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If going online feels like going to war, then you've come to the right place. Today we're highlighting five fabulous networking deals to help correct your peskiest Internet issues. Get an all-time price low on a TRENDnet MIMO wireless router, save $47 on a business-class Netgear 24-port switch, or pick up some extra cables for as little as 49 cents each.
Is It Worth It?: Since your old router has gone the way of the dinosaurs, why not do a little future-proofing with your next purchase? The Trendnet TEW-691GR router features Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technology, which is capable of delivering speeds of up to 450Mbps. Use coupon code "EMCPEGP62" to drop it to $30, which is $10 under our previous mention and the lowest price we've ever seen for this router.
Is It Worth It?: If you've got multiple computers, printers, and other devices all trying to access the same home network, you may run into problems that a router alone can't solve. A switch, like the On Networks DSG005-199NAS, will help your networked devices communicate more efficiently. You'll save $15 on this Editors' Choice switch when you apply coupon code "MASTERPASS10", check out via Masterpass, and then redeem the rebate above. The DSG005-199NAS is an unmanaged switch, which means it doesn't need to be configured, and it includes five RJ45 ports.
Is It Worth It?: If your home network has a lot — I mean a lot — of devices to keep track of, then you should invest in a business-class switch like this 24-port model from Netgear. The Netgear JGS524 features 24 10/100/1000Base-T ports with a switching capacity of up to 48Gbps, and mounts into a standard 19" rack. Use coupon code "EMCPDPG29" and the rebate above to drop this switch to the Editors' Choice price of $120, saving you $47.
Is It Worth It?: There's nothing more frustrating than having a house full of WiFi dead zones. If moving your wireless router to a better position hasn't helped, then your best bet is to invest in a wireless range extender, like this refurbished one from Netgear. The Netgear WN2000RPT-100NAR boasts speeds of up to 300Mbps, four Ethernet ports, and WPA2-PSK, WPS and WEP encryption. An Editors' Choice pick, this WiFi extender will save you $36 off the cost of a new unit.
Note: A 30-day warranty applies, although it's unclear who backs it.
Is It Worth It?: Before you go wild buying all new networking equipment, do yourself a favor and check your cables. Why spend $30 on a new router when all you really needed to do was spend 58 cents on this Coboc 1-foot Cat5e Ethernet cable? You can stock up on all kinds of Coboc network and computer cables at Newegg, where the prices for select cables have been slashed as low as 49 cents. With shipping charges starting at $1.99, you'll save at least a buck on many SATA, USB, Cat5e, Cat6, and Cat7 cables in varying lengths.