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Darien Graham-Smith

A lifelong technology enthusiast, Darien is a regular contributor to both Expert Reviews and PC Pro magazine, specialising in wireless networking, internet security and other technical topics. He also contributes to and produces the weekly PC Pro podcast, and has made occasional appearances on BBC News and Open University programming. In his spare time he dabbles in audio production, and plays guitar, bass and drums with the enthusiasm of a committed amateur.

Recent articles by Darien Graham-Smith

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The best VPNs in 2024, according to our tests

We've been busy testing, benchmarking and comparing the latest VPNs from every major player to help you choose one that caters to your needs

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Asus RT-AX57 Go review: Small, but surprisingly powerful
Wireless routers

Don’t judge this router by its size: the pocket-friendly Asus RT-AX57 Go is packed with features and outperforms its rivals

£90 inc VAT
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Best cordless phones: Handsets for your home or business
Home & garden

Fed up with nuisance calls and dodgy DECT connection? We test and recommend the best cordless phones

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The best mesh Wi-Fi routers to buy right now
Wireless routers

Get fast downloads and kill dead spots with our pick of the best mesh Wi-Fi routers

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Netgear Orbi 970 mesh router review: Groundmaking mesh
Wireless routers

The Orbie 970 is a very fast, very expensive mesh – but it’s still too early to invest in the new wireless standard

£1500 inc VAT (two units); £2200 inc VAT (three units)
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What is OpenVPN: Everything you need to know

OpenVPN is one of the world’s most popular VPN standards. Here’s what it can do for you – and what it can’t

PrivadoVPN review: Fast and great for torrenting

It didn’t unblock all the streaming services we tried, but PrivadoVPN is easy to use and generally performs well

£1.99 /mth, 27-month subscription
StrongVPN review: A simple but effective VPN

StrongVPN does the job, and it’s great for streaming – but it's not our first choice for performance or price

£3.13 /mth, inc VAT (1st annual subscription, then £5.91/mth)
PureVPN review: A decent VPN that’s great value long-term

There are faster and more user-friendly VPNs out there, but PureVPN has a good set of features for an excellent price

£1.54 /mth (28-month contract), (inc VAT)
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Mozilla VPN review: Lags behind rivals

Mozilla’s VPN does the job, but it can’t match the market leaders for speed, features or price

£3.96 /mth (1yr sub), inc VAT