Netis WF2150 N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter Review

Introduction


Most of the existing stationary PCs don’t have wireless network capabilities out of the box and there can be more than one reason to add it at a later time. There are quite a few ways you can do that, but the easiest is probably with a USB-type WiFi dongle. Today I’m taking a closer look at just such a device as I’m having the Netis WF2150 600N Dual Band Wireless USB Adapter on the test bench.

The Netis WF2150 is a Dual Band wireless solutions that provides you with access to the better and less crowded 5GHz band as well as giving you a legacy 2.4GHz connection, both at 300Mbps. The 5GHz is clearly the best band to use whenever possible as you don’t need to worry about the interferences from the mass of existing 2.4GHz wireless devices and household appliances that may disturb with their wireless signal.

Whether you’ll be using the wireless connection for online gaming, video streaming, or VoIP phone calling, the Netis WF2150 should ensure a high-quality connection at all times. Connecting the PC itself to a wireless network is however not the only way you can use the newly gained WiFi abilities. Pretty much every WiFi add-on available right now can be set to work as an access point too, allowing you to connect your other WiFi devices to your network through this adapter. Always have the best possible wireless connectivity for your smartphone and tablets right next to your system.

The adapter only features a USB 2.0 connector, but that should be plenty for the performance that the wireless network can perform. You’ll also find a small LED near the USB plug that will indicate the connection state.

The Netis WF2150 comes with a WPS button that allows for a simple and secure setup and connection to other devices. With just a press on the button as well as the button on your router or any other WPS-enabled device and the connection is established. No need to remember and manually enter complicated passwords when you don’t need to.

The bundled drivers and utility enable easy management of your networks and come with an absolute hassle free installation. A few clicks and you’re up and running. There are plenty of setting possible from band and channel choice to the operation mode and security.

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

The package is designed in the same way that most Netis devices are and it is easy to recognize. On the front, you’ll find the basic relevant information such as compatibility with Windows 8, Mac OS, and Linux.

The rear of the package holds a little more information in several languages. Inside is a user manual, driver disk, and the USB WiFi adapter itself.

ASUS Launches X99M-WS Micro-ATX Motherboard

ASUS showed off their new X99M-WS motherboard back at Computex in June and then there was a bit silence on that regards while users patiently await its release. That time should now be upon us as it’s being reported that ASUS formally launched this new Micro-ATX motherboard with LGA2011v3 socket and Intel X99 Express chipset.

This could very well be the most feature rich motherboard in this category, with this chipset and this form factor. With support for Core i7 “Haswell-E” processors and certain Xeon E5 v3 models and four DIMM slots for up to 64GB quad-channel memory, this board starts out great. Additionally you’ll get three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x16/x8 or x8/x8/x8) as well one PCIe x1 slot for expansion cards of your choice.

Storage doesn’t come short either with eight SATA3 ports and one 32Gbps M.2 slot. On top of that you could use the PCIe slots for even more storage, may it be by RAID and storage controllers or PCIe storage drives. You also get a full coverage on connectivity with dual Intel i210 Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac Wireless LAN.

You’ll also find the latest generation of USB ports where this board features two Type-A USB 3.1 ports on top of the six USB 3.0 and several USB 2.0 ports. There’s also a proper onboard sound solution thanks to the 8-channel ASUS CrystalSound 2.

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Toshiba Released 24-Inch Business Tablet

Is there a time where a tablet reaches a size where it’s no longer considered a tablet? I guess not. Toshiba has created the giant 24-inch Shared Board tablet that is using a ultra-Daquan HD display and running the Android operating system.

The Toshiba Shared Board (TT301) is using a 1920 × 1080 resolution, 10-point touch screen and comes equipped with 1.5GB DDR3 memory, 16GB internal flash storage and has Bluetooth and 802 a/b/g/n WiFi capabilities. The CPU is only a 1GHz dual-core, and though not specified, it’s likely an Intel or Nvidia type chip. As for the operating system, it runs the older Android 4.2.1 system, but I guess that is changeable via updates.

Shared Board also comes with a dedicated IR remote control support for classes, meetings and other occasions like just being lazy. On top of that it features Miracast and HDMI to display your smartphone or Windows 8 PC screen for split screen display and operation. Toshiba hasn’t announced the price yet and it’s somewhat unlikely that this tablet sold outside Japan, sadly.

So is it really a tablet, or a smart PC, or monitor, with an included battery pack? Guess that’s a matter of opinion and no matter the outcome, I’d sure like to have one of these.

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SanDisk Connect SDWS2 16 GB Wireless Flash Drive Review

Introduction


Today I’m taking a look at the SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive SDWS2, a combined USB 2.0 and Wireless thumb drive. It comes in three capacities of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. I’ve got the 16 GB version on the table and I’m looking forward to seeing what it can do. This thumb drive is part of SanDisk’s Connect Line of storage devices that allow you to connect wirelessly to store, copy and stream files, even to multiple devices at once.

The highly portable and easy to use thumb-drive grants you mobile and wireless access to your movies, photos, music and documents. You can connect up to 8 devices simultaneously and stream media to as many as 3 devices at once. All this without the need for an Internet connection or hotspot, it has everything built in. The internal battery recharges via the USB connector and offers up to 4 hours of continuous streaming on a single charge.

SanDisk have taken a lot of well known features and put them into this thumb sized flash drive that even doubles as a micro SD card-reader. A little all-in-one wonder for the person on the go. The range of the device is 150 feet, about 45 meters, and that is the same as many routers have.

The drive has official apps for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android devices trough the Google Play Store. So you might be out of luck if you’re using an Android device that is hooked up to a third-party store instead of the Google Play, on the app side that is. This shouldn’t be a problem for the majority of users. Those that have these devices have the alternate option to connect to the flash drive through an internet-browser.

The Android app works great and is very straight forward to use. I’m sure the iOS version is just as easy, though it does require one step more to connect. If you don’t want to install the application, there is still the above mentioned option to connect via your web browser. SanDisk seems to have it all covered.

You can connect wireless to the drive from your PC as well, but only via the web browser. This removes the function of uploading files, but otherwise you have full access to what is stored on the drive. Of course sitting at the PC, you can just plug the drive into a free USB port and charge it at the same time.

If your network supports it, the drive also offers a pass-through to your WLAN, and it works great. My Galaxy Tab 2 had no trouble to connect to both the stick and my router at once, so I can only confirm this feature.

TP-LINK Introduces the World’s Smallest Travel Router

TP-LINK has introduced us to the smallest travel router in the world, the 150Mbps Wireless N Nano router (TL-WR702N).  Geared for mobile users and hotel travellers, the new nano router would be ideally suited for travellers wanting to share their hotel room’s internet with devices such as laptops, phones, tablets and portable gaming consoles.

The tiny router only measures 57 x 57 x 18 mm, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks functionality compared to the bigger brothers. The IEEE 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps router is compatible with most 2.4GHz Wi-Fi devices and has a built-in firewall and support for all of the usual encryptions from WEP to WPA2. Other features include Virtual Server, Port Triggering, QoS, UPnP, DMZ, DHPC server and client, DoS protection, Mac filters and much more.

It isn’t just highly portable, it is also highly functional with five operating modes. It can work as an access point, router, client, repeater and bridge. The TL-WR702N travel router consumes just as little power as it’s tiny and only needs the power of a USB port; you can power it through any USB port or use the included power supply.

The LAN port is a 10/100Mbps WAN/LAN port and besides a reset button and the USB power port there aren’t any external features. The antenna is built into the nano router and can transmit with 20dBm.

The new TP-LINK 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router is available now for an MSRP of $24.99.

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Asus RT-AC68U 802.11ac Dual-Band Wireless Router Review

Introduction


If I was to say the name Asus to a selection of people and ask what they would associate them with, I’d almost guarantee that none of them would say wireless or networking products in any way and this is quite understandable considering the fact that they are one of the biggest names out there on the market for motherboards and graphics card. Believe it or not though, networking has been something that Asus have been working on for a few years now and even though they have already got a wide selection of wireless and wired networking products out there, they are not as well-known about due to the bread and butter nature of their key product ranges.

As we are moving forward into an era where Gigabit wireless is becoming more of a common occurrence I’ve seen this as an ample opportunity to take a look at their latest and greatest wireless router, the RT-AC68U. Now considering this router is far more capable than the Netgear wireless access point and USB adaptor that I have, up to this point been using, I have therefore needed to employ a new wireless adaptor that is capable of equally delivering the same 1300Mbps connection speed that this router is capable of. Fortunately for me Asus also have a solution for this in the form of the PCE-AC68 PCI Express based wireless adaptor – I’ll have a separate review on this coming up shortly. With these wireless devices combined, we are looking at what is, at the moment, the pinnacle of wireless networking in the home and as we move forward and further into the capabilities of the 802.11ac standard – which I will add is currently nowhere near what its true potential is – we can get a better picture of what the next generation of consumer WiFi has to offer.

As we have seen though, pure performance is not the only thing that a router has to deliver these days, the feature set that each vendor has to be very rich, covering every possible eventuality that we may come across at a consumer and even a prosumer level. Now for the most part we find that a large number of these features will be somewhat similar to those found on other competing products. There is one small item that I will tease you with and one that will certainly catch the eye of any enthusiast; dual WAN capabilities. Before I get onto this little feature however there are a few other pieces to go through including what makes this router tick so to speak. Bring on what could be the most powerful router we have seen to date.

The accessory set for any router is pretty much set in stone and this setup is not that much different. Alongside the router, power cable and a single patch lead, there are a pair of interchangeable mains adaptors for the UK and EU markets, reference guide and manual on a CD with a paper Quick setup guide with a set of three external antennae rounding off the package.

Linksys EA6900 AC1900 802.11ac Dual- Band Wireless Router Review

Introduction


When it comes to home networking there are a number of big names that come to mind and fortunately I have been able to put a number of products from these names to the test, however there has been one particular brand that I have been keen to get in touch with and establish a line of communications – namely Linksys. Believe it or not it is not always as simple as firing an email at someone and instantly getting products sent back in return as some may believe. After a few months of patiently waiting and after having a meeting with a few representatives from Linksys at this years CES in Las Vegas, I can finally say that I’m glad to have Linksys onboard and I look forward to having a good sniff through the stack of products that they have to offer.

Link some of the other big names in the consumer networking market – Netgear and TP-Link being just a couple of the other big names, Linksys have a massive following and also have a big history to back a successful line of products. After being formed in 1998, Linksys was bought out by Cisco Systems in 2003 and in the next ten years that followed, their name became synonymous with the WRT line of networking products. To put it in a simple way, if you was into your home networking, then Linksys’ WRT54G was the way to go – the OpenWRT project which was founded to develop the hacked router caused the popularity to explode to a new level. On a personal Level I have owned a number of Linksys routers over the years, in particular the WRT54g, WRT54Gs and the ADSL2+MUE modem amongst others. The power and flexibility that was on offer set these products head and shoulders above all else. In the more recent years, Linksys went under a second acquisition as Belkin then purchased the company in the early stages of the last year, ready to take them to the next level. Today Linksys is branded under its own name with the enthusiast and power user at the heart of their design, whilst Belkin branded items target the home and entry-level user.

As we all know, wireless networking over the last couple of years has been going through a radical set of changes, at a similar rate as the core desktop components and sin the last five years we have seen wireless speeds rise from 54Mbps right up to the Gigabit WiFi speeds of over 1000Mbps that we are no seeing today. In simple terms we are looking at well over 20x times the wireless bandwidth that we saw only ten years ago. As technology has moved on and our homes have become more enriched and entangled in our digital lives, the amount of power and speed that we have been demanding from our home networks has risen to greater and greater levels, thus the reason why we have seen such a rapid growth in wireless technology.

The EA6900 router that I’m taking a look at today is one of the latest generation Gigabit wireless routers to come to market and with this it brings some of the fastest wireless speeds that we have seen to date. Like many other current wireless routers, we get a pair of dual band radios, offering both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless networking capacity with 802.11n speeds of up to 600Mbps on offer from the 2.4GHz band and the latest 802.11ac connectivity on the 5GHz band with a whopping speed of up to 1300Mbps on offer – yes that is faster than the current standard for LAN connections. Surrounding the super speed wireless connections the EA6900 also offers up four wired Gigabit Ethernet and Gigabit WAN port for super speed broadband connections, dual USB ports (1x USB2.0 & 1x USB3.0) for sharing storage and printers across the local network, topped off with a compelling user interface which offers up all the functionality that one would need from a high-end consumer router, but in an easy to use interface.

On paper things are looking good, but for me the real question is knowing if the Linksys that many of us knew in their hey-day has been kept close to heart or has this brand sadly become just another name on the shelf.

Inside the box, which itself gives us a good insight into what the router looks like and has to offer, we get a simple and to the point item list. Alongside the router and power cord we get three external antenna, a single CAT5e patch lead, a system resources CD and a quick setup guide to get things up and running. The packaging also points out that, like a few other routers that are now available, we have the option of downloading a mobile smart application for setting up and managing the router without the need for a desktop system.

Nokia Introduces Lumia 2520

Nokia took its first step into the world of premium tablets, with the Lumia 2520. With a 10.1-inch tablet running Windows 8.1 RT, the Lumia 2520 features a high-end feature-set, and is designed to go up against the very best in the segment, including the iPad, the Galaxy Tab, and even Microsoft’s very own Surface 2.

The Lumia 2520 is build using the same design ideology of the rest of the Lumia family, you find a colorful plastic body framing a piano black display bezel. The tablet will be available in four color options, including the red, azure-blue, white, and black. Measuring 267 x 168 x 8.9 mm (WxDxH), it weighs about 615 g. Connectivity includes 802.11 ac WLAN, 4G LTE, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC.

Imaging department isn’t a strong point of the Lumia 2520, it features a 6.7-megapixel primary camera, and a 1.9-megapixel front-facer. The two are still tied to the new Nokia Camera app. Under the hood, are innards not too different from those of the Lumia 1520, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable storage, and an 8,000 mAh battery.

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