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Review: Apple Airport Express Base Station

by Blogger on ‎07-11-2012 04:06 PM - last edited on ‎07-20-2012 02:11 PM by Administrator



Now sporting a new "squircle" design that's very similar to the AppleTV, the new Apple Airport Express Base Station is the perfect traveling companion to notebooks, tablets and smartphones. Featuring simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands, so every device on your network will connect using the band that provides the fastest speed and performance. The Airport Express Base Station is available from Future Shop for $99.00.




Cisco Connect Cloud 2.jpgThe router gets no love when you really think about it. It was always the one hardware product you set up once and hoped you’d never have to touch again because the hands-off approach meant it was doing its job. When you did have to look at it again, it was usually because something was up with the Internet at home. Those days are over, at least for those consumers who like the idea of using smartphone or tablet apps to manage what the router can actually do.


image002.pngWe’ve covered the new Linksys app-enabled routers from Cisco already but there haven’t really been many apps to take for a spin yet. Recently Cisco announced the Linksys Developer Community to help encourage and connect app developers and kickstart Cisco’s app ecosystem for it's Smart Wi-Fi router series.



My Book Live personal cloud storage

by Blogger on ‎07-04-2012 04:54 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2014 02:32 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

mybooklive.jpgThe My Book series of external hard drives from Western Digital have always been pretty popular. With great performance, high quality, and a slick aesthetic, it's hardly a surprise. Western Digital has a pretty strong name in the hard drive market. Lately they have been dipping their toes into the networking market too so seeing a product like the Western Digital My Book Live is a natural fit.




Cisco just recently announced the first Linksys WifFi Router that features the latest 802.11ac technology. Next generation WiFi 802.11ac (also known as 5G wireless) is the hottest new wireless networking trend we’ve been talking about lately and it's exciting to see that Cisco is already jumping into the fray, not wanting to be late to the party.


Review: Netgear R6300 802.11ac WiFi router

by Blogger ‎06-29-2012 09:18 AM - edited ‎06-29-2012 09:20 AM

R6300-Product-Image-Low-Resolution18-51161.jpgWe’ve already talked a little about the new 802.11ac WiFi networking standard that's rolling out this year. Well we’ve finally got our mitts on the tech to take it for a field test with the new Netgear R6300 Wifi Router. This Dual Band Gigabit router just hit the shelves at Future Shop and promises the world’s fastest WiFi. 


Review: Pogoplug Mobile

by Blogger on ‎06-23-2012 11:54 AM

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Pogoplug originally started out as a standalone hardware unit where you could plug in external hard drives that you could then access either within the home network or remotely. The premise behind all this is to have cloud storage that is inherently personal and without the residual cost of a monthly subscription. The Pogoplug Mobile has a much smaller footprint and is marketed as the ideal personal cloud unit for your smartphone or tablet.


So what's the deal with WiFi AC?

by Blogger on ‎06-20-2012 10:15 AM - last edited on ‎08-02-2013 02:59 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


It seems like just last year that 802.11n networking started proliferating in consumer level products. It's a fairly fast, secure, and reliable standard and a big jump from 802.11g.  Dual-band routers, wireless encryption, and high speed data streaming has become much more common these days. Now theres something new on the WiFi horizon; the fifth generation wireless networking standard, dubbed 802.11ac. 


Review: WD My Net N900 router

by Blogger on ‎06-19-2012 02:06 PM - last edited on ‎03-07-2013 12:31 PM by Retired Administrator

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Western Digital has always had a good reputation for their line of hard drives. In the past few years they’ve been adding a few different product categories to their lineup, including home network media boxes. Just last week they made their big splash with a new lineup of routers, showing that they’re serious about competing aggressively in this category. Since then I’ve been taking their top of the line My Net N900 through its paces to see just how well it really does.


Western Digital's My Net series routers - New!

by Blogger on ‎06-14-2012 04:50 PM - last edited on ‎03-07-2013 12:35 PM by Retired Administrator



Western Digital is pretty well known for their data storage solutions. They’ve built up a good reputation over the years for a variety of quality Hard Drives and including a great assortment of external drives. Today they’re making a bit of a splash with something new, however. Western Digital just launched a series of networking products - a brand new category for the company to compete in. They’re not doing it lightly either. I had the opportunity to sit down with WD and check out their new offerings. Take it from me, these aren’t just ‘me too’ products. They’re really trying to bring something new to the home networking scene and compete aggressively with some quality innovations.


Network Attached Storage and you.

by Blogger on ‎06-03-2012 10:56 AM - last edited on ‎03-07-2013 12:27 PM by Retired Administrator



With Backup Awareness Month in mind, I thought we could take a moment to sit down and discuss the world of network attached storage - NAS for short. They can be really handy for data storage, file sharing, and of course as part of your backup solution.



Security Part II: Your wireless network

by Blogger on ‎05-28-2012 12:04 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2012 11:10 AM by Administrator

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Previously we took a quick look at the basics of securing your home computer. If you’ve followed that guide you’ve already in pretty good shape with a nice, secure machine but there's always more  you can do. Today we’ll dig into setting up some simple security on your home network. This can not only keep your data safe, but prevent all sorts of unauthorized access, and even prevent neighbours from ‘’borrowing’ your wireless internet access.


So what's the deal with WiFi N?

by Blogger on ‎05-26-2012 03:40 PM



It may have been a while since you’ve put any thought into your wireless network so you could be forgiven for not knowing anything about Wireless N. Most of  you might already be familiar with 802.11 B/G which is what most of your wireless networking gear probably uses already.  The successor to that is the N standard which began rolling out a couple of years ago and is what you’ll want to look for in any new WiFi enabled devices you buy. 


Review: Linksys E4200v2 Router

by Blogger on ‎01-16-2012 11:17 AM - last edited on ‎04-30-2012 03:25 PM by Moderator


Last year Cisco released their Linksys E4200 maximum performance dual-band wireless-N router to rave reviews. It hit the market as one of the best wireless routers you could get in your home with impressive performance and great usability. This year Cisco is following up by launching their Linksys E4200v2 router. It looks pretty much the same as the original E4200 but its definitely worth a closer look at the changes.



Networking for high-performance PC gaming

by Retired Blogger on ‎11-02-2011 01:19 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2012 04:21 PM by Moderator



If you are a PC gamer, you probably already have your gaming PC hooked up to the internet already. However, in today’s modern households, there are so many devices connecting to your network (and vying for your precious bandwidth), that your gaming PC is probably feeling a little crowded. With top-tier online PC games like Battlefield 3 and Diablo III coming out, perhaps it’s time to upgrade your ancient network. Also, while this article will be from a PC gaming perspective, most of this will be applicable to online console gaming too.


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