Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus vs SD888 Benchmarks – Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro vs 6R

The Red Magic 6S Pro was announced earlier this week and is the second phone to be announced with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+, it will also likely be available to buy before the Asus. With a launch price of £519, you are only paying a tenner more than the existing Red Magic 6 Pro. Qualcomm … Read more

Zyxel MG-108 2.5G Switch Review – The cheapest 8-port 2.5GbE switch on the market

I have already reviewed a couple of the affordable multi-gig Zyxel switches that offered a combination of 10Gb SFP & 2.5Gb RJ45 ethernet. At the time, they were the cheapest way to get 2.5GbE in your home. Since then, 2.5GbE appears to be going mainstream. QNAP were the first to launch an affordable 5-port unmanaged … Read more

Zyxel XGN100C 10G PCIe Network Adaptor Review – Affordable 10Gbps Ethernet Networking

The Zyxel XGN100C is one of the few affordable 10-gigabit ethernet network cards on the market. The card is based on the Marvell AQtion AQN-107 10 GbE Network Interface Adapter, which is just the new name for the Aquantia AQ107 used on the ASUS XG-C100C now that Marvell has completed their Aquantia acquisition. While 2.5GbE … Read more

Helium Hotspot Review – Mine Helium HNT cryptocurrency – How much money can you earn? [August 2021 Update]

Where to buy a Helium Hotspot? UK, EU and US models I had previously recommended Nebra/Pi Supply but this appears to have turned out to be a bad decision by me. Like many others, I have been waiting months for my order while Bobcat and others have been shipping. I am sure Nebra will get … Read more

FS.com 10GBASE-T SFP+ Transceiver Module Review – Convert SFP+ to 10 Gigabit RJ-45 Ethernet

Following on from my review of the FS S3150-8T2FP POE switch, I have also been trying out their 10GBASE-T SFP+ transceivers, which allow you to convert the 10 Gb SFP+ ports to 10Gb RJ-45. These transceiver modules are relatively expensive, at £50, compared to a standard 10Gb SFP+ modules, which will set you back around … Read more

FS.com S3150-8T2FP 8-Port Gigabit POE Fanless Switch Review (130W + 2 x 1Gb SFP)

FS, formerly Fiber Store, has quickly grown expanding into producing their own networking hardware including switches, access points and even video conferencing solutions. The range of switches is particularily impressive with options starting out at £115 for an 8-port POE switch. It is the higher end stuff that is perhaps more noteworthy, the S5860-24XB-U is … Read more

Best Powerline Adaptors & Powerline Mesh Wi-Fi systems for 2021 – Use your home wiring as an alternative to Wi-Fi and Cat5a/6 Gigabit Ethernet

Page 2 for Best Powerline Wi-Fi extenders & Mesh Systems Before mesh Wi-Fi was the trend, we had Powerline adaptors and Wi-Fi extenders. I would personally always suggest mesh of a Wi-Fi extender nowadays, but I am still a fan of the Powerline concept. Anyone wanting to establish a high speed and relatively reliable connection … Read more

Netgear WAX630 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Access Point Announced for £289.99

Yesterday, Netgear announced a new top of the range Wi-Fi 6 access point, choosing to go down a different path than competing brands, which could be quite useful for many users. While it is common for many cloud-managed access points to offer mesh Wi-Fi, the are not many, if any, that have a tri-band radio. … Read more

D-Link COVR-X1862 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh system launched for just £124.99 – 3-pack COVR-X1863 for £189.99 – Making it the cheapest whole-home mesh system on Amazon

I have not reviewed any of the D-Link Wi-Fi 6 gear yet, but they have been launching some incredibly affordable devices that make for an appealing alternative to TP-Link and Netgear. The new whole-home mesh COVR system is the latest Wi-Fi 6 option from them, and it is one of the most affordable Wi-Fi 6 … Read more

TP-Link Archer RE505X Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender Review – Creating a whole-home mesh Wi-Fi system with the Archer AX90

Yesterday I reviewed the excellent TP-Link Archer AX90. As part of the package, TP-Link sent out their latest Archer RE505X Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender. These are two of the first devices that support then TP-Link OneMesh technology, allowing you to take a router but expand it into a mesh system rather than using the older … Read more

TP-Link Archer AX90 Review – A 160Mhz 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 router with 2.5GbE capable of multi-gig Wi-Fi & mesh expandability for just £245

The Archer AX 90 is the latest premium Wi-Fi 6 router from TP-Link. This has many of the high-end features I saw on the TP-Link Archer AX11000, but it has one new feature not seen on the older routers. This is one of the first routers from TP-Link that supports Whole Home OneMesh Wi-Fi, so … Read more

Predator Connect X5 5G CPE Router – Acer enters the router market with 5G CPE router capable of 4.7 Gbps & Predator Connect D5 5G Dongle

One of the more interesting announcements at [email protected] was the diversification into the router market. This is a little more cohesive with their product portfolio than last years Acerpure Cool air purifier. The announcement isn’t for any old router either; this is the first Intel Killer-compatible 5G CPE in the world. I am not sure … Read more

Comparing Software RAID vs Hardware RAID when choosing TerraMaster Thunderbolt3 RAID Storage

This is a bit of a copy and paste job from TerraMaster, sorry. But it is moderately more informative than the generic press release hence I thought it was worth posting. TerraMaster, a professional brand that specializes in providing innovative storage products for home, businesses and enterprises, discusses the difference between software RAID and hardware … Read more

Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers Under £100 on Amazon – Huawei AX3 from £40 & TP-LINK Archer AX10 just £70

All cutting-edge technology is painfully expensive at launch. The flagship Netgear Nighthawk RAX200 launched on Amazon in June 2019 for close to £500 and is still £405. The TP-Link Archer AX11000 was available in late 2019 for £380. In the past year, we have seen most companies launch much more affordable models, with all the … Read more

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