Netgear Modem Router 

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While a lot of computer items get smaller, Modem Routers seem to be an exception. Of course a lot of this is down to having the ability to work on more than one bandwidth and also to have far greater Wi-Fi range to mention just two features.

NETGEAR D7800 100UKS Nighthawk X4S AC2600
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This however is the largest I have seen and will need more desk/table space unless you utilize the two holes in the back and hang it on a wall. It is 28cm wide, 22cm deep and 4.5cm tall all those are without any stand or cables connected. It weights 855grams; if you add the antennas this adds 31cm to the width and around 18cm to the height. As any USB connections are recessed into the side they should not add to the width and any Ethernet connections on the top of the unit will be far less than the extension to the basic footprint caused by the antennas. So 59cm width, 23cm tall and 22cm deep should be enough desk space, it is only 2.5cm tall at the front.

Just in from the front on the left side are the two recessed USB3 ports – it will work fine wine with USB2 – and nearly at the back antenna 2. The right side has as external eSata port at the front and antenna 2 at the back of the side. Along the front are a line of 13 LEDs two of which are touch controlled. Should you wish these can be turned off via a slider switch on the back if you feel they give too much light.

The rear has the just mentioned slider switch, a reset insert point, antenna 1, four yellow Ethernet ports, Internet connection, the other antenna 1, power input and an on/off button all in one line, below the Internet port is a VDSL port and that completes the units controls.

The base has four 2.5x2cm rubber feet to allow ventilation and stop the unit scratching anything it is placed on and on the base is where the two wall hanging connections are should you decide that the dimensions given take up to much desk space.

The box also contains an Ethernet Cable, an ADSL Cable, a VDSL line suppressor and power brick with DC cable attached. Finally a 26 side Quick Start Guide which identifies all the parts in the box and hand holds you though installation also a single sheet Product Update for those on UK Be There and O2 if they get installation problems.

While the Guide does not mention Windows 10 I am told this is now supported.

Having two USB ports lets you hang not only a printer but also a hard drive to be shared among the PCs and other devices both connected by Ethernet and Wi-Fi.

This is a powerful unit and with the ability to mix Wi-Fi bands should give enough speed even for the most speed hungry gamer.

There are a whole gamut of advanced features that will probably only apply to a small number of users but there is more information on the Netgear website.

The Netgear Nighthawk X4S is available from the link below for £269.99

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