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In this episode we bring you our Drobo 5N unboxing video, giving you a look at the unique NAS!
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The Drobo 5N is the latest network-attached storage device from the folks at Data Robotics. We are big Drobo fans at Gear Live, and we decided to move from the previous Drobo NAS, the Drobo FS, over to the newer Drobo 5N.

The 5N has 5 drive bays, allowing you to choose single or dual drive failure modes. This means that you can have either one or two drives completely fail, and still keep all of the data that is stored on the Drobo.

We open it up and give you a look. If you like wha tyou see, you can pick up your own Drobo 5N.

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Apple has finally released a series of 802.11ac routers with the release of the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule 2013 models. In this episode we open up the AirPort Time Capsule 2TB model and give you a look at the specs while detailing the changes from the previous generations of Apple Time Capsule routers and devices. We will be putting the new super-fast 802.11ac AirPort Time Capsule to the test, and will have a review up shortly as well. For now, though, check out the unboxing video, and wonder along with us why Apple continues to stubbornly ship its routers with three Ethernet ports instead of the standard four.

You can pick up an AirPort Extreme starting at $199.

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In this episode we open up the AT&T MiFi Liberate, a portable mobile hotspot that sports two really unique features: a 2.8-inch touchscreen for managing settings, and a 2900 mAh battery that lasts up to 11 hours per charge. This makes it easy to get up to 10 devices connected to the MiFi Liberate 4G LTE signal, and once connected, you can pretty much stay connected all day. It's small, looks great, and is super portable, and in areas where there is no LTE, you will fall back onto HSPA+. Also cool, you can put an a microSD card up to 32GB in size to create shared storage space. Check out the video above to see how it all works!

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Belkin AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router unboxed

The next generation of Wi-Fi connectivity is 802.11ac, and routers are on sale now to provide the signal. The main problem? There are, literally, no laptops, tablets, or smartphones right now that sell with 802.11ac support built-in. Still, you have the opportunity to future-proof your wireless setup in anticipation for the arrival of the super-fast standard, and the Belkin AC1200 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router is one of the first available. We got one in for review, and we are in the process of putting it through its paces. In the meantime, while you wait for the AC1200 review, check out our Belkin AC1200 DB unboxing gallery, showing off the spaceship-like curves of the router. You can pick one up now on Amazon.

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Western Digital My Net N900 HD router

We're currently readying our Western Digital My Net N900 HD router review, and in the meantime we wanted to hit you with some images of the fantastic piece of networking gear. The My Net N900 HD makes QoS super easy, and will eliminate the need for a switch on larger wired home networks as well. As you can see in the My Net N900 HD unboxing gallery, it also looks pretty good. Check it out, and if you want one, you can get it on Amazon at a discount.

 

Gallery: Western Digital My Net N900 HD unboxing gallery


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Drobo is billed as the “World’s first data storage robot.”  We like to think of it as super, super simple data storage that also doubles as a fantastic backup destination. Backing up your data is both extremely boring, and excruciatingly essential. has tried to spice things up in this area with their technology in Leopard (which Drobo supports), and Windows Home Server offers easy backup for your Windows-based computers.

As you may recall, we got a full feature rundown of Drobo back at CES 2008, so check that out if you need a refresher, or in case you missed it. We were thoroughly impressed, and had to get our hands on one to bring you the scoop on what we think of the device after using it in the real world. While the review is soon to come, we knew you’d want to see the Drobo unboxed. Oh, and as a bonus, we also have the DroboShare as well. This add-on turns your Drobo into a NAS device, and can even pair two Drobos up together for the ultimate in small environment networked data storage.

Check out the video above for the full unboxing of the and DroboShare NAS device.


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AirPort Express - 802.11n Wi-Fi

A few days ago, released the new AirPort Express with 802.11n Wi-Fi built-in. The release signified the completion of Apple’s wireless router line moving to the 802.11n Draft 2.0 standard, and they kept the price at an affordable $99 USD. We went down to the local Apple Store to pick one of these up to use alongside our AirPort Extreme and , which means we have a beefy N network rocking here at Gear Live HQ. Using the three in tandem is fantastic, especially for wireless support.

We just put up an AirPort Express 802.11n unboxing gallery. We’ve got a good 12 images up there for your perusal giving you a look at how compact the AirPort Express wireless router is, as long as the ports and the power connector, among other things. Go give it a look.

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Apple Time Capsule

Over the past day, we’ve been putting ‘s through its paces, and so far, we like what we see. We will be updating you with some impressions in a future post, but for now, we figured we’d hit you with another one of our unboxing galleries. We have a good 18 shots of Apple’s backup NAS wireless router that works hand-in-hand with Time Machine in all of its glory over in our Time Capsule unboxing gallery. Check it out.

Also, if you are interested, here is a Time Capsule vs. Airport Extreme size comparison gallery.

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Gallery: Apple Time Capsule unboxing gallery


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Tired of having to rely on the spotty WiFi connection we had our connected to, we decided to go with a tried and true wired connection. We picked up the Datel LAN Adapter for Nintendo Wii, and figured we would share the unboxing experience with you guys. Take a look at the Datel Wii LAN Adapter unboxing gallery, and feel free to let us know what you think.

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If you have been wanting to get on the Internet while on the go on a MacBook Pro, you have been in need of an ExpressCard solution. That is where the Verizon V640 EV-DO ExpressCard comes in, and we unbox it in this episode.

Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!


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