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Welcome to our Computer Networking category page, the nexus for all your networking needs, queries, and aspirations. This comprehensive space offers you the lowdown on the gadgets, gear, and technologies that enable seamless connectivity, robust security, and high-speed data transfer within your home or office network. Whether you’re setting up a small home office or managing an enterprise network, our expert insights, reviews, and news updates have got you covered.

What is Computer Networking?

Computer networking involves the interconnection of multiple devices, systems, and services to share data and resources. From robust routers and intricate mesh systems to the secure storage offered by NAS devices, this category covers a broad spectrum of technologies designed to optimise your online experiences.

Why This Category Matters

In an increasingly connected world, a stable and secure network is the backbone of any tech-savvy environment. Whether you’re streaming 4K video, managing a smart home, or running a business, the right networking solutions are essential.

Key Subcategories and Products:

  1. Routers: This is where it all begins. Brands like Netgear, ASUS, and Cisco offer a range of routers designed for various needs—from basic internet browsing to high-end gaming and 4K streaming. Products like the Netgear Nighthawk or ASUS RT-AX88U offer advanced features, including MU-MIMO, VPN support, and even malware protection.
  2. Mesh Systems: For larger homes or offices with connectivity dead zones, mesh systems like Google Nest WiFi or Eero Pro ensure seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout the premises.
  3. Switches: These are the unsung heroes of any robust network, directing data where it needs to go. Look for managed or unmanaged switches from brands like TP-Link and Cisco to expand your network efficiently.
  4. Cloud Networking: Businesses or advanced users may opt for cloud networking solutions for easier management and scalability. Cisco Meraki and Ubiquiti’s UniFi offer compelling options in this space.
  5. NAS Devices: For secure, local storage, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are increasingly popular. Synology’s DiskStation and QNAP’s Turbo NAS series are market leaders offering multi-bay units for home or business use.
  6. Servers: For more commercial or advanced needs, servers from Dell’s PowerEdge or HP’s ProLiant range offer high-performance computing and robust data storage solutions.
  7. Mini PCs: Perfect for minimalists or those with space constraints, Mini PCs like the Intel NUC or the Apple Mac Mini offer solid performance for basic networking tasks in a compact form factor.

Whether you’re a tech-savvy enthusiast looking to upgrade your home network or an IT professional tasked with setting up an enterprise-grade networking solution, our Computer Networking category offers a wealth of information, reviews, and product guides to help you make informed choices. Browse through to become a true networking aficionado!

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In our increasingly connected world, the fairness of network distribution often becomes a critical consideration. Whether in an office environment or a bustling household with multiple devices, ensuring that each device gets a fair share of the network can be a challenge. Airtime Fairness is a technology that attempts to address this challenge, promoting an …

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Network-attached storage (NAS) has come a long way, and it’s not just for businesses any more. If you’re like me, you’ve probably got a plethora of media files, documents, and backup data scattered across your devices. A NAS solution can be a game-changer, providing a centralised space for all your digital assets. The best part? …

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Today, Netgear unveiled its first WiFi 7 mesh system, the Orbi 970 Series. Positioned to succeed its current flagship, the WiFi 6E Orbi 960 Series, the new offering aims to redefine what’s possible in the realm of home networking with true multi-gigabit WiFi. Related Content Netgear Orbi 970 Series Features Unparalleled Performance with WiFi 7 …

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