TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Router and TEW-621PC PC Card

At this point in time, it's probably safe to assume that the majority wireless network users are outfitted with some type of 54Mbps solution.  First introduced in 2003, 802.11g has proven its worth as a solid wireless technology for both home and business users alike.  However, as technology advances and the demands for more bandwidth and improved range increase, a new solution is needed as 802.11g has essentially reached its peak in terms of features and capabilities. To help address the need for better security, longer range and more bandwidth, the powers that be have come up with 802.11n (draft) technology....

Intel V8 Media Creation Platform - Dual Sockets - Dual Xeons

It was at this year's Consumer Electronics Show that we were first exposed to an Intel demo machine dubbed the ' V8' .  Intel wouldn't label the machine as a direct response to the QuadFX platform by AMD, but they did want to stress the point that enthusiasts could have a dual-socket, eight-core Intel powered machine today if they went with a workstation platform.  At the heart of the 'V8' machine were two quad-core Xeon processors, a dual-socket S5000XVN motherboard powered by the Intel 5000X-series chipset, and 4GB of RAM.  No doubt a powerful system.  But there was only so...

QNAP TS-101 and TS-201 NAS Servers

Home users and Small Business owners can often benefit from technologies that are normally out of reach for some general consumers. Home users may benefit from having a file server for sharing media, transferring large files between PCs, or even remote access while away. Small Office users can utilize the same features as well, while also benefiting from automated backup capabilities, centralized printer management, or even hosting a domain. The problem is, many of these things often require a level of understanding or experience that many home or SOHO users...

Bigfoot Networks Killer Network Interface Card

There has been a lot of talk within the industry of consolidation as of late. AMD's acquisition of ATI has been a hot topic ever since it was announced.  And that acquisition has spurred rumors of an unlikely merger between Intel and NVIDIA. Both AMD and Intel have talked about integrating a GPU on to the CPU in one form or another, Seagate bought Maxtor, Asus and Gigabyte entered into a strategic partnership, and the list goes on and on. Despite all the talk about consolidation, however, there are still quite a few companies that are pushing for more dedicated co-processing processing...

Plextor PX-EH25L-NA NAS Device

When most home and workstation users think of NAS (Network Attached Storage), they think of big, bulky rackmount servers packed to the brim with terabytes of hard drive space (and terabyte-style price tags to match). NAS became a buzzword in the late 90's, during the dot-com explosion, where the product was targeted at companies who were just integrating web functionality into their businesses, and needed data storage where multiple people could access single file sets. Typical NAS servers ranged in the multi-thousand dollar price range when they were first introduced, and most companies found...

X-Micro WLAN 11g Turbo Mode Broadband Router and PCMCIA card

More and more homes these days contain multiple PCs, and in this age of increasingly common broadband connections it's a no-brainer to want to connect these machines together over a WLAN, or Wireless LAN.  Doing so will allow you to share files and the broadband connection so that everyone can surf the web smoothly.  For sometime now, users have been trucking along at 11 Mbps and 54 Mbps using 802.11b and 802.11g components such as routers, PCI cards, etc. But, as with everything else built into, installed on, or just connected to a PC, there's always room for improvement, and this...

ATI's Catalyst Control Center

  A tarnished reputation is often the hardest thing to overcome in any business.  It is much easier for a company to earn a bad reputation than it is to gain the consumer's faith in any given product.  Over the years, ATi struggled to overcome a reputation for having sub-par drivers.  This impression seemed to grab hold and not let go for many years, although the company continued to improve their drivers regularly.   The biggest step ATi took to correct the situation was to essentially overhaul their driver development process, which resulted in the introduction of the...

Actiontec 54Mbps Access Point and PC Card

Actiontec's 54Mbps Wireless Access Point Easily Connect to Your Network or Share an Internet Connection By, Marco Chiappetta October 16, 2003 Over the past few years, two things have happened that have significantly increased the demand for products like the Actiontec 802.11g 54Mbps Wireless Access Point and PC Card we'll be looking at today.  PC prices have fallen through the floor and broadband Internet connections have become somewhat commonplace.  With PC prices so low, it is now common for the typical household to have more than one computer.  Couple that with a fat pipe to...

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000

  The NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000 NV35GL Based Pro Graphics By: Dave Altavilla September 8, 2003   Back in the month of August, we showcased for you two of the current top Pro Graphics cards in the industry, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000 and the ATi FireGL X1.  However, at the time we were testing those two cards, NVIDIA was readying the follow-on product to their new Quadro FX 2000, dubbed the Quadro FX 3000.  A derivative of the NV30 GPU, the Quadro FX 2000 was built upon NVIDIA's NV30GL for Workstation graphics.  In kind, NVIDIA's Quadro FX 3000 is based on their NV35GL GPU and...

NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000 and ATi FireGL X1

  The NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000 And The ATi FireGL X1 Professional Graphics Solutions Do Battle By: Dave Altavilla August 20, 2003     Professional Graphics Cards are sort of an oddity to us here at HotHardware.com.  Admittedly, we don't get to tinker enough in this area, since frankly the market that is served by these products is a specialty niche´, where there just isn't the same level of marketing buzz, as in the Consumer Graphics space.  Not too mention, the fact that if you want to fairly represent a product's performance and features, from our perspective, one needs...

Interview With ATi VP of Software, Ben BarHaim

An Interview With ATi's VP Of Software, Ben Bar-Haim Executive Management at ATi shares their vision By -Dave Altavilla January 21, 2003     Hello Ben Bar-Haim, and thanks for letting us steal a few moments of your time here.  With the 3D Graphics market poised for yet another flurry of new hardware technology and competitive positioning, we thought it made sense to catch up with ATi and learn a little bit more about the Software side of your game plan. Before we dig in, could you please give us a little background on yourself?  What is your position within ATI and your specific...

NVIDIA's New Quadro 4 XGL

nVIDIA's New Quadro 4 XGL Quadro 4 Meets AGP 8X And A Glimpse Of The Future In Workstation Graphics By Dave Altavilla November 12, 2002   Back in September, we gave you an in depth look at NVIDIA's flagship Workstation Graphics card, the Quadro 4 900 XGL.  Last week we were briefed via teleconference, by a couple of members of the NVIDIA Workstation/Professional Graphics team, with respect to what the NV gang has been up to since that time.  They were excited to show us their heightened emphasis and focus on the Workstation Graphics space and the products they have lined up to service...

PNY Quadro 900XGL

The PNY Quadro 4 900XGL Professional MCAD Testing Of Nvidia's Flagship Workstation Card By -John Fiegener September 16, 2002   Its been a while since we have gotten our hands on a new Nvidia professional level video card. Last time we here at (tool.) tested the Elsa Gloria II "Quadro", we were quit impressed with the performance of that entry into the professional MCAD graphics card arena.  Elsa had always been a producer of high quality gaming cards in the day.  It's too bad they left that market space.   Let me first give you a quick introduction to who we are...

Actiontec Wireless Ready Home Gateway

The Actiontec Wireless Ready Home Gateway SOHO Connectivity - Copper Need Not Apply By, Dave Altavilla November 5, 2001     SOHO (Small Office Home Office) products have certainly gotten sexier with the advent of Broadband ISP services brought to the home and small businesses.  No longer are we limited to the primitive functionality of a simple ethernet hub.  Now we have technologies like Routers, Gateways and Access Points, which were historically thought of as higher end "enterprise" solutions, making their way to suburbia and the average home user or small...

ATi's New 'Catalyst' Software Package

  ATi's New "Catalyst" Software Package Improved Performance, Reliability & More! By, Jeff Bouton June 13, 2002 In a quest to maintain their position as a leader in the video card market, ATi is constantly looking to improve the end-user's overall experience.  This applies to their latest hardware releases, as well as new and improved software developments.  As we've recently seen, ATi has begun to seriously address some issues that have plagued them in the past.  Lately, we've seen a marked increase in their efforts to improve driver performance and reliability. ...

Compex DynaStack DSR2216 16-Port Switch

The Compex DynaStack DSR2216 16-Port Switch It's Time for a "Switch" By Jeff Bouton 5/12/2002 In recent years, we've seen a major shift in the way companies are marketing their networking products.  With the increased popularity of DSL and Broadband, the demand for more bandwidth has made technologies that were originally designed for the commercial market, available to the average single end user or small office.  In years past, the only way the average user could network their computer was using a serial cable.  Today, the enthusiast can put together their own 100Mb high-speed...

Compex Parallel Broadband Internet Gateway

The Compex Parallel Broadband Internet Gateway Powerful, Flexible Connection Sharing Made Easy... By, Marco Chiappetta February 21, 2002 As Internet Service Providers (ISP) begin bringing broadband into the hands of more and more home and small business owners, the need to secure and share this bandwidth has become increasingly necessary.  Up until recently, if you were "talking tech" at home, rarely would the words "router", "gateway" or "firewall" get mentioned.  Times have changed though.  Now users are blessed with high speed internet connections...

D-Link DFE910 Network In A Box

The D-Link DFE-910 Network In A Box Award Winning Performance By Jeff Bouton 6/12/2001 In the past, networking home computers together required the installation of a few network cards and a simple hub.  Usually, installing the cheapest 10Mbps network cards would be more than sufficient for file transfers and possibly sharing a modem with Internet Connection Sharing software.  With the ever growing popularity of broadband internet services, multimedia demands, and online gaming, users required a more robust solution for their networking needs. First came the introduction of 100Mbps...

DLink DHN920 Phoneline USB Network In A Box

D-Link DHN-920 - 10Mb Phone Line USB Network In A Box  A Home Network For Dummies By Dave Altavilla - September 11, 2000   The proverbial "free lunch", this is what Home Networking really delivers to most people and what draws consumers down the isles of the retail store peering at boxes.  Let think about this for a moment.  Most households these days are quickly justifying the expense (if it can be afforded) of adding a second computer for the kids or possibly the spouse instead (in many cases ladies, I realize there may be a fine line between the two anyway). ...

D-Link DWL920 Wireless Network

The D-Link DWL-920 Wireless Network Nice and Easy... By, Jeff Bouton March 14,  2001     Tonight we?ll be taking a look at the latest home networking product from D-Link Systems, Inc.  D-Link is one of the world's leading manufacturers of Networking, Connectivity, and Data Communications products.  Although they are mainly known for their commercial products, D-Link has also made a name for themselves in the Digital Home Connectivity market.  With a wide array of products available from standard Network Interface Cards to Switches and Hubs, D-Link has secured...

Elsa Gloria II Quadro SDR

The Elsa Gloria II Quadro SDR Professional Graphic Solutions for High-End 3D Applications  May 26, 2000 - By John "Tool" Fiegener   Allow me to introduce myself. My name is John Fiegener.  I am the Founder and Owner of tool. Inc.  We are a Product Design Group specializing in mechanical design of products mainly in the consumer market.  I do much of my work with the help of CAD applications and powerful workstations driving the software.  An example of one of my more recognizable pieces, would be the lock I helped design for the Kryptonite Lock Company. ...

GeForce3 Ti 500 and nVidia's Fall Lineup...New Hardware & Software

The GeForce3 Ti 500 and nVidia's Fall Lineup...New Hardware & Software Enter the Detonator XPs and Titanium By - Marco Chiappetta Edited By:  Dave Altavilla October 1, 2001     NVIDIA is at it again. Just when we were all getting used to the idea of a new chipset standard from the 3D graphics giant, we're thrown the proverbial curve ball.  The timing couldn't be any better.  ATi, NVIDIA's main competitor, is about to ship their next generation product and what better way to steal ATi's thunder, than to release a new product of their own?  Better yet, how about...

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