Amber Plus Review – A NAS and router in one with Docker support but is it good as Synology

[Update] I was provided with some feedback regarding certain parts of the review which I think are worth including. Key points include that the 2.5″ drives are less noisy so can be used in a living environment without bothering people. While most NAS drives have remote access functionality, Amber is focussing on making remote functionality … Read more

Netgear WAX214 WiFi6 AX1800 Access Point Review – A bargain WiFi 6 access point that is worth considering over the Unifi 6 Lite

In the past few years, I have regularly praised cloud-managed networking systems such as Netgear Insight, Zyxel Nebula and Ubiquiti Unifi. They offer a simplified, user-friendly way to manage your entire network, or even multiple networks, all from one interface. As much as I love cloud networking, it comes with additional costs; the hardware itself … Read more

Netgear WAX620 WiFi 6 Access Point Launched – 4×4 MIMO with a 2.5Gbps PoE LAN but no 160MHz channel width

As I finalise my review of the budget-friendly WAX214 access point, Netgear has just announced a new model which will sit at the top of their range and offer cloud management via Netgear Insight. The new Netgear WAX620 is being launched for £219.99, making it around £50 more than the excellent WAX610, which is available … Read more

TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 OneMesh Range Extenders announced – Turn your Wi-Fi 6 Archer router into a mesh system – RE605X & RE505X

TP-Link has expanded its range of Wi-Fi 6 devices with two new Wi-Fi 6 extenders that use the TP-Link OneMesh system. What is TP-Link OneMesh? OneMesh allows you to mix and match products within the TP-link range allowing you to expand the system as your requirements change. It is also a good way to use … Read more

The Reasons Your Spectrum Internet Is So Slow

In the typical modern home network, there is nothing more frustrating than slow internet. When a movie isn’t loading, a website is just buffering, or you simply cannot get a smooth Zoom call, you will find yourself groaning in frustration. It is a common problem, but not one without solutions. If you are trying to … Read more

TRENDnet TEG-S350 5-Port Unmanaged 2.5G Switch Review – Helping drive the cost of multi-gig Ethernet down

TRENDnet (Trendnet for the rest of this review) recently launched two affordable unmanaged 2.5G switches, one 5-port and the other 8-port. Being an unmanaged switch, this will be a relatively short review, but I have been quite obsessed with multi-gig Ethernet in recent years and always on the quest for an affordable solution. Price per … Read more

Zyxel NWA210AX WiFi 6 Access Point Review – Is it better than the Ubiquiti Unifi 6 LR?

I have reviewed quite a bit of the Zyxel Nebula ecosystem now, including some of the older WiFI 5 access points and the flagship Zyxel WAX650S WiFi 6 access point, which will set you back over £600. I have had my eye on the Zyxel NWA210AX for a while now, it seems to be the … Read more

Connect And Activate Your Own Modem Router To Comcast Xfinity

Many managers, business owners, and regular people, frequently encounter the problem of limited Wi-Fi connectivity and errors. This is because the rapid development of technology and internet use comes with its challenges. On a given network, your computer, and a few other devices are usually able to share capacity with ease, while functioning efficiently. Nevertheless, many businesses often ignore the fact that Wi-Fi connection limits depend on a variety of factors. 

Some of you may realize that if you connect many devices such as laptops, desktops, and phones to one network, you may have a difficult time streaming a video when you are in another part of the house. You may also notice that the video quality may be reduced and the download and upload speeds of every device that is connected are significantly slower. This is because each connected device would only be able to access a lesser internet level because of the volume of devices. 

If you were to install another Xfinity router or a third-party device within your home network you would be able to distribute the network load more efficiently. This is because many more devices will be supported if you add more access points to the network. But this is not without its downsides, because adding more access points to the network will make it a bit more challenging to manage. 

You may also increase your subscription with your internet service provider so that your bandwidth will be available to each connected device simultaneously. This will better allow you to have one or more routers to support multiple devices. For instance, if your internet subscription is downloading at 1 Gbps to your network devices, and you have 50 devices connected at the same time, it means that each device consumes around 20 megabits of data per second. By increasing the bandwidth, you will be able to have a greater quality of internet on all the connected devices.

Many people believe that you need a technician to connect and activate your modem router to Comcast Xfinity, but the truth is that you can do this yourself. The first thing you need to do is download the Xfinity app to set up the Internet and get online. Remember to disconnect the already installed device in your home if this is a replacement. 

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Devolo Mesh WiFi 2 Review – Mesh WiFi with a powerline backhaul to compete vs the TP-Link Deco P9

Before Mesh WiFi was a thing, powerline was by far the best solution for home users wanting to extend their home network without having to physically wire the house up with Ethernet.

Since the launch of mesh, powerline has fallen out of favour somewhat, and only a handful of company produces hardware feature this technology. However, I know a lot of gamers who still swear by this technology.

Devolo has long been the most reputable company in the business, with TP-Link being the major competitor.

While most companies are now launching WiFi 6 mesh systems, Devolo has only just launched its first WiFi 5 mesh system.

Devolo Mesh WiFi 2 vs Devolo Magic 2 WiFi – Not the same

Devolo doesn't make it very easy to work out what is what and this is made worse by searching on places like Amazon.

I was very confused by the product name devolo Mesh WiFi 2 but most places selling Devolo Magic 2 WiFi.

A quick glance at their product pages proved to be equally confusing, with the Magic 2 WiFi not listed under mesh yet still claiming mesh functionality on the product page. They also offer the same WiFi speeds and powerline technology.

However, they are not the same. The 2-device Magic 2 WiFi uses two different units, the MAGIC 2 LAN Adapter and the MAGIC 2 WiFi next Adapter. The Lan adaptor offers no WiFi. This is instead used to connect your router to the powerline network. So the two pack system won't actually offer mesh WiFi; you would then need to pair it up with another MAGIC 2 WiFi to get mesh functionality.

The MESH WIFI 2, on the other hand, has all its adopters providing WiFI. With the whole point of this being that you switch the WiFi off on your router, then the Devolo does all the WiFi offering seamless roaming as you move around the home.

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TRENDnet 5 & 8 port Unmanaged 2.5G Switch Switches launched – Another new affordable multi-gig switch [TEG-S380 & TEG-S350]

Last year saw a couple of affordable multi-gig switches launched, with the QNAP QSW-1105-5T being the stand out option or the Zyxel XGS1010 with its two 2.5GbE ports and 2 10Gb SFP+. TRENDnet are now getting in on the action with the launch of two options, the TEG-S380 and TEG-S350 with 8 and 5 ports, … Read more

Netgear Nighthawk MK83 vs MK63 vs Orbi RBK753 Mesh WiFi System – Tri-band upgrade for a lower price than Orbi

Today, Netgear has quietly listed the new Nighthawk MK83 on their website, offering a significant upgrade to the affordable Netgear Nighthawk MK63 I reviewed last year. The main difference with the new Netgear Nighthawk MK83 is the inclusion of a second 5Ghz channel that offers 4×3 AX up to 1800Mbps. This channel will then be used as the backhaul, … Read more

AVM FRITZ!Box 6890 LTE Router Review – An ideal router for DSL connections with 4G / LTE fallback to provide business continuity

I reviewed the FRITZ!Box 7590 router over 3 years ago, and it has sat at the top of the AVM product lineup ever since, receiving regular firmware updates adding things like Mesh WiFi functionality. Even though my router requirements have adjusted over the years, I still use the 7590 to handle all my DHCP needs, … Read more

AVM FRITZ!OS 7.25 now available for FRITZ!Box 7590 with other routers later. Introduces WFH priority features, new parental controls and better WiFI

AVM have release a major FRITZ!OS update with over 70 new features and improvements. The new FRITZ!OS is available now for FRITZ!Box 7590. The update will be rolled out gradually for all other current FRITZ! products. While FRITZ!Box routers may not be as popular as the likes of Netgear and TP-Link in the UK, I … Read more

D-Link DUB-E250 USB-C to 2.5G Ethernet Adapter Review – An affordable & reliable 2.5GbE USB adaptor

With 5G and Wi-Fi 6/6E offering over gigabit transfer speeds, the ageing gigabit wired networks need modernizing. 10 gigabit Ethernet has been around for years, but its adoption within the consumer market has been glacially slow. This has then meant that prices have remained exceptionally high. For the past year or so, we have started … Read more

Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Long Range Review – Was the U6-LR worth wait & poor customer service?

I previously reviewed the Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Lite, which was my first experience using Unifi properly within my home. I was delighted with its performance for the price, and my compulsive spending got the better of me, so I ordered the Ubiquiti UniFi 6 Long Range as soon as I hit publish on the Lite … Read more

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