IT Show 2017: Networking gadgets picks

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC530

1 Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300

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Be the first in the world to get the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 at IT Show 2017.

Singapore is the first country to launch this gaming-oriented router. Featuring tri-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the router also has eight LAN ports and two ultra-fast USB 3.0 ports. Even with so many devices connected, the quadcore processor ensures maximum network performance.

The in-built ROG gaming centre keeps tabs on all the important gaming stuff, such as lag, traffic statistics and device connections. This is one mean-looking router that hardcore gamers will take to easily.

2 Aztech WIPC410HD

$129 (usual price $169); free Aztech Power Saving S-Plug PSC100 (worth $19.90)
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As an indoor surveillance IP camera, the Aztech WIPC410HD comes loaded with features that make this a great bargain.

It captures 960p quality clips, has motion detection and two-way audio with built-in microphone and speaker and night vision with the IR LED up to 8m. The pan, tilt and digital zoom feature allows you to control what you want to view, and the wide-angle field of view helps to ensure you get to monitor your space easily. You can access the camera via a Web browser or your mobile phone with the companion app.

3 D-Link DIR-895L

$399 (usual price $449); freebies DCS-5000L (worth $99), Wi-Fi Pan & Tilt Day/Night Camera (limited to first 30 customer)
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This tri-band router (2.4Ghz and dual 5Ghz) is good for homes where one person may be gaming and the other is streaming high-quality video over the Web.

It also has a coverage of up to 500 sq m by utilising the SmartBeam technology, where bandwidth is directed to your mobile devices as you move around the house. The 1.4Ghz dual-core processor also provides additional processing power to handle intensive gaming, video streaming and data transfer. There is also one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port and 4 LAN ports.

4 TP-Link Archer C9 Wireless Dual-band Gigabit Router

$169 (usual price $199)
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The C9 router from TP-Link is good for families who don't require intensive network performance.

The three antennas, built-in amplifier and Beamforming technology aid in directing maximum network coverage where your connected devices need it most.

Unlike most routers which are placed flat on surfaces, the C9 is propped up vertically angle for better Wi-Fi efficiency. At its heart is a dual-core 1Ghz processor, along with one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port to connect to printers, media servers or storage devices.

5 TP-Link NC450 Cloud Camera

$95 (usual price $105)
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The TP-Link NC450 IP camera can pan and tilt so you can monitor what's going on in your home via a Web browser or the tpCamera app on your smart devices.

It records HD-quality video in 720p resolution to an SD card. The surveillance camera can also push notifications to your mobile phones when sound or motion is detected, and has night vision of up to 8m. There's also two-way audio, so you can communicate with your family via the IP camera.

6 TP-Link RE450 WiFi Range Extender

$99 (usual price $149)
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If you have Wi-Fi "dead zones" at home, you may need to get a Wi-Fi extender like the TP-Link RE450.

It promises additional coverage of up to 10,000 sq ft, and has an intelligent signal light to help you find the best spot to position it for better coverage. It has three external antennas for a more reliable connection and works with any wireless router and access points. According to TP-Link, the RE450 also reduces signal interference, helping to ensure a stable wireless connection.

• Leonard Goh is a freelance tech writer

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2017, with the headline 'Networking'. Print Edition | Subscribe