Reviews of the latest tech products, including new hardware and software applications.
The Google OnHub may not be the fastest router on the market today, and it’ll frustrate seasoned network twiddlers. But consider this “new way to Wi-Fi” as a platform, rather than a product and over time, it may well become the perfect partner for the modern smart home.
The BeOn Home Protection System offers an innovative take on smart home security and lighting. The lack of an Android controller app and limited integration with third-party devices prevent it from being a must-have, but with huge potential for future growth, it’s one to watch.
The new Sonos PLAY:5 is a huge leap forward from its predecessor offering a superbly resonant audio experience. A compact, simple exterior delivers a surprisingly wide soundstage and precise separation. A deep bass response, full mid-range and clear highs jump out from the speaker to envelop you in sound. In a world filled with marketing hyperbole, the Sonos PLAY:5 is a real technical achievement.
While it’s rare to see insight-driven innovation in the networking world – that is, advances driven by a real human need, rather than technical invention – it’s a feat that NETGEAR achieves with their 16-port ProSAFE Click Switch.
The Linksys WRT1900ACS arrives with a decent internal specification bump from last year’s hardware. Overall performance is unchanged, yet it remains a top performing AC1900 router that evokes memories of the original WRT series, with support for OpenWRT firmware.
Just over a week ago Google announced its upgraded Chromecast streaming stick as well as the new Chromecast Audio – a small puck-shaped device for streaming music too. Today, we get hands on with Chromecast Audio.
Once the exclusive domain of geeks and gurus, Wireless AC networking is hitting the mainstream! The $149 NETGEAR R6400 Smart WiFi router promises fast networking at an acceptable price for everyday users. Find out how it fares in our hands-on review.