ST DIGITAL'S GUIDE TO SITEX 2015

Networking

Asus RT-AC5300
Asus RT-AC5300PHOTOS: ASUS, AZTECH, D-LINK, NETGEAR, PROLINK

1 Asus RT-AC5300

$469

Booths 5H01, 6G09 & 6B09A

Bristling with eight antennas, Asus' new high-end router is targeted at early adopters who own and use multiple Wi-Fi devices.

It supports two 5GHz wireless bands used by the latest smartphones and laptops, and a single 2.4GHz wireless band for older devices. This segregation means that your newer gadgets can enjoy higher wireless speeds in their own dedicated high-speed bands without having their Wi-Fi speeds degraded by older, slower devices.

Via a feature called beamforming, the router can lock on to each individual client and focus the Wi-Fi signal in the client's direction, leading to better Wi-Fi coverage.


2 Aztech HD Wireless-N Pan/Tilt IP Camera WIPC409HD-E

$99 (usual price $149)

Booth 5K39

With its ability to pan 355 degrees horizontally and 120 degrees vertically, this surveillance camera can capture a wider than usual view of the surroundings.

You can control the camera remotely via the Internet, using a mobile app or a Web browser.

The camera records high-definition videos (720p) with audio. These recordings can be stored on a microSD card (up to 32GB).

When the camera detects motion, it can notify you by e-mail and send you a screenshot of the scene.


3 D-Link DIR-885L

$299 (usual price $379)

Booth 6A11

The eye-catching DIR-885L does not look like your typical grey or black router. This one is red and has an angular design.

It supports two wireless bands (5GHz and 2.4GHz) using the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard up to a maximum aggregate speed of 3,150Mbps. The router automatically assigns your devices to the appropriate wireless band for optimal Wi-Fi speeds.

Its speedy dual-core processor keeps the user interface responsive as you apply the comprehensive parental control settings to monitor the sites that your kids visit.


4 Netgear Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart WiFi router

$599 (usual price $699)

Booths 5K09, 6D15 & 5H07

Netgear's new wireless router targets the prosumer with high-end features.

Like the Asus RT-AC5300, the Netgear is a tri-band router that provides two 5GHz bands for newer devices and a 2.4GHz band for older devices that are incompatible with the 5GHz band.

In addition to the usual four Gigabit LAN ports, the Netgear has two extra LAN ports that can combine to provide 2Gbps speeds to a wired client (with two Ethernet ports). This feature is typically found on enterprise routers, not a consumer router.

Another unusual feature: the X8 has active antennas that promise to boost the Wi-Fi and signal strength.


5 Prolink PIC2001WE

$32.90 (usual price $89)

Booth 6B31

The Prolink PIC2001WE combines the features of a wireless surveillance camera with that of a wireless extender.

Position it in a room and connect it to your router to eliminate blind spots and improve wireless coverage in the area.

The camera is fixed and cannot pan or tilt. But it records high-definition video (720p) and also detects motion. Using an Android or iOS mobile app, you can view live footage from the camera via the Internet.

MicroSD cards of up to 128GB are supported. So you can store a sizeable number of videos without having to delete or transfer them.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 26, 2015, with the headline 'Networking'. Print Edition | Subscribe