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Parenting and the Internet: is there anything more difficult to try to balance? On one hand, you realize it's important for your kids to grow up using the Internet, but you also want to foster a healthy relationship with technology. Between video games, social media, forums, email, and more, there's a lot to be concerned about. Fortunately, we ran across a device that takes a lot of the effort out of keeping your kids safe online -- a smartly-designed router called the KoalaSafe. Find out more in our review.
Linksys has launched a cavalcade of home networking devices at CES, covering a wide variety of product categories. New launches include DOCSIS cable modems, modem routers for both cable and DSL connections, a selection of Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) routers and extenders, and even changes to the companion app for the devices that updates the interface and adds new features to help users manage their home connections more effectively.
Netgear is showing off a number of routers at CES this year, including one model for use as a cable modem replacement. The Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart Wi-Fi Router is being touted as a networking appliance for gamers and those who value connection speeds, while the AC1600 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router is a high-performance router with a built-in CableLabs-certified DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, allowing it to support cable Internet speeds of up to 640Mbps.
Google has produced its second-generation OnHub router, just two months after it unveiled the first version. Switching from TP-Link to Asus, the new OnHub retains the same core functionality as its predecessor, but this time the physical design has changed, switching out the cylindrical casing for one with a slight taper, along with a new "Wave Control" function that will boost the Wi-Fi speed for a specific device, triggered by a wave of a hand above the router.
Netgear has added three more items to its networking product range in the United States, by launching a router and a network attached storage device. The ReadyNAS 212 and 214 are ARM-based NAS appliances that can perform real-time 1080p HD streaming and transcoding of MPEG4, H.264, and other codecs, while the Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Wi-Fi Router offers high-speed connectivity in the home, with combined Wi-Fi speeds of up to 5.3Gbps.
Asus has unveiled what it claims to be a wireless router with the "world's fastest Wi-Fi" connection at Germany's IFA show this morning. The RT-AC5300 takes its cue from the RT-AC3200 in using a large number of antennas, with this router using a total of eight detachable dual-band along all four main edges of the device to help it achieve speeds of up to 5.3Gbps over Wi-Fi, using both 2.4GHz and 5Ghz bands.
Advancing its smarthome agenda, Google partnered with networking company TP-Link to debut the OnHub smart router. The new router, controlled by the iOS or Android Google On app, supports Bluetooth Smart, ZigBee/Thread 802.15.4, and Google's Weave, in addition to boasting wireless networking across 2.4 and 5GHz frequencies.
In our experience, there are two things -- both of which cause frustration and discontent -- that most international travelers can agree on: hotel Wi-Fi, and the fact that one probably won't be able to just plug something in to fix it. Not only are there differences in what's coming out of the wall in different regions, but the standards for how plugs are shaped are different as well. We were very interested, then, when we saw the Satechi Smart Travel Router. Aside from creating a personal Wi-Fi network when it's plugged in, it also provides two USB ports, and acts as a plug adapter.
Once upon a time, a brand-new Linksys router showed up on our doorstep. So we gathered some network-minded friends together, and hooked it up to the Internet. We ran it through its automatic set up, and downloaded a few iOS and Android apps that would allow us to do cool stuff like stream media from an external drive plugged into the router to our mobile devices or a Chromecast. We fiddled, poked, and prodded so we could report back. Over all, we had a good experience setting up and using the brand new model from Linksys, but it wasn't without its challenges. What challenges, you ask? Check our review and find out.
D-Link has used CES to launch a new range of strikingly-designed Wi-Fi routers, as well as more powerline networking products. The AC5300, AC3200, and AC3100 Ultra Wi-Fi Routers all tout high wireless network speeds, while the PowerLine AV2 1000 and 2000M kits claim to provide fast wired network speeds using the home's power supply.