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NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 AX4200 mesh slashes features to slash the price

NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 AX4200 mesh slashes features to slash the price

The rise in the use of streaming services and video conferencing has most likely put increased stress on home networks. The promise of 5G is great and all that but when it comes to meeting the Internet needs of all devices at home, WiFi 6 is the technology being pushed for that. Given the complexity of use cases as well as house layouts these days, a simple and single WiFi 6 router may not even be enough. Enter NETGEAR's new Orbi WiFi 6 Tri-band AX4200 mesh system, now in a more affordable package but also with less muscle than its other Tri-band mesh system.

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Researchers reach world’s fastest Internet speed with an optical chip

Researchers reach world’s fastest Internet speed with an optical chip

We've seen the Internet groan (metaphorically, of course) under the weight of a sudden increase in users and usage in the past months. The global situation proved how ill-prepared our technologies are to support such a scenario, especially if and when it actually becomes the "new normal". Various companies like SpaceX and Amazon are looking to the stars to augment our Internet capabilities but a cross-university team of Australian researchers was able to reach a whopping 44 Tbps data speed with existing optic fiber networks and a new optical chip.

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Intel just bought the WiFi tech loved by gamers-in-the-know

Intel just bought the WiFi tech loved by gamers-in-the-know

Intel has bought the company behind the Killer networking tech, promising to bring the gamer-favorite to a broader audience as it integrates it with its own WiFi products. Handiwork of Rivet Networks, the Killer brand has proved to be a perennial favorite for those wanting to squeeze out latency and maximize their bandwidth, particularly in gaming where milliseconds can mean the difference between winning and losing.

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eero mesh Wi-Fi is now available on the Apple Store

eero mesh Wi-Fi is now available on the Apple Store

It's no small thing to become part of Apple's online store. Like with its digital app stores, Apple carefully curates what it puts on its device catalog, approving only those that meet its very stringent requirements. It's no surprise then, that mesh Wi-Fi system maker eero is wearing like a badge the fact that it is now available for purchase on the Apple Store, at least on the online store in selected markets.

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Huawei’s US problem just got extended for another year

Huawei’s US problem just got extended for another year

Given everything that has happened in the past four months, it almost feels like Huawei's battle with the US government was so long ago. In reality, however, it was exactly last year that US President Donald Trump invoked a new law that empowered his government to ban US companies from doing business with Huawei. Given present circumstances, it's not surprising that the US is extending that ban for yet another year, putting Huawei's business as well as its customers in limbo yet again.

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Xiaomi WiFi 6 router bucks 802.11ax trend with surprising price

Xiaomi WiFi 6 router bucks 802.11ax trend with surprising price

Xiaomi is bucking the trend of expensive WiFi 6 routers, revealing a new model that packs 802.11ax support but will be priced at a fraction of what rival routers will set you back. Announced alongside the global debut of the Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro - which each support WiFi 6 - the new Mi AIoT Router AX3600 supports up to 2,976 Mbps data speeds.

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Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods track elderly with wi-fi signals

Linksys Wellness Pods work with Linksys mesh wi-fi devices to track the people living in a home. This system tracks breathing, tracks sleep, and detects falls. The Wellness Pods are one of two parts of the latest round of devices in this home monitoring system from Linksys. The Linksys Vehicle Presence Detection system allows the user to detect motion and/or breathing when the vehicle is turned off, aiming mostly at accidentally forgotten children or pets left in unattended cars.

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TP-Link HomeCare Pro adds smart home protection to Wi-Fi security suite

TP-Link HomeCare Pro adds smart home protection to Wi-Fi security suite

TP-Link just announced a handful of new networking products designed to accommodate the increasing number of devices in our homes that connect to the Internet. Not just the usual culprits like computers and smartphones but now TVs, ovens, and even refrigerators want to access the Internet. That, unfortunately, also means that there are now more points of entry into your home network, which is why TP-Link has partnered with security software company Avira to put shields around the hub of all that Internet activity: your TP-Link router.

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TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 line adds tri-band routers, PCIe adapter, and extender

TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 line adds tri-band routers, PCIe adapter, and extender

5G might be the one making headlines in the mobile industry but when it comes to computing at large, Wi-Fi 6 is the name of the game. Grabbing the chance to make waves in that market, TP-Link is putting out router after router to enable computer users of all kinds to experience blazing-fast Wi-Fi 6 speeds. Presuming, of course, they have devices capable of handling all that bandwidth.

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TP-Link Deco Mesh Routers lead the Wi-Fi 6 march this year

TP-Link Deco Mesh Routers lead the Wi-Fi 6 march this year

When it comes to wireless networks, 5G has had the lion's share of attention in the past months. It isn't, however, the only big change that's happening in that space. The Wi-Fi 6 evolution is also underway but it has mostly been under the purview of routers rather than phones. At CES this year, network equipment makers are grabbing the chance to display their Wi-Fi 6 wares and TP-Link is leading the march with its latest generation of Deco Mesh Whole Home Wi-Fi routers.

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IPv4 addresses in Europe are now all used up, IPv6 adoption still low

IPv4 addresses in Europe are now all used up, IPv6 adoption still low

To the majority of computer users, the Internet is an almost magical place where you type in human-readable addresses in a browser and then get served with the corresponding web page. Behind the scenes, these web addresses or URLs as they are known actually map to four groups of three digits that serve as the site's machine address. While these addresses may just be numerical and virtual, there is actually a limit to how many of them there can be and Europe has just run out of IPv4 addresses even while the IPv6 successor remains practically ignored.

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Nokia Beacon 1 Review: The mesh network basics

Nokia Beacon 1 Review: The mesh network basics

Nokia may not be the first name you think of when it comes to home networking, but the company is making quiet inroads into mesh networks. Nokia Beacon 1 is its entry-level product, a sub-$250 system for three that promises to extend your internet connection across expansive homes or through each story of a multi-level houses.

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