NETGEAR’s 5-port managed Gigabit Ethernet switch controls your homelab at a low of $19

Amazon is offering the NETGEAR 5-port Gigabit Ethernet Plus Switch for $18.99 Prime shipped. This is down from its normal going rate of $35, which saves you 45% and marks a new all-time low that we’ve tracked. Offering the ability to handle L2 network management, this switch delivers VLANs, QoS, IGMP, Storm Control, and Auto DoS. This is perfect if you’re just starting to get your feet wet with homelab equipment and want to begin learning switch management without investing hundreds into a larger setup. There are five total Gigabit Ethernet ports available here, which is perfect for a smaller homelab setup. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

Save $30 on Google’s Nest Wifi Router with Point system at $229

BuyDig’s official eBay storefront is currently offering the Google Nest Wifi Router with Point System for $229 shipped at checkout. Down from the usual $269 going rate, you’re saving $30 here with today’s offer marking the second-best offer we’ve seen in months. Google’s Nest Wifi system provides up to 4,400-square feet of 802.11ac coverage to your space with 2.2Gb/s speeds in tow. And alongside handling all of your home’s Wi-Fi connectivity, the included main router doubles as an Assistant speaker. To complete the package, you’ll also find four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the system. Over 3,700 customers have left a 4.6/5 star rating and you can get a closer look in our hands-on review. Head below for more.

Save as much as $300 on WD’s My Cloud Pro NAS with up to 20TB of storage from $350

Amazon is currently taking up to $300 off WD’s My Cloud Pro Series PR4100 NAS starting at $424.99 shipped. Headlining here is the 16TB version at $995.95. Down from its $1,100 going rate, today’s offer is good for a $105 discount and marks the best price we’ve seen in months. Centered around a 4-bay design, the My Cloud Pro NAS is powered by a 1.6GHz processor that can handle Plex transcoding and much more. The included 16TB of storage can be upgraded down the line with other 3.5-inch hard drives, which makes this a great option for future-proofing your setup. Alongside two Ethernet ports, there’s a USB 3.0 slot with one-touch file copying functionality. There’s also more customizable RAID settings thanks to the four drives and a built-in LCD display for monitoring stats. Over 335 customers have left a 4.2/5 stars. Head below for more.

Get an instant speed boost with this Asus dual-band internet router, $80 (Reg. $129)

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If you are paying for fast Internet but pages are still running slowly, you might need to upgrade your home network. The Asus AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit WiFi Router provides an instant speed boost, with stable wireless coverage and five Ethernet ports. You can get it now in an open-box deal for just $79.99 (Reg. $129) at 9to5Toys Specials. 

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NETGEAR’s Wi-Fi 6 router and DOCSIS 3.1 modem systems on sale from $400 (Save $100)

Amazon offers the NETGEAR Orbi Wi-Fi 6 Router with DOCSIS 3.1 Cable Modem system for $499.99 shipped. Down from its usual $500 going rate, today’s offer amounts to $100 in savings, beats our previous mention by $20, and marks a new all-time low. Serving as a notable all-in-one upgrade to your setup, you’ll be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi 6 connectivity that’s backed by a built-in DOCSIS 3.1 modem. It provides up to 5,000-square feet of space as well as 4.2Gb/s speeds. Plus, by replacing your rental unit with this Comcast-approved modem, you’ll be able to save upwards of $168 per year. Over 125 customers have left a 4.5/5 star rating and you can dive into our launch coverage for a closer look.

Make the jump to Wi-Fi 6 with TP-Link routers on sale from $72 (Save up to 30%)

Amazon currently offers the TP-Link AX21 Wi-Fi 6 Router for $89.99 shipped. Down from its $130 going rate, today’s offer is good for an over 30% discount, beats our previous mention by $10, and marks a new all-time low. If you’ve been looking for an affordable way to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6, TP-Link’s AX21 router is about as notable as they come, especially at this price. Alongside support for up to 1.8Gb/s speeds thanks to the dual band Wi-Fi output, you’re looking at four antennas for ample coverage and five Ethernet ports to wire everything up. Over 6,600 customers have left a 4.4/5 star rating. Head below for more.

Banish dead spots with Tenda’s 2-Node Mesh Wi-Fi System: $66 (Amazon low, Save 40%)

Tenda Official via Amazon is offering its two node Nova 802.11ac Mesh Wi-Fi System for $65.99 shipped when the on-page coupon has been clipped. That’s $44 off the typical rate there and beats the lowest price we have tracked by $9. This mesh Wi-Fi system is ready to cover 1,500-square feet per node, providing a strong signal across medium to large-sized homes. Even if you have a smaller home, having a second node can be very handy for eliminating dead spots. I’ve been using mesh for years now and love having a reliable connection throughout my entire home. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

Save up to $300 on WD’s My Cloud Home Duo NAS lineup starting at $250

Save $300 From $250

Amazon is currently discounting WD’s lineup of My Cloud Home Duo NAS headlined by the 16TB model at $399.99 shipped. Typically fetching as much as $700 but having dropped from $530, today’s offer is $60 under our previous mention and marks a new all-time low.

WD’s My Cloud Home Duo NAS lineup lives up to its name with a pair of internal hard drives for added RAID redundancy and added data protection. On top of its Gigabit Ethernet port that allows you to set up automatic Time Machine backups and the like, there’s also a pair of USB 3.0 inputs for expanding the storage pool with other drives in the future. Over 1,900 customers have left a 4/5 star rating. Head below for more from $250.

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UniFi Diary: 2021 Ubiquiti upgrades, Wi-Fi 6, Dream Machine Pro, and more

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After taking an in-depth look at all of the gear in my current UniFi setup, I’m back today to delve into the equipment I’m hoping to change in 2021. From stepping up to Wi-Fi 6 and upgrading to one of Ubiquiti’s latest routers to expanding my storage pool and doubling down on UniFi Protect, there is a lot planned on the horizon for my homelab. Head below for all of the details.

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Score rare savings on Ubiquiti UniFi PoE switches, mesh access points, more from $29.50

Save $20 From $29.50

Staples is currently discounting a selection of Ubiquiti networking gear headlined by its UniFi Switch 8 60W for $89 shipped when code 17556 has been applied at checkout. Typically selling for $109, today’s offer is good for a $20 discount, marks the lowest we’ve seen in over eight months, and comes within $5 of the all-time low. Whether you’re just building out a Ubiquiti setup or need to expand, this managed 8-port Gigabit Ethernet switch brings four PoE slots into your network for powering access points, cameras, and more. It has a total 60W power output, making it a very capable option for kickstarting your setup. You’re looking at 8Gb/s of total throughput and other perks from the Ubiquiti ecosystem are built-in as well, including monitoring per-port traffic and more. Over 3,200 customers have left a 4.8/5 star rating. Head below for more Ubiquiti deals from $81.

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UniFi Diary: Detailing my 80TB Synology NAS, Mac mini, and Ubiquiti setup

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With the news that Comcast would be implementing data caps shortly into 2021, in December I finally made the switch to Verizon Fios. That got the ball rolling for me to start thinking about the rest of my networking setup and what can be improved. Though before I get to renovating anything, I though I’d go through everything in my existing setup and highlight all of the gear that makes my server and smart home tick. Head below for a closer look at my entire setup, including all of the UniFi gear, my Mac mini cluster, and over 80TB Synology NAS storage pool.

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TP-Link unveils first Wi-Fi 6E routers with up to 10Gb/s speeds and more

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TP-Link is expanding its stable of Wi-Fi 6 routers at CES this week with four new models on the way. Marking the very first time the company is releasing Wi-Fi 6E routers, we’re seeing two new mesh systems alongside some single access point packages. With notable specs like up to 10Gb/s speeds and support for 200 devices, these are some of TP-Link’s most capable releases to date. Head below for all of the details on the new TP-Link Wi-Fi 6E routers.

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Affordable new Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini router series combines mesh with Wi-Fi 6

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While Wi-Fi 6 terminology has been looming for years, it’s only recently begun to gain traction. We’re finally seeing support grace smartphones and tablets, which arguably increases the amount of pressure router manufacturers face to get new and innovative products on the market. We’ve seen several Wi-Fi 6 routers debut, and now more than ever, mesh solutions are coming to the surface. Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini is the company’s latest 3-node mesh offering, and it manages to deliver Wi-Fi 6 while sticking with a compelling price tag. Continue reading to learn more.

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