We take a look at the plethora of networking solution currently available

PCR’s guide to networking hardware

We take a look at some of the latest hardware to keep your computer network in tip-top condition.

TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

SRP: £169.99

Distributor: Computer 2000, Entatech, Micro-P, Spire

They say: TP-Link’s Archer C7 comes with the next generation Wi-Fi standard – 802.11ac, which is three times faster than wireless N speeds and delivers a combined wireless data transfer rate of up to 1.75Gbps.

Specs: WAN port, four LAN ports, two USB 2.0 ports, three 5GHz 5dBi detachable antennas, three 2.4GHz internal antennas, supports IPv4 and IPv6, Wi-Fi on/off button, compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac products.

ASUS dual-band wireless N600 USB adapter

SRP: £39.99

Distributor: VIP Computers

They say: This USB adapter provides a flexible dual-band connection for lag-free streaming and high performance networking. It also has a superior antenna design for extensive wireless coverage. With the bundled USB cable, you can flexibly adjust the antenna to receive the strongest signal.

Specs: 5th gen Wi-Fi speed, selectable dual-band 867Mbps/300Mbps bandwidth, two by two embedded patch antennas, WPS button setup.

ZYXEL OLA-4321 Powerline Wireless N Extender

SRP: £44.98

Distributor: Micro-P

They say: The ZYXEL Powerline Wireless N Extender provides not only a stable networking environment to stream high- definition videos, music and other multimedia, but also extends the wireless network to every room in the house.

Specs: Plug-and-play, compact design, backwards compatible with 200Mbps HomePlug AV standard, power on/off switch, WPS button, compatible with 802.11 b/g/n wireless networks.

D-Link Cloud Gigabit Router AC1750

SRP: £168.92

Distributor: Computer 2000, Entatech, Gem Distribution, Ingram Micro, Memory Bank, Micro-P

They say: Create a blazing fast home network that connects all of your computers and mobile devices to your broadband internet connection. Concurrent dual band 802.11ac brings you the future of high-bandwidth wireless connectivity allowing you to stream HD video, make internet calls, and surf the internet from every corner of your home without interruption.

Specs: USB 2.0, gigabit ethernet, four ports, cloud control.

WD My Net WiFi Range Extender

SRP: £69.99

Distributor: CMS Distribution

They say: Expand your Wi-Fi to hard-to-reach areas of your home, backyard or garage. Stream HD video seamlessly and game at winning speeds, even in those hard-to-reach areas of your home.

Specs: Ethernet port, RoHS compliant, 450Mbps wireless speeds, three by three antenna array.

D-Link Wireless AC Dual Band Adapter

SRP: £53.92

Distributor: Computer 2000, Entatech, Gem Distribution, Ingram Micro, Memory Bank, Micro-P

They say: This USB adapter enables you to transform your wireless internet connection by using Wireless AC Technology, the fastest wireless technology available today. You can download web content and sync files to a mobile device up to four times faster than the previous standard, and have extended coverage around your home with fewer wireless deadspots.

Specs: 2.4GHz and 5Ghz frequency band, hi-speed USB interface.

TP-Link N600 Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter

SRP: £49.99

Distributor: Computer 2000, Entatech, Micro-P, Spire

They say: With N600 dual band speeds of 300Mbps at 2.4GHz and an additional 300Mbps at 5GHz, those devices in your home that previously required running Ethernet cables around furniture, through walls and doorways, can now be connected to your network wireless, without the risk of degrading performance.

Specs: Four Gigabit LAN ports, universally compatible, 300Mbps wireless speed, works with all 802.11b/g/n devices.

ASUS RT-N10E Wireless Broadband Router

SRP: £29.99

Distributor: VIP Computers

They say: With CD-free easy installation and stable data transmission, this router is the basic solution for a wireless internet setup. It includes Green WLAN technology so it consumes less power during stand-by mode, and features a 5dBi high-gain antenna that boosts the wireless signal, thereby extending coverage range.

Specs: Supports 802.11b/g/n, 150Mbps high speed, Green WLAN technology, 5dBi high-gain antenna.

Devolo dLAN 500 AVmini Network Kit

SRP: £169.99

Distributor: Gem Distribution, Micro-P

They say: With speeds of 500Mbps, the Devolo dLAN 500 AVmini is powerful enough to transmit even 3D movies to every room of your home, without routing cables or picture stutter. Connect computers, laptops, and game consoles as well as internet TVs and hard drive recorders to each other and to the internet.

Specs: 500Mbps transfer rate, full compatibility with all 200AV HomePlug AV adaptors, consumption is only 0.5 watts in standby mode.

Tenda TEG1024D 24-Port Gigabit Switch

SRP: £89.99

Distributor: VIP Computer

They say: The Tenda TEG1024D 24-Port Gigabit Switch is specially designed for SMB networking and offers a remarkable boost of speed and capacity without breaking the budget. Use it to take Gigabit Ethernet directly to the desktop with your existing Cat.5 TP cables.

Specs: Up to 48Gbps of switching capacity, 24 ports, integrated 8,000 MAC address table, supports auto MDI/MDIX, supports UPnP.

WD My Net N900 Central 1TB Router

SRP: £289.99

Distributor: CMS Distribution, Computer 2000, Computers Unlimited, Entatech, Ingram Micro, Micro-P

They say: Exclusive FasTrack Plus technology delivers the best possible entertainment experience. Wirelessly backup personal files from all the computers in your home to the built- in hard drive.

Specs: Push button setup, advanced QoS, WPA/WPA2, SPI firewall, antenna amplifiers, IPv6-enabled.

D-Link Wireless N Day & Night Home Networking Camera

SRP: £79.99

Distributor: Gem Distribution

They say: The Wireles N Day & Night Home Network Camera is a versatile monitoring solution for your home or small office, whether by day or night courtesy of the built-in Infrared LEDs. No technical knowledge required.

Specs: 32MB SDRAM, 4MB Flash memory, adjustable image size and quality, time stamp and text overlay, VGA 1/5-inch CMOS sensor.

Intellinet 16-port PoE Rackmount Switch

SRP: £199.99

Distributor: Meroncourt

They say: The Intellinet PoE Rackmount Switch is equipped with 16 10/100Base-TX Fast Ethernet ports, eight of which support 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE).

Specs: Power output up to 7.3 Watts per port, store and forward switching architecture, supports 4096 MAC address entries, full/half duplex operation.

HP MSM720 Access Controller

SRP: £875

Distributor: Westcoast

They say: Working in unison with HP MSM controllers, the HP MSM- 802.11n Access Point Series delivers high-performance networking solution. The enhanced controller architecture scales to IEEE 802.11n without requiring a controller replacement.

Specs: Two SFP expansion slots, ethernet, fast ethernet, gigabit ethernet, and management ports.

TP-Link AV200 Powerline Adapter Starter Kit

SRP: Entatech, Spire


They say: TP-Link’s powerline adapter kit takes advantage of your home’s existing electrical wires to transfer data while simultaneously transferring traditional power. That means, with no additional wiring required, users can simply plug the adapter into existing power sockets and instantly establish a networking infrastructure.

Specs: 200Mbps high-speed data transfer rates, pair button for easy network security, ultra-compact.

TP-Link 3G Mobile Wi-Fi

SRP: £59.99

Distributor: Computer 2000, Entatech, Micro-P, Spire

They day: TP-Link’s 3G Mobile Wi-Fi is at the forefront of wireless 3G sharing. Equipped with a built-in 3G modem, you can instantly establish your own Wi-Fi hotspot simply by inserting a 3G SIM card at the back of the device.

Specs: Up to 21.6Mbps download and 5.76Mbps upload speeds, 3G wireless sharing for up to ten users.

TP-Link N750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router

SRP: £87.98

Distributor: Spire

They say: The N750 is a performance optimised simultaneous dual-band wireless router combining the blazing fast speeds of 450Mbps using the crystal clear 5GHz band and 300Mbps using the traditional 2.4GHz band.

Specs: 750Mbps total bandwith, three external antennas, WAN port, four ethernet ports, two USB ports, wall mountable.

TP-Link 300Mbps Universal WiFi Range Extender

SRP: From £29.98 to £39.98

Distributor: Entatech, Spire

They say: This device is designed to

conveniently extend the coverage and improve the signal strength of an existing wireless network to eliminate ‘dead zones’. Its ethernet port allows the extender to act as a wireless adapter to turn a wired device into a wireless one.

Specs: Supports 300Mbps wireless N speeds, Range Extender button, wall mountable, smart signal indicator light, ethernet bridge.

HP V-M200 Access Point

SRP: £121

Distributor: Westcoast

They say: The HP V-M200 802.11n Access Point provides wireless connectivity for your expanding network. Take advantage of the next- generation 802.11n standard while simultaneously supporting 802.11a or 802.11b/g devices with the V- M200’s dual-band capability.

Specs: Fully IEEE 802.11n-compliant, 2.4 and 5 GHz frequency band support, Auto-MDIX, Spanning Tree protocol.

WD MyBook Live 3TB NAS

SRP: £154.99

Distributor: CMS Distribution, Computer 2000, Computers Unlimited, Entatech, Ingram Micro, Micro-P

They say: Connect the drive to your wireless router to provide shared storage and wireless backup for all the PC and Mac computers on your home network.

Specs: Supports IE 8.0, Safari 4.0, Firefox 12, Google Chrome 14.0, Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard and Leopard.

Intellinet GuestGate MK II 300N Wireless Hotspot Gateway

SRP: £224.99

Distributor: Meroncourt

They say: Provide guests with internet access while keeping your network secure with the GuestGate MK II 300N. Now you can easily accommodate guests in your offices without burdening your IT administrator with last-minute LAN configuration requests.

Specs: Four LAN ports, 16MB flash memory, two fixed-dipole antennas with three dBi gain.


CMS Distribution: 02089 606 000

Computer 2000: 01782 483710

Computers Unlimited: 020 8358 9578

Entatech: 0333 101 1000

Gem Distribution: 01279 822 822

Ingram Micro: 0871 973 3000

Memory Bank: 0870 820 0070

Meroncourt: 01462 680060

Micro-P: 01282 776 776

Spire Technology: 01202 828 444

VIP Computers: 0871 622 7500

Westcoast: 0118 912 6000

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