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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 2:22pm4/01/15 2:22pm

D-Link's New Wi-Fi Routers Look Like Reverse-Engineered Alien Technology

At one time when all you needed to connect was a couple of laptops, a cheap wireless router would more than suffice for most homes. But these days, when there's everything from phones to tablets to TVs relying on your Wi-Fi network, it makes sense to splurge on your hardware. And D-Link's new 11AC Ultra Performance… »1/04/15 10:19pm1/04/15 10:19pm

Linksys Just Made Its Iconic WRT Routers More Affordable

Almost a decade ago, when Belkin's 54GL router reigned supreme, routers could afford to be somewhat restricted when it comes to bandwidth. You had a desktop, maybe a laptop, and if you're a really early adopter, a smartphone connected to your network. Now, devices have multiplied like asexual amoebas, we're swimming… »1/04/15 7:00pm1/04/15 7:00pm

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 10:15am12/02/14 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 11:56am10/22/14 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 11:57am10/15/14 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 8:54am5/30/14 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 3:00am1/06/14 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 7:30pm1/05/14 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 4:58pm9/28/13 4:58pm