Holiday gift picks that get you connected

CNET editor Dong Ngo's picks for networking devices that make great gifts for those who want to stay more connected.

With an eye-catching design, the Cisco Linksys E4200 router makes a great gift that also keeps you superconnected.
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It's the holiday season, and it's the time of year it's most obvious to us that we just can't be with all of our loved ones and good friends at the same time.

Fortunately, there are other ways to be connected.

Thanks to the Internet, you now can video conference in real time, even when you're driving on the road (make sure you use hands-free devices). Mobile Internet devices, for example, offer you a broadband-like connection as long as you're within the cellular coverage of the provider. And when you're at home, a good set of networking products keeps you constantly connected with others, via chatting, e-mailing, social networking, and even hard-core gaming.

Below is a list of such networking devices. Get one for yourself or for your friend so you all can get better connected this holiday season and for years to come. For more options, also check out our top networking product list.