LAS VEGAS—Networking hardware was all over CES this year. I might have seen more new routers, Wi-Fi adapters, and range extenders than I did new PCs (excluding Lenovo's flood, perhaps).
And why not? With Haswell CPUs delivering about 5-percent more performance than third-generation Core processors, there’s not a lot of motivation to upgrade if you have a high-performance PC from the last couple of years (although battery life on laptops is a whole other matter—mobile Haswell parts are pretty awesome in that regard). 802.11ac routers, meanwhile, are on their way to delivering twice the throughput of 802.11n equipment.
Here’s a quick rundown of the most important products at the show. As I said, there was a lot to see, so I won’t cover everything here.