Best Networking Hardware Roundup – January 2014

Networking Roundup January 2014

As technology advances we are all becoming more connected in our homes. It is not uncommon for households to have multiple smartphones, tablets and desktop/laptop systems all connected to a network. But which hardware will help to maximise your enjoyment and experience? Today we round up a few items which we feel can make for an ideal base install.

Best Router: Netgear R6250

NETGEAR R6250 Wireless-AC Router

Netgear also offer the R6300 (which is fantastic) and R7000 however the R6250 offers the best balance of price and performance/features at this time. The latest wireless standard combines with good range and a good user interface/simple install.

Best Wi-Fi Adapter: Intel Wireless AC-7260

Intel Wireless AC 7260 PCIe

For gamers the Killer 1202 series WiFi adapter is a good choice, for those who want a USB solution the Buffalo AC866 USB adapter is a decent option but our favourite Wi-Fi adapter of the moment… is one which we use 24/7 but have never actually reviewed! The Intel Wireless AC-7260 offers the latest wireless standard and enough speed to max out all but the absolute fastest home internet connections and does so for a budget friendly price ($30/ £25).

Best Powerline Hardware: TP-Link WiFi Powerline Extender Kit

TP-Link Powerline Extender Kit

Powerline tech is moving fast, speeds are increasing and the size of devices decreasing. TP-Link’s offering here combines ease of use with a great price then we have the added bonus of wired and wireless extension for your network and you really can’t go wrong.

Best NAS: Synology DiskStation DS114

Synology DiskStation DS114

It is quite simple… there are a lot of great NAS units out there but Synology have, by far, the best operating system/user interface on theirs. That sets them apart from the competition and we cannot recommend them more highly. The DS114 gets our choice because it offers an ideal starter option for those trying a NAS for the first time. Each of their NAS options has the same OS though, so expect to upgrade to the likes of the DS214 etc. in the future as your storage needs grow.

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