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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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Not all USB type-C ports are equal: Nine versions of USB-C incoming

The reversible USB type-C connector is something that the industry has been waiting for since the introduction of the original USB bus in 1997. This year PCs, computer components and mobile devices finally started to incorporate USB-C receptacles, but not all implementations necessarily support all features introduced by the latest …

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Seagate Personal Cloud 2 Bay Review

The Personal Cloud from Seagate is essentially a NAS system, but it is not marketed as such. Aimed at families, it allows users to store all their files in a central location and access them anywhere. With plug-and-play functionality, you simply attach the Personal Cloud to your router via an …

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Google is branching out in to WiFi routers

Google may have just revealed the most stylish looking router ever with its new offering known as the OnHub. Now if you were wondering why it is shaped a bit like a bin, there is apparently a technical reason for that- Google says that the cylindrical shape will help provide more …

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QNAP TS-453mini NAS Review

It may not be immediately apparent that the QNAP TS-453mini is a NAS that accommodates up to four 3.5-inch hard drives. Its tiny footprint (200mmx151mm) requires the bare minimum of shelf space, however that isn’t the natural environment for this particular NAS. Take a look on the rear and you’ll …

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Rivet Networks unveils Killer E2400 network processor

Rivet Networks on Wednesday introduced its new-generation smart network processor with enhanced performance and improved functionality. The new Killer E2400 chip promises to improve network-related performance in video games, multimedia and bandwidth-demanding applications. Gigabyte Technology and MicroStar International will be the first companies to use the new chip. Rivet does …

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Your internet is probably slower than it should be

Does your broadband operate at anything close to the speed stated by your ISP? According to a new report, as many as three quarters of households in the UK are faced with internet download rates that are slower than the one advertised by their provider for their particular package. Worse yet, …

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ASUSTOR shows off new NAS drives at Computex

Computex has a lot of exciting products and services on show this year, but for those looking to back up their important files and folders to a local server, ASUSTOR’s new collection of NAS drives aimed at home and enterprise users may be the most enticing. There’s a full line …

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PowerNAS launch CMA Central Hub NAS

At the PC Retail Boot Camp up in Northampton, British storage specialists PowerNAS has just launched its latest consumer and small business products, including a unit known as the Converge Media Appliance or CMA for short. Based up in Tamworth, Staffordshire, PowerNAS specialises in creating custom storage set ups and system …

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Synology DS1515 NAS Review

The new Synology DS1515 five bay NAS a budget version of the DS1515+ that launched a few months ago and while the price of the DS1515 is significantly lower, the specification hasn’t changed a great deal. The most obvious difference is a change from a quad core Intel Atom to …

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Seagate Wireless 500GB mobile storage drive

Although the discerning media user likely already has a home server with wireless connectivity and remote access this kind of set up is not always ideal. In-fact, all it takes is for you to lose access to a decent internet connection and suddenly you are media free – which for some …

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