Category: Network

Synology DiskStation DS1621+ Review

I decided to upgrade my slightly more than three years old 4-bay Synology DiskStation DS918+ to the 6-bay Synology DiskStation DS1621+.

Back in 2017, DS918+ was the flagship Synology 4-bay NAS and that was replaced with DS920+ in 2020. Also in 2020, the 5-bay DS1520+ got updated.

Synology DiskStation Plus Series
Synology DiskStation Plus Series

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Linksys Velop MX4200 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router

Linksys Velop MX4200 is Linksys second wi-fi 6 Mesh Router. The first being the Linksys Velop MX5300 which I reviewed last year.

One might think that based on the model numbers MX4200 and MX5300, the Velop MX4200 might be a more inferior model. But it is actually not true, and in the real world, you might not notice the difference.

Linksys Velop MX4200 - Front
Linksys Velop MX4200 – Front

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Linksys Velop MX5300 Wi-Fi 6 Review

Linksys Velop MX5300 Wi-Fi 6 was launched in Singapore on the 20th February 2020 for S$569. At launch, it was exclusive to Challenger and Hachi.tech. Other retailers started selling from 20th March 2020 onwards.

This is Linksys’s third Velop mesh wi-fi system. The first being the original Linksys Velop (Tri-Band) and the second being Linksys Velop (Dual-Band).

Linksys Velop MX5300 Wi-Fi 6 - Boxes
Linksys Velop MX5300 Wi-Fi 6 – Boxes

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Migrating From Existing Synology DiskStation to Synology DiskStation DS920+

Synology DiskStation DS920+ is the highest end 4-bay NAS of the new Synology 2020 Plus series. Other models in the series include the DS420+ (4-bay), DS720+ (2-bay), and DS220+ (2-bay).

DS920+ has an Intel Celeron J4125 with 4GB of DDR4 ram. Intel J4125 is a 4-core 2.0 GHz (burstable to 2.7 GHz) processor.

Synology DiskStation DS920+ - Box
Synology DiskStation DS920+ – Box

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Synology Mesh Router MR2200ac Review

The Synology Mesh Router MR2200ac was launched in Singapore this week at a recommended retail price of S$199.

You can get it from Storage Studio on Lazada at a slightly higher price of S$220. Stocks are a little constrained right now but expect more stocks to arrive in January 2019.

Synology Mesh Router MR2200ac - Three Units
Synology Mesh Router MR2200ac – Three Units

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Linksys Velop (Dual-Band) Review

One of the main concerns of the Linksys Velop (Tri-Band) wi-fi mesh system is the price. Linksys Velop (Tri-Band) retails their 1-pack for S$349, 2-pack for S$599 and 3-pack for S$749.

With the introduction of the Linksys Velop (Dual-Band) on 28th July 2018, Linksys manage to solve the pricing problem. It is friendly to the wallet because is about two times cheaper. Linksys Velop (Dual-Band) retails their 1-pack for S$139, 2-pack for S$269 and 3-pack for S$399.

Linksys Velop (Dual-Band) - Box Front
Linksys Velop (Dual-Band) – Box Front

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Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router Review

Three years ago, Linksys launched their first MU-MIMO router with the Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router.

Fast forward to today, Linksys launched their first DFS router with the Linksys EA8100 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router. DFS stands for Dynamic Frequency Selection. More on that in the later part of the review as that is the only selling point of this router.

Linksys EA8100 - Box Front
Linksys EA8100 – Box Front

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eero Beacon

eero Beacon usual price is US$149 (S$199). But on 27th December 2017, they had a sale where it was discounted to US$99 (S$132) with the discount code BEACON99.

Shipping within the US is free, and hence I sent it to my favorite fright forwarder, HopShopGo, and get them to ship to Singapore for me.

eero Beacon - Box Front
eero Beacon – Box Front

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Synology DiskStation DS918+ Review

Synology DiskStation DS918+ is Synology’s flagship 4-bay NAS for prosumers and it belongs to the Synology’s Plus Series of NAS.

Announced at Computex 2017 in July 2017 and released in October 2017, it is retailing for S$811 in Singapore at Fuwell.

DS918+ - Box Front
DS918+ – Box Front

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