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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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Google Area 120 Orion WiFi shifts phones to WiFi when cellular is weak

Google Area 120 Orion WiFi shifts phones to WiFi when cellular is weak

It isn't unusual that we lose our cellular signals in certain places, be it indoors because of structural impediments or outdoors for one reason or another. There's a reason why some establishments offer free public Wi-Fi to keep visitors happy, but the hassle of figuring out which ones are safe to connect to makes them sad anyway. That's why Google's Area 120 skunkworks arm is launching Orion WiFi that can automatically and seamlessly connect you to such WiFi access points, but with a slight commercial twist that could interest network carriers.

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Chromebooks and Android phones will soon sync Wi-Fi passwords

Chromebooks and Android phones will soon sync Wi-Fi passwords

MacBooks and iPhones can easily share data, Internet connections, and even Wi-Fi logins thanks to the fact that only one company makes both the hardware and the software. Google doesn't really have that luxury at least on the hardware front, making it harder for it to push features that bridge its different platforms together. Fortunately, it hasn't given up on that yet and will soon be syncing one small but important kind of data between Android and Chrome OS devices, making it easier for both devices to connect to the same Wi-Fi networks in a snap.

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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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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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Your WiFi is about to get a whole lot faster [UPDATE]

Your WiFi is about to get a whole lot faster [UPDATE]

This week the FCC opened up 6GHz band to Wi-fi for the everyday average user, and for other unlicensed uses. This was the next big step - the biggest step, from a regulatory standpoint - toward the biggest upgrade in Wi-fi since 1989. The FCC vote opens up more space on which data can transmit over the internet, to cut down on congestion for everyday citizens. There'll be more space on which data can move, and with 6Ghz, that data can be transmitted a whole lot faster, too.

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Google Station free wi-fi system ending service soon

Google Station free wi-fi system ending service soon

Google has announced that it will begin sunsetting Google Station, which offered free public Wi-Fi in a number of countries around the world. The area where Google Station was most prevalent in was in India, where the company outfitted 400 rail stations with these free Wi-Fi hotspots. The good news, however, is that one of Google's partners in that endeavor - India's RailTel - will continuing operating these Wi-Fi stations after Google winds down its program.

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Apple, Broadcom owe CalTech $1.1 billion over Wi-Fi patents lawsuit

Apple, Broadcom owe CalTech $1.1 billion over Wi-Fi patents lawsuit

Patent lawsuits are a matter of life for any tech company and the bigger you are, the bigger the target painted on your back. Many of these lawsuits go unnoticed, especially when filed against giant companies that can make them disappear. Apple, however, wasn't able to win one against the California Institute of Technology and now has to pay the university what is perhaps its biggest patent-related damages sum in its history.

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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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Linksys 5G modems and WiFi 6 mesh internet devices revealed for 2020

Linksys 5G modems and WiFi 6 mesh internet devices revealed for 2020

This week Linksys brought their first set of 5G devices to the public at CES 2020. This range of devices is aimed at release for "Spring 2020" and more will be revealed throughout the year. Linksys revealed one 5G mobile hotspot, one 5G modem, one 5G mesh gateway, and one 5G outdoor router. Linksys also showed off a couple of Wi-fi 6 (or WiFi 6 if you prefer) devices, one WiFi 6 mesh router and one Velop WiFi 6 mesh internet system. 5G and WiFi 6 are popping up in a big way here at CES 2020 - look at the full set!

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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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