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NETGEAR Arlo Baby Camera, Nighthawk Pro Gaming router make everyone win

NETGEAR Arlo Baby Camera, Nighthawk Pro Gaming router make everyone win

Whether its playing a PC game or the game of life, one can’t afford to lose. Especially if the latter involves a wee little one. At CES 2018, network equipment professionals NETGEAR put on display their latest connected gear for all sorts of home users. Be it amateur or pro gamers who need the reliability of the Nighthawk Pro Gaming router and its companion LAN Switch, or the concerned parent who needs to see what the little one is up to from afar with the Arlo Baby Camera.

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Verizon wants 5G to replace home Wi-Fi in 5 cities next year

Verizon wants 5G to replace home Wi-Fi in 5 cities next year

By now, even if not everyone and not all areas have it, 4G is more or less old news. 5G is the thing that service providers and chipset makers are going for or even fighting against. Some from the Wi-Fi market might not be so keen on the spread of this technology, and Verizon’s latest announcement might be one reason why. The carrier has just announced its plans to offer 5G services in residential areas in three to five cities before 2018 is over, possibly changing the way some households connect to the Internet.

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Linksys RE9000 Max-Stream Wi-Fi extender is a beast

Linksys RE9000 Max-Stream Wi-Fi extender is a beast

With the increase in the number of connected devices in homes and especially in home or small offices, simple networking solutions, like home routers, can no longer keep up with the increased demand. Not to mention the sometimes complicated structure of buildings. For such challenging networks, you have a choice between using Wi-Fi range extenders or mesh networks, the latter of which is becoming more popular of late. Linksys is offering a sort of middle ground with the RE9000 Max-Stream Wi-Fi Range Extender that looks almost like a router itself and even acts like one when needed.

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eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero Plus adds anti-malware, 1Password and VPN (but there’s a catch)

eero's mesh router wants to be your internet watchdog as well as getting all your gadgets online, with the addition of new security tools to the company's eero Plus subscription service. Launched alongside the second-generation eero system earlier this year, eero Plus started out with two of what the company said were users biggest demands: whole-home network security, and parental controls with content filtering.

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T-Mobile Unlimited plan limit could be raised to 50GB

T-Mobile Unlimited plan limit could be raised to 50GB

The Un-carrier might be at it again and its next move could definitely give its rivals and their subscribers pause for thought. Although “unlimited” these days no longer really means what the word literally means, T-Mobile seems to be doing everything it can to make it close enough. A recent tip says that as early as Wednesday, the network’s deprioritization limit, a.k.a. the Fair Usage Threshold, could be raised to as much as 50 GB, more than double its paltry initial limit of 23 GB, and definitely more than what its competitors are offering.

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BlueBorne Bluetooth vulnerability puts 8 billion devices at risk

BlueBorne Bluetooth vulnerability puts 8 billion devices at risk

Bluetooth is one of the most common and oldest wireless protocols used in the market. With the growing number of smartphones as well as smart home devices, there are estimated to be more than 8.2 billion devices using Bluetooth in one way or another. Now all of them are open to attack simply by just being there and being enabled, allowing hackers to easily take control of a device and, consequently, of other devices connected to it. All because of a few dangerous assumptions that developers and engineers have made regarding Bluetooth.

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eero woos professional installers with PoE+ adapter, remote tool

eero woos professional installers with PoE+ adapter, remote tool

The growing number of devices in our homes and the complexity of home networks mean that conventional networking devices like simple routers are no longer enough. Once considered just something for geeks, mesh networks are starting to become more commercialized, easier to install and use. There will, however, always be a business around installing such networks for customers. To appeal to this professional installation market, eero is launching not just a new adapter and mount to let users install the Wi-Fi system anywhere they want as well as a remote management tool for keeping those networks in check.

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Android Nearby Connections 2.0 makes proximity actually useful

Android Nearby Connections 2.0 makes proximity actually useful

Proximity-based functionality isn’t exactly new. From beacons to Apple AirDrop, most of the current implementations have been used for simply sharing or, worse, ads. It’s a bit worse on Android where its own proximity framework, Nearby Connections, hasn’t exactly been widely used anyway. With version 2.0, however, Google might be opening the proximity floodgates, or hell if you wish, by introducing offline operations as well as the capability to seamlessly switch between different connectivity hardware on the fly.

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Linksys launches new tri-band router and its first gateway

Linksys launches new tri-band router and its first gateway

The networking needs of modern homes are no longer as simple as they were just years ago. That's thanks to the proliferation of connected devices, including smart home products, as well as the variety of Internet technologies snaking their way into our houses. Sometimes, the generic networking equipment from service providers are no longer enough. That is why Linksys continually puts out new routers, like its latest tri-band MU-MIMO EA9300, as well as its first ever cable modem router.

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Synology RT2600ac Router Review

Synology RT2600ac Router Review

The days when a household only had one computer connected to the Internet is ancient history. Never mind desktops and laptops, the sheer number of smartphones, tablets, and even smart TVs means that we have started needing networks akin to very small home offices or businesses right in our abode. Network routers have evolved to take on the needs of modern-day users and the Synology RT2600ac is the famed NAS maker's second stab at this market that's already crowded with the big players. So how does it fare? Surprisingly well, despite its rather modest and unassuming looks.

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T-Mobile’s LTE-U network is launching this Spring

T-Mobile’s LTE-U network is launching this Spring

Mobile carriers have recently taken the spotlight by resurrecting the once thought dead “unlimited” subscription plan. Now T-Mobile is making a big splash again, but in a different way. It has announced an upcoming addition to its service that promises to significantly improve the quality and reliability of its Internet service, bringing the carrier closer to providing gigabit LTE speeds. It will, however, accomplish this by utilizing the rather controversial LTE-U spectrum that has divided the tech community for quite some time.

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What is mesh networking and can it fix my WiFi?

What is mesh networking and can it fix my WiFi?

YouTube videos stutter, network backups take an age, and every Spotify playlist sounds like trip-hop from all the hiccups and pauses: face it, your WiFi network needs an intervention. Once upon a time that meant switching over to the newest, fastest router, but there's a new technology in town. Mesh networking is the wireless fix of the moment, and there's a good reason for that.

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