ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 router +AIMesh review

We review the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Dual and Triple Band Wi-Fi Router from ASUS, these AIMesh ready quad-core processor monsters of a router have been introduced last year and recently got some added functionality. It offers proper WIFI ranges and performance. Recently these routers have been granted new AIMesh compatibility, meaning you can combine multiple of these puppies (or other compatible devices) to start your own in-house mesh. WIFI everywhere! It's very fast, very sexy and offers performance and ranges on both LAN and WIFI as you may expect from a ROG product.  "


Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 14:29:08 UTC in ASUS by Wesslan

Linksys WRT32X Gaming Router

Our reliance on the Internet and web connectivity is such that the router plays a key role in modern homes or offices. Whereas an ISP-provided box used to fit the bill, it now makes sense to consider an upgrade offering additional features and increased performance. There's plenty of choice, ranging from single units touting ultra-fast speeds to multiple units promising complete mesh coverage, but which router do you choose if gaming is your primary concern? Gaming routers have traditionally offered little to differentiate themselves from regular models, but Linksys is hoping to set the record straight with the WRT32X, a unit we're told has been "engineered purely for gaming. "


Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 18:38:56 UTC in Linksys by Wesslan

Linksys EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router Review

The EA8300 Max-Stream AC2200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi router from Linksys is a feature-packed mainstream solution meant for home use, including some of the latest technologies such as MU-MIMO, Seamless Roaming, Advanced Beamforming and does have at its core a 716MHz Quad-Core CPU with 3 offload processors. For easily setting up the product, the manufacturer has included a Quick Start Guide, but also an easy to understand wizard, which pops up as soon as the device boots up for the first time. While Linksys is promoting their Smart Wi-Fi account for setting up the router, we can also access it locally, while only entering the router password.  "


Posted on Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 14:49:32 UTC in Linksys by Wesslan

Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 Wireless Router Review

After our recent adventures with mesh networking in the shape of the NETGEAR Orbi and Linksys Velop, it’s time to bring things back down to earth a bit with a more mainstream router. This isn’t to say that the Linksys WRT3200ACM is run-of-the-mill. But the sub-£200 price and features make it more like the kind of device you would consider as a sensible improvement over or replacement of the wireless router that came with your broadband. This is a tri-stream router, so can operate with 160MHz wavebands rather than 80MHz. This means it can offer 2600Mbits/sec 802.11ac alongside 600Mbits/sec 802.11n WiFi. But it’s only dual band, giving it the ability to provide 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals at the same time, but only one of each. There’s a decent array of wired connectivity, too, with the standard four Gigabit Ethernet ports alongside one Gigabit Ethernet for the broadband, a single USB 3.0, and a combo USB 2.0 and eSATA port. So this router can double as your NAS with added storage.  "


Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2017 @ 21:16:31 UTC in Linksys by Wesslan

Synology RT2600ac Wi-Fi Router Review

By combining powerful hardware which does include a 1.7Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Krait IPQ8065 SoC, 512MB of RAM, AC2600 capabilities (MU-MIMO & Beamforming) with a trimmed-down version of the DSM which has now been adapted for the router environment and is called SRM, Synology has obtained one of the most feature-rich and configurable routers on the market.  "


Posted on Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 15:34:46 UTC in Synology by Wesslan

NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 R9000 AD7200 802.11ad Wireless Router

You can never have a fast enough network, especially where WiFi is concerned. NETGEAR’s Nighthawk range already has a reputation for performance. With the X10 R9000 AD7200 Wireless Router, though, NETGEAR takes WiFi to the next level with our first look at 802.11ad. However, before you get too excited, thinking that “d” comes after “c” so 802.11ad must be the 802.11ac replacement, it isn’t. This is a very specialised kind of WiFi signal aimed at huge bandwidth, but only over short distances and without obstruction. It operates at 60GHz, so is much more susceptible to being blocked by walls than 5GHz 802.11ac or 2.4GHz 802.11n, and indeed is even blocked by the oxygen in the air, although not too badly. It also supports up to 7Gbits/sec throughput (the R9000 only offers 4.6Gbits/sec), which is more than five times as fast as 802.11ac.  "


Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 21:07:37 UTC in Netgear by Wesslan

Linksys Velop AC2200 Triband Router Review

You wait decades for wireless mesh network products to arrive and then two come at once. Just a few months after NETGEAR’s Orbi hit the scene, we have the Linksys Velop. This attempts to go one better by including not just two meshing units, but three in the kit we were sent. How does it compare to the Orbi? The Velop uses the same sort of technology as the Orbi. Whereas a WiFi repeater will use to your existing WiFi connection as its pipeline to the network, these products have a dedicated “backhaul” WiFi connection that is exclusively used for the units to talk to each other. This has a couple of really useful side effects. Firstly, the backhaul WiFi connection is only used for hooking up the base units; no clients will be on this WLAN, so it can operate as fast as possible without contention. Secondly, the base units can all use the same SSID, making the user’s experience as they move around a building seamless.  "


Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 12:23:46 UTC in Linksys by Wesslan

NETGEAR Orbi AC3000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi System Kit Review

The router market has started to trend towards multiple base station units. I reviewed the Ubiquiti Amplifi HD as my first taste of this technology, and since then Netgear has sent over the Orbi, and Amped Wireless just sent the Ally Plus over so we have a good bit of testing to look forward to. Each of these systems are going to be different as each vendor has a different idea of this technology. At this point, there are only a few with true mesh networking - Luma, Eero, Google, and Ubiquiti. Netgear has chosen the same route as Amped Wireless with two base stations (a router and an extender). Diving into the product in hand, the Orbi takes a unique approach in that Netgear is using a 5GHz wireless connection to pair the router and satellite together. In fact, this connection utilizes a higher 5GHz AC1733 Quad-Stream to ensure the satellites have the appropriate bandwidth required. With that, both the satellites and router are essentially AC1200 devices. They have 400 Mbps capabilities on the 2.4GHz band and 866 Mbps on the 5GHz band.  "


Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 @ 20:43:19 UTC in Netgear by Wesslan

Synology Router RT2600ac

How many web-connected devices are in your home? Give it some thought, as certain items - the TV or, these days, smart light bulbs - are easily overlooked. I'd have guessed at around a dozen or so in my own home, but I've just counted and there are a total of 16 gadgets that can connect to the Internet via my router. Scrap that, it's 17, I'd forgotten the digital radio in the kitchen. This proliferation of smart devices has put renewed focus on the once-humble router, which can now claim to be the core of our connected experience and an integral part of our homes. It's no surprise, then, that an array of manufacturers are upping their game with new solutions designed to improve our network experience. CES 2017 was brimming with gadgets and innovations from a number of big names suggests that this could well be the year in which the router takes centre stage. Synology, a relative newcomer to the field but a stalwart provider of networking products, is kick-starting 2017 with the launch of its second router, the RT2600ac. Building on the foundations laid by last year's RT1900ac, the new addition to the firm's fledgling range touts upgraded hardware, faster performance and improved wireless capabilities.  "


Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 10:43:23 UTC in Synology by Wesslan

Killer Ethernet E2500

The ultimate online experience: faster games, smoother videos, and more control than ever before. That's how Rivet Networks has chosen to market its latest Gigabit Ethernet Controller, the Killer E2500. Introduced as a successor to the well-received E2400, the new addition to the Killer range uses a familiar combination of hardware and software to identify and prioritise network data, resulting in a smoother overall web experience. Going by what's on the tin, it's a product that makes sense for just about anyone who plays online games, streams multimedia content or uses the Internet for any number of bandwidth-intensive tasks.  "


Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 15:37:26 UTC in Killer by Wesslan

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