Networking

Mesh networking kits / Wi-Fi systems have become quite popular over the last few years. Despite competition from startups such as eero (now part of Amazon) and Plume (with forced subscriptions), as well as big companies like Google (Google Wi-Fi and Nest Wi-Fi), Netgear's Orbi continues to enjoy popularity in the market. Orbi's use of a dedicated backhaul provides tangible benefit over other Wi-Fi systems using shared backhauls. However, the costs associated with the additional radio have meant that the Orbi Wi-Fi systems have always carried a premium compared to the average market offerings in the space. Netgear introduced their first Wi-Fi 6E router - the Nighthawk RAXE500 - at the 2021 CES. Priced at $600, the router utilized a Broadcom platform (BCM4908 network processing...

Belkin Brings Home Automation, TV and Thunderbolt Solutions to CES

Belkin's product portfolio stretches across a huge range from A/V and networking solutions to iPod and Kindle cases. Their CES both focused primarily on their home electronics products with...

4 by Jason Inofuentes on 1/12/2012

D-Link at CES : Cloud-Friendly Routers and IP Cameras

We took some time to swing by D-Link's press room and got a look at all the nice networking gear announced via multiple press releases yesterday. In keeping up...

6 by Ganesh T S on 1/11/2012

5th Generation WiFi: 802.11ac, "Gigabit" WiFi Primer

Five years have passed since the first 802.11n devices implementing a draft of the now-finalized specification hit the market. Over the years 802.11n support has become ubiquitous in the...

39 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

Broadcom Announces Family of 802.11ac Chipsets & 5G WiFi Brand

If you've read our 802.11ac primer you already know that the fifth generation of WiFi is something to be excited about. At 433Mbps of bandwidth per stream with expected...

7 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2012

Gigabyte's G1.Assassin 2 X79 Motherboard Features Killer NIC

Previously offered on their G1.Sniper board, Qualcomm Atheros announced that their Killer E2100 NIC would once again make an appearance in Gigabyte's top gaming board, the X79-based G1.Assassin 2...

12 by Jason Inofuentes on 11/30/2011

Qualcomm Atheros Acquires Bigfoot Networking

It feels like just yesterday that I was finishing up the review of Bigfoot Networks' Killer Wireless-N 1102, but in fact it has been a whole three weeks. My...

5 by Jarred Walton on 9/1/2011

Hands-On Powerline Networking: How Well (Or Not) Are Latest-Generation Devices Working?

Call me a Luddite, but I've always found the whole idea of setting up a dedicated wired connection just to get an AC-powered gadget connected to the network to...

53 by Brian Dipert on 9/1/2011

Bigfoot’s Killer-N 1102 Wireless Networking vs. the World

The world of wireless networking products has been slowly advancing over the past decade or so. We started at 11Mbps 802.11b and 54Mbps 802.11a in 1999, added 54Mbps 802.11g...

52 by Jarred Walton on 8/10/2011

Netgear 3DHD Wireless Home Theatre Networking Kit

NETGEAR has introduced their latest 4x4 MIMO wireless bridge device designed specifically for video data. This isn't an area where we've focused a lot of time in the past...

37 by Cameron Butterfield on 2/25/2011

Netgear @ CES 2011

Instead of the usual booth at CES, Netgear opted for private demo suites at the Marriot this time around. They also had a press conference on Tuesday, which I...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2011

10G Ethernet: More Than a Big Pipe

If you are looking to improve your virtualized datacenter, 10Gb Ethernet really deserves your attention. It delivers more than twice as much bandwidth as quad-port gigabit, lower latency, lower...

38 by Johan De Gelas on 11/24/2010

Netgear AV Series Set for Expansion

The first half of 2010 saw Netgear get started on their AV Series product line. Their intent was to create a set of products to enhance the consumer's home...

27 by Ganesh T S on 8/25/2010

Powerline Networking with the Western Digital Livewire

Almost all CE devices sold in the market today have some sort of connection to the Internet as well as the home network. The consumers' need to transfer data...

32 by Ganesh T S on 8/24/2010

Bigfoot Networks Announces 3rd Gen Killer NIC: Killer 2100

This month Bigfoot Networks will be releasing the next in their line of KIller NICs: the Killer 2100. The 2100 will be replacing last year's Killer Xeno Pro, and...

79 by Ryan Smith on 5/11/2010

EVGA Killer Xeno Pro: The Impact of Network Offloading

Bigfoot Networks has a new generation of more affordable high performance network cards. These add some features beyond the original, but are they worth it?

122 by Derek Wilson on 7/3/2009

TRENDnet TEW-633GR: 802.11n Draft 2.0 to the Rescue

We provide an an early glimpse of Draft N 2.0 performance with the TRENDnet TEW-633GR.

12 by Kris Boughton on 10/26/2007

BigFoot Networks Killer NIC: Killer Marketing or Killer Product?

Our review of the Killer NIC raises more questions than answers.

87 by Gary Key on 10/31/2006

D-Link DIR-625: Another Draft N Router comes up short

Our review of the D-Link DIR-625 RANGEBOOSTER N router reveals a solid design that is dogged by the current performance of Draft N chipsets.

15 by Gary Key on 9/20/2006

Draft N Router Coverage: When the "n" in 802.11n really means "not yet"

Our first look at Draft N routers from NETGEAR, Belkin, and Linksys shows promising speeds yet disappointing overall results.

22 by Gary Key on 8/30/2006

Gigabyte GN-WMAG01

Gigabyte Technology is another company branching out from their core product line into the consumer network space. Lets see how their wireless PC Card, the GN-WMAG01 performs...

7 by Brian Ng on 9/15/2004

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