There's great news for fans of faster connection speed. At CES 2015, there are new routers, power line adapters and accessories that can really supercharge your connected home.
There are many routers being showcased at the 2015 International CES, but D-Link's AC5300 DIR-895L/R is by far the most impressive one.
Apart from the aggressive and stylish look, it's set to be the first router on the market that can deliver the full Wi-Fi bandwidth of 5,300Mbps. To achieve that, it has three separate Wi-Fi bands. The 2.4GHz band can deliver up to 1,000Mbps and the two 5GHz bands can deliver up to 2,165Mbps each, simultaneously. It will ship in the second quarter of the year.
The AC2600 TEW-827DRU router is the first quad-stream router from D-Link. This is a dual-band router capable of delivering up to 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 1,733Mbps on the 5GHz band.
The TEW-827DRU sports four high-performance dual-band external detachable antennas, all Gigabit network ports, and two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to. It also has Wi-Fi amplifiers and the targeted Beamforming technology. On top of that, when hosting an external hard drive, it supports Samba clients, can work as an iTunes music server and also as a BitTorrent download client. It will be available in May with the expected street price of round $200.
The AC3100 DIR-885L/R is an all-new dual-band router that has the top speed on the 2.4GHz band of up to 1,000Mbps, and on the 5GHz bands up to 2,165Mbps each. It's a full gigabit router that supports USB 3.0 and a new, easy-to-use interface. The router is set to ship in the second quarter of the year.
The TEW-828DRU is the first tri-band router from Trendnet. It comes with one 2.4GHz band that tops out at 600Mbps and two 5GHz bands that cap at 1,300Mbps each. Trendnet says this new router is the answer to the Netgear R8000 or the Linksys EA9200 .
The TEW-828DRU sports six high-performance external antennas, all Gigabit network ports (one WAN and four LANs), one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port to host storage devices or printers. It's shipping later this month with an expected street price of around $200.
The AC3200 DIR-890L/R is another tri-band router. However, similar to others already on the market, such as the Netgear R8000, its 2.4GHz band can deliver up to only 600Mbps, while the two 5GHz bands can each deliver up to 1,300Mbps.It's available now at the suggested price of $310 (which converts to around £200 or AU$385).
The DHP-701AV power line kit from D-Link is the first on the market that promises a power line connection of up to 2,000Mbps.
The kit is equipped with the latest in HomePlug AV2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology. The addition of MIMO technology allows the adapters to use the fastest two wires in a typical three-wire (live, neutral and ground) installation to maximize the connection speed.
This new power line kit is set to ship soon in the first quarter of the year, at the suggested price of $130.
This is another power line kit from D-Link. Like the previous one, it also use the latest HomePlug AV2 standard but uses just a single wire to deliver the top speed of 1,000Mbps. It will also ship in the first quarter of the year with an expected price of $80.
The WRT1200AC is the cheaper version of the flagship WRT1900AC that came out April last year. The router supports only the dual-stream (2x2) setup of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard with a top speed of just 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 877Mbps on the 5GHz band. It's available later this spring for the suggested price of $180, which converts to around £120 or AU$220.
The Linksys Storage Bay is an accessory for Linksys WRT 802.11ac routers. It can house two internal hard drives in a RAID 1 setup and connects to a router via USB 3.0 or eSATA. The main benefit of this device is its design: it can stack perfectly under any of the new WRT routers. It will be also be available this spring and costs $130 (£85 or AU$160 converted)
The Around Town Internet is Netgear's first step into mobile Internet services. It's basically a mobile hotspot that can support up to 10 Wi-Fi clients and has about 12 hours of battery life. The novelty is that its data never expires over time. At $200, it comes with 1GB; when this runs out, you can purchase another GB for $25. There's no contract to worry about, either.