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Nest WiFi is Google’s latest attempt at mesh networking

Nest WiFi is Google’s latest attempt at mesh networking

Google has offered a mesh router called Google WiFi since 2016, but today we're seeing the successor to that system. During its Pixel 4 event today, Google got up on stage and announced Nest WiFi, a new mesh router that improves on the Google WiFi formula. For starters, Google says that Nest WiFi is more capable than Google WiFi, boasting as much as twice the speed and 25% better coverage.

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Netgear Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System is made for large homes

Netgear Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System is made for large homes

Netgear has introduced Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System, an expansion of the company's Orbi Whole Home WiFi System. The new mesh networking product is designed for medium-to-large homes, according to the company, which it specifies as domiciles measuring at least 3,000sqft. The system is comprised of a router and satellites, plus it includes support for Google Assistant and Alexa.

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Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh is a $700 router for the speed obsessed

Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh is a $700 router for the speed obsessed

Get ready for more speed and more range in your home network, with Netgear's Orbi WiFi 6 Mesh system arriving with compatibility with the latest wireless standard. The tri-band routers - which look charmingly like robot stegosaurus plates - promise more channels for WiFi devices, making sure that slower gadgets don't hold up their faster counterparts in the process.

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Huawei support for North Korea could put it back in the hot seat

Huawei support for North Korea could put it back in the hot seat

If Huawei was hoping it is close to getting back into the US' good side, a new expose might put it back in trouble. The Chinese company has always been suspected of being a threat to the US' national security but, so far, it has been associated with China. This new report, however, claims that Huawei provided North Korea with equipment and technology, some of which have been sourced from the US, despite the US export ban on North Korea.

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Verizon’s first 5G MiFi mobile hotspot shares the next-gen network love

Verizon’s first 5G MiFi mobile hotspot shares the next-gen network love

Verizon has its first 5G hotspot, the Inseego 5G MiFi M1000, promising to share out the speed of fifth-generation networks - assuming, that is, you can find one to use. The new MiFi supports up to fifteen devices connected via WiFi at any one time, though you'll pay handsomely for the privilege.

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T-Mobile Home Internet pilot promises low-cost 5G if Sprint merger approved

T-Mobile Home Internet pilot promises low-cost 5G if Sprint merger approved

T-Mobile is launching a home internet package, cutting the cable cord and opting for wireless-only service, though it's not the 5G you might expect. Instead, the T-Mobile Home Internet pilot - which will presumably get a more catchy name, should it graduate to a full product - uses LTE, with the carrier aiming to get users living in areas typically poorly served by wireline broadband online.

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NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 router to stave off death by lag

NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR300 router to stave off death by lag

Wi-Fi routers have become a lot more critical today, even in regular households. The number of connected devices in homes and their varied uses of the Internet means that the simple, straightforward routers of the past can no longer satisfy some of the most common use cases, like video streaming and online gaming. To meet the needs of modern gamers, network hardware maker NETGEAR established its Nighthawk Pro Gaming line of routers and its newest member, the NPG XR300, is designed to minimize lag and maximize bandwidth by making sure online games get priority over everything else.

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HTC 5G Hub is a mobile 5G router and Android smart display

HTC 5G Hub is a mobile 5G router and Android smart display

HTC brought along its vision of 5G devices to Mobile World Congress 2019 this week, but not in the shape of a phone. Instead, the HTC 5G Hub puts high-speed networking into a mobile smart hub, a combination smart display and router that won't be pinned down to one location.

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Amazon buys Eero for mesh network smarts: Here’s why

Amazon buys Eero for mesh network smarts: Here’s why

Amazon is acquiring Eero, adding the mesh router company to the long-list of hardware brands it owns, in an unexpected buy-out announced today. The retail behemoth has inked an agreement to buy Eero, it confirmed this afternoon, as it pushes simpler networking configurations.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 to give WiFi 6 its big start in 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 to give WiFi 6 its big start in 2019

The Samsung Galaxy S10 will be one of the first smartphones to support WiFi 6, the latest version of the wireless technology that promises more speed, range, and resilience to crowded networks. WiFi 6 is the new branding for 802.11ax, a WiFi upgrade so new, it's actually rare to find a router that supports it.

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US versus Huawei part two: getting allies in line

US versus Huawei part two: getting allies in line

It may have not been able to deal Huawei the same almost fatal blow it gave ZTE but the US government is ramping up its efforts to make sure the Chinese company will have no place to run soon. It has already made it illegal to use Huawei and ZTE equipment in government and now reports are claiming that the US is doing what it can to urge other countries, particularly its allies, to also shun Huawei-made networking equipment in light of the upcoming 5G transition.

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WiFi 6 gives wireless the big upgrade it really needs

WiFi 6 gives wireless the big upgrade it really needs

WiFi is about to get a lot more easy to understand, with the Wi-Fi Alliance announcing WiFi 6, its freshly rebranded push to reduce wireless confusion. WiFi 6 isn't a new technology, in and of itself. Instead, it'll be the consumer name for 802.11ax, the next-generation of WiFi that isn't expected to show up in devices until 2019 at the very earliest.

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