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Google Wifi Review: Meet mesh networking’s new star

Google Wifi Review: Meet mesh networking’s new star

With its focus on the cloud it's in Google's best interest to get you online as fast, and as consistently as possible, and now that's down to Google Wifi. Handiwork of the same team responsible for OnHub, the system you see today is more than three years in the making. Its goal isn't just raw throughput but addressing what the company claims is the number one pain-point users complain about: inconsistent network coverage.

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Plume Pods now shipping to fix your WiFi woes

Plume Pods now shipping to fix your WiFi woes

If Internet access is spotty or slow in parts of your house, mesh networking is probably the solution, and here to help with that is Plume. The company launched its Pods WiFi system for pre-order earlier this year, and now it has announced that those pre-orders are shipping. Anyone who didn't pre-order the Plume Pods can now buy them for immediate shipping, as well, opening the door for relatively inexpensive, attractive WiFi distribution.

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What is mesh networking and can it fix my WiFi?

What is mesh networking and can it fix my WiFi?

YouTube videos stutter, network backups take an age, and every Spotify playlist sounds like trip-hop from all the hiccups and pauses: face it, your WiFi network needs an intervention. Once upon a time that meant switching over to the newest, fastest router, but there's a new technology in town. Mesh networking is the wireless fix of the moment, and there's a good reason for that.

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Google doubles-down on WiFi as Apple eyes the exits

Google doubles-down on WiFi as Apple eyes the exits

Google's new home networking system, Google WiFi, may not be actually out juggling internet packets in users homes yet, but that hasn't stopped the company from declaring a premature mesh victory. Announced in early October, the cylindrical router doesn't just aim to replicate what the existing OnHub does, but goes beyond it by allowing multiple units to work together. It's called mesh networking and, while Google isn't the first company to attempt it in the home, the search giant is claiming to be best at it.

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Eero Wifi system update boosts speed with TrueMesh, enables Alexa skills

Eero Wifi system update boosts speed with TrueMesh, enables Alexa skills

If you happen to own an eero home Wifi system, then you might be interested in hearing about a rather large update that's coming your way. First and foremost, this update will implement a new feature called TrueMesh. TrueMesh includes improvements to eero's mesh routing algorithms, which increases the speed at which your signal is transferred between individual eeros.

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WiGig devices coming next year to ease Wi-Fi congestion

WiGig devices coming next year to ease Wi-Fi congestion

The use of the Internet has exponentially grown that even the usually wider highway of Wi-Fi networks have already become crowded. And just like real-world vehicular traffic, congested networks mean slow-moving data. Trying to prevent an Internet catastrophe before it happens, the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the start of a certification program that could herald the arrival of networking devices next year supporting WiGig, or multi-gigabyte Wi-Fi 802.11ad on the 60 GHz band.

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Google Wifi detailed : daisy-chaining the internet

Google Wifi detailed : daisy-chaining the internet

This morning Google revealed Google Wifi, a device that can be paired with others of its own kind to enhance home internet. This "disk" as they call it will work as a router, but wirelessly, aiming to enhance internet signal and allow the user greater control over their internet signal at home. This system will handle Wi-fi automatically, allowing channels to be picked to keep strongest signals moving to the user's device - and it has a smartphone app that'll allow granular control as well.

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Valve partners with Quark VR for untethered, WiFi-enabled Vive

Valve partners with Quark VR for untethered, WiFi-enabled Vive

Virtual reality is easily one of the most exciting and fastest growing markets in the consumer tech industry right now, and like any new such products, there are still a couple major drawbacks. The first is easily the high buy-in cost with the price of a headset and high-end PC, but beyond that is the issue of the length of cables between those two components that make their way across the floor, causing a fear of tripping that poses a threat to the full immersion VR tech is designed to offer.

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D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 EXO WiFi Router Review

D-Link DIR-879 AC1900 EXO WiFi Router Review

As the cost of network hardware continues to tumble, fast ways of getting online around the home needn't break the bank. Announced at CES 2016, D-Link's DIR-879 AC1900 EXO WiFi Router promises a noticeable upgrade from your cable company's default hardware, without headaches at setup and for a street price of under $150.

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Now certified, WiFi 802.11ac Wave 2 promises faster, further wireless

Now certified, WiFi 802.11ac Wave 2 promises faster, further wireless

The next generation of WiFi, 802.11ac Wave 2, has begun certification, promising features that dramatically improve wireless speed and range. Although 802.11ac was first approved all the way back in January 2014, resulting in a surge of so-called Wave 1 routers and network adapters, this new round of certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance covers more advanced technologies that in many cases address the increasingly large number of wireless devices we find in our homes and offices.

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Plume router-less WiFi solution pre-orders commence

Plume router-less WiFi solution pre-orders commence

Plume is a company that wants to change how we get WiFi signals around our homes and offices. Rather than relying on a router that sits in one place and we hope will cover all the space we need covered, plume takes a different approach. The company doesn't rely on a router as most wireless networks do now; Plume uses something it calls pods that can be plugged directly into wall sockets around the home.

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AT&T Wi-Fi calling on Android continues rally away from cellular

AT&T Wi-Fi calling on Android continues rally away from cellular

The end of cellular phone call service is coming. AT&T's Wi-Fi calling and text messaging is the next step towards that goal. While it may not be the intent of mobile device carriers to move completely away from cellular service, that is indeed the trend. AT&T's latest move is to enable Wi-Fi Calling on "select Android devices" - for now that includes the LG G4 and a variety of iPhone devices only.

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