With Samsung's DeX, all you need to do is plug your Note 9 into a monitor using an HDMI cable to have a portable PC. But can it replace a laptop when you travel?
ProtonVPN's free tier is wonderfully unlimited and fairly flexible, but it's still a little too slow to replace a paid service.
The new Bitdefender Box does a great job of protecting your internet-connected devices. It's easy to use and barely slows down your network.
The Motorola MX1200 can inexpensively help fill in Wi-Fi dead zones with the combination of reasonably good performance and an easy setup routine.
D-Link's DAP-1720 is easy to set up, provides a mobile app and can help fill a home with Wi-Fi, but it serves up patchy performance and is so large that it risks blocking adjacent AC outlets.
Phicomm's K3 is not only one of the fastest router's we've seen, but one of the rare ones that has a screen that shows its activities and its current speed. Big and smooth, the Phicomm K3 comes with a two-year warranty.
Netgear's Nighthawk XR500 Pro Gaming Router lives up to its name by delivering the online goods for serious gamers with a low-latency, high-performance design. The XR500 leaves other gaming routers in the digital dust.
Avira Phantom VPN is good for vacation travelers and occasional VPN users, but heavy users should look elsewhere.
Avira Phantom VPN's free tier is speedy and easy to use, but its 1GB of monthly data won't get you far.
Simple, small and straightforward, the Netgear EX6120 AC1200 Essentials Edition Wi-Fi range extender is a snap to set up, but it disappoints on performance, and the company provides support for only three short months. It's a likely letdown for users.
If buying the cheapest Wi-Fi extender is all that matters, get the $26 Coredy E300, but be ready for disappointing performance and range.
The Netgear Nighthawk X6S tri-band Wi-Fi mesh extender proves bigger can be better when it comes to filling in the gaps in your home's Wi-Fi network.
Looking for the best of everything in a router? Netgear's Nighthawk X6S delivers tri-band technology, speed and a slew of features.
Samsung's Connect Home Pro combines a home automation hub with a powerful Wi-Fi router, showing what the future of wireless at home looks like. We just wish it was more customizable.
ID Watchdog Platinum offers the basics of identity protection, but you'll get more features from other services.
Credit Sesame's identity protection is competent and moderately priced, but the website is full of ads and human help can be hard to find.
With a design aimed at reducing the network lag for gamers, the Linksys WRT 32X combines a Killer Prioritization engine to apportion a home's bandwidth with a quick setup and an excellent interface. Alas, this yields mediocre performance.
Not only is the Norton Core a high-performance router that pumps out the data, but it inspects every data packet entering your network.