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According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple is exiting the router business. Bloomberg report that, over the last year, Apple has started to shutter the division, which made the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule products, instead opting to put engineers on other projects, including the Apple TV.

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If you're living in a house out in the sticks that doesn't have fixed-line internet, or even a house in the city with a terrible ADSL connection — like me — then you have an alternative, provided your download quota requirements aren't too high. D-Link's DWR-921 is a router that you can plug a SIM into and have instant fast 4G access, as long as you're happy to pay Telstra or Optus or Vodafone for mobile data.

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Anyone who's ever signed up for a NBN connection or even a regular ADSL line knows how frustrating it is to wait for a tech appointment. But eventually, one day that might be a distant memory. Telstra has just announced plans to release a home modem router early next year that includes integrated 4G as well as a fixed-line connection — cutting what can sometimes be a painful wait for customers to get their home 'net connected.

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If you're looking to build a new high-speed wired or wireless network for your McMansion or inner-city penthouse apartment, then you're flush with choices — and any modern Wi-Fi routers or modem-router will do a very good job. Routers are getting faster all the time, though, and Linksys has a new range that should be more than enough for even the largest and most technologically-advanced home — including a new router capable of wirelessly broadcasting 20 streams of high quality 4K video simultaneously, at a price $150 cheaper than the competition.

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Within the last two years, routers have gone from ugly boxes tucked away in shame to well-designed products, complete with a variety of new technologies and user-friendly interfaces. Led by ambitious Kickstarter projects like Eero, Luma and Starry, routers are having a gadget moment — and that could finally help people realise how important the little box really is.

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We've all struggled with online gaming while a friend or family member is downloading a bunch of data, or with Skype chats that drop out intermittently for no apparent reason. Synology's RT1900ac router lets you organise just about every aspect of your home's wired or Wi-Fi network, down to specific devices, specific Web addresses and specific speeds. If you want to make sure your Xbox or Playstation is getting a straight pipe to the 'net, or if you want to stop your kids from looking at Facebook on their laptops after 10PM, this is the device you need in the middle of your house.

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Synology is a name that you'd usually associate with network attached storage (NAS) boxes — y'know, the big black hard drive enclosures that you hook up to your router or modem to store your movies, music and photos. Synology does NAS very well — it's certainly one of our favourite brands — but it's also extending its reach into another networking device. The RT1900AC is the first router from Synology, and its hook is that just like a NAS, it runs an operating system that you can use to browse through your files, download stuff from the 'net, and monitor all your network traffic.

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Your router is the most horrible technology you deal with every day. This essential tool keeps your home connected to the internet, and yet, you keep it thrust in a dusty corner because it's a wretched, opaque box of confusion. Google's OnHub is a critical step towards helping you take control back from those miserable blinking lights.

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Chart: Having a house or office full of the latest, most bleeding-edge computing, mobile and tablet hardware is awesome, but it's all for nought if you don't have an easy way to hook them all up to the 'net. A new 802.11ac router gives you the best possible wireless transfer speeds, the longest range and the best new features. Here are the five best 802.11ac wireless routers available in Australia as of July 23, 2015.

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Have a house full of the absolute latest and greatest in technology? A brand new Ultra HD television, a shiny new 12-inch MacBook, a top of the line wireless-connected desktop PC? Then you need a Wi-Fi router that can blast along all the data that these devices use to communicate back and forth . Linksys' EA8500 Max-Stream is the first of a new breed of Wi-Fi routers with MU-MIMO, a new piece of network tech that has the potential to quadruple the bandwidth available to your Wi-Fi devices.

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At Computex 2015 in Taipei, there are a lot of networking devices. Everybody is talking the Internet Of Things, and there's dozens (probably hundreds) of different Wi-Fi routers and modems and access points. There's also a lot of smartphones and tablets and little touchscreen gadgets. But why, why, do you have to have your smartphone and your Wi-Fi router? Why do they have to be so... separate? ¿Porque no los dos?

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I never thought that I'd see a Wi-Fi router that was both bigger and more ostentatious than the Netgear Nighthawk X6, but that day has come. The D-Link AC3200 (DIR-890L) is a giant glossy red triangular prism with six huge antennas sticking out of it, and promises tri-band Wi-Fi performance of up to 3200Mbps. This is one massive router, but it does what it says on the tin very well.