In terms of getting a network connection from one point to another in a way that most folk consider neat and orderly, some ways are easier than others. Running Ethernet or coaxial cable can be messy for existing structures, and sometimes there’s a reason not to use WiFi. When those two standard options are out, the next one to consider is Powerline networking. Powerline is oft-forgotten, because most folk reach for a better WiFi router when they need it. The 500 Mbps RPLC-500 Kit from Rosewill is a new contender in this space. It offers a smaller wall wart adapter than some of its competitors’ offerings and great power saving features. Its plug-and-play operation lets users get up and running in no time.
Hard drive docks are nothing new. They have been around for quite some time and we have reviewed a handful of them. The only thing that has really changed in the way of hard drive docks is the connections. When USB 3.0 came out we saw a new round of hard drive docks with the new, faster connection. So what is next for hard drive docks? Vantec seems to think WiFi is. It makes sense, we have so many wireless devices now with tablets and smartphones ruling our lives. So why not be able to access the information on any hard drive without having to have a USB connection on your device? This is where the NexStar WiFi Hard Drive Dock comes in. It is your normal hard drive dock supporting 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives and has a USB 3.0 connection, but it also has WiFi so you can use an iOS or Android device to connect to it and access your files. Let’s dive in!
Wireless storage is becoming increasingly popular, I cannot tell you how many wireless hard drives we saw at CES this year. Wireless storage is great as you do not need to be physically connected to the drive to access it and think about how many wireless devices you have in your house. How many of those devices do you take with you on a daily basis? For me I take my laptop, iPhone and Kindle with me everywhere. With limited storage space on these devices I want to be able to take my media with me and access it from all of these devices…at the same time. We have already taken a look at devices like Kingston’s Wi-Drive and Patriot’s Gauntlet Node that give you this ability. Each device has its limitations though. Today we are taking a look at a device from ADATA that everyone should add to their mobile arsenal. The DashDrive Air is a wireless storage reader and power bank that gives you that mobile storage as well as the ability to charge your devices and so much more! Read on as we take a look!
There was a time when a wireless router did little more than, well, route. It took bits from the airwaves and put them on a wire, destined for the Internet or perhaps the local network. As the technology matured, product designers started adding things. At first, it was software like firewalls, quality of service controls, and port tunneling and forwarding controls. Then came the advanced things such as VPN and jffs-based file storage – sufficient for a small, static HTML site stored on a cordoned-off part of the router’s unused flash ROM. Then came the hardware changes, most relevant to this review being the advent of USB ports. This opened a whole new world of possibilities, generally USB Mass Storage devices and printers. Then Western Digital joined the fray. It added a hard drive to the router. Thus, we have the My Net N900 Central, a 450Mbps x2 high-end wireless router ready act not only as a shuffler of bits, but also as a storer of bits; a router and simple NAS all in one compact device.
Not all wireless routers are equal. Every wireless router can shuffle bits back and forth between the Internet, the local wired network, and the local wireless network. Some routers are faster than others, and that’s to be expected. However, there is another class of wireless router that offers more than the standard feature set. The ASUS RT-N66U Dual-band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router is one such hot rod. Featuring among other things dual USB2 ports and 450 Mbps wireless transfers and the ability to create eight wireless networks, the RT-N66U is a great device for folks who want their always-on device to do more than just shuffle bits. Read on for the review.
It always seems that no matter what improvements are made to wireless access point technology, there is always that one spot in your living or office space that has lackluster Wi-Fi reception. No matter what you do, you’re just outside the bubble, and the signal drops constantly or the throughput is so slow that you might as well be back on a 56 kbps modem. Wi-Fi extenders such as this Edimax EW-7438RPn N300 Universal Wi-Fi Extender aim to fix that by cheaply augmenting the wireless network, expanding coverage and providing better reception in areas that sorely need it. Read on for the review.
Last year we reviewed a couple TP-LINK products and were extremely impressed with them. TP-LINK’s latest portable router is the TL-WR700N 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router. Its max wireless speed is rated a bit lower than standard routers, but its feature-set doesn’t suffer. The TL-WR700N supports multiple modes including AP, Repeater, Client, Bridge, and can function as a basic router. Has TP-LINK tried to pack too much into a small device? Or will they blow us away again? Check out the full review to find out.
Synology loves hardware revisions, and the DS-212+ is the latest in the business series of dual-bay NASes from the network storage company. Sporting a faster processor, USB3, and lower power consumption, the DS-212+ shapes up to be a good improvement on the DS-211+. ThinkComputers has the review.
When Bigfoot Networks‘ VP of Marketing John Drewry unveiled its partnership with several motherboard manufacturers at CES 2011, he hinted at the possibility of a wireless version of the Killer NIC. In March, BFN announced the Killer Wireless-N series. We’ve finally gotten our hands on a pair of otherwise identical laptops — one with the Killer Wireless-N 1102 adapter and one with an Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN adapter. We send a big thank you to BFN for arranging this comparison review.
Do you have a TV, game console, Blu-Ray player, or any other device that can connect to a network but it doesn’t have built-in wireless or it is out of your wireless network’s range? Then I have some really good news. TP-LINK has a 200Mbps Powerline Ethernet Adapter (TL-PA211) that’ll give you connectivity anywhere there’s a power outlet. The TL-PA211 is reliable enough to keep your pings low in online gaming, and even fast enough to stream HD video from one end of your house to the other. It’s also pretty affordable. Check out the full review for all of the specs and a detailed account of my experience with the TL-PA211.
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