Working From Home: Have Routers Become More Important?

first_imgGadgets 360: Do buyers adequately understand the differences between standards such as Wi-Fi 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11ax? What actually pushes buyers to look beyond basic Internet connectivity and explore expensive routers?Vinay Shetty: Modern buyers have to come understand the basic difference between Wi-Fi n and Wi-Fi ac/ax routers. For most users, what they objectively relate those terms with is the extent of connectivity throughout their homes, and they obtain this information from YouTube and other online platforms. The deciding factors users look for before switching from their existing routers to a better router that may or may not be expensive, is wide coverage, stable connectivity across devices, high security, and most importantly the ease of setting up. For example, we have a mobile app that uses a graphical user interface that makes it easy for any user to set up and control the router and give access to a new user.Gadgets 360: Has the shift to a number scheme, ie Wi-Fi 6, and retrospective branding for Wi-Fi 5/4/etc caused any confusion?Vinay Shetty: A very human understanding for any new technology has been the higher the number, the newer the technology. The branding collateral for this latest generation of Wi-Fi, like any new technology, indicates the leaps over the existing Wi-Fi 5/ 4 etc.Gadgets 360: What factors motivate people to upgrade their routers? Especially for those who get a free basic one from their ISP.Vinay Shetty: Basic routers provided by all ISPs only serve the purpose of having a functional Internet connection. Over the course of time, using these basic routers, people become aware of their limitations in terms of bandwidth distribution, coverage, and security against Internet attacks. Consumer routers, especially the feature-rich ones, are the unsung heroes of the tech ecosystem. The WFH situation has underlined this. Everyone with a router wants a stable Internet connection with consistent speed and good coverage throughout their home. People have also understood the importance of Internet security and protection against malware and internet fraud.asus aimesh routers asusMesh routers can help extend your home Wi-Fi range to cover a large area Wi-Fi routers are a key gadget that many people don’t understand. As many of us have settled in to working from home, and have become heavily dependent on our Internet connections, we might need to consider upgrading the tools and infrastructure we need for working, learning, and staying in touch remotely. One often overlooked piece of hardware that could make a big difference is your home router – but what is the best one to buy, should you buy a mesh setup, and what’s the difference between the letters n, ac, and ax in the names? Routers come in various shapes and sizes, with capabilities differentiated in terms of speeds and frequency bands supported, range, number of antennas, and of course price.Gadgets 360 spoke with Vinay Shetty, Regional Director, Components Business, India and South Asia at Asus, to learn more about the market for home routers at present, and what the near future looks like.- Advertisement – Gadgets 360: What is the uptake of mesh router kits? Are potential buyers aware of how these work and what the benefits and tradeoffs are? Are the cost and perceived complexity serious deterrents?Vinay Shetty: Yes, people are becoming more and more aware of the concept and functionality of mesh networking technology. This helps to eliminate dead zones, lower your ping, and extend your connectivity range. Our digital media and social media platforms help us reach, inform, and educate our user base. As far as the cost is concerned, you can get a dedicated mesh or SOHO mesh system starting from Rs. 8,000, depending on the user requirement. Currently, we are the only manufacturer that offers the flexibility of using two or more ASUS AiMesh compatible models not belonging to the same series to form a comprehensive mesh system.Gadgets 360: What does the future of the market look like? What innovations or new tech can we look forward to in the home networking space?Vinay Shetty: We’ve already seen the integration of a Bluetooth speaker with Amazon Alexa in a router, then RGB LED lighting in our new ROG line of routers. Our product marketing team is working closely with our R&D team on a few exciting projects in the consumer and home networking space, which you will have the opportunity to see in late 2021. Gadgets 360: How has the market for home routers and networking products changed since the beginning of the lockdown? Has working from home driven upgrades?Vinay Shetty: The current “work from home” scenario has propelled the home router business not just globally but in India as well. Users now realise that it is important to not just have a strong Internet connection, but for its bandwidth to be equally distributed amongst users at home. Currently, on an average, a family of four has close to two devices per user; that’s already eight connected devices. In addition, if you consider a smart TV and other smart devices or appliances that are connected to the Wi-Fi at home, it makes the demand of connectivity very high. So, the need to a have a good networking device is imperative. We are seeing an encouraging shift in dual-band router purchases along with existing customers upgrading from a single-band router to a dual-band router.Gadgets 360: How price sensitive are most buyers of home routers? Which models are the most popular? – Advertisement –center_img Vinay Shetty: Customers are largely price sensitive, but in the current scenario where a stable internet connection is a necessity while working or studying from home, customers are opting for quality and stability, even if it means paying a premium for it. Most of our dual-band range of routers in the price range of Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 5,000 have garnered the needed momentum, as well as our line of AiMesh routers that offer a wide array of features, making them a logical buy in the long run.asus rog rapture routers asusThe top-end Asus ROG Rapture router models are designed for gamers and power users- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Burleigh Heads duplex wows with spectacular view

first_img129 George St, Burleigh Heads.The upper level forms the social heart of the home with open plan living spaces and the kitchen. Stacking doors bring the indoors outside. The middle level is flexible with a media room and gym alongside the bedrooms while the lowest level is dedicated to a master retreat. Enjoy the view from your bath!TAKE one step inside this contemporary Burleigh Heads tri-level duplex and the view will stop you in your tracks.“The design brief was to create a very luxurious living environment that maximises the views of both properties and from all living areas and bedrooms,” vendor Val Llewellyn said.“We definitely achieved that.” 129 George St, Burleigh Heads. 129 George St, Burleigh Heads.Another standout feature is the floating steel staircase with American white oak treads, frameless glass and stainless steel balustrade. Other luxury finishes include French oak floors, natural quartz stone and modern exterior cladding.Sean Graves and Edward Smyth of NGU Real Estate Gold Coast are taking the property to auction on May 20.center_img 129 George St, Burleigh Heads.Mr Llewellyn bought the sloping block of land, set above Burleigh Ridge with plans to build a house for his family.As time passed he decided to construct luxury duplexes instead. He now lives in one and has put the other on the market.“Each unit is identical but what’s unique is they are offset by one level,” he said. “No. 129 is lower by one floor.”But it was no easy feat building on the side of a hill. “The construction was extremely challenging,” he said. 129 George St, Burleigh Heads.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“To call it a sloping block would be an understatement. We have very extensive foundations — in many ways it’s been constructed along the principals of buddling a high-rise.”And it was worth the challenge because the end result is nothing short of spectacular. Designed over three levels, the home allows separation between entertaining and sleeping zones while allowing the vista to take centre stage.“You can see right out to South Stradbroke Island and watch the sun rise and set,” he said. “You basically have a 200 to 220 degree view.”last_img read more

Eagles Jr. High Cross Country Teams Sweep Invitational

first_imgJac-Cen-Del hosted the 11 school JCD Junior High Cross Country Invitational tonight (Wed, 8/26).The JCD teams ran very well and finished as the 1st place team in both races.JCD Jr. High CC Invite (8-27)Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.last_img

Whicker: Dodgers, Yankees play up to their pedigree

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “Gabe said he killed it,” Boone said. “Just looking back, Kenley held his hands up (to call time out) and it looked to me like Gleyber had already started down the line with a guy down on the field.“I’ve seen the replay. You can see Kenley asking for time maybe at about the time Gleyber was starting down the line, You’d like to see the play secured a little bit more before granting it.”Umpires often rule a play is dead when they see a player in distress. Muncy didn’t deny he was banged up, since his right knee seemed to buckle a bit on Gardner’s slide. He did admit that he might have added a little soccer-based drama.When the ball stays within the confines, and the game’s senses are restored, you see all kinds of things.Torres walked with one out in the fourth, after Tony Consolin had given up a deafening homer to Aaron Judge that cut it to 2-1. Torres then ran with Gardner hitting, but center-fielder A.J. Pollock caught the fly ball and Torres was marooned, ending a troublesome inning on an 8-3 double play.“Maybe they (Dodger infielders) deked him a little bit,” Boone said, “and I thought Pollock did a good job acting like that ball would fall in.”In the New York ninth, Yankees’ shortstop Didi Gregorius worked a 3-and-1 count on Jansen. The two are countrymen from Curacao. The Dodgers were in their usual shift, with a canyon awaiting Gregorius on the left side. So he laid down a bunt that drifted foul. That was one thing, but then Gregorius tried to do it on 3-and-2. When this one went foul, Gregorius was out.“I wouldn’t tell him to do that but I was fine with it,” Boone said. “It’s pretty close to being a leadoff double, and we’re having trouble getting on base.”“Listen, man, that’s how we play in Curacao,” Jansen said. “We’re pretty reckless. Thank God that went to my side today, but that’s how we are.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Believe it or not, some of us are even tired of hearing ourselves complain about today’s driving-range ethic. Maybe the problem is 2019 is just too many bad teams. A third of the 30 teams are either playing over .600 or under .400.It was good for the Dodgers to know they could strike out 12 times and walk twice and still win. Or to see their bullpen strike out eight in four innings with two hits. Or to react when a game must be survived, not merely won.The Dodgers and Yankees do it again Sunday. Please quit saying it’s an October preview. Saturday was more about the past than the future, a three hour, 19 minute retrospective of thought, nerve, drama, controversy and precision, complete with Dodger Dogs.Somehow it was time well spent. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy falls while looking to throw to first after New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner ran into him, on a grounder hit by Gio Urshela during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The Dodgers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the New York Yankees in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The Dodgers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the third inning of an MLB baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy, right, throws to first after forcing out New York Yankees Gleyber Torres during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. Gio Urshela was safe at first. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, celebrates with Matt Beaty after a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin during the fourth inning of an MLB baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius fields a popup fly by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen, right, celebrates with catcher Will Smith after the team’s baseball game against the New York Yankees in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The Dodgers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a two-run home run during the third inning of an MLB baseball game against the New York Yankees in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, right, celebrates with Cody Bellinger after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of an MLB baseball game against the New York Yankees in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Yankees relief pitcher Nestor Cortes Jr. throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Matt Beaty attempts to throw to first after misplaying a grounder by New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The Dodgers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, right, celebrates with Gleyber Torres after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka, of Japan, smiles in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy falls while looking to throw to first after New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner ran into him, on a grounder hit by Gio Urshela during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The Dodgers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)NextShow Caption1 of 15Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy falls while looking to throw to first after New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner ran into him, on a grounder hit by Gio Urshela during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. The Dodgers won 2-1. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The true baseball fan hated to see Saturday’s game end. The Yankees maintained that it shouldn’t have.Gleyber Torres crossed the plate in the bottom of the ninth with what looked like the tying run. Back at second base, Dodgers’ second baseman Max Muncy was rolling around after baserunner Brett Gardner had barged into him. The ruling was that Gardner was out, but a replay overturned it.But Torres, who had been on second, never quit running, not until he got into the dugout and was told to return to third.You needed a couple of circuit courts to straighten it out. Gardner appeared to impede Muncy with his hand as he slid. Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone was campaigning for both the replay and for the run to score. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Still, the Yankees were in a good spot. They had bases loaded and one out against Kenley Jansen, who has gone from automatic to out of gear lately.That became the takeaway of this teeth-grinder between the teams with baseball’s two best records. Jansen struck out Mike Tauchman, struck out Gary Sanchez, and Randy Newman sang his song and the Dodgers won, 2-1.Even though it was hot and windless, there were only two home runs, and fast arms kept coming out of both bullpens.“Kenley was great,” said Justin Turner, whose throw to second on Gio Urshela’s slow dribbler kicked off all the ruckus. “We had a conversation the other night and I told him he’s picked us up so many times and we’ll pick him up, too. And he picked me up today.”Boone wasn’t seething over the ruling by home umpire Gabe Morales, but he wasn’t convinced either. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more