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

A New Wireless Router Lets You Trade Facebook Check-Ins For Free Wi-Fi

Offering free Wi-Fi to shoppers or diners is almost as essential to a business these days as having a public bathroom on site. But at the same time, you don't want to give it away to just anyone walking by—at least without getting something in return. So D-Link's new AC 1750 wireless router only doles out the Wi-Fi… » 5/30/14 8:54am 5/30/14 8:54am

D-Link's Tiny 802.11AC Router Turns Tethered Internet Into Usable Wi-Fi

Finding free internet at the end of an ethernet cable is like winning a dollar in the lottery. You know you should be happy, but it's more of an inconvenience than anything. However, with D-Link's new AC750 compact wireless router, you can turn that tethered internet lemon into delicious wireless lemonade, and it even… » 1/06/14 3:00am 1/06/14 3:00am

Linksys Revives a Classic Design For Its Newest Wireless Router

Linksys' WRT54G is considered to be the best selling wireless router of all time. And its iconic black and blue design has become synonymous with such hardware—just look at the image used on this generic wireless router Wikipedia page. So it makes sense that for its next generation router, the new Linksys WRT1900AC,… » 1/05/14 7:30pm 1/05/14 7:30pm

10 Common Tech Questions (and Their High Tech Explanations)

There are certain problems we all deal with every day, but don't know why. Why do I need to keep resetting my router? Do I have a virus? What happens when a site I use gets "hacked?" Whether you're the tech-savvy friend that's always answering these questions or the friend doing the asking, here are the answers to the… » 9/28/13 4:58pm 9/28/13 4:58pm

Asus Claims the Title of World's Smallest Wi-Fi Router

Amongst all of its Windows 8 PCs and tablet announcements at CES, Asus also quietly revealed what it's boasting as the world's smallest Wi-Fi router. And with a form factor only slightly larger than a well-equipped flash drive, the WL-330NUL Pocket Router is the perfect accessory for minimalist road warriors. » 1/11/13 10:44am 1/11/13 10:44am

A Depressingly Accurate Portrayal of Your Home's Wi-Fi Signal Strength

It seems like unless you've assembled a giant broadcast antenna in the middle of your house, or filled every room with a repeater, your Wi-Fi signal strength always sucks. Oh, except for that bizarre sweet spot in your backyard. But your neighbor's router? It apparently has no trouble broadcasting halfway around the… » 12/10/12 12:45pm 12/10/12 12:45pm

These New Belkin Routers Are the Fastest Wireless Routers For Your Buck

Though nothing you own currently uses the zippy fast 802.11ac spec, buying a 802.11ac router now future proofs your home with autobahn wireless speeds. Previously, the super fast routers that have came out have all been asspensive, these Belkin 802.11ac routers are the cheapest you'll find right now. » 6/21/12 11:52am 6/21/12 11:52am

Western Digital My Net N900 HD Lightning Review: A Router You Might…

What if a router could make sure streaming movies and online games always get the bulk of your bandwidth, even if everyone else in your house is downloading a zillion porn movies? That's exactly what hard drive kingpin Western Digital claims to have done with its first router, the My Net N900 HD. » 6/15/12 4:20pm 6/15/12 4:20pm