate monitor. Will be sure to tell you active/passive connections and highlights then green red when connecting etc.
Want to watch your local traffic passing through the nodes? Wireshark will do it for ya! This tool is POWERFUL and very hard learning curve. If you want to watch your traffic down to the 1’s and 0’s this will do it. Check it out and read the guide!
This is a great guide by lifehacker.com on Router Hardware, check it out here and for more of the guide hit their site up.
Your router is the glue that holds your home network together. It connects all your computers to one another, either through Ethernet cables or a wireless connection. A router is different than a modem: your modem connects you to the internet, while your router connects your computers to one another. When you hook up your router to the modem, however, you’re then able to share that internet connection with all of the computers on your network. Sometimes modems will come with routers built-in, but this isn’t always the case.
Devices that connect to your router—that is, the computers, tablets, smartphones, DVRs, game systems, and so on—are called clients. Each client on the network is given an IP address, which helps your router direct traffic. Clients within the network get a local IP address, while your modem gets a global IP address. Global IP addresses are like street addresses, while local IP addresses are like apartment numbers: one lets you find the building in relation to the rest of the world, while the other lets you find the specific location within the complex. These addresses make sure the right information from the outside world gets to the right computer on your network.