networking

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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Huawei AI Cube bakes Alexa into an odd 4G LTE router

Huawei AI Cube bakes Alexa into an odd 4G LTE router

Huawei has launched an LTE-connected smart speaker and router, the Huawei AI Cube, complete with Alexa built-in, but the weirdest thing about it is the shape. Making its debut at IFA 2018 today, the Alexa speaker may be called a cube, but in fact it's a stubby cylinder. Huawei does say the design may change before launch, but what shouldn't are the capabilities.

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Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5100 reveals 5G for future Galaxy models

Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5100 reveals 5G for future Galaxy models

Samsung has revealed its first 5G modem, the Exynos Modem 5100, promising not only compatibility with the new next-generation networks under construction but backward support too. The new modem follows 5G chips from Qualcomm and Intel, all of which are angling to find their way into future smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other hardware.

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Samsung SmartThings Wifi: 5 things you should know

Samsung SmartThings Wifi: 5 things you should know

Samsung wants to tame your smart home and end your WiFi deadspots, with its new SmartThings Wifi mesh router system. Promising not only smoother internet access for things like online gaming, streaming media, and general browsing, the mesh networking system also integrates an IoT hub that could leave you spending less time jumping between apps and more time letting your connected home do the hard work in the background.

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Samsung SmartThings Wifi pairs mesh router with IoT hub

Samsung SmartThings Wifi pairs mesh router with IoT hub

Samsung has a new SmartThings Mesh WiFi router, promising not only whole-home wireless coverage but control over your smart home too. The new router, which taps into Plume's WiFi mesh technology, arrives alongside a refreshed SmartThings hub for those happy with their existing router, together with a bunch of new sensors.

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TP-Link Deco M9 Plus mesh router doubles as a smart home hub

TP-Link Deco M9 Plus mesh router doubles as a smart home hub

TP-Link has a new mesh router on the scene, and it seems to do a little bit of everything. Today the company revealed the Deco M9 Plus, a tri-band router that can cover the same area with fewer nodes than previous releases in the Deco line. Beyond that, the Deco M9 Plus has a few tricks up its sleeve as well.

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