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Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

​HTC's new Google Play Edition phone is worth obsessing about. Robot vacuum cleaners keep getting better, and wearable fitness gadgets keep getting cuter. But what CNET's editors are really going crazy for is Hearthstone on iPad -- is it really, really amazing or does it just show footage of Hypnotoad? Read on for this week's top-rated reviews...if you dare.

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Crave giveaway: Linksys WRT1900AC wireless router

Win a speedy high-end router from Linksys that CNET's networking reviewer calls one of the best home routers on the market. Wi-fabulous!

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The new <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/networking-and-wi-fi/linksys-wrt1900ac-wireless-router/4505-3243_7-35833876.html">Linksys WRT1900AC</a> resembles the design of the good old WRT54G that came out more than a decade ago.

This Linksys is the most powerful home router on the market

Belkin's Linksys EA6900 Smart Wi-Fi has all there is to be a great router in theory but it fails to deliver in practice.

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The Linksys WRT1900AC is the most powerful home router to date

CNET editor Dong Ngo shows off, among other things, his amazing analytical skill with not one, but two Linksys WRT1900AC routers at a time, and apparently that's not the only time he feels special.

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The Trendnet TEW-818DRU brings the cost of top Wi-Fi performance to a new low

Trendnet's TEW-818DRU is a straightforward high-end AC1900 router with great performance, and its friendly pricing is a welcome bonus. Check out CNET's full review.

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Actiontec's new power-line kit helps extend your home network

If you're looking for a quick way to extend your home network (for both wired and Wi-Fi clients) to that far corner of your home, the Actiontec Wireless Network Extender Plus Powerline Network Adapter 500 Kit might be just what you need.

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Trendnet Powerline 500 AV2 is fast, easy to use, and affordable

The Trendnet Powerline 500 AV2 is an easy recommendation if you want to extend your home network to that far corner of the house.

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Can Staples Connect bring order to the smart-home universe?

This affordable, simple-looking hub promises to consolidate all of your smart home devices into one system.

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The new <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/networking-and-wi-fi/linksys-wrt1900ac-wireless-router/4505-3243_7-35833876.html">Linksys WRT1900AC</a> resembles in design the good old WRT54G that came out more than a decade ago. It's very powerful, running on a 1.2GHz processor.

Fast 802.11ac-based Wi-Fi goes boom at CES 2014 (pictures)

The 802.11ac standard has been on the market for about three years. At CES 2014, it's become the most popular Wi-Fi standard with all vendors introducing new routers, including some with never-before-seen specs and cap speeds. All of these are going to be available for purchase very soon, if they're not already on the market.

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Networking buying guide

Shopping for your home network? This buying guide will keep you connected with the best options.

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Best wireless routers: Top deals in the UK

We've rounded up the finest wireless routers on the market across a range of prices, so take a peek at our list.

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The R7000 is the latest from Netgear and is the best the networking vendor has to offer general consumers to date. This new router offers stellar Wi-Fi speeds, superfast network storage performance (when coupled with an external hard drive), and a host of great features. It also comes with support for third-party firmware, making it the best gift for your geeky friend who wants a powerful device to tinker with.

Best holiday gifts to keep family and friends connected

You want to stay close to your friends and family? These are the best networking products that not only make great gifts but also help everybody stay well-connected despite the physical distance.

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