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Comex 2013 - Notebooks/Systems, Networking, PC Accessories/Software & Gaming Gear Buying Guide

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Networking Deals at the Show

Here are some highlighted networking deals at Comex this year.

ASUS RT-AC68U

The newly launched ASUS RT-AC68U is the latest flagship router from the Taiwanese hardware giants. And if you are looking for a speedy AC router to complement your high-speed fiber connection, the ASUS RT-AC68U is the router for you since it supports speeds of up to 1900Mbps, making it ideal for HD movie streaming.

Comex Offer

  • Comex Price: $359
  • Comex Promotion: Free Altec Lansing 2.1 speakers (worth $49), Trend Micro Internet Security (worth $39)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6311

Aztech HL125G

The Aztech HL125G HomePlug Gigabit Switch lets you use your home's electrical network to share your Internet connection. It supports transfer rates of up to 500Mbps and offers four Gigabit Ethernet ports to connect to your devices.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $69 (Usual Price: $99)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6522

 

D-Link Wireless AC1750 Dual-band Cloud Router

Despite not being officially ratified, AC routers supporting the new 802.11ac wireless standard are becoming more mainstream. The D-Link Wireless AC1750 router offers up to 1750Mbps transfer rate and with the new SharePort app, users can stream content from storage devices attached to the router from anywhere in the world.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $259 (Usual Price: $319)
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Location

Hall 5, Booth 5426

Netgear R6300v2 Smart Wi-Fi Router +A6200 802.11ac Dual-band USB Adapter Bundle

The Netgear R6300v2 Smart Wi-Fi Router supports the latest 802.11ac wireless standard and offers up to 1750Mbps transfer rates. It also features three antennae and Beamforming+ technology for stronger and more stable signals. The A6200 USB adapter enables 802.11ac connectivity on older desktops and notebooks.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $359 (Usual Price: $418)
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Location

Hall 5, Booth 5106, 5111

Buffalo WZR-HP-G300

If you are looking for a fuss-free Wireless-N dual-band router the Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H is worth checking out. It supports up to 300Mbps transfer rates and has a built-in 4-port auto-sensing Gigabit switch too.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $109 (Usual Price: $139)
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Location

Hall 5, Booth 5701

Linksys EA6700 Dual-band Router

The Linksys EA6700 is the company's latest flagship and supports up to 1750Mbps transfer rates concurrently on its two bands. It also offers one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port for wireless printing and storage.

Comex 2013 Offer

  • Comex Price: $299 (Usual Price: $309)
  • Comex Promotion: Free Norton 360 (worth $85), GP 4400mAH portable battery (worth $59.90), Norton mobile security (worth $19.90)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6042

 

Comex 2013 Networking Portal

Networking Buying Guide

The way we connect to the world wide web has evolved tremendously over the decades. Remember the days of ploddingly slow 14.4kbps modems? Well, those dinosaurs are now a thing of the past. Instead of depending on phone lines as the main networking medium, we now have cable and fiber optics broadband capable of 200Mbps speeds to serve our Internet needs. Here, we let you in on some pointers on how to pick the right router and also show you some of the best router buys from the show.

NETWORKING TODAY

Routers have advanced greatly in terms of both functionality and design. Today, they are not just devices you use to connect to the Internet. Some routers come with built-in hard disks that allows you to quickly share data or even lets you backup your systems wirelessly. Additionally, they are no longer clunky looking boxes, as manufacturers are paying more attention to design and aesthetics.

 

 

Today's routers are no longer dull-looking boxes, some actually look quite stylish and futuristic. Features-wise, some even include integrated storage for easy file sharing and wireless backups.

 

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

NGNBN-certification: If you’ve upgraded to a high-speed fiber plan recently, be sure to get a high-speed router that’s preferably NGNBN-certified (Next-Generation Nationwide Broadband Network) to match your network. This will ensure your router is up to the task for maximizing your fast fiber connection.

802.11ac: Although the 802.11ac standard has yet to be officially ratified, manufacturers have already been offering 802.11ac routers for quite some time already. Compared to N routers, AC routers have a thereotical top data speed of 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band, making them sought after by users who want to stream HD content wirelessly over their network.

File and Printer Sharing: If the router has USB ports, look to see if they support File Sharing, which allows you to attach an external hard drive to the router to quickly share files or even allow wireless backups. Printer Sharing allows clients connected to the network to send print jobs to a shared printer.

Check out the latest networking products at our HardwareZone Networking Product Guide.