News Catch-up – 22 January 2016

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Tim Higgins

Here are some announcements we missed this week.

ZyXEL Announces Two AC Business Class APs

ZyXEL has added two new products to its 11AC Access Point series: The WAC6103D-I 11AC Dual Band Access Point (AP) and NWA5123-AC Unified Access Point. The WAC6103D-I has a slim form factor, optimized for mounting on ceilings and walls. The NWA5123-AC is a 2-in-1 standalone / managed AP capable of gigabit Wi-Fi speeds and speedy deployment. MSRP for the NWA5123-AC will be $275.00 and $375.00 for the WAC6103D-I. [Full release].

ZyXEL NWA5123-AC access point

ZyXEL NWA5123-AC access point

QNAP Supports Netflix on Android NAS

QNAP announced that the QTS & Android dual-system TAS-168/268 NAS now supports Netflix. The TAS-168/268 is the first Android-based NAS that supports Netflix, and users can download the free Netflix app from Google Play on Android. [Full release].

QNAP and Netflix

QNAP and Netflix

Edimax Launches 180 Degree Fisheye NetCam

Edimax Technology announced its first 180-degree fisheye network camera. The IC-5150W features free cloud storage with no subscription fees, motion and sound detection, ePTZ, microSD/SDHC slot for local storage, remote viewing via the free iOS & Android smartphone app and push notifications and alerts. [Full release].

Edimax IC-5150W Fisheye Netcam

Edimax IC-5150W Fisheye Netcam

The company also announced the IC-5150Pi, a version of the same network camera compatible with Raspberry Pi, and a strategic partnership with GEO Semiconductor for developing IoT and video applications for Raspberry Pi. [Full release].

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Linksys intros small biz managed switches, RAID BYOD NASes

Linksys today announced six new "fully managed" Layer-2 switches and its first line of RAID capable network attached storage solutions with both lines aimed at small business users.

The new switches include two stackable 24 10/100 + 4 gigabit port, two stackable 24 10/100/1000 + 4 SFP port and standalone 24 10/100 + 4 gigabit and 48 10/100 + 4 gigabit models. Four out of the six products include PoE ports and all feature a web management interface as well as SNMP, RMON and Telnet management options.

The new NASes represent the company's first foray into RAID networked storage. Both of the two models support up to four drives and feature redundant power supplies. They come either without drives or configured with 1 TB of RAID 5 storage and support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1 + Spare, RAID 5, RAID 5 + Spare, RAID 10, and JBOD configurations.