Top 5 wireless routers of 2017

January 4th, 2017 Comments off

The wireless routers have become indispensable in each and every household at present. While there are many homes where broadband internet connection is already prevalent, by making use of these routers the internet service can be channelized to various mobile devices. Mobile data plans are generally limited and rather expensive to fulfill our requirements. The advent of various gadgets has necessitated the use of wireless routers for everyone. A typical household now has multiple devices that require the services of the internet. As technologies are changing rapidly in this arena, those who had already got routers earlier should look for an upgrade for the sake of getting enhanced speeds and security.

To get the most out of the routers, looking at the wide array of devices that will use its services it is absolutely necessary the routers have the latest hardware. The latest 802.11ac networking standard has now become the hallmark of increased speeds and range. This is because the aforesaid standard supports directional beamforming. Additionally, the modern day wireless routers use another technology called NitroQAM. Not to forget the additional advantages these modern routers come with. They come inclusive of software that helps you to have parental control, basic maintenance of the routers and several other advantages. In case, you are eyeing for the best wireless router working on the 802.11ac framework here are the top picks for the year 2016.

1) The TP Link Archer AC3200 Wireless Tri-Band Gigabit Router is priced at $259. Here are its main aspects:
Speed: 802.11ac: 2x 1300 Mbps, 802.11n: 600 Mbps | Connectivity: 5x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 | Features: Dual 802.11ac networks, 1GHz Dual-core processor with three co-processors, Smart Connect
As the name suggests The TP Link Archer AC3200 works on one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands. While the former can reach to maximum speeds of 600Mbps the 5GHz bands can reach up to 1,300Mbps speeds. It is also powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor. This router features the usability of both beamforming and TP-Link’s Smart Connect Technology. This helps the user to get the best frequency regardless of the amount of traffic. It has a lot of management features and supports very fast file-transfer speeds. This has been proven in several tests.

2) The Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 is priced at $269. Here are its main aspects:
Speed: 802.11ac: up to 5.3Gbps | Connectivity: 1 x Gigabit WAN port, 8 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 | Features: Easy setup, Tri-band WI-Fi technology, MU-MIMO, Seamless Roaming
This router is powered with eight Gigabit LAN ports that provide superb Wi-Fi performance. It also comes with parental controls. The only downside being it is extremely bulky and for the home users the loaded features are not going to be utilized properly. Also, this router will only work best if the broadband connection is lightning fast. The 2.4GHz band can reach up to 1,000Mbps and the dual 5GHz bands are capable of reaching speeds up to 2,166.67Mbps. However, as mentioned earlier, to experience this speed we currently do not have the framework that can actually support it. This router also uses the Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) technology to regulate the speed without disturbing others.

3) The Asus RT-AC88U is priced at $ 289. The main aspects are as follows:
Speed: 802.11ac: 2167Mbps 802.11n: 1000 Mbps | Connectivity: 9x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x USB 2.0 1x USB 3.0 | Features: 1024-QAM, MU-MIMO, WTFast Gamers Private Network, Asus AiProtection, AsusWRT Software
This router has made quite a reputation for the fastest possible wireless speeds and superb performance. Perhaps, this router is overpriced compared to its competitors but its features and performance amply justify this. It includes eight Gigabit LAN ports and also has support for a Dual-Wan port, where one of the LAN port can be converted into a WAN port. It is capable of incredible speeds. Reviews indicate this is by far the best router right now.

4) Netgear Nighthawk X4S VDSL/ADSL Modem Router D7800 priced at $212, its features include:
Speed: 802.11ac: 1733Mbps, 802.11n: 800 Mbps | Connectivity: 5x Gigabit Ethernet, 2x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA | Features: VDSL 2 modem
This is an ideal router for household purposes. It has a good range and gives good speeds. However, it does not include the 1024-QAM technology for faster speeds. The router sports two USB ports and an eSATA connector. Overall, this router is suitable for home based needs.

5) Linksys WRT1900ACS is priced at $163 and it includes:
Speed: 802.11ac: 1300 Mbps, 802.11n: 600 Mbps | Connectivity: 5x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, eSATA | Features: OpenWRT compatible, LinkSys Smart Wi-Fi support.

This router is known for its powerful hardware and relatively fast Wi-Fi performance. It also boasts a good range. This router is also extremely good looking. It has a dual-core 1.6GHz processor and 512MB of memory. This one is just about perfect for home and small business setups. If you are looking for reviews on latest gadgets, you can visit

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How to get rid of Internet addiction

June 12th, 2014 Comments off

Addiction to internet can kill efficiency, reduce your throughput, make a dent in your morale in office as well as home. In this article we will go through the steps of de addicting process. If you follow this, you should have a good chance of success.

When can you classify yourself as addicted to Internet

If you spend more than 2 hours on the internet on checking non official emails, facebook, non educational youtube, newspapers, politics, forums, chat or movies, you can be classified as addicted to Internet. If you spend between 1/2 hour to 2 hour, it is a sign of healthy internet behavior.

Accept that you are addicted

If you are compulsively hooked to computer, even when a force inside you indicates that you should get out of it, you should accept that you are addicted. The first step is to do realize that you ARE addicted to something that you want to get out of. If you are still in denial mode and think that it is alright to spend as much time on internet as you can, it will be difficult to find a cure. In that case you, only a third person, like your friend, spouse or a circumstance can change your situation. By the time the external circumstances intervene, you will loose a good portion of your valuable time. Do not allow this to happen. Accept that you have problem. Only by accepting that you have a problem, you can proceed to the next step.

There is no harm in accepting that you are addicted to something. Even if you do not move to the next step, at least you have recognized the problem. May be in some future, you may be willing to take the next step.

Note the Number of hours spent on Internet

Do this for a week. Do not try to change anything. Just spend as much time as you would usually do. Create a xl sheet with date and time. Every time you hook to internet, record the start and the end time for addictive portion of the internet. Do it for a whole 7 days. And finally record number of total hours spent on internet.

Have you already reduced your internet addiction a bit

You will be surprised to know that you have already reduced you addiction a bit, even when you have not been deliberately applying any effort. Just by Accepting that you have addiction and by recording the amount of time you spend on internet, you have unknowing started the process of de addiction. But the results will not be long lasting. Old habits will surface again and will grab you with its clutches.

But do not get discouraged. Give another week and keep recording the hours spent on internet. When the addictive habits surface again, you want to make sure that the total hours spent on internet in the successive week will be no more that that spent in the previous week.

Think of something better than internet

Every time you start spending more time on internet, think of some better task to do. May be it is a better idea to call a friend. May be you have a garden that need attention, or you have to do cleaning. Create a list of 10 works that you can do when you have free time. The works should be short, easy and enjoyable. When addictive impulses strike, go through the list of the works that you need to accomplish and see if it will be more enjoyable than doing something on internet.

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Epinions goes online with payment for eRoyalities

November 12th, 2012 1 comment

Epinions has been one of the oldest sites that rewards its member for the reviews they write on its site. Remember amazon also has the same things but the review writers do not get paid there. The reviews are rated by peers and other members so there is a check and balance.

Epinions is doing away with the check processing that it had followed so far. Instead, the payment is being made via paypal. Members must have paypal account to get paid. Here is what the email sent to members say.

The January 10, 2013 will be the last day of redemption process by check. All future payouts will be automatically distributed to you by PayPal starting January 15, 2013.

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October 21st, 2012 No comments

In the previous post, we had compared the specification details and some comparison of the Core i3-350M with the Pentium P6200. Let us now compare the benchmark scores of these two processors.

Core i3-350M Vs Intel Pentium P6200 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Core i3-350M Intel Pentium P6200
PassMark CPU Mark Score 2057 1668
Super Pi 2M 46 seconds 46 seconds
3D Mark 06 CPU 2370 1950
Windows 7 Experience Score 6.4 5.8

Here are the same results in terms of the horizontal bars.

PassMark CPU Mark Score Benchmark

Core i3-350M 2057
Intel Pentium P6200 1668

Super Pi 2M Benchmark

Core i3-350M 46 seconds
Intel Pentium P6200 46 seconds

3D Mark 06 CPU Benchmark

Core i3-350M 2370
Intel Pentium P6200 1950

Windows 7 Experience Score Benchmark

Core i3-350M 6.4
Intel Pentium P6200 5.8

Clearly, these results indicate that the core i3 is better than the Pentium. There are mainly two factors that work in favor of the Core i3 – the Hyperthreading and (marginally) higher clock frequency.

Newer Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors have further improved the performances and have significantly improved the integrated graphics performance.

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October 14th, 2012 1 comment

In the previous post, we had seen how the Pentium P6200 compared with i3-330M. We will no compare the processors based upon their benchmark results.
PassMark CPU Mark Score Benchmark

Intel Pentium P6200 1668
Core i3-330M 1964

Super Pi 2M Benchmark

Intel Pentium P6200 46 seconds
Core i3-330M 49 seconds

3D Mark 06 CPU Benchmark

Intel Pentium P6200 1950
Core i3-330M 2210

Windows 7 Experience Score Benchmark

Intel Pentium P6200 5.8
Core i3-330M 6.2

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