IT Show 2014 - Notebooks, Networking, & Gaming Gear Buying Guide


Networking

Networking Deals at the Show

Here are some highlighted networking deals at IT Show this year.

ASUS RT-AC68U

The 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 as it supports up to 1900 Mbps over its dual-band frequencies, making it ideal for HD movie streaming.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $329 (Usual Price: $349)
  • IT Show Promotion: Free 16GB thumbdrive + CM PowerFort + Trend Micro Security
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Location

Level 1, Booth 1205, 1317

Aztech HL119EP

The Aztech HL119EP HomePlug lets you use your home's electrical network to share your Internet connection. It supports transfer rates of up to 600 Mbps and includes a pass through power outlet for other electrical devices.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $65 (Usual Price: $75)
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Location

Level B2, Booth B121

 

D-Link DIR-868L Wireless AC1750 Cloud Router

The cylindrical and cool-looking D-Link DIR-868L router promises up to 1350Mbps transfer rates and enables Cloud functionality with its SharePort app, which allows users to stream content from storage devices attached to the router from anywhere in the world.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $199, limited to 30 units (Usual Price: $319)
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Location

Level B2, Booth B123

TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band

Despite not being officially ratified, AC routers supporting the new 802.11ac wireless standard are becoming more mainstream. However, they are pricey. If you want something more affordable, TP-Link's Archer C7 is one of the cheaper AC routers we saw at the show.

IT Show 2014 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $179 (Usual Price: $189)
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Location

Level B2, Booth B427

 

IT Show 2014 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.