Google OnHub was revealed today by Google as the first doorway to a full smart home ecosystem. This service will be tied together with software protocols revealed in part earlier this year as Google Brillo and Google Weave. When Brillo was first revealed earlier this year, then-SVP of Product (now CEO) for Google Sundar Pichai showed how your smartphone would connect to all the Brillo-enabled smart devices in your home using a common-language protocol called Weave. This is the beginning of the smart home system called Google On.
Today Google OnHub was revealed by Google and aimed at bringing the company into the networking market. This is the first time Google has created such a device, generally staying within the smart mobile device market - especially now that Alphabet exists. Google's OnHub router will make Wi-Fi secure, support home automation devices, and will look good as it does so. This is a router that doesn't need to sit under a pile of books or stay stuffed in your closet in shame - it doesn't look half bad.
Internet anonymity has become difficult to procure as the NSA is doing everything in its power to keep tabs on Internet activity. One way that people have been protecting their anonymity is by using the anonymizing network, Tor. It was popularly used to access dark web sites like Silk Road, but it can also be used for good. For example, people in certain countries without free speech protections could be jailed or worse for disparaging online claims against the government; Tor provides a way to prevent those users' web activity from being tracked. As it turns out, Tor isn't as safe from the prying eyes of big government surveillance as we once thought.
Linksys has announced its latest router called the Linksys Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMI Gigabit Router EA8500. The new wireless router has a lot of tech crammed inside its body with MIMO technology that helps to provide an uninterrupted WiFi signal to all the items in your home. The tech allows each device in your home to behave as if it has its own router according to Linksys. This allows multiple devices that use lots of bandwidth to be used in the home at the same time without lag and slowing speeds.
Anonabox has not had a simple life. The little router, which was bid as a security solution to make privacy both effective and simple, was met with backlash from critics who argued that it was not nearly as secure as claimed, and that it suffered from some security flaws. Despite raising a large six-figure sum, Kickstarter ended up canceling its crowdfunding campaign, citing discrepancies in the maker's claims. That didn't keep the box down, however, and it eventually found success elsewhere, only for the end result to be exactly as expected. Flawed.
However the FCC rules on Net Neutrality (we hear you’ll like the outcome), we’re sure most people consider their home Internet a utility. Connectivity is crucial to thriving in society, as we’ve migrated our physical existence to the digital world. That’s why poor WiFi, especially at home, is rage-inducing. A new startup, Eero, wants to change all that. Their small hardware, when positioned strategically around the home, cobbles together a range extender, repeater, and router into one device. By connecting more than one Eero, you’re creating a mesh network, scalable to your wants. and needs.
The device we're looking at today is a box that hooks up to your home internet network to slow it down. Madness, you say? This device is made for parents of teenagers. Parents who, apparently, do not allow their children to own smartphones. This box controls the internet speed of your router, slowing it down to the same speed you'd have had if you clocked in at the birth of widespread internet - 56k and dial-up. Instead of turning the web connection throughout your house off entirely, this device just cuts your internet speed down to a crawl.
Wireless charging is slowly becoming part of our actual, usable tech conversation. For quite some time, we’ve seen wireless methods and ideas slide across our screens, only to be let down when it never happens. With two of the largest wireless charging governing bodies partnering up to lead the charge forward, we’ve actually got reason to smile about wireless charging. We’ve also got license to discuss weird ideas again, because it’s actually possible we’ll get them! To that, we present WattUp.
Linksys is tossing some new networking gear for the home or small office onto the market with the official unveil for the new items at CES 2015. Among the new items are the WRT1200AC Dual Band Gigabit WiFi Router, WRT Network Storage Bay, and Linksys High-Gain Antennas. Linksys also has several other networking devices that it is adding to the WRT family at CES 2015.
Have you ever looked at your WiFi router and found yourself wishing it looked like a drone? If so, D-Link's new ULTRA Performance AC3200 WiFi router will be right up your alley, featuring a sharp triangular design with carefully positioned antennas for an all-around mean look with distinct UAV design flavors. This new router is joined by a couple other ULTRA Performance offerings, giving consumers new 11AC home networking options. D-Link has also tossed a sphere-shaped WiFi USB adapter into the mix.
Keewifi is a router that aims to be easier to use than an ordinary router, as well as being safer by completely eliminating the use of passwords. Rather than entering a passcode, devices are connected to the Keewifi by putting them right up to the device -- tapping it, for example -- and are managed using the device's Android and iOS apps. With this, it is impossible for someone to connect to the network by guessing the password (since it doesn't use one).