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D-Link DXS-1210-12TC 12-Port 10GBASE-T Web Smart Switch Review
     Wed, Dec 30 2015 | 6:02P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As a review site, we need to keep our testing equipment above or at least on the same level as the hardware that we test in order to provide you with relevant reviews and in that regards we’ve just upgraded our network test are with new 10 Gbps equipment. Among the new devices is the D-Link DXS-1210-12TC 10 Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch that I’m taking a closer look at today.

TP-Link Touch P5 router
     Mon, Dec 28 2015 | 4:00P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Or noon or evening, depending on when you read this and your geographical location, of course. Today’s review at Hardware.Info is the TP-Link Touch P5 router. We’ve tested routers with a touchscreen interface before, but none that were quite up to this level. If you’re looking for something different and more user friendly than ye olde average router, the P5 may be for you. You’ll find our review with extensive speed testing as well as in-depth examination of the possibilities on offer fresh on our site today.

TRENDnet TEW-824DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router Review
     Sun, Dec 27 2015 | 9:01A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
During testing time and also for two weeks while we have used the router to download all kinds of files from one computer to another or from the Internet via torrents or watching TV shows through streaming, we could say that this new TEW-824DRU model from TRENDnet has proven itself quite stable and we haven’t seen slowdowns which could have resulted in the need of a router reboot. Despite the fact that the router does not have external antennas, we have got decent reception two rooms away but the overall speed was better on the TP-LINK Touch P5. Another interesting feature is DD-WRT firmware support, which can be flashed from the manufacturers' website.

Diamond Multimedia STREAM2TV WPCTV3000 Miracast, iPlay, & DLNA Endpoint
     Sat, Dec 26 2015 | 9:00A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the explosion in the use mobile devices for storing and playing content it is important to pick the right technology to push your media to the big screen when sharing the experience with multiple people. Whether it is photos, family videos, or Netflix choosing an endpoint which meets all your needs is essential. It is not hard to find a single device that handles Miracast or iPlay, but finding one that has both, plus DLNA, and can do digital and analog output is quite a bit more difficult. Diamond’s $90/£110 WPCTV3000 includes each of those features on its spec sheet; let’s see if it can deliver.

TRENDnet TEW-824DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router Review
     Fri, Dec 25 2015 | 4:01P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
After testing the DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router by D-Link roughly a week ago some of you asked us if you should prefer external antennas over internal ones when purchasing a router or a modem/router so that you can have the best possible wireless performance. Unfortunately we don't have a valid answer for that since to date we've recorded very good numbers with models using both types (although models with external antennas seem to be doing just a tad better). My recommendation is to check our charts (or charts from other media for that matter) to see for yourselves which models do better in that area and decide based on that and not on the type of antennas used. With that out of the way today we'll be testing yet another model with internal antennas, the TEW-824DRU AC1750 Dual Band Wireless Router with StreamBoost Technology by TRENDnet.

Linksys EA9200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router Review
     Fri, Dec 25 2015 | 12:02P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Shortly after we published our AC3200 router roundup, Linksys contacted us and wanted to throw one of its routers into the ring. We agreed, and the company sent us its Linksys EA9200 Tri-band Smart Wi-Fi router, which like the others in the roundup is a tri-band router that uses the Broadcom XStream 5GHz platform, throwing out dual 5GHz networks along with a 2.4GHz network for older devices. Like the other routers, it's capable of pushing data at 1,300Mbp/s on its 5GHz bands, and 600Mb/s on the 2.4GHz band. It is also able to pair both 5GHz channels together using Smart Connect technology, or you can run them as two separate networks if you prefer. This router was one of the first to appear on the market, and has been around for almost a year now, so Belkin/Linksys has had some time to fine-tune its firmware based on real-world usage. Its specs are exactly the same as the other routers in the roundup, as is its MSRP of $300, though it's available at Amazon for just $189 at the moment, so it's significantly less expensive than most of the others we've looked at...

Gigabyte GA-Z170N-WIFI Z170 mITX Motherboard Review
     Tue, Dec 22 2015 | 12:01P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Featuring an enthusiast Z170 chipset with an Intel LGA1151 socket for the latest Skylake CPUs, and a PCI Express x16 slot to accommodate the latest graphics card of your choice, will the Gigabyte GA-Z170N-WIFI compete well against the big boys?

D-Link DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router Review
     Wed, Dec 16 2015 | 4:32P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although i know of many people, offices, stores and even companies that use plenty of standalone routers to complete their local networks to date I’ve always chosen modem/routers and smart switches over them for both my home and the lab. I can't really say if that has been the right choice since there are many routers out there with much better feature sets and Wi-Fi performance compared to even the best modem/routers available currently but at least in terms of space saving and ease of use the advantages are evident from the get go. Still with so many router models currently in the market promising lightning fast wireless speeds thanks to the new 802.11ac standard we feel it's crucial for all of you (including us of course) to know which of those models actually work as advertised. With us today we have one of the latest 802.11ac compatible routers to hit the market by D-Link the DIR-880L Wireless AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router.

D-Link DCS-2630L Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi Camera
     Thu, Dec 10 2015 | 9:00A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we are taking a quick look at the recently released D-Link Full HD 180-Degree Wi-Fi camera, model DCS-2630L. This camera is part of a new family of cameras which claim to have the widest angle lens available on a consumer fixed camera; a full 180 degree field of view. The DCS-2630L to be reviewed offers 1080P resolution, while the DCS-960L offers 720P. Both have sound and motion detection, microSD card slots, and automatic day/night viewing.

the RT1900ac.
     Fri, Dec 04 2015 | 4:34P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The weekend is nearly upon us, so of course we have a nice read for you at Hardware.Info. This time round, ‘tis a router and no less than Synology’s first one, the RT1900ac. Synology needs no introduction where it comes to NAS devices – its products are much appreciated for their many features and user friendly interface. It is exactly those two aspects Synology brings to the router market – the RT1900ac has an interface like no other. In fact, one might wonder: is it a router, or a NAS after all?

TP-LINK Touch P5 AC1900 Wi-Fi Gigabit Router Review
     Mon, Nov 30 2015 | 1:46P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The touch-screen Touch P5 employs is not a marketing gimmick but a useful feature since we can perform the initial configuration steps with its help but also access the main configuration areas during operation; in order to avoid unauthorized access, the router will ask us for the administrator password and its desktop area will show as an intro screen the Guest network details. We do also get other useful information displayed on the screen like which Wi-Fi networks are running (2.4GHz or 5GHz or both), the current product operation mode (Router, Access Point or Repeater), time/date and the number of connected stations.

Asus RP-AC56 802.11ac wireless extender review
     Wed, Nov 18 2015 | 11:51A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The RP-AC56 is a 2×2 802.11ac wireless extender, designed to compete with and outperform typically affordable offerings. It’s an upgrade from Asus’ older AC750 model, and comes with a nifty music streaming function, for wireless audio playback from a tablet or smartphone.

Tenda AC15 AC1900 Router @ LanOC Reviews
     Sat, Nov 14 2015 | 4:03P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When it comes to networking nearly all of the companies that come to mind have been around for what seems like forever. It is rare to see new companies bust into the market. Well recently a new company called Tenda reached out to me about covering their latest router. I found out when researching them that Tenda has actually been around for 16 years, even though their name isn’t exactly a household name. The AC15 router that they wanted me to check out caught my eye though and I figured I would see what Tenda has to offer and find out if their new AC1900 router has what it takes to be the router you go with when moving to Wireless AC.

Rivet Networks Q&A: From The Bigfoot Killer NIC
     Sat, Nov 14 2015 | 4:02P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PC gamers and longtime HotHardware readers will no doubt be familiar with the Killer series of network controllers. We’ve taken a look at a number of the add-in versions over the years, including the original beast with the massive “K” heatsink. Many of today’s gamer-targeted motherboards also feature Killer networking technology, for example. Though at their core Killer NICs are network controllers, that function just like more basic, mainstream solutions, they offer additional features designed to enhance performance and potentially improve the gaming experience. How the Killer NICs work their magic isn’t quite clear to gamers, however, so we thought we’d chat with the folks at Rivet Networks – the current purveyors of Killer Networking product – to learn more about what the company is up to and where it’s headed...

D-Link Powerline AV2 1000 HD Gigabit Passthrough Starter Kit Review
     Sat, Nov 14 2015 | 9:02A | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
As we all know manufacturers all around the world keep researching ways to amplify/boost wireless connectivity via the introduction of new hardware and standards but for people who place performance and data security above all else (versatility due to the lack of wires mostly) wired connectivity will probably always be the one at the top. Unfortunately although the design of new buildings all around the world includes wall channels for the installation of CAT5-7 cabling making it extremely easy for people to setup a local area network the same doesn't apply for older buildings and that's where powerline adapters come in. D-Link is considered to be amongst the top Network manufacturers in the world for almost two decades now and although it did take us a while to get our hands on their latest powerline kit to see just how it compares against similar models released by the other leading manufacturers it's finally here.

ASRock G10 Gaming Router Review
     Sat, Oct 31 2015 | 12:01P | Networking | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The G10 is the first 802.11ac router from ASRock, a firm that until now has been better known for its motherboard designs. It supports up to quad-stream 802.11ac wireless speeds, along with older standards such as 802.11n over both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. With a few extras as well, including a wireless access point / media streaming dongle, it looks like quite a compelling offering.

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