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The first part of any fast wireless network is of course the router. Without that foundation, every endpoint device is inherently kneecapped. That said, if you’ve already got a solid foundation by way of an 802.11ac router, your focus should then turn to maximizing your investment by making sure you can actually utilize all of that ac speed. Most modern mid-range and flagship mobile devices support 802.11ac now, so that’s not so much an issue. There are even a small but growing number of mobile devices that support multi-band ac (such as the latest iPhones and Galaxy S/Note phones) which…

It’s been a long time coming, but the spaceship has finally landed at Bitbitbyte. D-Link’s latest series of “ultra” routers including this one, the AC3200, definitely bring a spaceship to mind. The wide, sharp angles and triple duo of antennas look menacing. But is the actual performance as good as the physical looks (and price) elude to? Physical If we had to judge a book by it’s cover, we’d say D-Link did a pretty damn good job. While not everyone will like the more in-your-face design that doesn’t exactly “fit in” on the ol’ AV shelf under the TV, it…

802.11ac is the latest, fastest WiFi standard. And over the last year we’ve seen a lot of hardware really start embracing it. Now, any flagship phone (and many mid-range offerings) are coming with AC support as are numerous hardware devices such as laptops, tablets and IoT (internet of things) things. That said, there are an ever increasing number of AC routers to connect your AC devices to. Today, we’re taking a look at D-Link’s DIR 880L AC router to see if it can manage to impress in the $150-$200 (~$169 retail) price range. Hardware The router itself is more traditional…

In the wireless world that we live in today, it’s actually kind of difficult to walk anywhere in town and not find at least a few wireless networks registering on your phone. The sinister, sleeping killer in all of this is…noise. Wireless noise is what makes seemingly good signals useless. That said, maybe you want something that will better pick up your own wireless signal, whether it be noise in your environment or simply you’re pushing the boundaries of the 802.11 spec regarding distance from the router. One solution is to move your router closer to where you’re having issues.…

Linksys has been a house hold name in the consumer router business for many years. And while the company itself has changed hands a time or two before, they’ve hung in there and continued to pump out some pretty awesome products. The most notable to anyone who’s been in the tech scene for a while is undoubtedly the old 54WRTG. The reason it took off was two-fold. For starters it was a very capable, powerful router for the time. Secondly, an underground dev community sprung up around it with several different OS versions that could be flashed to the 54WRTG’s…

Cambridge Audio has been a household name for multiple decades. And over the years as they’ve grown to include various different markets in their audio range, one thing has always remained constant: the quest to provide a stylish and well sounding piece of audio equipment. The Minx M5 is the company’s attempt at computer audio systems. A small footprint doesn’t immediately give one the impression of big sound. But then again, seasoned veterans will know that big doesn’t always equal better. Is Cambridge Audio’s Minx M5 worth the $229 asking price? Design & Construction To the naked eye, the Minx…

Choosing between various different mice brings the astute gamer to a difficult fork in the road of life. If we assume there is no perfect mouse (because really, nothing is perfect) we then have to assume that at least one bullet point in your list of things your ideal mouse has will have to be dropped to the wayside. Is it comfort, the number of buttons, software, etc.? One thing most don’t consider when purchasing a mouse, however, is the surface it is on. For general desktop users, the desktop itself is good enough as is a piece of…

Keyboards and mice often get the bulk of attention as far as gaming peripherals are concerned. But for many a gamer, whether by choice or necessity, headsets also take a prime spot on the stage. For some, they just want to keep their gameplay audio confined to themselves as to not disturb others. The other scenario is that people want a gaming headset because for the money, you can get a far more immersive and life-like experience than a large speaker setup would offer. Today, we’re taking a look at Func’s HS 260 headset, a nice compliment to their 460…

Apple makes some great hardware, well designed and most times works of art. But occasionally there are some more functional changes we wish they’d take into consideration. For some, the keyboard on the Macbook Pro is good but not perfect. After the newer aluminum unibody Macbook Pros get some use, the keys tend to get very slippery as hours upon hours of use causes oil from your fingers to stockpile on the keys, making them slick. To some, it makes for an even better typing experience. For others, they’re looking for more precise, “grabby” keys that don’t cause their fingers…

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