The state of networking and storage, and what to expect at CES 2013


CES 2012 has started a great year for consumer networking and storage products. It is now time to guess what CES 2013 has in stock.
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It was an exciting – and busy – year for networking and storage, two very important categories within consumer electronics. Important because they are the core of information technology – without either most or all of your equipment to break down. And as far as I know, we have not seen the limit of what they can do.
That said, here’s a quick roundup of the current state of the industry and what we can expect, based on my educated guess, heading into CES 2013th
This year will be remembered as the year that was 802.11ac (or 5G Wi-Fi) reality in mind. Or rather, half of it. This is because while there were a decent number of routers support this new standard by all major networking vendors do not yet have hardware clients such as smartphones, tablets or laptops that 802.11ac built in. This means that for now, the most Consumers do not have any practical experience with the benefits of this faster wireless standard.
It is predicted that. The first 802.11ac devices, including 802.11ac adapter (USB or PCI) that are quickly introduced to existing computer 802.11ac at CES 2013 This means that you do not need to get a new computer to enjoy faster wireless connections. Currently most of the existing 802.11ac adapters are bulky media bridges, are cumbersome to use.
On top of that, you can expect even more networking vendors to connect the movement 802.11ac offer, router with more features – and hopefully better prices. It usually takes a few years for a new Wi-Fi standard to become mainstream, and 2013 will be the first year, on the client side.
Post 802.11ac
While 802.11ac is currently the fastest Wi-Fi standard in the market, it is not the be all and the Wi-Fi. In fact, it is a new standard called WiGig, which operates at 60 GHz and provides wireless speeds of up to seven times faster than the wired Gigabit Ethernet standard. It is predicted that WiGig will be demonstrated using the first integrated products in real-life scenarios at CES 2013th We find out whether it 802.11ac replace or offer a new type of wireless connectivity applications.
The cloud is greater

During 2012, the integration of home networks with the cloud – a reality with Cisco’s Linksys EA router series (ie, with the Cisco Connect Cloud – a feature that allows for easy management of a home network via the Internet with a browser or mobile device platform) and D- Link cloud routers, such as the DIR-605L. It is predicted that this movement will continue and there will be more network devices that can be managed through the cloud. In addition, there is more you can. With the home network through simply changing the router settings as they do on the road


Thunderbolt was a big deal in the world of consumer electronics storage during the 2012th
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Thunderbolt and USB 3.0
The latest peripheral standard Thunderbolt was external storage devices popular in 2012 – and it was no longer solely a Mac thing. 2012 was also the year that has USB 3.0 for Macs.
In this sense, one can expect more Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 storage devices at CES 2013 will be presented, especially those who support one, but both of these standards. It is likely that Thunderbolt software drivers for Windows is more widely available, so work that existing Thunderbolt storage devices with Windows-based computers.
Solid-state drives (SSD)
Solid-state drives came into their own in 2012, with many new and pre-installed drives introduced a line of portable computers shipping with a SSD. And at CES 2013, the producer of memory chips will probably introduce SSDs offers consumers a better and more affordable, especially options.


Last year, Seagate joined with Verizon to show a prototype of a 4G LTE portable media streamer. Is an end product of this type are available this year. We’ll find out.
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The integration of storage and networking
Portable wireless storage expander
A typical example of a product that combines both networking and storage is the Seagate GoFlex Satellite, with whom you have a large amount of digital content and stream it with tablets and smartphones over a Wi-Fi connection allows. You can almost be sure to expect the next generation of this type of device at CES 2013th
NAS server
While NAS servers, such as the Synology or QNAP have matured in recent years, not only offers a large amount of storage capacity and fast performance, but also many features. At CES 2013, has predicted that NAS vendors are even more features, especially the support for TV recording and a new level of ease-of-use to introduce. These network storage devices really need to even more user friendly to work well for the home and for novice users.
I can almost guarantee that new routers are presented with enhanced support for network storage, similar to the Asus RT-N66U, at CES 2013th This type of router makes a great entry-level NAS server.
Network Media Streamer
Network Media Streamer are likely. The most fun combination of network and storage Devices such as the WD TV or the Roku, were entertaining many consumers – myself included – in recent years. At CES 2013, expect the next generation of these devices that offer more options and better support for various streaming standards and services.


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