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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.

 

Networking Deals at the Show

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

 

ASUS RT-AC66U

If you are looking for a speedy AC router to complement your high-speed fiber connection, the ASUS RT-AC66U is the router for you since it supports speeds of up to 1.75Gbps, making it ideal for HD movie streaming.

IT Show 2013 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $299 (Usual Price: $399)
  • IT Show Promotion: Free pair of movie tickets, Trend Micro Security Suite, Altec Lansing headphones
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Location

LEVEL 1, BOOTH 1205 & 1317

 

 

 

 

 
 

Aztech HL125G + HL115EP Bundle

If you are looking to share your fiber connection around your home, Aztech is offering a bundle kit featuring the HL125G HomePlug 4-port Gigabit switch and HL115EP Pass Through. Both devices support speeds of up to 500Mbps, and together, you can share your fast fiber connection using your electrical network.

IT Show 2013 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $129 (Usual Price: $174)
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Location

LEVEL B2, BOOTH 121

 

Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H

If you are looking for a high-performance Wireless-N router, the Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H won't disappoint. It supports speeds of up to 450Mbps and has three high gain antennae to provide thorough coverage.

IT Show 2013 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $99 (Usual Price: $139)
  • Brochure

Location

LEVEL B2, BOOTH B346

 

 

 

 

 

 

EnGenius EUB9707

If you are looking for a no-frills Wireless-N USB adapter, the EnGenius EUB9707 is worth checking out. The compact adapter works with both Windows and Mac systems.

IT Show 2013 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $9.90 (Usual Price: $19.90)
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Location

Level B2, BOOTH B138 & B366

 

Linksys E2500

If you are looking for a fuss-free Wireless-N dual-band router that provides wide coverage, the Linksys E2500 is worth checking out. It has four internal antennae to provide wide and strong signal.

IT Show 2013 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $99 (Usual Price: $149)
  • Brochure

Location

LEVEL 1, BOOTH 1105 & 1229

TP-Link TL-MR3040

TP-Link’s TL-MR3040 is a mobile router designed to be paired with any smartphone or tablet 3G/LTE modem to broadcast a wireless signal at up to 150Mbps, creating a mobile office or entertainment network for up to five devices to access the Internet simultaneously

IT Show 2013 Offer

  • IT Show Price: $65 (Usual Price: $79)
  • Brochure

Location

LEVEL B2, BOOTH B427

 

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