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

Experts at HHS webinar cite key pandemic planning issues

first_img HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan At the beginning of the webcast, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt made some opening remarks that focused on what the agency has accomplished, especially since the release of the HHS’s Pandemic Influenza Plan in 2005. Osterholm said the private sector has so far failed in its pandemic planning efforts, because businesses haven’t taken their plans to the next level, such as establishing back-up plans in case supply chains collapse, which could have more severe effects than the pandemic virus itself. “They have to play like a chess master, and plan the next 8 to 10 moves down the board,” he said. On the vaccine-sharing issue, Leavitt said he understands the concerns that Indonesia and other countries have about access to affordable H5N1 vaccines, but he said Indonesia’s apparent demand of financial compensation for sharing virus samples is a “dangerous proposition” that could open the door to endless demands. Some of the online viewers asked the panelists how individuals and corporations can better prepare for a pandemic. Leavitt and Osterholm advised viewers to keep the issue alive by keeping dialogues on the topic going with local and state government officials. “I think we can finish our service better prepared, especially since 2005, but there is still a great deal to do,” he said. Finish work on new vaccine facilities. Remind states, businesses, and families about their responsibility to help prepare for an influenza pandemic. In terms of pandemic preparedness, Leavitt emphasized a list of the agency’s accomplishments, which include an H5N1 vaccine with aggressive efforts under way to expand vaccine production technology and capacity, an antiviral stockpile that has been amplified by a state purchase incentive plan, new diagnostic testing systems, and an array of regional pandemic planning summits and formal exercises. The compensation demand promotes a vaccine scarcity mentality, Leavitt said, “but we need to pursue an abundance mentality.” See also: Continue work on countermeasure distribution, which he said is currently the “Achilles heel” of bioterror response planning. Leavitt said he has four recommendations for the next HHS secretary, “sort of a note on the desk,” he said: Strongly defend the global influenza virus-sharing network. Leavitt also spoke to the transitions that will likely occur over the next few months as the Bush administration winds down and a new administration takes over. He said during his tenure, the HHS has planned for 15 different disaster scenarios, including pandemic influenza. After Leavitt spoke he joined the panel discussion group, which included Maggie Fox, health and science editor for Reuters news service, Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News, and William Raub, PhD, Leavitt’s science advisor. He said two events loom large during his years as HHS secretary: the re-emergence of H5N1 avian influenza virus and hurricane Katrina. The storm response was, “a remarkable shakedown of our national response plan,” Leavitt said. “We’re due for a pandemic, but regrettably, we’re still somewhat underprepared,” he said. Leading the nation’s pandemic preparedness efforts has required a delicate balance, Leavitt added. “You want to stimulate preparedness, but not panic.” Oct 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today hosted an online conversation among experts, government officials, and members of the public that touched on emerging issues in pandemic planning, such as anticipating supply chain interruptions and keeping the momentum going during tough economic times.last_img read more

Iran coronavirus death toll jumps to 12: Report

first_imgQuoting Abbassi, ISNA added that “according to the health minister… the cause of coronavirus infections in Iran are people who have entered the country illegally from Pakistan, Afghanistan and China”.On Sunday, Health Minister Said Namaki said one person who died of coronavirus in Qom, south of Tehran, was a businessman who had made several trips to China.Namaki had unsuccessfully pleaded in January for Iran’s government to order the suspension of all commercial flights between Iran and China.In his remarks to state television on Sunday, the minister said direct flights between Iran and China were now suspended, but the Qom businessman had travelled there “on a connecting flight”. Four more people have died of coronavirus in Iran, a spokesman for parliament said Monday, bringing the country’s overall death toll to 12 — by far the most outside China.”The minister of health announced the deaths of 12 people and 47 cases of infection in the country,” Assadollah Abbassi was quoted as saying by semi-official news agency ISNA after a closed session of parliament.Abbassi gave the same death toll in reports by Fars news agency and the Young Journalists Club, a branch of state television, but they quoted him as saying there were “around” 47 infections. Iran has been scrambling to contain the COVID-19 outbreak since it announced the first two deaths in the holy city of Qom on Wednesday last week.Authorities have since ordered the closure of schools, universities and other educational centres across the country as a “preventive measure”.Since it emerged in December, the new coronavirus has killed more than 2,500 people in China.Iran now accounts for nearly half of the deaths elsewhere in the world, which currently stand at 30.Topics :last_img read more

Turkey eases lockdown restrictions on over 65s, under 20s

first_imgTopics : From May 13, the same four-hour window will be extended to children under 15 — and to those aged between 15 and 20 from May 15, said Erdogan.Turkey’s death toll from the coronavirus is 3,461, according to the official figures as of Monday, while the number of cases has passed 127,000.The government hopes the domestic tourism sector can start in June after the Eid holiday, which follows the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.But Erdogan insisted that all-day weekend curfews in 31 cities, including Ankara and Istanbul, would continue.After recording more than 5,000 new cases in a single day in mid-April, the number of infections in a 24-hour period has declined substantially, with recoveries now overtaking new infections. Turkey will relax confinement rules on people aged 65 and over, and those under 20, as the country moves to a “new normal”, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday.Since March 21, around 7.5 million senior citizens have been under lockdown, forbidden from going outside in a measure taken to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.The same restriction was brought in by the government for people aged under 20 on April 4.center_img “We will gradually return to normal life,” Erdogan said in Istanbul after a cabinet meeting held by videoconference.”But this will be a new normal,” he warned.Barbers, hairdressers and shopping centers will be able to reopen on May 11, said Erdogan.From Sunday, those aged more than 64 will be able to go out for fours a day, between 0800 and 1200 GMT, he added.last_img read more

The house where you can escape from the kids

first_img9 Takora St, Middle Park.FOR homeowner Les Moodley, now his kids have left home it’s time to sell the family home and retire to Hervey Bay.Mr Moodley said when he purchased the Middle Park home in 2004 he renovated it and it still presented well today.“We updated the kitchen, painted the house and replaced all the internal doors,” he said.He said when he bought the home, he liked that it was ideal for entertaining and that he could live on one level.“All the living areas were downstairs,” he said.“It’s got the living room, the kitchen, the master bedroom and another bedroom downstairs with the lounge and dining. 9 Takora St, Middle Park.“The visitors can be upstairs or teenage kids away from the parents. It’s a nice family home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“It’s a nice entertaining home, because straight out of the living room is a pool and a pergola area.” 9 Takora St, Middle Park.Mr Moodley said the home, which is on a 608sq m block of land, is in a high pocket in Middle Park, which doesn’t flood and where everything is at your fingertips.“It’s a good location, a quiet street and its proximity to Brisbane is only about 18km,” he said.“There are three schools within walking distance. It’s also walking distance to the shopping centre and there’s a park about 400 or 500m from the house.”He said it would appeal to a wide range of buyers, including those who work in the city, as there are two bus stops within walking distance.center_img FLOOR PLAN: 9 Takora St, Middle Park.“It would probably suit a family with teenagers, or anyone above 10 years of age,” he said.“Or a couple that just want to live downstairs, and visitors upstairs.“It could be that someone could have an older family member living downstairs and a younger family member living upstairs.”The home is on the market now through Centenary Real Estate.last_img read more

Australian tourist towns follow New Zealand on Wicked Campers

first_imgStuff 31 May 2016Family First Comment: The momentum builds. Aussie tourist towns have followed New Zealand’s lead and banned Wicked Campers from caravan parks.Blue Mountains and Byron Bay banned the vans after New Zealand censor Andrew Jack ruled that some slogans were objectionable and therefore had to stay out of public places or face a hefty fine.The vans are popular with young tourists mostly because they are cheap to hire. However some are daubed with lurid and sometimes graphic depictions of oral sex, drug use and misogynistic slogans which prompted complaints from the New Zealand travelling public.In April, New Zealand’s Classification Office ruled against three slogans on the controversial Australian company’s vehicles, stating the vans qualified as “objectionable publications”.Family First national director Bob McCoskrie believed it was a good result from New South Wales, as Wicked continued to disrespect public sensibilities.“Look, we have never said they should be banned, we just wanted the harmful, offensive messaging banned,” McCoskrie said.He suggested Department of Conservation camping grounds in New Zealand should also follow the lead.There was also a need for slogans on the vans to be treated as a billboard, and therefore advertising, which falls under the Advertising Standards Authority.“We believe all advertising should be g-rated.”Wicked had not responded to request for comment.Associate Minister of Tourism Paula Bennett also declined to comment.READ MORE: read more

Tree City Fall Festival this weekend

first_imgGreensburg, In. — The Tree City Fall Festival will fill downtown Greensburg this weekend.Here is a schedule of events planned:Friday, September 21Noon – Vendor booths open6 p.m. – Opening ceremonies7 p.m. – Melody Mart Student Jam8 p.m.  – Dogs of SocietySaturday, September 228 a.m. – Caleb Brown Memorial 5k9 a.m. – Tree City Fall Festival Cruise In10 a.m. – Vendor Booths Open10:30 a.m. – Herb Kohler Memorial ParadeNoon – Tree City Chili Cook Off Judging1 p.m. – Lip Synch Contest2 p.m. – The Belairs Show Band4 p.m. – Matt Gatewood5 p.m. – Dustin Huff7 p.m. – Battle of the Beards8 p.m. – The Jay Clark BandGet more information about the Caleb Brown Memorial 5k here.Get more information about the Dogs of Society here.last_img read more

Hillenbrand Community Leadership Series Announces 2019/2020 Class

first_imgBatesville, IN— Each year, the Hillenbrand Community Leadership Series (HICLS) selects 20 people to engage with other community leaders in strategic discussions focusing on continuing to build Batesville into an attractive place to live and work.This year’s class, comprised of business and community leaders from across southeastern Indiana, is called “Building Regional Capacity,” and will focus on expanding thoughts and ideas on how to approach micro-regionalism in rural communities.Each of the four sessions will feature discussions around different topics in support of this year’s theme, including Why Regionalism Matters; Economic Development & Placemaking; Asset Mapping; Diversity & Inclusion. Each workshop is partnered with a strategy session during which the class will discuss issues facing the community and develop action items to help strengthen the region.Participants selected for this year’s class live or work in the Southeast Indiana area and were chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to the community, desire to better understand and improve upon this year’s theme, and interest in future community involvement.Introducing the HICLS Class IV:Danielle Becker – Safe PlaceKelly Bulmer – United Way of Franklin CountyEmil Ekiyor – GEO FoundationCarla Enzinger – Batesville Tool & DieCurtis Gillman – Gillman Home CenterGarrett Knollman – Transmark LogisticsKim Linkel – Coalition for a Drug Free BatesvilleShelly Lunsford – Franklin County Community FoundationJonathon Maple – Oldenburg AcademyMargaret Marcy – Tyson Library AssociationBryan Robbins – Economic Dev. Corp. of Greensburg & Decatur CountyPaul Satchwill – Batesville Community School CorporationJohn Vadeboncoeur – Community Church of Batesville & GreensburgPaige Borgman – HillenbrandJeff Gratz – BatesvilleKen Gole – HillenbrandNithya Kumar – HillenbrandKaren Mirick – HillenbrandValerie Talkers – HillenbrandJustin Uhlman – HillenbrandBrandon Wiedeman – HillenbrandThe 2019/2020 HICLS will meet from October through July.last_img read more

Shooting in St. Augustine

first_imgPolice are investigating a shooting that occurred on Riberia Street in St. Augustine, Tuesday morning.SHOOTING JUST OCCURED RIBERIA, OFFICERS ON SCENE INVESTIGATING.— St. Augustine Police Department (@STAUGPD) August 6, 2019 It is reported that a victim has been airlifted to a local hospital.There is no suspect in custody.The extent of injuries has not been released at this time.Police are at the scene now.We ask all to avoid the area of Riberia Street. Residents and businesses please remain inside at this time.— St. Augustine Police Department (@STAUGPD) August 6, 2019last_img read more

England close in on victory after Stokes’ burst

first_img…SA still 375 short of their target on final dayLONDON (Reuters) – England ripped apart South Africa’s top order in Sunday’s final session at the Oval to bear down on a victory that would put them 2-1 up with one to play in the four-Test series.Two wickets from successive balls in Ben Stokes’ third over removed Quinton de Kock (5) and Faf du Plessis (0) and ended faint South Africa hopes of mounting a rearguard action in pursuit of their nominal target of 492.Although Stokes failed to record what would have been the first-ever Test hat-trick at the Oval, the damage was done. Du Plessis’ wicket, lbw without playing a shot to a first-ball inswinger, was a particular blow, with South Africa needing their captain to survive at least into Monday.The tourists limped to the close on 117-4, still 375 short of their target with a day’s play remaining.The battling Dean Elgar was unbeaten on 72 despite a painful blow to his finger, and Temba Bavuma on 16, as England turned to Moeen Ali to try to secure another breakthrough.Elgar had been fortunate to survive on nine, dropped by Keaton Jennings at third slip off Jimmy Anderson, and went on to strike seven fours in his 77-ball half-century.No one else provided much resistance. Before Stokes struck, Stuart Broad removed opener Heino Kuhn for 11 and Toby Roland-Jones dismissed Hashim Amla for the second time in the match, this time having South Africa’s danger man sharply caught by Joe Root in the slips for five.England have a further 98 overs available on Monday to complete the victory and vindicate Root’s decision to delay his declaration to apply maximum pressure to South Africa.England’s new captain eventually called time when Jonny Bairstow was dismissed before tea after a breezy 63 which lifted England, who had resumed on 74-1, to 313-8After Jennings departed early for a painstaking 48, debutant Tom Westley pushed on to a maiden half-century, an innings that should ensure an extended run at England’s problem number three spot.Westley went on to make 59 before he was stumped misjudging a dash at Keshav Maharaj. Root (50) followed soon afterwards, top-edging the same bowler after recording a half-century for the ninth successive match.England gradually accelerated with Stokes (31) and Roland-Jones (23 not out) joining Bairstow in some lusty blows as England’s lead extended way beyond the test record for a successful final innings run chase of 418.If South Africa fail to survive on Monday, it will complete a one-sided sequence in each of the tests. England won by 211 runs at Lord’s before South Africa hit back with an even more emphatic 340-run victory at Trent Bridge.The final Test starts in Manchester on Friday, Aug. 4.ENGLAND 1st innings 353 (B. Stokes 112, A. Cook 88)South Africa 1st innings 175 (T. Bavuma 52; T. Roland-Jones 5-57)England 2nd innings (Overnight: 74-1)A. Cook b M. Morkel 7K. Jennings c Morris b Rabada 48T. Westley st de Kock b Maharaj 59J. Root c M. Morkel b Maharaj 50D. Malan lbw b Morris 10B. Stokes b Morris 31J. Bairstow c Rabada b Maharaj 63M. Ali ` run out (, Bavuma) 8T. Roland-Jones not out 23Extras (lb-11 w-3) 14Total (for 8 wickets declared, 79.5 overs) 313Fall of wickets: 1-30 A. Cook,2-92 K. Jennings,3-170 T. Westley,4-180 J. Root,5-202 D. Malan,6-251 B. Stokes,7-265 M. Ali,8-313 J. BairstowDid not bat: S. Broad, J. AndersonBowling: M. Morkel 19 – 6 – 44 – 1(w-1), V. Philander 15 – 3 – 54 – 0(w-2)K. Rabada 18 – 4 – 56 – 1,C. Morris 11 – 0 – 70 – 2,K. Maharaj 13.5 – 2 – 50 – 3,D. Elgar 3 – 0 – 28 – 0South Africa 2nd innings (Target: 492 runs)H. Kuhn b Broad 11D. Elgar not out 72H. Amla c Root b Roland-Jones 5Q. de Kock b Stokes 5F. du Plessis lbw b Stokes 0T. Bavuma not out 16Extras (lb-5 nb-3) 8Total (for 4 wickets, 38 overs) 117Fall of wickets: 1-21 H. Kuhn,2-47 H. Amla,3-52 Q. de Kock,4-52 F. du PlessisTo bat: V. Philander, C. Morris, K. Maharaj, K. Rabada, M. MorkelBowling: J. Anderson 8 – 0 – 20 – 0, S. Broad 10 – 3 – 27 – 1,T. Roland-Jones 7 – 1 – 20 – 1, B. Stokes 8 – 0 – 29 – 2(nb-3),M. Ali 5 – 2 – 16 – 0.last_img