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New Arrival: StarHub Launches 5G-Bundled SIM Only Plans

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

StarHub boasts it is the first in Singapore to launch 5G-bundled SIM Only plans. Two new Mobile+ SIM Only plans are available for customers from today. Prices below.

New and re-contracting mobile customers will receive StarHub’s brand-new 5G SIM cards from today

New and re-contracting mobile customers will receive StarHub’s brand-new 5G SIM cards from today

Called Mobile+ SIM Only, both plans offer customers 1,000 talktime minutes, 1,000 SMS, and free incoming calls.

The S$38 plan comes with 70GB of data, made up of 60GB with a launch bonus of 10 GB.

For S$7 more monthly (at S$45), customers will get extra 20GB of data (90GB).

Both plans offer customers 12 months of Disney+ on StarHub, 1,000 talktime minutes, 1,000 SMS, and free incoming calls.

In conjunction with today’s launch, StarHub has also started issuing brand-new 5G SIM cards to customers who renew or sign up for Mobile+, Mobile+ SIM Only and Biz+ plans, free-of-charge (Usual price: S$37.45).

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot Device with Wi-Fi 6

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

The addition of this new 5G Mobile Hotspot device extends the networking ecosystem that Linksys offers from home networking to mobile networking on-the-go. Available in Singapore now at S$799 at all authorised outlets.

The Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot device enables you to share your mobile data plan with up to 15 devices, at home, at an event venue or while traveling overseas on a local data-SIM.

The Linksys 5G Mobile Hotspot device enables you to share your mobile data plan with up to 15 devices, at home, at an event venue or while traveling overseas on a local data-SIM.

The new 5G Mobile Hotspot device from Linksys provides Wi-Fi 6 connectivity to up to 15 mobile devices.

This is great for providing Internet access at event venues with no Wi-Fi networks.

Or during vacation for sharing a local mobile data plan with the rest of the family.

It can also serve as a backup networking solution in case the home broadband connection is down (as in the recent telco outage), or when the Wi-Fi network in an event venue is weak or down.

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#tech4WorkFromHome: Turbocharge Home Wi-Fi with Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Want to improve the quality, speed and coverage of your home Wi-Fi for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning? I’ve been using the E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router from Linksys since its launch half a year ago and I’m very happy that it has delivered.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router to expand Wi-Fi coverage and performance for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning, as well as for gaming.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router to expand Wi-Fi coverage and performance for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning, as well as for gaming.

I’ve been using a telco-provided router for years – it has served me well although it could not reach the study, the bedrooms and the garden outside – so Internet access has always been confined to the kitchen, living and dining rooms.

Beyond the reaches of the old router, we had to switch on the mobile data connections on our handphones and hotspot the data to devices (speakers and computers etc) without a mobile data connection.

You can imagine how frustrating and limiting (and expensive) that can be.

And as the number of Internet-lusting devices being used in the household began growing rapidly, connection quality began to deteriorate, with slow speeds and dropped connections occurring more frequently.

Which was why I decided to upgrade the old router with the Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router.

To expand the coverage of my home Wi-Fi network, I deployed a 2-node (1 parent + 1 child node) mesh network.

This was because a single-node network provided roughly a similar spatial network as my old router, probably because it was a matter of physical topology due to the layout.

The optical network terminal (ONT) for Singtel’s fibre optic network is located at one end of my apartment near the main entrance – instead of the center of the entire apartment – hence the distance between the router (which is connected by wire to the ONT) and the bedrooms tend to render the Wi-Fi signals too weak for connection.

 

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I have a Network Attached Storage (NAS) connected (by wire) to the E9450 so that devices can upload/download files/photos and stream music/videos wirelessly via the Wi-Fi network. Another reason why I need a good Wi-Fi network with reach and performance.

So with a second E9450 router placed at the far end of the living room, the coverage of the Wi-Fi network was successfully extended to every bedroom – because the second router was located at the center of the entire apartment.

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Giveaway: Join Synology Online Quiz to win Google Pixel 4A 5G

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

Synology is having a campaign in the form of an online quiz.

Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 4A 5G if you participate in an online quiz by Synology. Link here.

Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 4A 5G if you participate in an online quiz by Synology. Link here.

Stand a chance to win a Google Pixel 4A 5G if you complete an online questionnaire by Synology.

Campaign ends 31 May 2021.

Review: Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD with Synology DS918+ NAS

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

With the growing demand for storage space at home, I’ve set up an NAS (Network Attached Storage) with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB NAS HDD (Hard Disk Drive) in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation. Just in time for World Backup Day 2021 today.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDD freshly unwrapped (lower photo) and just prior to installation into the Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS.

With the exponentially increasing demand for storage space, businesses and home users constantly find themselves exhausting whatever storage they have – be it to store text documents, databases, photos or huge video files.

 

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The NAS sitting pretty alongside the Linksys E9450 router, all set up with RAID5 in a Synology DS918+ DiskStation with three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs within.

And with the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are working from home and students are doing home-based learning – resulting in large increases in demand for storage needs at home eg. if you’re a creative pro who now have to do your video-editing at home instead of at the office.

 

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The three Seagate IronWolf Pro 14TB HDDs and Synology DS918+ DiskStation NAS just prior to unboxing.

Having gotten by with a desktop expansion HDD connected to my work laptop, I’ve decided to set up an NAS at home – to not only increase storage capacity but also to share that storage with all members of the family.

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New Arrival: Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh Router (StarHub Exclusive)

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

StarHub is offering the Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi6 mesh router (RRP S$399) free to its 2Gbps Fibre Broadband subscribers (new and recontract). Additional units to set up a mesh network at home are available at S$288 per unit or monthly installments of S$12 or S$24 over 24 or 12 months respectively. Prices include GST.

The new Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh Router (AKA StarHub Smart WiFi Pro).

The new Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh Router (AKA StarHub Smart WiFi Pro).

StarHub’s name for the router is the “StarHub Smart WiFi Pro”.

The MX4200 is StarHub’s first Wi-Fi 6 router and is the product of a continued partnership with Linksys.

The router combines mesh networking and Wi-Fi 6 technology to promise 4x speed, 4x capacity (compared to Wi-Fi 5) to more than 40 Wi-Fi devices within the home.

The router is especially suited for gamers – who typically subscribe to StarHub’s 2Gbps Fibre Broadband – and desire ultra-low latency and lower ping times.

The 2Gbps plan costs S$62.90 per month.

Those who purchase the MX4200 from StarHub can look forward to firmware upgrades within the year for two additional features that would optimise the home network for gaming and increase speed through intelligent allocation of radio bands (DFS – Dynamic Frequency Selection).

 

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Media briefing by Linksys and StarHub on the Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 mesh router at the company’s office at Level 30, South Beach Tower in Singapore. “Throughout 2020, we have witnessed how pivotal stable connection is for every household as the modern world shifts to normalise home-based learning and working from home. 400 million Southeast Asians – nearly 70 percent of the population – are now online. In Singapore alone, 90 percent of the population are connected online. This increase means demand for faster internet connection will only continue to grow exponentially. Through this partnership with StarHub, we believe that our WiFi 6 offerings will successfully meet consumers’ demand for next generation ultra-high-speed router technology,” said Jenny Ng, General Manager for Asia, Linksys.

More details below on the Linksys Velop MX4200 WiFi 6 mesh router from the press release.

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Singtel Launches UNBOXED Lite 5G Experience Zones on Orchard Road

Monday, January 4th, 2021

The telco hopes to offer consumers a taste of its network’s ultra-fast mobile speeds with 5G-powered WiFi.

UNBOXED Lite features next-generation self-service kiosks powered by mmWave 5G and Singtel’s AI assistant Stella. Photo credit: Singtel.

UNBOXED Lite features next-generation self-service kiosks powered by mmWave 5G and Singtel’s AI assistant Stella. Photo credit: Singtel.

Singtel is giving its payphone booths at Tong Building on Orchard Road a new lease of life with 5G connectivity.

“UNBOXED Lite 5G experience zones will allow more consumers to try out Singtel 5G and understand how super-fast speeds and quick response times can elevate their mobile data experience. With 5G set to go mainstream with more devices and applications available in the coming months, we will launch UNBOXED Lite experience zones progressively across the island to bring richer experiences enabled by 5G, AR and VR closer to the consumers,” says Gan Siok Hoon, Managing Director of Sales and Marketing, Consumer Singapore, Singtel.

Named UNBOXED Lite, the payphone booths have been transformed into next-generation multimedia kiosks, providing round-the-clock access to a wide range of Singtel services and complimentary 5G-powered WiFi.

UNBOXED Lite will give all consumers a taste of Singtel’s ultra-fast 5G experience, providing WiFi connections powered by Singtel’s triple-band 5G which utilises 3.5Ghz, 28Ghz and 2100Mhz frequencies.

Consumers with any smartphone can connect to the 5G-powered WiFi for free to experience Singtel 5G’s fast speeds, as well as smooth streaming of exclusive 4K content from Love Nature.

To provide a safe and secure environment for everyone, all touch surfaces in UNBOXED Lite are disinfected frequently and coated with a long-lasting anti-microbial solution.

UNBOXED offers customers a 24/7 contactless experience for prepaid card purchases and top-ups, Singtel mobile, fibre broadband and TV subscription sign-ups, instant SIM card replacements and more.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router with Singtel

Friday, October 9th, 2020

Singapore will be the first in the world to launch the Linksys E9450 WiFi 6 EasyMesh Router. Price and availability below.

* In this story, the abbreviation “Wi-Fi” is used for the network protocol while the term “WiFi” is used as part of the name of the Linksys router.

The E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router for consumers who want to optimise their home Wi-Fi experience and coverage.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router for consumers who want to optimise their home Wi-Fi experience and coverage.

Linksys, the connected home division within the Belkin International and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) (HK: 6088) entity, has just announced the global launch of Linksys’ first WiFi 6 EasyMesh router, the E9450 (AX5400).

Singtel is the first operator in the world to offer the new Linksys WiFi 6 router in its effort to bring next-generation Wi-Fi connectivity to Singtel fibre broadband customers in Singapore.

The Wi-Fi 6 standard enables customers to enjoy faster data transfers, increased capacity, better connectivity performance in environments with many connected devices, and improved power efficiency.

As the latest Wi-Fi 6 solution for consumers’ increasingly demanding wireless connectivity needs, the E9450 router will be exclusively available to Singtel fibre broadband customers for two months starting from 10 October, 2020.

The new E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 router is Linksys’s latest advanced model under its updated E-series, launched in September 2020.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Linksys E7350 WiFi 6 & E5600 WIFI 5 Routers

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Linksys will be launching new budget-friendly Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 routers under its new E-series. Price and availability below.

* In this story, the abbreviation “Wi-Fi” is used for the network protocol while the term “WiFi” is used as part of the name of the two Linksys routers.

From Left: The new Linksys E5600 (AC1200) WiFi 5 and E7350 (AX1800) WiFi 6 routers offer greater speeds for faster downloads, lower latency for more network reliability and the ability to connect more devices at once.

From Left: The new Linksys E5600 (AC1200) WiFi 5 and E7350 (AX1800) WiFi 6 routers offer greater speeds for faster downloads, lower latency for more network reliability and the ability to connect more devices at once.

The Linksys E5600 (AC1200) WiFi 5 router is budget-friendly while the Linksys E7350 (AX1800) WiFi 6 router is speedy and more powerful for gamers and early adopters.

The E5600 (AC1200) WiFi 5 router can cover up to 1,000 square feet.

The router can handle up to more than 10 devices at speeds up to 1.2 Gbps making it suitable for gaming, streaming and web surfing.

The E5600 WiFi 5 router is also equipped with security features such as Parental Controls and separate Guest Access that allows users to give guests access while keeping unwanted guests out of the network.

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ViewQwest Offers Network Solutions For Work From Home

Friday, April 10th, 2020

With the government’s Circuit Breaker measures to fight COVID-19 in Singapore, ViewQwest has offered employees working from home get faster and more secure access to their companies’ IT services.

ViewQwest offers various networking solutions for personal and business use.

ViewQwest offers various networking solutions for personal and business use.

Work-from-home staff are facing network congestion as they connect to office networks via VPN, competing for bandwidth with their family’s entertainment needs over the same residential broadband pipe.

The ViewQwest Private Network offers a Work-from-Home (WFH) solution that installs a second residential broadband line that can connect the user directly and privately to the office network without VPN.

ViewQwest is also offering its Cloud VPN solution to provide businesses with an on-demand VPN service that can be easily scaled.

More details below from the press release.

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