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.
Rosewill, the leading brand of PC Components and Peripherals and award-winning power supplies, computer cases, and gaming keyboards, is introducing Powerline Networking members, RPLC-200KIT and RPLC-500KIT. Joining Rosewill’s growing family of wireless routers, switches, wireless adapters, and network adapters, Rosewill is proud to present 2 additional members to complete a line-up of networking products for all networking needs.
NETGEAR, Inc., a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, today announced the worldwide availability of NETGEAR Centria, a powerful, all-in-one automatic backup/media server and high-speed WiFi router. Centria is a dual band high-performance router with the added convenience of automatic data backup for both PCs and Macs. The backup capability of the Centria router gives you peace of mind knowing that your data is always backed up. If your PC or Mac goes down or is lost, you can still access your data from Centria using another computer.
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.
One thing that always amazes me about technology is how small things are getting. This is very evident in the new TP-LINK TL-WR700N 150Mbps Wireless N Mini Pocket Router. And it does live up to its name as you can fit in inside of your pocket! With official dimensions of 3.2 x 2.8 x 1.1 in. (81 x 71 x 28mm) it is going to be one of the smallest routers you have ever seen! Not only is it small it features wireless speed up to 150Mbps, a fold-able plug and many different operation modes (AP, Router, AP Client, Bridge, Repeater). Read on to check out our unboxing and overview video!
Network attached storage device manufacturer Synology had a great booth this year at CES. ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean talked with Synology’s Doug Self about the new version of the NAS firmware running on Synology devices. The new version includes some reorganization of the desktop-paradigm control panel and also enables a new CloudDrive feature, which enables a user to setup and control their own cloud storage system, like SpiderOak or Dropbox, using their Synology device. We also looked at the new DS411 Slim, a 4-bay NAS which uses 2.5” drives in order to give the device a very small size and increase its portability. Check out our video interview.
Rosewill is primarily known for its affordable chassis, power supplies, and networking products. We ventured to the company’s suite to check out the new Blackhawk chassis, capable of housing an HPTX motherboard, and several other chassis, new and old. We also check out the company’s new laptop cooling devices, 80PLUS certified power supplies, and new 300 Mbps Wireless N routers and adapters. Listen in on ThinkComputers’ Colin Dean in this video overview of these products from CES 2012.
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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