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We Pick The Best Networking Products For 2010

By The SmartHouse Team | Thursday | 03/12/2009

We are downloading and creating more media than ever before, but the challenge of how to share files still remains the same. Networking is an important part of moving files around the home and this year has seen devices with vast improvements on storage, speed, and control. Media players, TVs, and PCs have also become more reliant on connectivity.

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Best Wireless Router
Netgear WNHDEB111
www.netgear.com.au | $299
A lot of routers have a hard time streaming HD or gaming content wirelessly. This router alleviates that problem and does a great job by using the Wireless-N band and automatically adjusts to the needs of Internet, voice, video and gaming applications.

Highly Recommended
Linksys WRT610N
www.linksysbycisco.com/ANZ | $399.99


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Best Universal Remote
www.rticontrols.com | $4399
Utilising wireless ZigBee technology, this remote can connect to A/V and environmental systems, making it one of the few devices in the market that can do so. This means a user can now control lighting, audio/video components, wireless video, and web pages in the palm of your hands.

Highly Recommended
Logitech Harmony 1100i
www.logitech.com | $899.95

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Best Wireless Music System
Sonos Zoneplayer S5
www.playback.com.au | $699
While there are a lot of devices out there that offer audio streaming, Sonos has done a good job in providing users with an all-in-one wireless system. It plays music from the Internet, audio files stored on a PC or MAC, and can be controlled using an iPod Touch or iPhone via a downloaded application.

Highly Recommended
Logitech Squeezebox Duet
www.logitech.com | $699.95


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Best Network Storage System
HP MediaSmart Server
www.hp.com.au | From $599
As you would expect, this media server stores all your digital content for streaming to any networked product or over the Internet. Its price makes it stand out from the crowd, especially when you take into consideration its feature set and storage capacity.

Highly Recommended
Cisco Media Hub
www.linksysbycisco.com/ANZ | $699


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Best Power Protection
Thor PS10 Power Station
www.thortechnologies.com.au | $1499
If you are spending a lot of money on your AV gear, it is logical that you protect it with a device that can provide consistent power. The Thor PS10 Power Station provides pure and precise 240 volts to your valuable electrical equipment, protecting it 24/7 and giving you peace of mind.

Highly Recommended
Monster HTS 1650 Home Theatre Reference Power Centre
www.e-hifi.com.au | $999

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