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nbn™tries to ease peak hour crunch with cheaper bundles
Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:09

nbn™ has announced new wholesale bundles it hopes will overcome the despised peak-hour crush: a 50 Mbps access product with 2 Mbps of CVC traffic in the bundle; and a 100 Mbps access product with 2.5 Mbps of CVC.

The 50 Mbps product has a wholesale price of AU$45 per month, and the 100 Mbps product is $65 per month. nbn™ said this represents discounts of 27 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, compared to the cost of buying the access connection and CVC connection separately.

The new wholesale products also allow RSPs to buy additional CVC capacity at

FREE zero-day for every reader: AT T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it
Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:00

Rip the chips and find the security slips

AT&T's DirecTV wireless kit has an embarrassing vulnerability in its firmware that can be trivially exploited by miscreants and malware to install hidden backdoors on the home network equipment, according to a security researcher.

Ricky Lawshae – a DEF CON veteran and infosec guru at Trend Micro's Digital Vaccine Labs – was an AT&T U-Verse subscriber who shifted over to DirecTV, and decided to take a closer look at the service's hardware. The setup included a Linksys WVBR0-25 wireless video bridge: this pipes video, audio and a user interface from your Directv

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 23:28

An experiment by staff at UK ISP Andrews & Arnold has redefined the meaning of a fibre connection by showing that a piece of wet string can handle ADSL.

Our anonymous hero* got the idea for the experiment from a joke that ADSL signal could operate over wet string. Although telephone signals have been successfully passed through barbed wire in the past, using wet string to transfer signals was just a metaphor. A metaphor that this engineer would turn into reality.

Using a two-metre length of string (which The Register can reveal was bought on eBay), some crocodile clips and

The Smartest Air Freshener In The Room
Sunday, 17 December 2017 06:00

Many automatic air fresheners are wasteful in that they either ceaselessly spritz the room, and manual ones need to be — well — manually operated. This will not do in an era of smart products, so Instructables user [IgorF2] has put together an air freshener that does more than check if you’re around before freshening things up.

The air freshener uses a NodeMCU LoLin and an MG 995 servomotor, with a NeoPixel ring acting as a status light. Be aware — when the servo is triggered there is a significant spike in current, so be sure you aren’t powering the …read more

'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 19:02

A Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing incident saw a bunch of high-profile Internet destinations mis-routed through Russia on Tuesday, US time.

In what BGPMon called a “suspicious” event, “Starting at 04:43 (UTC) 80 prefixes normally announced by organisations such Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitch, NTT Communications and Riot Games were now detected in the global BGP routing tables with an Origin AS of 39523 (DV-LINK-AS), out of Russia.”

The glitch happened twice, the monitoring organisation reported : Once between 04:43 and 04:46 UTC on December 12, and then between 07:07 and 07:10.

BGPMon said in spite of the brevity of

Lights, camera, 802.11ax-ion!
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 16:02

Chip-maker Marvell has claimed it will be the first to offer WiFi chipsets that bring the 802.11ax standard to the world.

802.11ax hasn't been signed off yet, but promises to send WiFi towards 10 Gb/s thanks to its use of both multi-user multiple-input and multiple-output (MU-MIMO) and the new Orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA). MU-MIMO lets an access point use multiple antennae for a single connection, while OFDMA assigns individual users subsets of a link so the radios can serve more than one user at a time. Together, the pair make 802.11ax good at combining lots of different links so

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