Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Routers and NAS

'Tis the season...for giving and receiving the newest tech gear. For the geek in your home, here's a list of networking equipment -- from routers to NAS devices -- worth considering.

As the holiday season approaches, people start thinking about gift ideas. To help you give (or receive) the perfect holiday gift this year I've put together a list of five cool tech gift ideas in the routers and NAS box categories.

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Note: All prices are approximate. Shop around for the best deals.

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Router - Linksys WRT54GL

The Linksys WRT54GL is probably the best known and best loved routers available.

Novices love it because it's cheap and easy to set up, while power users love the tweakability and open source nature of the firmware.

The only drawback of this router is that it isn't compatible with the latest 802.11n WiFi standard, but if you can live without that (and most people can), then this is the router for you.

Price: $60 | Find out more: [Reviews]

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Router - NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS

If you're in the market for a high-speed, high-performance, dual-band wireless and gigabit wired router, then check out the NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS.

This fantastically versatile router features a 680MHz MIPS CPU, 8MB of flash storage and 64MB of RAM. Very fast, very reliable, very robust.

This is a very well rounded piece of kit. A superb buy.

Price: $150 | Find out more: [Reviews]

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NAS server - Synology DS209 2-bay SATA

Looking for a backup or multimedia sharing solution? Take a look at the Synology DS209. This is an all-in-one NAS solution incorporating cool features such as the ability to act as a printer server, web server, FTP server, file server and MySQL server.

The ideal choice for prosumer, professional and business users.

Just add two SATA drives!

Price: $290 | Find out more: [Reviews]

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NAS server - Synology DS1010+ 5-bay All-in-1

Looking for a powerful, scalable backup solution? Take a look at the Synology DS1010+.

This is a powerful, fully-featured 5-bay NAS box. It features a 1.6GHz Intel processor, two Ethernet ports, one eSATA port, and four USB 2.0.

This is an all-in-one NAS solution incorporating cool features such as the ability to act as a printer server, web server, FTP server, file server and MySQL server.

Just add five SATA drives.

Price: $799 | Find out more: [Reviews]

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