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Drobo’s new DroboPix app gives iOS users their storage fix

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This week, Drobo, a company that specialises in storage solutions, launched an app for iOS users to give them their storage fix. Due to Apple’s lack of expandable storage on the iPhone and iPad, many people often find themselves running out of storage space but the DroboPix app will help with …

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BT internet outage hits customers and PlusNet users

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An outage somewhere in BT’s monstrous network has seen thousands of people unable to make it online this morning, also delivering the knock-on effect of having a similar problem with PlusNet users, who also reside on BT’s network. Although the ISP has been attempting to fix the problem since early …

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Asus RP-AC68U 802.11ac Wireless Repeater Review

The Asus RP-AC68U is a quad-antenna wireless repeater that’s designed to compliment the company’s high-end, high-bandwidth portfolio of routers and other networking kit. As one of the biggest proponents of wireless kit that supports 4×4 quad-antenna configurations, Asus has been wise in building four antennas into the RP-AC68U, making it capable …

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Asustor AS6104T 4-bay NAS Review

The latest AS6 series NAS units from Asustor are the first to market from any company powered by Intel’s new Braswell Celeron processors as well as supporting dual channel memory. Currently the family consists of the AS6202T, AS6204T, AS6208T and AS6210T (two four, eight and ten bay models respectively) that use …

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Local churches could bolster wireless internet speeds

Considering everyone from professional sportsmen and women, to TV fraudsters call upon the lord to help them with their task at hand, perhaps asking for aid with rural internet speeds isn’t such a bad thing. Churches around the UK could soon begin bolstering local wireless performance by utilising their spires …

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QNAP TAS-268 NAS Review

At first glance the QNAP TAS-268 looks like a conventional two bay NAS that is a bit on the small side, although it dwarfs the single bay TAS-168 which is truly tiny. The curious thing is that the size of TAS-268 is pretty much the least interesting feature of this …

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Rivet Networks Killer Doubleshot Pro

Back in the mists of time (it was 2006) Bigfoot Networks launched the Killer NIC network adapter with a PCI interface and an astonishing price of US$280. It was an interesting piece of hardware that promised to reduce ping times and latency for gamers by bypassing the Windows networking stack …

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OfCom: Christmas lights could kill your Wi-Fi speed

Sharing pictures and videos of your celebrating family and friends may be a little harder around Christmas according to OfCom, as those fairy lights that we add to trees and other parts of our homes, could have a negative impact on your Wi-Fi speed. They join a long list of …

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Asus RP-AC56 802.11ac wireless extender review

The RP-AC56 is a 2×2 802.11ac wireless extender, designed to compete with and outperform typically affordable offerings. It’s an upgrade from Asus’ older AC750 model, and comes with a nifty music streaming function, for wireless audio playback from a tablet or smartphone. Although the RP-AC56 is the second wireless extender …

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QNAP TS-453 Pro Review

At first glance the QNAP TS-453 Pro has little in common with the TS-453mini we recently reviewed, however they share a fair amount of hardware. In particular both NAS are powered by a Celeron J1900 processor that is paired with 2GB or 8GB of DDR3L memory, and naturally they both …

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U.S. companies fined for blocking customer Wi-Fi hostpots

The Federal Communication Commission has stated its intention to crack down on companies blocking Wi-Fi hotspots created by its customers, with fines being levied against two hotel and convention centre owners for doing so. It’s claimed that the blocks were designed to encourage the purchasing of expensive Wi-Fi time sold …

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ASUS and Google partner up for the OnHub 2

It seems like the original OnHub only just launched but Google already has the next version of its router lined up. While the original was built in partnership with TP-Link, the OnHub 2 is being handled by ASUS, designed to be fast, secure and easy to set up. It’s a …

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Virgin puts Wi-Fi in Buckinghamshire pavement

Although rural areas are gradually getting access to 3G and 4G services, coverage outside of cities and large townships still isn’t great. One solution that Virgin is trying out in the small market-town of Chesham, Buckinghamshire, is what it’s calling “smart pavements.” It involves the creation of public Wi-Fi stations …

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PowerNAS CMA 8TB Review

PowerNAS has used a novel approach during the development of the CMA (it stands for Converged Media Appliance). To their way of thinking this Windows 8.1 PC can act as a replacement for three separate pieces of hardware and bring together the home PC, media centre PC and NAS Server …

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Synology DiskStation DS715 Review

Synology’s DiskStation DS715 borrows an interesting feature from the DS1515 that we recently reviewed. Look on the rear panel of this dual bay NAS and you will see that in addition to the dual Gigabit Ethernet and two USB 3.0 ports you also get an eSATA connector. This port can …

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Plusnet issues apology over customer DNS downing

If you’re broadband is provided by Plusnet and you’ve been suffering from problematic internet connectivity over the past 24 hours, it’s not your fault. The ISP has apologised for customers over a DNS issue that left many unable to access certain websites and online services, which forced some to use alternative …

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PowerNAS Business Mini Review

If you are a fan of model names that describe a product in a fair amount of detail then the PowerNAS Business Mini will be right up your street. PowerNAS offers three families of NAS and this model is loaded with Windows Server 2012 R2 for the business market. It …

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