The following is a list of products mentioned on this website or that I personally have used, currently use, or would use myself. You can review the posts where these are mentioned or even contact me for more thoughts or a more in-depth review. Most of these products are geared towards personal / home use. Some may be good for small or non-profit businesses. Enterprise-class businesses usually have more resources to search out recommended solutions, so though I have worked with many of those products, I won’t mention many of them here.
Project and Learning
If you’re wanting to extend your wired or wireless network, the best recommendation is to run a network line and install another router or switch via that physical connection. This is the way to achieve the best performance and security. If you are frugal or can sacrifice performance you could try a wireless bridge or repeater. I do recommend staying away from those though as they can cut your wireless bandwidth in half or more! Apart from the above solution, here are a couple of cheap and easy ways for an average skill level that I would recommend.
The following products require good electrical wiring in the home or business as the signal will pass over the wires.
For home use, your router and PC firewalls may be sufficient. Just make sure to keep them updated and active! However, with cyber crime and data collection on the rise, more security never hurts.
Routers (wired and wireless)
If you’re just looking for a cheap wired and wireless router for home use without many bells and whistles, you typically can’t go wrong with Belkin, D-Link, NetGear or Linksys. Here’s a list sorted by rating in the $25-60 price range on Amazon.
Wireless Access Points (dedicated, not bundled with router)
Everyday Carry (EDC) Gear
- Swiss Gear backpack – as mentioned in the EDC post.
- Outlite A100 Flashlight – as mentioned in the EDC post.
- Klarus XT11s Flashlight – as mentioned in the EDC post.
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