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KRACK Attack Affects Wifi!

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Researchers warn of a serious flaw in the WPA2 protocol securing all wifi networks-- one allowing attackers to steal passwords, emails and other supposedly encrypted data!

Kracks Dubbed Key Reinstallation Attacks (or KRACKs), such attacks even allow those with malicious intent to inject ransomware and malware into a website a user is visiting, all while simply being in range of a vulnerable device. These can be any wifi-capable device, although the flaw is "particularly devastating" in the case of Linux and Android 6.0.

How does KRACK works? As the researchers put it, attackers can duplicate a vulnerable WPA2 network, impersonate the MAC address and change the wifi channel. The fake network acts as a "man in the middle," forcing devices to connect to the rogue network instead of the protected original.

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Comprehensive Intros 4K 18G HDBaseT Extender

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Comprehensive Connectivity launches the CHE-HDBT2010 4K (18Gbps)-- an HDBaseT extender kit able to extend 18G UHD 4K@60Hz HDMI signals for up to 70m to a compatible display.

Comprehensive extenderThe kit converts HDMI signals to a standard HDBaseT signal before transmission over a single ethernet (Cat5e or higher) cable. It also supports bi-directional POC, eliminating the need to run additional power, and includes x2 IR receivers and x2 transmitters to allow for bidirectional infrared control of a connected HDMI source and display.

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MATRIX Intros Z-Wave-Certified IoT Platform

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MATRIX follows the MATRIX Creator Internet of Things (IoT) dev board with the addition of Z-Wave certification, marking the company's debut into the residential custom installation market.

Matrix CreatorAs the company puts it, Z-Wave certification allows custom installers to use the MATRIX Creator to build custom smart home apps delivering highly specific functionality. In addition, such apps can be sold to other customers with similar unique requirements, creating an opportunity for a recurring revenue stream.

“The reality is that integrators may not be able to satisfy all of their client’s requirements with a big-brand automation system,” the company says. “With the MATRIX Creator in their toolkit, though, they can seamlessly build and add customized functionality to accommodate any request beyond the system’s out-of-box capabilities. The MATRIX Creator fills in the gaps, serving to seamlessly pair with a whole-home automation system and satisfy all of a customer’s requests, no matter the ask.”

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ZeeVee Shows 4K Compressed AV-Over-IP Switch

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ZeeVee expands the ZyPer IP-based distribution platform with the ZyPerUHD, available in both compressed and uncompressed options for delivering 4K over a standard ethernet switch (4K@60Hz 4:2:0).

Zeevee encoderThe ZyPerUHD encoders and decoders provide ultra-low latency (less than 2 frames, ZeeVee claims) compressed video up to UHD/4K resolution using an off-the-shelf 1Gb ethernet switch. This is means customers can deploy UHD throughout their facility, and even interconnect campuses while leveraging existing IP infrastructure.

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Online Control4 Training for IP Installers

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Control4 announces the Pakedge Certified Network Administrator (PCNA) program-- a training experience combining online coursework with hands-on learning using Pakedge networking gear.

Control4 PCNAThe course, the company says, provides dealers and technicians with the networking knowledge required to design, install and manage wired and wireless IP networks. The curriculum offers interactive coursework, online instructional office hours and an online certification exam to ensure competency for the global Control4 and Pakedge dealer base.

Dealers can train technicians and complete the PCNA course work from home or office, during work hours or own time, without incurring travel costs required for traditional training. Enrollment in the 6-course PCNA curriculum also includes accompanying Pakedge networking equipment for hands on tutorials, including a RK-1 router with BakPak, SX-8P managed PoE switch, WK-1 802.11ac WAP, P2 power distribution kit and all necessary cables.

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Intel Focuses WiGig on VR

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According to Aanandtech Intel is giving up on most of its 60GHz 802.11ad-- aka WiGig-- networking products, as it has plans to discontinue all current WiGig devices before focusing the technology on VR applications.

Wigig chipsWiGig offers higher performance than 802.11ac, reaching up to 4.8 gigabits per second. However the use of the 60GHz band (as opposed to the 5 or 2.4GHz of regular wifi) limits the technology to a very short range. It also requires line of sight between device and base station, with essentially zero penetration through walls. As such, using WiGig as a wifi replacement requires putting a base station in every room of the house.

That said, despite such limitations WiGig makes for an excellent cable replacement-- such as in VR headsets, which is where Intel is going to use the technology. Back in May 2017 HTC showed off a Vive running on WiGig, the result of a collaboration with Chipzilla. Other companies are also interested in WiGig, including AMD (who acquired Nitero for millimeter wave radio technology) and the Facebook-owned Oculus.

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Araknis Intros 700 Series Outdoor WAP

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SnapAV's Araknis brand launches the 700 Series Outdoor Wireless Access Point-- a WAP offering the same networking capabilities as the indoor 700 Series WAP, only in an element-resistant body.

Araknis Series 700Designed for use in outdoor spaces such as decks, pergolas, large yards and guest houses, the 700 Series Outdoor WAP features an IP55 rating for resistance to rain, wind or dust. It also includes the proprietary OvrC remote system monitoring platform to help with fast installation and eliminate truck rolls.

A 3x3 antenna configuration allows it to deliver up to 1750Mbps of throughput, together with network-friendly functions such as band-steering, beamforming and fast roaming. It handles the 802.11a/b/g/n/c wifi, together with 802.11r/k.

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