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Sitex 2013 - Notebooks, Networking, & Gaming Gear Buying Guide

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Networking Deals at the Show

Here are some highlighted networking deals at Sitex 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 speeds up to a blazing 1900Mbps, making it ideal for HD movie streaming.

Sitex 2013 Offer

  • Sitex Price:$339 (Usual Price: $359)
  • Sitex Promotion: Free 32GB thumb drive (worth $24), Trend Micro Internet Security (worth $39)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6B01

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 600Mbps and includes a pass through power outlet for other electrical devices.

Sitex 2013 Offer

  • Sitex Price: $70 (Usual Price: $75)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6E50

 

Prolink PRN3001A ADSL Router

The Prolink PRN3001A ADSL router will appeal to diehard broadband users who haven't switch to fibre optic-based plans. The device boasts of the 2T2R MIMO antennae technology to boost its wireless transfer speeds, up to 300Mbps.

Sitex 2013 Offer

  • Sitex Price: $39 (Usual Price: $45)
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Location

Hall 6, Booth 6B10, 6B70

D-Link Wireless AC1750 DIR-868L Gigabit 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 1300Mbps transfer rate and with the new SharePort app, users can stream content from storage devices attached to the router from anywhere in the world.

Sitex 2013 Offer

  • Sitex Price: $259 (Usual Price: $319)
  • Brochure

Location

Hall 6, Booth 6B50

 

SITEX 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.