Category: Networking

Making sure your internet connection is safe

Studies show that we spend an average of 6.5hours online each day. That means that a fourth part of our day is spend connected to internet through an electronic device. But just like with any other aspect on our lives, we need to make sure we are safe. Hackers are always looking to take advantage of unaware internet users, so it is very important that we learn some basics about internet safety. Setting up a password for your WIFI connection Most people use a WIFI connection to get online, especially while at home. But sometimes, internet carriers may install...

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Synology D9220+ vs DS420+ vs DS918+ vs DS418play – New faster NAS solutions coming with DDR4 & NVMe support (now with DS720+)

[Update 27-May-2020] The DS420+ and DS720+ have now been maid official and are available now. Synology recently launched their new affordable  Synology DS220j which offers a significant performant bump from the DS218j thanks to the move from the dual-core Marvell Armada 385 chipset to the Realtek RTD1296 chipset. They are now preparing for the launch of their other 2020 range with several new NAS devices going live on the Taiwanese Synology website. Currently, there is no word on availability or pricing, and the current Covid-19 pandemic has no doubt thrown a spanner in the works. Current;y the Synology DS918+...

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TP-Link Deco X60 Mesh Wi-Fi System Review – Can a dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6 system compete with the tri-band Netgear Orbi RBK853 AX6000?

This year Wi-Fi 6 has finally gained mainstream traction with all flagship phones launched this year featuring it, and most mid-range and higher laptops also featuring it. I have reviewed quite a few routers now, but to date, only the painfully expensive Netgear Orbi RBK850 mesh W-Fi 6 system which costs £969.99 for the three-pack (RBK853) and £700 for the two-pack system I reviewed (RBK852). The TP-Link Deco X60 cost just £400 for a three-pack, so is there any way this can compete? TP-Link Deco X60(3-pack) AX3000 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, Next-Gen WiFi 6, Replace Routers and WiFi...

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Nighthawk M1 Mobile Router Review with a Voxi SIM for better than VDSL speeds when working at home

With many of us working from home the past few months, many people have been in need of upgrading their home Wi-Fi network and/or home internet. I have covered Wi-Fi routers and mesh systems extensively the past few months, but they are only as good as the internet connection you are able to achieve. I am fortunate to have Virgin and the option for VDSL, but many people are still stuck on ADSL, or the in some cases the VDSL is not fit for purpose. In these scenarios, the best solution is normally to use mobile data, either 4G...

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Tips of Cloud Migration for Beginners

Perhaps you have reached the point of believing the cloud migration can be beneficial for your business. Well, it is not surprising because many businesses and entrepreneurs admit that the cloud is an interesting platform for many industries. Cloud migration is probably straightforward to understand. However, it can be challenging for the starters. ERBIS software engineering company, in this case, suggests that the cloud migration should not be intimidating even for the beginners.  If it is your first time, you might want to consider the tips from ERBIS experts below. Don’t start with the wrong reasons The cloud migration...

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Redmi AX5 Router vs Xiaomi AIoT Router AX3600 vs Huawei WiFi AX3 / Honor Router 3 – Wi-Fi 6 routers are getting much cheaper, as long as you live in China (or are willing to import)

Wi-Fi 6 routers promise lots of performance gains over the ageing Wi-Fi 5, but the options in the UK are quite expensive with our cheapest options costing over £150. Redmi AX5 Router However, in other countries, there are some much more affordable options. Xiaomi's subbrand Redmi has just unveiled the Redmi Router AX5 with an insanely low price of just CNY 250 (£28/$35/€31) and is capable of offering speeds of 1,200 Mbps on the 5 GHz band (using Wi-Fi 6). This is currently available for international delivery via Giztop for £45/$55 + shopping (and possible import tax). While the...

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TerraMaster Announces Availability of qBittorrent and Transmission BT Apps for NAS drives including F2-210, F5-422 & F5-221

I have previously reviewed the TerraMaster F2-210 and it is a superb affordable NAS giving you the same quality of hardware as Synology but at a lower price point. The downside is the number of apps for their OS is lower. They are however expanding the options and the latest apps to be released include two BitTorrent clients, qBittorrent and Transmission. Sale TerraMaster F5-221 NAS 5bay Cloud Storage Intel Dual Core 2.0GHz Plex Media Server Network Storage (Diskless) £369.99 Buy on Amazon qBittorrent qBittorrent is a cross-platform, lightweight, feature-rich, open-sourcetorrent client. It runs and provides similar features across all...

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Netgear Nighthawk AX12 RAX120 Wi-Fi 6 router review – Is this a better buy vs the RAX200 or TP-Link Archer AX11000? Score 87%

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 RAX120 Wi-Fi 6 router review – Is this a better buy vs the RAX200 or TP-Link Archer AX11000?

[Original Post: 18 February 2020] [May 2020 Update] In my reviews on both the Netgear RAX120 and TP-Link Archer AX11000 I have made a big fuss about how frustrating the 160MHz width channels are. However, since reviewing Huawei WiFi AX3 Pro I have noticed this is no longer the case with the RAX120, and it was quite likely a case of user error. In my defence, 160MHz is still difficult; there are only two possible none crossover channels you can have, but for the past weekend I have had no issues getting 160MHz to work on Channel 36 in...

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Huawei WiFi AX3 Pro / Honor Router 3 Review vs Netgear RAX120 – Is Wi-Fi 6+ any better or just marketing BS? Score 85%

Huawei WiFi AX3 Pro / Honor Router 3 Review vs Netgear RAX120 – Is Wi-Fi 6+ any better or just marketing BS?

Huawei introduced the WiFi AX3 back in February with the launch of the Huawei P40 Pro and made lots of big claims including stating that the router was the most powerful Wi-Fi 6 router in the world and introducing a brand new proprietary Wi-Fi 6+ technology. I was a little critical of the launch comparing the specs and performance claims against the TP-Link Archer AX11000 and Netgear RAX120, both of which have far superior specifications with theoretical speeds up to 4804 Mbps. However, I was eager to try it out and see how good the claims really are. Upon...

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YuanLey 8 Port Gigabit 120W PoE Switch Review – The cheapest gigabit POE switch on the market is actually good Score 90%

YuanLey 8 Port Gigabit 120W PoE Switch Review – The cheapest gigabit POE switch on the market is actually good

As much as I love cloud-managed networking hardware such as Zyxel Nebula and Ubiquiti, it is kind of expensive, with an 8-port POE switch costing over £100. Sometimes it is OK to go back to basics, and an unmanaged POE switch can save you quite a bit of money. With no management options at all, they are not the sort of thing you will want to use in a complex networking environment. However, for home use, powering up your POE security cameras, phone or access points, they can be a perfect solution. I previously reviewed the TP-Link TL-SG1210P, which...

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Qualcomm FastConnect 6900 & 6700 will offer Wi-Fi 6E with true multi-gig speeds thanks to seven 160 MHz channels

Wi-Fi 6 is fantastic, but it is not quite as revolutionary in speeds as you might hope. For most scenarios, the best connection you are likely to achieve is a 2×2 on 80Mhz channels giving you a connection rate of 1200mbps. That is a far cry from the 4804 Mbps you will see printed on the side of many flagship Wi-Fi 6 router boxes. Wi-Fi 5 devices using 2×2 on 80Mhz, which is the standard connection nowadays, will connect at 866Mps. So the current range of Wi-Fi 6 devices offers a 39% increased connection speed, and during my reviews,...

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The cheapest 10G/5G/2.5G Ethernet PCie Network Cards (NIC) and USB Adaptors for Windows, NAS, Laptops and more

Multi-gig ethernet is very slowly becoming more affordable, more switches are becoming available and many high-end routers now have a multi-gig port. Admittedly it is still not exactly affordable to the average consumer and the cheapest switches are limited to just a couple of 10G ports such as the Netgear GS110MX at £141. The MS510TXPP which uses a mixture of ports including 2.5G, 5G and 10G is £341.63 then the recently announced Zyxel XS1930-10 with 8 10G ethernet ports is £370.00. Zyxel XS1930 However, you then need to have multi-gig on your client devices and that is also very...

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