Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi WPA3 security is here, along with Easy Connect for IoT

Wi-Fi WPA3 security is here, along with Easy Connect for IoT

Wi-Fi is pretty much the wireless technology that binds us all to the Internet. Given the prevalence of laptops and mobile devices and the costs of cellular data like LTE, Wi-Fi is still the preferred way to connect to the Internet both at home and outside. So much so that when the KRACK vulnerability was discovered, there was an even bigger panic than with Meltdown and Spectre. While those holes have mostly been patched up, the Wi-Fi Alliance, the caretakers of the technology, quickly moved to finalize WPA3, the first Wi-Fi security update since 2003.

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Google Files Go faster offline sharing takes on AirDrop

Google Files Go faster offline sharing takes on AirDrop

It might be hard to stomach for some, but Apple can be credited for some very convenient innovations that have become almost standard in the mobile market these days. One of the lesser known ones is perhaps AirDrop, an extremely simple and convenient way to send images and files between two iOS users. Now Google may have finally gotten on that train with the latest update to its Files Go app which brings, among other things, AirDrop-like fast offline file sharing.

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Comcast xFi Pods give XFinity users their own home mesh

Comcast xFi Pods give XFinity users their own home mesh

Wi-Fi meshes are now the hot thing in home networking. Once just a feature in offices and more sophisticated environments, home networks have become just as complicated to require their assistance. There is no shortage of Wi-Fi meshes from popular router and networking equipment makers, but, while more open and flexible, they may not always work with ISPs proprietary technologies. That is why Comcast has just launched their own xFi Pods mesh system so that XFinity subscribers won't have to look elsewhere or give anyone else their money.

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Linksys Velop WiFi Mesh now has a more affordable option

Linksys Velop WiFi Mesh now has a more affordable option

We have come to a point where regular home routers are no longer sufficient for, well, homes. Increased Internet use, multiple devices, and nontrivial room layouts require nontrivial equipment. That's were WiFi meshes come in, expanding and extending your home network to accommodate all your browsing, streaming, and gaming needs. The latest to join that growing market is Linksys, who is expanding its Velop WiFi Mesh system with a new line that has one less WiFi band in exchange for shaving a few hundred dollars off the price tag.

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ASUS Lyra Trio WiFi mesh pre-order now available

ASUS Lyra Trio WiFi mesh pre-order now available

There is very little these days that differentiate homes and small offices in terms of network needs. Multiple devices, increased Internet usage, and nontrivial room layouts leave simple home routers ineffective. Sometimes you even need more than just one router to cover all your bases. For those instances, you'd want a WiFi mesh instead and ASUS is positioning its Lyra Trio, first revealed at CES 2018, as the perfect mix of power, ease of use, and peace of mind.

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Google Station brings free Wi-Fi to Mexico

Google Station brings free Wi-Fi to Mexico

Google is perhaps best known for Search, the Chrome web browser, and the Android platform, and all three have one thing in common: the need for an Internet connection, preferably a good and always connected one. That is why Google has directly dived into the ISP industry, in one form or another, especially in emerging markets where Internet connectivity is still pretty much a luxury. The latter comes in the form of its Google Stations, free Wi-Fi hotspots for everyone, which is now adding Mexico as its third beneficiary and the first in Latin America.

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Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Android 8.1 Wi-Fi Speed Labels rolling out now

Free public Wi-Fi is becoming ubiquitous (and sometimes dangerous) that there might be more than a handful to choose from at any given time. Not all Wi-Fi hotspots, however, are created equal. Some are good, some are bad, and some are just plain horrible. To help you decide which Wi-Fi access point to connect to, at least based on speed, Google is providing a new “Speed Label” in the Wi-Fi list for Android. At least, if you’re running Android 8.1.

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CamFi Pro wireless camera controller is almost as fast as cable

CamFi Pro wireless camera controller is almost as fast as cable

Digital cameras still have an edge over smartphone when it comes to quality, but they can be slow when it comes to workflow. Sharing or printing a picture requires sending it to another computer and while built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth try to alleviate that, these features are often painfully slow. That is why a group of digital photography enthusiasts have come together to build the CamFi Pro, a wireless camera controller that’s so fast, you might think you’re transferring data over a USB cable instead.

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This is KRACK – 5 steps to safeguard your devices

This is KRACK – 5 steps to safeguard your devices

This is KRACK - it isn't glamorous, or cool, or kid's stuff. It's a serious Wi-fi vulnerability, and it can kill your devices and steal your data. KRACK affects everybody - and only you can prevent forest fires. I mean only you can take the steps necessary to guard your devices against the KRACK attack.

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iOS 11 features: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles

iOS 11 features: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles

In iOS 11 feature nitpicking today we're getting down to business with the newest set of toggles in the software's Control Center. Apple's documentation makes clear their intentions: allowing some parts of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to remain active while the user turns other parts off in their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. There is a whitelist of devices and functionality that remains active unless Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned off deeper inside iOS 11's settings.

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Intel WiGig products are dead, long live Intel WiGig for VR

Intel WiGig products are dead, long live Intel WiGig for VR

If you haven’t heard of WiGig yet, don’t fret. It might not matter anymore anyway. Advertised by the Wi-Fi Alliance last year as the future of Wi-Fi and the IoT industry, WiGig just lost one of its biggest supporters. Well, somewhat. Intel has just told partners that it will be discontinuing controllers and cards for what is formally known as 802.11ad Wi-FI. That said, what it isn’t saying, formally or otherwise, is that it may still plan to use WiGig for making wireless VR headsets not only possible but also usable.

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eero woos professional installers with PoE+ adapter, remote tool

eero woos professional installers with PoE+ adapter, remote tool

The growing number of devices in our homes and the complexity of home networks mean that conventional networking devices like simple routers are no longer enough. Once considered just something for geeks, mesh networks are starting to become more commercialized, easier to install and use. There will, however, always be a business around installing such networks for customers. To appeal to this professional installation market, eero is launching not just a new adapter and mount to let users install the Wi-Fi system anywhere they want as well as a remote management tool for keeping those networks in check.

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