This is the fastest desktop NAS on the market, allowing even Blu-Ray playback via local network streaming.
The new Netgear ReadyNas RN716X features two 10GBase-T ports –also known as 10 Gigabit Ethernet-. This is a NAS with a maximum capacity of 24 TB distributed in six 3.5-inch SATA bays managed by the ReadyNAS OS operating system to make it simple and easy to use.
As usual in this type of network storage devices, it supports different types of RAID configurations, either to achieve greater redundancy and data security, or a higher speed, with a combination of both features also available.
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D-Link has released a new Wi-Fi N access point geared specifically for outdoor use. The new model is known as D-Link DAP-3310 and its main feature is its particular performance/cost ratio and multiple configuration modes.
This new access point features a 10dBi high-gain antenna with Wi-Fi N and incorporates a second antenna (although we do not know its gain) to achieve speeds of up to 300Mbps in the 2.4GHz band. Thanks to this high-gain antenna, it can get long-distance connections with good signal quality. It is also compatible with the 802.11b/g standard.
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Today we will review the D-Link DWA-182, the latest Wi-FI AC USB adapter from D-Link. The main feature of this new USB adapter is its Wi-Fi AC connectivity with selectable double bandwidth. It’s compatible with the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards, so we can get speeds of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz thanks to its two MIMO 2T2R internal antennas and Two-Stream. If you connect a device that supports Wi-Fi N, in the 5GHz band you can reach speeds of up to 300Mbps, and if you choose to use a Wi-Fi AC-compatible device, you0ll get speeds of up to 867Mbps in the 5GHz band.
This Wi-Fi adapter features USB 3.0 connectivity as well as a WPS button to connect to the router with a single touch (the router must also support this feature).
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We always use Iperf or JPerf for our tests, as this tool offers many configuration options, is totally free and available for any operative system. Today we will present you Tamosoft Throughput Test, a similar tool capable of configuring a QoS from the client’s perspective.
This program is also free, but it’s only available for Windows and compatible with the following versions of Microsoft’s OS:
- Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8: 32 and 64 bits
- Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012: 32 and 64 bits
The tool is only 4MB; once you install it, you’ll see the menu for the client and the server. It’s very intuitive, as soon as you press START in the server menu, you’ll be asked for an IP of the client. Then simply input the IP (and the port, if you changed the default one).
This is show the GUI looks like:
The most interesting feature about this program is that it allows you to classify the traffic through a QoS in the Client menu. You can choose between “Best Effort” or, for example, preset configurations for audio and video streaming. Here you can watch one of our tests, done in a virtual machine (which explains the high speeds):
The list of QoS modes is as follows:
- Best Effort
- Excellent Effort
- Audio / Video
Clicking on the QoS tab we will get a dropdown with these options:
It’s essential to keep our wireless network protected and secure, because intruders can do more than just stealing our bandwidth and impacting the speed of our connection; actually, your personal data, documents and other important and private stuff can be compromised, not to mention illegal uses of your IP address.
Here we will show you five essential tips to increase the level of security of your Wi-Fi router and avoid unauthorized access, which is vital for your wireless security of your home and/of workplace connection. For this article, we used a D-Link router, so you might want to check your user manual if you have a router from a different manufacturer.
Change your username and password regularly
The first security measure is probably the most obvious one, but many users still overlook how important changing the default name and password of their network is. Anyone with access to your network and a few Google searches can find the data and access your router’s control panel.
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In previous reviews, we talked about the latest routers from ASUS and NETGEAR with Wi-Fi AC1900. The main difference between these and the AC1750 is that we can get speeds of up to 600Mbps in the 2.4GHz band thanks to the TurboQAM technology available –as of now- only in Broadcom interfaces. There’s a small issue, however: you can only get these speeds with compatible devices, and those aren’t exactly everywhere.
The current Wi-Fi AC1750 cannot be updated to AC1900 via firmware since the hardware won’t support it. The new AC1900 use Broadcom BCM4360 with 3-stream 802.11ac for both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands. The AC1750 routers use 802.11N chipsets for the 2.4GHz band and 802.11ac for the 5GHz one.
Although the main feature of the TurboQAM is its 256-QAM modulation, updates through firmware won’t be possible. The 600Mbps limitation has been set by the maximum bandwidth of the 2.4GHz band: 40MHz, and not 80MHz (or more) like the 5GHz band.
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NETGEAR has released their latest Wi-Fi AC router, the NETGEAR R7000 Nighthawk. This AC1900 router features simultaneous double band with speeds of up to 600Mbps in the 2.4GHz band and up to 1300Mbps in the 5GHz one thanks to its Wi-Fi AC technology. The main feature of this router is its support for Broadcom’s TurboQAM technology, capable of reaching speeds of up to 600Mbps in the 2.4GHz with three data streams.
However, you can only get 600Mbps in the 2.4GHz band if you use a Broadcom chipset compatible with the aforementioned TurboQAM technology. To get offer the highest possible wireless speeds, it features Beamforming+ to focus the signal into a single point. It has three external antennas (RP-SMA), all of them removable.
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Routers and network-related products are going through a golden age, even with the difficult times we live in. Manufacturers like TP-Link keep innovating with products like the one we’ll review today, a small and portable router capable of setting up a wireless network almost anywhere.
The new TP-Link TL-WR710N is a small and light device (85 x 75 x 28 millimeters) that can fit anywhere, designed to work simply by connecting it to a power outlet. It can work as a router thanks to its Ethernet ports, but it’s also an excellent Wi-Fi repeater, can be used with a smart TV or game console and can also work as an access point.
With its USB 2.0 port, you can connect to it all kinds of USB drives to share your files with any computer connected to the network. It can also work as a very useful charger for mobile devices; it supports the Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n standard, works with the 2.4 GHz band and offers a maximum speed of 150 Mbps.
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