Home Network Gets Complex

Although my recent FreeNAS DIY PC was meant to consolidate my storage and compute, other bits of my home network is still in many little bits and pieces. Notably, while my main broadband router is served by a pfSense box, I have at least three other wireless routers in operation, not including another box serving as a Home Automation controller. The…

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TP-Link Deco M5 vs Aztech AIR-706P Performance

I promised a head-to-head performance comparison between the TP-Link Deco M5 and Aztech AIR-706P, and so here it is. I was holding out a while for a third contender to come in, but alas it didn’t make it in time and I didn’t want to wait too long to publish this comparison of two Mesh Wi-Fi systems new to the market….

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Aztech AIR-706P Mesh Router Review

Mesh Wi-Fi systems are all the rage now, and home-grown tech company Aztech has also jumped onto the bandwagon with their new dual-band AIR-706P AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router. Unlike most other mesh Wi-Fi systems that are designed to be mesh first, the AIR-706P is designed to be a router first with built-in mesh networking capabilities. While most mesh Wi-Fi devices…

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TP-Link Deco M5 Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi Review

This year, 2017, is truly the year that whole-home mesh Wi-Fi systems are taking flight. Many manufacturers, particularly the mainstream brands, have launched their first whole-home mesh Wi-Fi systems in the last year. TP-Link, too, revealed their Deco M5 whole-home mesh Wi-Fi system at CES this year, and they’ve just launched it for sale in Singapore last Saturday. Mesh Wi-Fi…

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ASUS GT-AC5300 Review

The Republic of Gamers, or ROG, is a brand created by ASUS in 2006 to cater to PC gamers. The brand has an impressive catalog of products, but for the first time ever, ASUS has launched a ROG branded router, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 tri-band gaming router. For the hardcore online PC gamer, there’s now a Wi-Fi router designed just…

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ASUS GT-AC5300 Quick Look

High-end routers have, by now, decidedly all come fitted with eight legs, erm, antennas. Joining their ranks is ASUS latest high-end router designed for extreme gaming, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, which was launched earlier this year in March. Here’s a quick preview of the router. The GT-AC5300 is a tri-band AC5300-class router. This means it has three radios, one on…

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Singapore Has Second Fastest Internet Speed

The latest Speedtest Market Report published today, for Singapore, reveals that we have the second fastest average download speeds for both fixed broadband and mobile networks. The fastest Internet Service Provider (ISP) here in terms download speeds is ViewQwest, and SingTel takes the lead for mobile network operator. Users in Singapore see an average fixed broadband download speed of 180.61…

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ASUS RT-AC88U Review

If your Wi-Fi speed is never fast enough for you, you may already want to look at routers going beyond AC2600. This ASUS RT-AC88U isn’t new, in fact, it became available back in late 2015, but since it recently came around to me, I thought I’ll just do a quick mention of this wireless broadband router. ASUS is a popular brand amongst broadband users in…

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ASUS BRT-AC828 Wi-Fi Router

If you’re a small business, but Internet connectivity is absolutely critical for you, a cool dual-WAN router like the ASUS BRT-AC828 could be something you want to consider getting. With two WAN ports to connect to different ISP in either load-balancing or failover configuration, you can ensure that your Internet keeps going, even if one of the ISP is down. The…

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pfSense 2.3.3 Update

Sharing a quick post while waiting for pfSense 2.3.3 to update on my router. This update was released just two weeks ago. I hadn’t had the opportunity to upgrade earlier, having been terribly busy of late. There wasn’t any particularly relevant security fixes that needed to be applied anyway. This is mostly a maintenance release. From pfSense’s release notes, this update brings numerous stability and bug…

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