The Best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers for 2021 with Black Friday Offers

November 2021 Update highlights: Black Friday deals added Originally, this post focussed on Amazon reviews as a key factor in the decision to recommend systems. However, Amazon, and companies that use it, keep messing around with things, merging products, having multiple products on one page etc. Then reviews themselves are not always reliable. 2021 Black … Read more

FRITZ!Box 7530 AX Review – WiFi 6, VOIP, VDSL/ADSL modem & Router all in one package

The FRITZ!Box 7530 AX is one of the first WiFi 6 routers from AVM FRITZ!Box. To make things a little confusing, they have retained the same model number as the WiFi 5 AVM FRITZ!Box 7530 but added the AX extension associated with WiFi 6. As you might have guessed, this is therefore essentially the same … Read more

Netgear Orbi NBK752 mesh system with 5G modem launched for £1099.99

Last month, Netgear announced the £1500 quad-band RBKE960 Orbi Mesh WiFi 6E System. Yesterday they continued their roll of premium-priced networking gear with the announcement of Netgear Orbi NBK752, which is a tri-band mesh WiFi 6 system with a 5G modem built-in, for the bargain price of £1099.99. Spending a grand on a mesh system … Read more

Why is Virgin Fibre Internet Slow & How to Fix Slow WiFi?

Virgin Media is one of the best options on the market for ultra-fast internet. Most fibre internet running over phones lines caps out at 76Mbps, but Virgin offers up to 500Mbps in most areas and gigabit for some lucky few. However, from time to time, those speeds are nothing like what you see in real … Read more

Netgear RBKE960 Orbi Mesh WiFi 6E System Announced For £1.5k – Quad-band vs Tri-band TP-Link Deco X96

Netgear has gone all out for their latest mesh WiFi 6 system. Featuring the new WiFi 6E standard, the mesh system utilizes three different frequencies, 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz and 6Ghz. The problem with a WiFi 6E mesh system is that you need to use one band for the backhaul. If the system shares a backhaul channel … Read more

Netgear Orbi Pro Mini SXR30 Review – Affordable business WiFi 6 Dual-Band AX1800 mesh system

I previously reviewed the superb but extremely expensive Netgear Orbi Pro SXK80, which basically took the flagship consumer Orbi RBK852 hardware and upgraded it with Netgear Insight cloud management. Netgear has now released the smaller SXK30 system which is considerably more affordable, making it appealing for small businesses. Similar to the larger model, the SXK30 … Read more

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

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