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D-Link unveils new Wi-Fi 6 devices at CES 2021

D-Link unveils new Wi-Fi 6 devices at CES 2021

One of the new equipment trends that have surfaced at CES 2021 is for Wi-Fi 6 routers and devices to help speed home and business wireless networks. D-Link has rolled out several pieces of equipment for Wi-Fi 6 networks during the show, including the AX1800 (DWA-X1850) Wi-Fi 6 USB 3.0 Adapter that delivers a simple and affordable way to upgrade legacy devices to support Wi-Fi 6 performance.

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Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E Mesh system supports the new 6 GHz Wi-Fi band

Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E Mesh system supports the new 6 GHz Wi-Fi band

Linksys has built a new mesh Wi-Fi system for home users with enhanced motion detection technology called the AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E. The new mesh Wi-Fi system leverages the newly opened 6 GHz band to reduce typically congested and unsteady Wi-Fi connectivity within the home or office. Linksys says 6 GHz delivers more bandwidth, increasing network speed and reliability.

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NETGEAR WiFi 6E and mobile 4G LTE routers debut at CES 2021

NETGEAR WiFi 6E and mobile 4G LTE routers debut at CES 2021

While 5G is always in the news for the past one or two years, it isn't the end-all and be-all of wireless communication technologies. On the one hand, there are still more people and devices who use and need 4G LTE networks. On the other hand, WiFi, especially the latest WiFi 6E iteration, still offers a more stable multi-user solution. At CES 2021, NETGEAR is addressing all of these use cases with a number of new networking equipment, including a rather rare mobile wireless router.

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The world’s first Wi-fi 6E router costs over $500 USD

The world’s first Wi-fi 6E router costs over $500 USD

The pointy crown-looking WiFi 6E router you see before you was revealed by ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today. This is the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 Tri-Band 10 Gigabit Wireless Router, the "world's first router to use the latest WiFi 6E (802.11ax) wireless network standard." Users will be able to roll with the latest in fastest-possible Wi-Fi internet speed while remaining compatible with devices that connect with older forms of Wi-Fi data.

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Rental fees for customer-owned routers will be illegal starting Monday

Rental fees for customer-owned routers will be illegal starting Monday

One would think that using your own equipment that you bought yourself would mean avoiding having to rent something similar and pay for that rental. That common-sense line of thinking, however, didn't seem to apply to Internet broadband providers who still charge subscribers for the ISP-provided routers they don't use anyway. Starting next week, however, that will finally become illegal thanks to a new law that was actually written to protect consumers from hidden cable-TV subscription fees.

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Nest WiFi routers get a key feature for working from home

Nest WiFi routers get a key feature for working from home

If you've spent this year working from home, there's a good chance you use video conferencing software like Zoom. As tends to be the case in a home full of people, there's also a good chance that someone, at some point, has streamed movies or downloaded games at the same time, causing the video conference quality to drop drastically. Nest WiFi router owners now have a direct solution to this problem.

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Google Wifi price cut for entry-level mesh networking

Google Wifi price cut for entry-level mesh networking

Google has quietly cut the price of its older mesh network equipment, with Google Wifi demonstrating it can live on alongside Nest Wifi. Launched in 2016, Google Wifi was the company's first mesh networking system, promising to blanket your house with multiple beacons rather than relying on a single, high-power router.

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Google Fiber now lets you use your preferred Wi-Fi router

Google Fiber now lets you use your preferred Wi-Fi router

More often than not, ISPs will require you to use their own equipment, sometimes at an additional cost, with the reason of having certified and tested only those. More often than not, those basic routers and modems don't exactly give the best performance, especially in unconventional home setups and structures. Google Fiber started out with the goal of setting itself apart from other Internet providers and it is taking one more step away from the status quo by allowing subscribers to bring their own routers.

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Eero 6 and Pro 6 revealed with Wi-Fi 6 and prices to compete

Eero 6 and Pro 6 revealed with Wi-Fi 6 and prices to compete

Today Amazon's event dumped a bunch of new products on the public with the smart home at the center of focus. This event revealed the new Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6, the latest in Wi-fi hubs for the Amazon smart home collection. These new Eero devices look a lot like their predecessors - simple, no-nonsense aesthetics.

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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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Google updates mesh WiFi routers to make slow internet more usable

Google updates mesh WiFi routers to make slow internet more usable

Google's mesh routers are getting a WiFi update to make the experience of slower internet connections less frustrating, including greater control over priority devices like a work laptop. The new update is being released for both Nest Wifi and its predecessor Google Wifi, the company says, and will be installed automatically.

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New Honor ViewPad 6 tablet and MagicBook Pro get some smart home company

New Honor ViewPad 6 tablet and MagicBook Pro get some smart home company

Honor has revealed a new range of laptops, tablets, and smart home tech, including taking on the MacBook Pro with a powerhouse 16-inch notebook of its own. The Honor MagicBook Pro will use up to Intel's 10th generation Core i7-1051OU processor paired with NVIDIA GeForce MX350 graphics.

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