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Thanks Antony! I didn't go for the i7 processor. Don't think it'd be necessary for the way I'll use it.

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I would have preferred the top-end 13" MacBook Air, actually.

I'm still waiting for Apple to - finally! - offer i7 quad-core processors on its 13" MacBook Pro laptops as well...

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      RT-N56U Concurrent Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router
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My very old 3Com 11g/11a access point's Ethernet chip died over the weekend so I consulted a recent copy of PC-Pro and the RT-N56U did all I wanted. Specifically I can run it as an access point rather than the peer to peer arrangement that seems to have snuck in while I wasn't looking. On power up the RT-N56U ignored my DHCP server and assigned itself an IP address on a different subnet from the rest of my network. Asus provide a utility to find the RT-N56U so it was only the work of a few moments to bring up the excellent configuration pages on a browser and, no thanks to the manual, it only took a few more moments to find the configuration page which allowed me to switch from "IP Sharing" to "Access Point". After a reboot the RT-N56U correctly picked up a network address from my DHCP server and the four LAN ports on the side of the device now act as a switch for various devices on my LAN. The bottom connector on the RT-N56U connects to my ADSL router. Net result is that various devices can connect to each other via the wired LAN and, of course, also connect to the Net via my Cisco ADSL router. A quick firmware update later and I was ready to start configuring in earnest. 8)

This isn't any sort of review but the only downside to the device I've found so far is the way the cables attach as normal leads can't be hidden and stick out of the side. No doubt I could invest in a set of Cat 5 right-angle cables but I'm too mean. Signal strength is well up on my old access point and it was a snap to reuse my old SSIDs and 63 character password for the wireless side and also enable MAC filtering. I live in a sleepy cul-de-sac so that should be enough security and by reusing that information my MacBook Air and smartphone were able to connect without my altering their own configurations.

Best of all, Amazon UK were not only offering me an extremely competitive price and next day delivery but I was able to place the order and support CameraLabs at the same time by starting my purchase on the CameraLabs If you find my reviews useful, support me by shopping below, or buying me a coffee! page! :D

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@Bob

You mentioned another downside: that's the ugliest AP I have ever seen! :lol:

By the way, I really hope you don't rely on MAC filtering, it's extremely easy to deauth a legit client and spoof your MAC with that of the client. Also hope you aren't using WEP, that can be cracked in a minute with injection attacks :)

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Hi Marijn,

It looks sort of OK in the flesh, or should that be "the plastic", especially as it is in a darkish corner but I'm an old fashioned guy when it comes to network hardware and I'd have been happier with something less avant garde. The RT-N56U was amongst the fastest units on test in the PC-Pro review I referred to, has good range and doesn't break the bank so I can overlook its cosmetics.

No, I don't rely on MAC filtering. It's just another level of security which costs nothing but WPA2 with a 63 character password is the mainstay. There is another level of security you can't buy and that's where I live. My immediate neighbours are all lovely folks but not tech savvy and being a quiet area we notice strangers and unfamiliar vehicles.

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Alright Bob, just wanted to make sure you weren't using MAC filtering with WEP :)

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I've just got a book about Belgium's civil aviation (the airline(r)s, to be precise), after Sabena's bankruptcy, a little over ten years ago (2001). It was recommended to me by a very good friend of mine who is currently training as a commercial airline pilot in Arizona.

Oh, and I've got Steve Jobs' official biography, too (the Dutch translation - just hoping the translation is any good!).

Haven't got any camera(-related) gear recently, but I may in the near future (some Sony protection filters with the Carl Zeiss T* coating or so) :).

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a new leather camera bag for my wife...

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A Canon 350D for $40 and a HTC G1 for about $60.

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Some more eneloops - you always need them so there can't be too many of them.

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