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Even though you are not a networking expert, you may have encountered the term PING, when using computers, networking devices like wireless routers, online apps or when playing games on the internet. If you want to know what the ping is when it comes to computers, how the ping command works, how to understand the data it displays, and how to use it in Windows, read this tutorial:
Many people have several computers in their homes and workplaces. If you do, then you may need to share folders and libraries with other users and computers on the same network. Unfortunately, few users know how to share something on their network, and use other, clunkier methods for sharing, like e-mail. Here is how to share any folder with the network, in all modern versions of Windows:
ASUS started the year with news of its AiMesh system, which allows existing users of ASUS routers to add other ASUS routers and create their own home-made mesh WiFi systems. If you want to improve the wireless network coverage and speed in large homes, buying a mesh whole-home WiFi system makes a lot of sense. But what if you did not have to, and you just bought another ASUS router to create a mesh WiFi? Do you still get real-life benefits in WiFi speed and coverage? To answer these questions, we created our own ASUS AiMesh system and compared it with a competing whole-home WiFi system.
Xiaomi is famous for its smartphones and very few western users know that the company makes many other products, including a couple of wireless routers. We recently got our hands on a Xiaomi Mi Router 3. This WiFi router costs less than 40 USD, and it looks like a premium device. But is it any good at networking? To find out the answer to this question, read our review:Xiaomi Mi Router 3 AC1200: Who is it good for?
Xiaomi Mi Router 3 is a suitable choice for:
When you read the product page of the D-Link DIR-822 AC1200 wireless router, you find terms like "extreme coverage," "dual-band with a kick" or "intelligent QoS." It is funny and pompous when you consider that these words describe a very cheap router that costs a bit less than 50 US dollars. The market of AC1200 wireless routers is filled with many affordable devices, and many people buy them because of their price, and sometimes, because of their features.
We have not reviewed any Linksys wireless routers for some time, and when we got the chance to test the Linksys EA7500 v2 AC1900, we quickly accepted. It is a mid-range wireless AC1900 router with promising specifications that claims to provide excellent WiFi for HD and 4K video streaming. If you want to know how well it performs and whether it is a good choice for you, read this review:Linksys EA7500 Max-Stream AC1900: Who is it good for?
Linksys EA7500 v2 is a suitable choice for:
ASUS Blue Cave is a wireless router that looks different from most routers on the market, and it includes an Intel processor, instead of Broadcom, Qualcomm, or MediaTek, as you usually find on many other routers. Its technical specifications are promising, and it is also integrated with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant and task automation services like IFTT (If This, Then That). We were lucky to be the first people in the world to test and review this product. If you are curious to know how well it performs and whether it is a good fit for you, read this detailed review:
ASUS has started selling a new wireless router that can combine mobile internet connections with traditional broadband internet, with the help of a SIM card from your mobile operator. The router is named ASUS 4G-AC68U, and it has some impressive features, that make it very appealing. Lucky for us, we were the first in the world to test this new model. If you would like to know what this wireless router has to offer, read this detailed review:ASUS 4G-AC68U AC1900: who is it good for?
ASUS 4G-AC68U is a good choice for the following types of users:
WiFi is everywhere. We use it daily, but it does not always work well. Sometimes we are in places with a weak signal, and we get frustrated by low speeds and instability. If that is the case for you, and you have a Windows laptop, tablet or hybrid device with an Intel processor, then you can improve your speed quite a lot, by fiddling with just two settings, if that device also has an Intel wireless network card. Here's how to enjoy faster WiFi, on Windows devices with Intel wireless network adapters:
If you have a home network, you may need a printer installed. If you are planning to buy one soon, you should consider a wireless printer, as it allows you to print from anywhere in your home, it helps you eliminate one more wire, and it allows you to place the printer in easy to access places so that you are not bothered by others when working or playing on your computer. There is one thing to keep in mind though: installing and configuring a wireless printer requires a bit more work than installing a traditional printer using a USB cable.