D-Link has released a brand new dual-band wireless Gigabit router. The DIR-850L is an AC 1200 router so it operates at both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands. Not only do you have wireless support, but you also have 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports and a single USB port. You can connect a USB hard drive to the DIR-850L for easy file access on any device that is connected to the router.
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.
WD, a Western Digital company (NASDAQ:WDC), and a world leader in external storage and solutions for today’s connected life, today unveils the new My Net™ AC1300 HD Dual-Band Router and My Net AC Bridge as the latest additions to the acclaimed My Net family of HD dual-band routers. These products combine next-generation 802.11ac wireless technology with WD’s exclusive […]
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.
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!
TP-LINK’s TL-WR1043ND may not be featured on the front page of retailers’ newspaper ads, and all of your friends may have no clue who they are, however, you absolutely should not overlook one of their products, the TL-WR1043ND. Fancy model numbers aside, we’re talking about a Wireless N 300Mbps Gigabit Router with a clean design and nice firmware to give you the quality networking you need. It also has a USB port for NAS, and if you don’t like the stock firmware, DD-WRT is fully supported. Usually a router of this caliber would cost quite a bit. Although you can get the TL-WR1043ND for less than the price of a new video game, and still have some change left over for ice cream. Check out the full review to see all of the reasons why TP-LINK’s TL-WR1043ND should be your next router.
The ASUS WL-330N3G is a wireless router, access point, network adapter, repeater, and a Wi-Fi and 3G sharing device. For a moment, you may stop and think that the folks at ASUS must be magicians. Since only magicians could pack so many features into such a small device. Magicians or not, ASUS has created the WL-330N3G to be the Swiss Army Knife of routers. What’s better is that this Swiss Army Knife of routers is easily portable, and designed to adapt to 6 different networking situations with a few simple clicks. Hop past the jump to see why the ASUS WL-330N3G should be your travel router of choice.
ASUS must’ve recently hired a pro designer, their latest devices have been superbly attractive. This trend has continued with the RT-N56U Dual-band Gigabit Wireless N Router. Hands down, it is the best looking piece of networking equipment ever created. After the initial attraction subsides and you start to trust the RT-N56U with your day to day networking activities, you’ll find that it isn’t just a good looking device, it also has stable and consistent performance. The RT-N56U packs the speed, features and scalability to fit into any home or small office network. Check out the full review for all of the gritty details.
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