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Kaspersky Launches its Own “Hack-Proof” OS

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Kaspersky Lab has announced its new operating system which was in development for the last 14 years. Dubbed as Kaspersky OS, it has made its debut on a Kraftway Layer 3 Switch. Not many details have been revealed by the CEO Eugene Kaspersky in his blog post. The GUI-less OS – as it appears in the image – has been designed from scratch and Eugene said it doesn’t have “even the slightest smell of Linux”. He actually tagged “Kaspersky OS being non-Linux” as one of the three main distinctive features he mentioned.

The other two features he briefly described are rather fascinating. The first feature is that the Kaspersky OS is based on microkernel architecture, which basically means using the minimum amount of ingredients to bake your own operating system. The OS can be custom-designed as per requirements by using different modification blocks. This is similar to what Cyanogen Inc. has implemented in the module-based form of Cyanogen Modular OS for smartphones.

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The second distinctive feature is the inbuilt security system which can control application behavior and OS modules. It touts Kaspersky OS as practically unhackable, unless a cyber-baddie has a quantum computer – which will be required to crack the digital signature of the platform – at his disposal.

Eugene puts emphasis on the fact that cyber threats have become a serious concern than before. They have realized that their operating system should cater different applications like acting as a support for the development of protected industrial control systems. Also, in the creation of protected embedded devices including IoT (Internet of Things).

“I’m hoping it’s obvious by now how protecting the IoT and, of course, critical infrastructure (industry, transport, telecoms, etc.) from IT threats is simply mandatory,” Eugene said after quoting the example of the recent DDoS attacks on Dyn DNS – the 1Tbps attack which took down almost half of the internet.

“I also hope it’s clear that it’s better – no matter how difficult – to build IoT/infrastructure devices from the very beginning in such a way that hacking them is practically impossible,” Eugene added.

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Review: Asus ZenWiFi XD6 AX5400

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Many networking products vendors have started focusing a lot on Wi-Fi 6 standard and mesh networking and one of the brands that are big on those technologies is Asus. The company’s new ZenWifi XD6 AX5400 is a mesh dual-band system ideal for those who aren’t just looking for a strong connection. Aside from strong WiFi, the XD6 can also provide exceptional speed throughout the entire coverage area. This is all thanks to the high-speed AX-5400 WiFi 6 radio.

Inside the box, you get an AX5400 router and one satellite extender for setting up your mesh WiFi network. In addition, you also get an RJ-45 cable and the power adapter, along with the warranty info and a quick-start guide. In terms of the design, the XD6 looks very similar to the XT8. This two-pack system can provide a wireless network that on paper can cover an area of 5400 sq. ft.

In terms of backhaul, the Asus ZenWifi XD6 can offer it through Ethernet and WiFi. The router intelligently chooses the most reliable method for you based on connection quality. If you prefer, you can also manually choose the type of backhaul connection. Now, since the XD6 supports WiFi 6, you can get a total bandwidth of up to 5400 Mbps.

Setting up the device is a walk in the park, thanks to the ASUS Router app. All you need to do is download the app, turn on ZenWiFi XD6, create a WiFi network and an admin account, follow the onscreen instructions, and you will be good to go in minutes. With the XD6, you also get lifetime free cloud-based security powered by Trend Micro, which makes sure your privacy on connected devices is protected. In addition, you also get top-notch Parental Controls, which offers URL filtering, among other features.

Wireless performance on the XD6 was excellent, irrespective of whether you use one of the units or both of them together as part of a mesh WiFi system. During our tests, we got connectivity speeds of over 750Mbps – we used the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G which supports the WiFi 6 technology.

Despite the fact that it is only a dual-band system, the ZenWiFi XD6 performed really well as a mesh WiFi system. During our speed test using a Huawei Matebook 14 which also supports WiFi 6 standard, we were able to clock around 600Mbps, which is quite impressive.

However, in order to benefit from a faster speed, you need to manually select the 160Mhz mode, since the system prefers to use the 80Mhz mode by default. And when you roam around the house you get a flawless WiFi performance, since the Xd6 uses 802.11k/v to assist devices in making roaming decisions. This means your devices will automatically switch over to the faster network if you were to move from one room to another.

Asus also offers its Instant Guard app which gives you one-click secure internet access via the ZenWiFi XD6 series from anywhere in the world, thanks to its encrypted data-tunneling VPN technology. In terms of ports, you get plenty. The XD6 features four ports on each unit, which includes an RJ-45 for the Gigabit Base-T for the WAN, and three RJ-45 for the Gigabit Base-T for the LAN.

The Asus ZenWiFi XD6 is available at a price of AED 1999. In addition to providing excellent WiFi coverage and fast WiFi speeds, the ZenWiFi XD6 is a fantastic mesh WiFi system. It offers very good performance and comes packed with many features and customisation options that you may not find in other mesh WiFi networking products on the market. If you are looking for a great wireless experience for a large home, then the Asus ZenWiFi XD6 comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 1999

Asus ZenWiFi XD6 AX5400 AED 1999
  • Final Rating
4

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Setting up the device is a walk in the park, thanks to the ASUS Router app. All you need to do is download the app, turn on ZenWiFi XD6, create a WiFi network and an admin account, follow the onscreen instructions, and you will be good to go in minutes. With the XD6, you also get lifetime free cloud-based security powered by Trend Micro, which makes sure your privacy on connected devices is protected. In addition, you also get top-notch Parental Controls, which offers URL filtering, among other features.

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Review: Asus AX1800 Dual Band RT-AX56U WiFi-6 Router

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The ASUS AX1800 Dual Band RT-AX56U WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Router supports both MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology and comes packed with AiProtection Pro network security powered by Trend Micro. What’s more, it is also compatible with the ASUS AiMesh WiFi system.

Priced at just AED 449, the RT-AX56U supports the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11AX (Wi-Fi 6) and 80MHz bandwidth for better capacity and efficiency. It also supports 1024-QAM, which offers faster wireless connections. The router also offers a total networking speed of about 1800Mbps, which includes 574 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1201 Mbps on the 5GHz band.

Inside the box, you get the RT-AX56U router, along with two removable antennas, the VIP Member Warranty notice, the quick start guide, an RJ-45 cable, and the power adapter. The router not only supports the MU-MIMO technology but also the OFDMA technique to efficiently allocate channels, which allows for efficient communication with multiple devices simultaneously.

On the front of the device, you get eight LEDs that show the status of connectivity. Now, this includes one LED each for power, 2.4G, 5G, and WAN. You also get four LEDs for LAN. At the back of the device, you get the power port, the power button, one RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT port for WAN, four RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT ports for LAN, one USB 2.0 port, and one USB 3.1 Gen 1. There is also a WPS Button and a Reset Button.

Under the hood, the RT-AX56U router is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, which is coupled with 256MB of storage and 512MB of RAM. Setting up the router is a walk in the park, using the ASUS Router app. In order to test the network performance of the router, we connected a laptop with the 5GHz network on an 80 MHz bandwidth channel.

At a 5 feet distance, the average speed of the connectivity was 809 Mbps, which at 15 feet was 604 Mbps. Even at a distance of 30 feet, the average speed of the router was 309 Mbps, which is great. Even when connected to the 2.4 GHz network, we experienced consistent network connectivity.

The router is priced at AED 449. If you are looking for an affordable and quality WiFi-6 router with lots of bells and whistles, the Asus AX1800 Dual Band RT-AX56U WiFi-6 Router would be the one. The Asus AX1800 Dual Band RT-AX56U WiFi-6 Router is thus highly recommended.

Price: AED 449

Asus AX1800 Dual Band RT-AX56U WiFi-6 Router AED 449
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At a 5 feet distance, the average speed of the connectivity was 809 Mbps, which at 15 feet was 604 Mbps. Event at a distance of 30 feet, the average speed of the router was 309 Mbps, which is great. Even when connected to the 2.4 GHz network, we experienced consistent network connectivity.

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Review: ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router

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The ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S is a WiFi 6 router that offers connectivity speeds of up to 5700 Mbps with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and 160MHz channels. This is possibly one of the few routers we have tested recently that offers support for 160MHz channels. What this does is that it allows you to stream 1700 Mbps over the air to a single client.

The router also offers a Mobile Game Mode which minimises lag and latency for mobile gaming with just a tap on the ASUS Router app. You also get 2Gbps wired and wireless speeds, which essentially means aggregated 2Gbps WAN connections and WiFi 6. What’s more, this puppy also supports ASUS AiMesh, which allows you to create a flexible, seamless whole-home mesh network with AiMesh-compatible routers.

In terms of design, the RT-AX86S offers a futuristic design and the overall build quality is very good. Inside the box, you get the router, three antennas, the power adapter, and the plug, an RJ45 cable, a quick start guide, and the warranty card. In terms of connectivity, it offers a variety.

You get a one Gigabit WAN port, four Gigabit LAN ports, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, the reset button, the power switch, and the power port. Setting up the router is quite intuitive, thanks to ASUS’s very well-designed Router app.

You also get commercial-grade home network security through the Router app, and that’s a lifetime free ASUS AiProtection Pro. This service is powered by Trend Micro, and you also get WPA3 and advanced Parental Controls to protect your home.

There’s also Adaptive QoS that lets you prioritise certain applications or certain types of traffic. The Traffic Analyser gives you all sorts of stats about your network, which is fun to check out if you are into that sort of a thing.

In order to check out the performance of the router, I ran a bunch of speed tests over the course of about a week from multiple spots throughout my 1BHK apartment. The 5GHz band was able to keep me covered throughout most of the space and connectivity was seamless without any drops at any point.

The RT-AX86S is a highly capable router that takes good advantage of Wi-Fi 6, and it offers lots of extra appeal for gamers. In addition to the existing, gaming-centric features such as device prioritization and open NAT port forwarding, it supports new Wi-Fi 6 features such as 1024-QAM and OFDMA that make your home network faster and more efficient.

For a price of AED 1499, the ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router may sound a bit expensive. However, if you consider the technical specifications and the excellent performance achieved by this router, it will all seem to be worth the money spent. If you are looking to upgrade your ISP-provided router to a much more powerful and capable router, you should definitely consider the ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router.

Price: AED 1499

ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router AED 1499
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4

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The ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S is a WiFi 6 router that offers connectivity speeds of up to 5700 Mbps with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and 160MHz channels. This is possibly one of the few routers we have tested recently that offers support for 160MHz channels. What this does is that it allows you to stream 1700 Mbps over the air to a single client.

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