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Submission + - Netgear Orbi AC3000 Mesh WiFi System Tested, Blankets Up To 4000 Square Feet (

MojoKid writes: Consumer WiFi router products are classified by three major performance characteristics: overall throughput or bandwidth, multi-client performance, and range. Although throughput and multi-client bandwidth has scaled-up over the years, range hasn't improved quite as robustly. Even the most powerful WiFi routers, with active antennas, can still leave dead spots in large home or office installations. That's where the recent crop of mesh router technologies, that startups like Eero and Google with Google WiFi, are making significant advancements. By spreading out multiple, interconnected router access points across a WiFi network, you blanket the area with a stronger, more contiguous signal. If you need to go the distance, mesh WiFi routers are the new way to go and Netgear is now entering the fray with a 3Gbps tri-band setup called Orbi. Where the Orbi is different from recent mesh networking products is its 5GHz, 1733Mbps backhaul connection between its satellite and the base router. A combined two unit system offers a 2X2, 866Mbps, 5GHz AC connection and a 2x2, 400Mbps, 2.4GHz link. However, in between, including Gig-E wired devices that you can plug into a satellite, there's a 4x4, 5GHz dedicated backhaul link that lets client connections stretch their legs. Tested against a powerful standard AC5300 router, the Orbi mesh setup delivered consistent performance well north of 130Mbps, through multiple floors, and upwards of 300Mbps at longer distances, up to 4,000 square feet, with the Orbi satellite on the same level as the client PC.

Comment Re: Why even have elections? (Score 1) 427

The problem with revolting is that, what ever comes after, there is no guarantee that it will be better. More often than not it is worse.

That is why so many people are afraid of change. In their minds, better the devil you know than the devil you don't know.

There was a guy who had something to say about that where the situation does not constantly devolve into a police state: Patrick Henry says, "Give me liberty or give me death."

If the system that you are supporting does not allow personal liberty, then it does not matter what could possibly come after if you revolt. Either it is better or you keep revolting until it is. Or you die...

Problem solved. Problem stays solved. Rangers lead the way.

Comment Re: Why even have elections? (Score 1) 427

I would never vote to put Clinton the Second back into the White House again...

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.*

The first Bush president was business as usual but nobody could "prove" that it was business as usual. When his fucking son became president too, it was clear that the the system was corrupt.

With the first Clinton president, it was business as usual. When his fucking wife became president too, it was clear the system was corrupt.

There are 360 million people in the United States of America and the only people who can be president come from two fucking families? Give me a fucking break. We have royalty and we have despotism and we have such blatantly obvious corruption that having two different families rule the serfs of the United States of America is not even concerning as a dead giveaway that everything is "fixed".

While the remnants of democracy echo through the empty chambers of justice, people will still continue to be wonderful little serfs. As soon as the last bits stop echoing, this thoroughly owned Police State will fall and those two families, amongst (since when did "amongst" get dropped from the English language? I can still find it in the dictionary...) several others, will be dropped feet first into wood chippers.

(At least I got it right whereas Bush 2 failed.)

Comment Re:They didn't miss it (Score 1) 245

They completely failed despite trying for many years. I'm not talking about what they've done post iPhone and iPad; they were making Windows XP based tablets and Windows CE based phones back in the early 00s and similar products even earlier. Nobody wanted to use them.

I had a Windows Mobile 5 phone. It was one of the first GPS enabled phones. I was so eager to use it and very excited about the possibilities...

And then, it became GLARINGLY obvious that the operating system was written by Microsoft. Unreliable and buggy operation ruined the whole experience for me. I almost feel guilty for selling the phone to a friend instead of just throwing the damned thing away. He said he REALLY wanted it though.

Meh. Anything Microsoft touches is garbage. Upper management cares about something, but they do NOT care about the experience of using their software. I feel bad for all of the software engineers there that surely must have lost their will to live by now. Of course, the nice pay helps to make it all palatable but what a soul destroying job it must be to never create anything that is awesome... and if you do create something awesome, some manager somewhere decides that some political agenda must be encoded into the product, thereby ruining all of the great efforts that were put into it.

Comment Re:A Phone to Replace my PC? (Score 1) 245

Yes, when phones come with 24" screens!

A few years ago, I had a phone. It was the Nokia N900. It essentially ran Linux on it. I was able to install arbitrary "Linux" applications on it.
If I could have connected that to an external monitor, I would have had the perfect computing device.

But meh. They make more money by not giving us what we want.

Comment Re:poor vim users (Score 1) 520

I'm waiting for someone to make the ultimate linux-based software development laptop now.

I have a Dell XPS 13 with a 4k (close but not really) screen. It runs Linux flawlessly without any need for proprietary drivers. The screen resolution is claimed to be 4k but it is actually not quite 4k. Still, it is a fairly high resolution screen, MUCH better than 1920x1080.

What more do you need? Pure open source software stack from top to bottom, high resolution screen, reasonable keyboard for a laptop, lightweight, great battery life etc etc etc.

The 15 inch screen version may be more your style but short of playing games (intel graphics), it should be everything you need in a development laptop. I am currently running Linux Mint Cinnamon on it but you can use your distro of choice. CentOS, Slackware, and Arch have all been on the laptop.

Oh. They also offer a Linux developers version of the laptop that comes with Ubuntu shipped on it.

Comment Re:More condoms less climate change (Score 3, Informative) 162


"lesser countries"?

Does the concept of ranking things bother you? Do you feel every country should be ranked the same, just to be more fair? Why, if I may ask? What is a country to you, other than just an administrative division of land with some local rules? Are you some kind of nationalist?

Countries like the US or most places in Europe are objectively better places to live than most countries in Africa. It's why so many people want to migrate there.

Comment Re:Touch Screen? (Score 1) 191

While I wouldn't go quite that far, I do keep a spray of screen cleaning fluid near my desk. At one point, a colleague famous for leaving fingerprints on screens around the office (some people can only read things they point at, apparently) touched my screen, and was mightily surprised when I immediately sprayed both the screen and his finger...

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 1003

...Sweden is destroyed. Germany is destroyed. I guess UK and France also are. Yay!

Haven't been to Sweden-- Norway is as close as I've gotten--but I'm told it's in good shape. For the ones I've been to, Germany doesn't seem to be "destroyed", nor UK nor France-- they're in fine shape. (So far. We'll see what Brexit does).


Despite "Muslims" being present in Sweden, Germany, UK, and France, they all have 1/4 the murder rate of the U.S., so you're a lot safer in any of them than you are here.

People in Sweden, Germany, UK, and France are all afraid of the U.S., because we have so many "gun-totin Texans". Everybody's afraid of something.

Comment How many? [Re:Hmm] (Score 1) 1003

How would you know? Seriously, this is not trolling. How many countries has Russia invaded for profit or global politics

Thirteen that I can think of offhand:

(East) Germany

Probably more that I'm not thinking of.

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