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IT Show 2012 - Notebooks/Systems, Networking & PC Accessories Buying Guide

Networking - ASUS & Cisco

Networking

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. Of course, one also wonders how did we manged to survive without wireless transmissions (or Wi-Fi) in the past as well. These technological advancements also demand equally proficient hardware, at the consumer end at least, to optimize their blazing fast speeds. As such, it is important that you pick the right router to suit your broadband capabilities. For instance, utilizing an old N-router when you're subscribed to a fiber network is like listening to 128kbps songs with a pair of high-end headphones. So if you've upgraded to fiber recently, be sure to get a high-speed router (and preferably NGNBN-certified) to match your network. 

 

ASUS (Level 4, Booth 8405; Newstead, Level 4, Booth 8498)

 

ASUS RT-N66U

ASUS will be launching its highly anticipated RT-N66U at the IT Show. Some of its key features include a beefy 600MHz processor and generous 256MB RAM to tackle heavy loads and multiple connections.Its $279 price tag also places the N66U squarely in the ranks of similar premium router models.

  • IT Show Price: $279
  • Usual Price: N.A.
  • Promotion: Free Trend Micro Internet Security 2012
  • More Information: HWZ Review

 

Brochures
Click here for ASUS networking devices brochures.

 

Cisco (Level 6, Booth 6138C; Newstead, Level 6, Booth 6101)

 

Cisco Linksys E4200

Powered by a Broadcom BCM4718 chip, the Cisco Linksys E4200 is marketed, not surprisingly, as a compatible companion to fiber networks. Theoretically, it is capable of top speeds of up to 450Mbps on 5GHz, and 300MHz on 2.4GHz.

  • IT Show Price: $279
  • Promotion: Free Wireless-N USB adapter AE 2500, optical mouse
  • More Information: HWZ Review

 

Brochures
Click here for Cisco networking devices brochures.