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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

Eero 6 mesh Wi-Fi review: Slick and smart but not that fast
Wireless routers

Although user-friendly, this next-gen mesh is short on advanced features and doesn’t open up the full performance potential of Wi-Fi 6

£279 inc VAT
BT Mini Whole Home WiFi: Simple, effective and cheap
Home office Wireless routers

You can pay a lot more for top performance, but this dinky mesh eradicates not-spots for an excellent price

£75 inc VAT
Huawei Mesh 3: Affordable with some noteworthy features
Wireless routers

We’ve certainly seen faster meshes but the Mesh 3 is fairly priced and works well

£200 inc VAT
TP-Link M7650 review: Functional but limited
Wireless routers

This portable 4G router could be useful for travelling teams and families, though it’s far from feature-packed

£139 inc VAT
Google Nest Wifi Pro: Performance doesn't justify price
Wireless routers

Though slick and shiny, the Nest Wifi Pro is behind the curve on both features and speed

£380 inc VAT
Netgear Nighthawk M5: A superb 5G hotspot at a steep price
Wireless routers

You couldn’t ask for a more versatile portable router, but the price is hard to justify

£763 inc VAT
TP-Link Archer MR600 V2: Functional 4G router, great price
Wireless routers

It isn’t fast or flashy, but the MR600 is the most affordable way to bolster your internet connection with a 4G failover

£119 inc VAT
Netgear Orbi NBK752: Powerful Wi-Fi 6 mesh with 5G SIM slot
Wireless routers

It’s hugely expensive but the Orbi does it all, combining fast Wi-Fi with 5G mobile internet support

£1099 inc VAT
Image of the Google Nest Wi-Fi system on a table against dark background
Google Nest Wifi: Mesh Wi-Fi with Google Assistant built in
Home office Wireless routers

The Nest Wifi seamlessly combines mesh Wi-Fi and smart speaker functions, but other wireless solutions are faster and more versatile

£239 inc VAT
Plume HomePass Wi-Fi mesh: Fast, with an annual fee
Wireless routers

The HomePass mesh performs well, but some design decisions are questionable, and the subscription model won't be for everyone

£96 inc VAT (two-node pack) per year