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March 11, 2017

Review: Netgear Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi Router System

The Fastest Home Mesh WiFi System

Over the past few weeks, we’ve reviewed several home mesh Wi-Fi systems including the Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD, the Linksys Velop, and the Eero and found that while each one had its own unique benefits, none of them were perfect.

Today we’ll be reviewing the Netgear Orbi which is Netgear’s home mesh Wi-Fi solution. Like the Linksys Velop, the Netgear Orbi features three radios in each unit, allowing one of the radios to serve as a dedicated backhaul for better performance between the Orbi nodes.

SpecificationsManufacturer NetgearModel Orbi Home WiFi System (2-Pack)Wi-Fi Bands IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/acRadios 3 (2.4GHz [...]
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March 3, 2017

Review: ARRIS SurfBoard SB6183 Cable Modem (Long Term)

Best Bang for the Buck

When I switched to Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) several years ago, one of the first things I did was purchase a new cable modem. At the time, Time Warner Cable was charging customers $6 per month to rent a modem which means if I purchased a modem, used it for just shy of two years, I would be saving $6 a month for the rest of the useful life of the modem.

At the time, the best modem on the market was the ARRIS SurfBoard SB6141. It was the standalone modem of choice for Time Warner Cable, so I picked one up. For the next few years, the modem worked well, but when Time Warner Cable began rolling out their new speed tiers up to 300Mbps, an upgrade was [...]

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March 2, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC HD WiFi Access Point (UAP-AC-HD)

The King of 5GHz Wireless AC

Several weeks ago, we had the opportunity to review the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO which we found to be an excellent Wi-Fi access point solution for anyone looking for an easy way to significantly improve their Wi-Fi coverage, performance, and reliability in the home, office, or commercial deployment.

Of course, the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO isn’t the fastest access point Ubiquiti makes and for those who want the absolute maximum performance, Ubiquiti also offers the UniFi AP AC HD, Ubiquiti’s flagship UniFi access point sporting an even faster, newer, beefier wireless chipset paired with an even more powerful antenna array.

Given [...]

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February 27, 2017

Testing the Apple MacBook Pro Touchbar Wi-Fi: Does 3×3 MIMO Make a Difference?

The Quest for Wi-Fi Perfection

The new Apple MacBook Pro (Touchbar, 2016) is quite the mixed bag. On one hand the thinner and lighter design, the beautiful Retina display, and the cool new TouchBar makes it one of the best MacBook Pros ever, but on the other hand, lackluster hardware, USB-C exclusivity, and the extremely high pricetag makes it a lot less appealing than its predecessor.

While internal components such as the CPU, graphics, battery size, etc. may be a bit uninspired, one component that Apple hasn’t skimped on for this generation is the internal Wi-Fi. Rather than stick with the usual 802.11AC with a 2×2 MIMO antenna setup typically seen on [...]

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February 19, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG)

Enterprise Class Router at a Consumer Class Pricepoint

Several days ago, we got our first glimpse into Ubiquiti’s enterprise networking gear lineup when we reviewed the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO, an impressive Wi-Fi access point which delivered enterprise class performance and enterprise class features at a reasonable price.

Today we’ll be reviewing a significantly different product in the Ubiquiti UniFi lineup, the Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway (USG), which despite its name implying that it’s purely a firewall appliance, is actually a combination of an enterprise class router along with firewall [...]

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February 15, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO WiFi Access Point (UAP‑AC‑PRO)

Supercharge Your Wi-Fi

One of the rising stars in the enterprise networking world is Ubiquiti Networks, a company which has become very well known for producing competitive enterprise grade networking equipment for less than half the cost when compared to similar products from more well known brands such as Cisco, Aruba, HP, Aerohive, Xirrus, etc.

Among their most popular products is the Ubiquiti UniFi APs (Access Points), which has become very popular for not only businesses, but also home users who have become tired of overpaying for top end consumer Wi-Fi routers that seem to never work.

One of the most popular access points is the Ubiquiti UniFi AP AC PRO [...]

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February 13, 2017

Review: Linksys Velop Mesh WiFi Router System

Introduction

Back at CES earlier this year, one of Linksys’s biggest announcements was their new Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System which is Linksys’s first entry into the Mesh Wi-Fi market.

As we recently got our hands on a test unit, today we’ll be reviewing Linksys Velop to see if it’s actually lives up to its claims.

For our review, Linksys provided us with the Velop 3-Node Mesh Wi-Fi System. The Linksys Velop will also come in a one node or two node pack, but additional single nodes can always be added to the system to improve Wi-Fi coverage in the home.

SpecificationsManufacturer LinksysModel VelopWi-Fi Bands IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac wave 2 [...]
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February 3, 2017

Review: Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD Mesh Wi-Fi Router System

Mesh, the future?

In the past year, Mesh Wi-Fi has become the new buzzword in the world of home networking as a possible solution to the all to well known Wi-Fi deadspots issue many homeowners face. Among the sea of new products from companies such as Google, Netgear, Linksys and eero, one of the most promising mesh Wi-Fi router systems is from a company called Ubiquiti.

In consumer networking equipment, Ubiquiti isn’t all that well known. That’s because they produce powerful enterprise networking equipment designed to be used in environments such as stadiums, concert halls, restaurants, shopping malls, businesses and more. Among their most well known products is [...]

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January 25, 2017

Review: Synology RT2600ac WiFi Router

Bringing DSM to the Router

Synology is a company well known for their excellent, easy to use NAS systems, and several years ago they decided to enter the router market with the Synology Router RT1900ac which combined their expertise in producing quality, intuitive, easy to use operating systems with a high performance router solution. While we didn’t get a chance to review the RT1900ac at the time, it was very well received by customers and press, which is why when Synology announced the Router RT2600ac, we absolutely had to check it out.

SpecificationsManufacturer SynologyModel RT2600acProcessor Qualcomm IPQ 8065 Dual Core 1.7GHzMemory 512MB [...]
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January 28, 2012

Belkin Powerline AV500 Review

Belkin’s Flagship Powerline

Nowadays everything in the living room is networked. My Xbox 360, my PS3, my TV, my cable box, my WD TV Live Media Player, and even my freaking home theater receiver. Traditionally, you only had two options for connecting those devices.

Run a wire. Problem is, if there are three walls and a floor between the the device and the router, that may be a bit tough to do. Use wireless. Yes, wireless is pretty good for many devices, but a lot of them only have an RJ-45 port. Additionally, I like playing on my PS3. I sometimes also like to play online, but I don’t do it very often. Reason being, I use the integrated [...]
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