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Wi-Fi extenders

I have had this need myself (though not to cover an acre) and I eventually got tired of the horrendously poor capabilities offered by ISP devices. Now, rather than using the WiFi settings of those ...
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When looking to buy a router for home use what are the specs/features that I should be aware of?

Security Can the router be configured such that future configuration changes can only be made from the LAN and not from the WAN? Is the router protected from XSS/XSRF attacks which could let websites ...
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Home firewall/router with full gigabit throughput

Most home/consumer gateway devices (commonly called routers) will not be able to handle this volume of traffic. One alternative to consider is products from Ubiquiti Networks as they have several ...
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Home firewall/router with full gigabit throughput

I recommend the ASUS RT-AC66U. It's been rated by SmallNetBuilder to handle 835Mbps download: This is one of the higher through puts I've seen personally. Additionally, it has: Up to 450Mbps ...
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When looking to buy a router for home use what are the specs/features that I should be aware of?

Kasperd's answer is good, but there are some other critical things to look for: Reliability Many routers have software that is so poor that it crashes, sometimes as often as every few days. Some ...
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Domestic wifi Network Management

I've a fair amount of experience with homeplug - I'm not going to recommend specific models since I have no clue if the sinoji plugs I use are available elsewhere or are the best option outside my ...
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Home router that logs per-device internet usage

Gargoyle provides exactly what you are looking for. You did not indicate what requirements you had for speed but I would guess that lack of AC Compatibility would not be a deal breaker being how much ...
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Hardware solution to test cat5e/fiber with a mobile device (iOS or Android)

The only professional tool I know of that somewhat fits this need is the Fluke Networks LinkSprinter. The general operation is that they provide the results to the cloud service (and/or email), but ...
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I2C Bus Analyzer

To measure the signal integrity all you need is an oscilloscope. Your requirements aren't in the (old) I2C specifications, but need to be found in the data sheets for your particular devices connected ...
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Wireless card for a DIY Linux router/firewall

I personally have yet to find a better component for this job than the Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter. Native linux support at least in debian/ubuntu AC/N/G ...
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Domestic wifi Network Management

Looks like you've got some interference somewhere. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Bad placement of router Radio waves cannot easily travel through granite and other certain materials ...
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Best Wireless Access Point for HOT environment

I found the EnGenius ENS202 N300 on Newegg. This is a brand of wireless equipment this is designed for outdoor use. It rated up to 158 degrees. It's also water resistant with an IP55 rating, meanint ...
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Are there RJ-45 sockets with either switch between Single/Dual socket mode, or with Single/Dual interchangable front facet?

A device like this does not exist. The moment you split the pairs in rewiring the connections at both ends, it can no longer be considered CAT5/CAT5e/CAT6 installation because using the green and ...
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Router that supports ping based QoS out of the box

I realise that I'm a little late to the party and you may have already solved this problem yourself but thought I'd chip in with my two cents in case it would be of any use. The router you are ...
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Wireless card for a DIY Linux router/firewall

I recently decided to build my own wireless router - and I found the Airetos AEX-QCA9880-NX performing very well on my DIY machine: 3 channels 802.11ac/n/g in a miniPCIe shape.
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Ethernet over power (UK)

I've used 3 different flavours of Ethernet over power. Apparently it's seriously dependant on your household power line quality, and other devices. Once I got it dialed in (and got slightly newer ...
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Connect one computer to two Ethernet cables

Since your laptop doesn't natively support link aggregation, you will either have to use software to combine two connections together, or use a external piece of hardware. To do this in software, you ...
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Coax to CAT5 Converter?

You may have a slight misunderstanding of the equipment. Without seeing specific model information, this is an educated guess, but likely correct. The Verizon equipment is a cable modem/router ...
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Phone with physical keypad and hotspot

The big issue you're going to run into is the need for a hotspot. While there are still recycled and cheap phones made by one or two manufacturers which possess the other features, it's very rare ...
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Which product will give a better Wi-Fi reception?

From a pure numbers standpoint, the Hiro's 5dBi antenna beats the Panda's 2dBi antenna, and both beat the Netgear's tiny on-board antenna, so it's likely the Hiro will give you the best reception of ...
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Ethernet over power (UK)

I have used Devolo dLAN 200AVs extensively in my UK home for about five years now, and they are great. I have about six of them, all single Ethernet port (multiport versions, which three Ethernet ...
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Simple cheap blu-ray player

Wi-Fi/LAN capabilities, able play music, Netflix, all that stuff. I don't really want any of that. The bluray specification requires that the player firmware is easily updated over time (mostly for ...
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WiFi range extender + router + bult-in data card

Industrial: Cisco offers products with this capability: 4G Routers. I have used their products to build similar configurations. There are many industrial products like this from Cisco and others. ...
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Router that supports ping based QoS out of the box

My go-to is the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite (ERL). The kind of features you're looking for aren't often in consumer routers, though if I had to bet I would figure Asus would be the best place to start. ...
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PCIe WWAN adapters known to work with Linux out of the box

The FSF has h-node, a database of hardware that works with free operating systems. Currently, the only PCIe WWAN adapter in the list is the Sierra Wireless, Inc. MC8775. There is one caveat, however: ...
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What do I need to look at to when getting a wifi adaptor to get my ubuntu desktop on wifi?

Most modern wifi adaptors should work with little issues. My goto spare 'it will certainly work' wifi adaptor's a generic no brand 802.11 n nano adaptor - a few dozen companies make em. They ...
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Building a computer science lab

2,000 isn't much. You can buy 1 very expensive desktop with that, or 5 reasonably priced ones. You want 30. Assuming you want all workstations to be identical, this leaves you with 66 dollars and ...
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Small Business Firewall - ZyXEL v. Fortinet

Assuming you have any basic level of competence, the hardware on most of these is a bit... naff, running lower end mips or arm processors, tied up with a custom ASIC. About 200usd would get you ...
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Gigabit Switch for Home LAN

For home networking, TP-Link and Netgear are the brands I've found most affordable and relilable; TP-Link tends to be a little cheaper and Netgear a little more reliable, but there's little difference ...
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Manageable Router with multiple wifi networks capability

While I could not find the ability specific to the wifi network for the RT-AC3200 that @gabygg4 recommended. I was able to determine that you can do this using adaptive qos on this router. In fact ...
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