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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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Mercusys Halo H90X: Strong but not outstanding
Wireless routers

Mercusys’ new mesh is its fastest yet, but it doesn’t greatly stand out from similarly priced rivalsd

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The best VPNs you can buy in the UK

Our pick of the best VPNs to protect your online privacy, stream content and browse the web anonymously from anywhere

Atlas VPN: Strong on privacy and performance

It has a few rough edges and missing features, but this deliciously affordable VPN ticks the important boxes

1.39 per month, 39-month subscription
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Amazon Eero Max 7: Wi-Fi 7 is here but don't buy this yet
Wireless routers

Amazon’s new mesh has some attractive features, but we don't advise anyone to invest in Wi-Fi 7 right now

1150 (two units)
The best mesh Wi-Fi routers to buy right now
Wireless routers

Boost your home Wi-Fi speeds and kill dead spots with our pick of the best mesh Wi-Fi routers, including Prime Day deals

Linksys Atlas Pro 6: Fast Wi-Fi 6 that can cover your home
Wireless routers

This simple mesh delivers great performance and coverage, while dual-band technology keeps the price fairly reasonable

423 inc VAT
Make yours a smart home the easy way with smart plugs
Home & garden Technology

Turn on your lights, switch on a fan or set your coffee machine brewing – top smart plugs upgrade your home appliances quickly and easily

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Mullvad VPN review: A fast and flexible VPN

We’re impressed by improved speeds and video support, but this well-intentioned VPN still struggles to justify its price

4.33 (/mth)
Private Internet Access (PIA) VPN review: User-friendly

It won’t be right for everyone, but PIA is a fuss-free solution for location spoofing and streaming

1.67 (/mth, 36 month subscription)
HMA VPN review: Fast and friendly

Impressive performance, but video-streaming support is patchy, and it’s not as geographically secure as other VPNs

2.39 (/mth, 36 month subscription)