Who said a 3G Wi-Fi router has to be bulky and unattractive? That's certainly not the case with the the T-Mobile Mobile Broadband Share Dock, which is actually decent to look at while doing its mundane though important job.
D-Link have announced the DIR-825, a WiFi-N router capable of simultaneous dual-band use. The DIR-825 Xtreme N can sustain both a 2.4GHz and a 5GHz network at the same time, intelligently differentiating between bandwidth-intensive applications such as VoIP and online gaming and assigning them to the more stable 5GHz frequency. Meanwhile general network traffic uses the 2.4GHz band.
Netgear has pushed out a heap of new 802.11n networking devices today, including routers, modem routers and USB adapters. The WNR2000 and DGN2000 routers are both backward-compatible with WiFi b/g, have four ethernet ports and differ only in that the DGN2000 has a built-in ADSL2+ modem. Each has Netgear's Push 'N' Connect setup system, which allows you to add new wireless devices to the network with a button press rather than remembering a password.
If you are one of the lucky individuals to have a Nintendo Wii and really enjoy the pristine white case it sports, you might be interested in the latest offering from company. It's a wireless router and with its equally pristine white case, you're sure to have a coordinated set up.
WiFi is great until you start reaching the fringes of your router's range, at which point throughput slows to a trickle and you start dreaming of nice, reliable ethernet cables. Happily there's an alternative to snaking CAT-5 around your skirting boards; Open-Mesh makes Mini-Routers that, when plugged in and registered, automatically create a mesh-network and thus boost your WiFi coverage.
TRENDnet have begun shipping their 300Mbps Dual Band Wireless N Gigabit Router, the TEW-672GR. Capable of using either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands, the TEW-672GR also has four gigabit ethernet ports and a "double firewall" using both Network Address Translation (NAT) and Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) protocols.
Linksys have released their latest WiFi router, the WRT610N, the claim to fame of which is its ability to simultaneously maintain WiFi band-N connections on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. The benefit is in being able to use each band for separate, bandwidth intensive applications; 5GHz has a shorter range but higher throughput, while 2.4GHz is backward compatible with earlier WiFi versions that would usually slow the whole network down.
Data backup falls resolutely at the dreary end of the tech-task scale; periodically market researchers release stats showing how few people take the time to safely copy their accumulated files, usually prompting a guilty DVD burning session which never gets repeated. Apple's Time Capsule, then, was welcomed with excited upon its announcement; with the slick, careful design Apple are renowned for, could they manage to make even backup sexy? To be fair, it's a pretty huge challenge. You'll be hard-pressed to find a nicer looking network hard-drive, or one so straightforward to set up, but Time Capsule undoubtedly has its caveats.