The guide to home networking

Setting up your home network can be a tricky affair, especially when it comes to choosing the right products. Windows makes your life simpler by providing you with our Home Networking Guide.

  • E-Mail
By  Gareth Van Zyl Published  May 4, 2009

Setting up your home network can be a tricky affair, especially when it comes to choosing the right products. Windows makes your life simpler by providing you with our Home Networking Guide where we provide you with a list of the top three products we think you should have when it comes to routers, access points, network media centres, network attached storage and network security software.

Routers: Windows Top Pick

1. NETGEAR Wireless-N Router and USB Adapter Kit Wnb2100 - Price: $109.99

NETGEAR's Wireless-N Router and USB adapter kit gives home users the opportunity to simultaneously surf the web, stream HD video and play on-line games. This router comes with a matching USB adapter as well that helps you pick up the range of your wireless signal that much easier. This router also has a push and go feature (using a Wi-Fi protected setup) that allows you to add computers onto the network without needing to remember a password every time.

2. Linksys WRT150N Wireless-N Home Router - Price: $89.99

Linksys wireless router is a 3-in-one router that includes a wireless network, and a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect your wired Ethernet devices together. Your whole network will then be able to share a high-speed cable or DSL connection. The Linksys router uses multiple-in multiple-out tech which uses signal bounces to increase your wireless range and reduce dead spots.

3. 3Com ADSL Wireless 11n Firewall Router - Price: $75

T his router has wireless speeds of up to 300 Mbps and is capable of handling high-bandwidth applications confidently. Its IP Quality of Service (QoS) helps to ensure that your critical time-sensitive traffic gets the priority needed for quality communications. It enables up to 253 total (32 wireless) users to share a single DSL connection which makes the most of your broadband service. It also has features such as access control rules that help in protecting your network.

3048 days ago
David

I have to disagree with your description of Norton 360 as "ideal". My set up is not at all abnormal, and I've used Norton/Symantec products for years, but Norton 360 (2009) messed up my system so much that I had to uninstall it. It slowed the system to a crawl and stopped several other programs working. It had to go!

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code