Buy a Router, Get a 1TB Hard Drive For Just $5 Extra

If you still haven’t upgraded your home network to 802.11ac, the highly-rated Netgear Nighthawk X4 comes with a 1TB Toshiba external hard drive for just $5 extra today on Amazon. You can even plug the hard drive straight into the router’s USB port, and use it as network attached storage. [Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350… » 5/13/15 6:45pm 5/13/15 6:45pm

How to Combine Multiple Internet Connections Into One Super Fast Pipe

You may not realize it, but you probably use multiple internet connections every day: your home network, your phone, and even hotspots and other devices. The downside: you can usually only use one at a time. Imagine if you could combine them all into one huge pipe that delivers faster downloads, smooth streaming,… » 4/22/15 7:15pm 4/22/15 7:15pm

The Plan to Build an Undersea Cable Around the US—and Why We Need It

There’s a new undersea cable in the works, unlike any system that’s been built before. It is almost 10,000 miles long. It winds under the Arctic Ocean, from the United Kingdom, over Canada, and down to Japan, offering the fastest possible route between London and Tokyo. It stops on icy Canadian shores along the way,… » 4/08/15 10:45am 4/08/15 10:45am

How to Choose the Best Firmware to Supercharge Your Wi-Fi Router

Installing a custom firmware on your Wi-Fi router is like God Mode for your home network. You can see everything going on, boost your Wi-Fi signal, beef up your security, and even do advanced tricks like install your own VPN. Still, there are so many options available it can be tough to pick the right one. Here’s… » 4/01/15 2:22pm 4/01/15 2:22pm

Protect Your Data With These Great Deals for World Backup Day

Amazon is celebrating World Backup Day with great deals on everything you need to keep your data safe. Inside, you'll find routers, range extenders, powerline adapters, hard drives, and NAS boxes from several manufacturers, most of which are marked down to all-time low prices. » 3/31/15 8:15am 3/31/15 8:15am

Great Deals on 802.11ac Routers to Fit Any Budget

If you're still rocking an old 802.11n router at home, today's a great day to bring your network into the present. We've found great deals on five different 802.11ac routers at a range of price points, starting with a $70 D-Link with solid reviews, and going all the way up to a triband behemoth in the Netgear… » 12/02/14 10:15am 12/02/14 10:15am

How to Tap Your Network and See Everything That Happens On It

Your home network is your fortress. Inside it lies tons of valuable information—unencrypted files, personal, private data, and perhaps most importantly, computers that can be hijacked and used for any purpose. Let's talk about how you can, with the power of evil, sniff around your home network to make sure you don't… » 10/22/14 11:56am 10/22/14 11:56am

The Features That Matter on Your Next Router (and the Ones That Don't)

Shopping for a router used to be as simple as buying the thing everyone said was good. These days, you have to understand a ton of technical terms, from "beamforming" to "MIMO" and "dual band". Some of these are useful, but others are marketing fluff. Let's dive in and separate the useful from the rest. » 10/15/14 11:57am 10/15/14 11:57am

How To Make Sure No One's Secretly Stealing Your Home Wi-Fi

Wireless Network Watcher is a free, simple program for Windows XP and above that can take a quick look at the computers and devices connected to your home network. Fire it up and make sure there's no one on your Wi-Fi network who shouldn't be there. If you do find a squatter, a password change on your router should be… » 9/14/14 8:38am 9/14/14 8:38am