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Netgear’s newest Orbi mesh router has a cash-saving modem inside

Netgear’s newest Orbi mesh router has a cash-saving modem inside

Netgear has a new mesh router in its Orbi line-up, but as well as filling in dead-spots in your home WiFi, it also wants to save you money. The new Netgear Orbi Tri-Band WiFi Cable Modem Router System combines the mesh networking of the other Orbi routers with a built-in cable modem.

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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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AirPort alternatives: Our top 4 Mesh WiFi systems

AirPort alternatives: Our top 4 Mesh WiFi systems

Apple may be killing its AirPort router family, but there are some great mesh networking replacements that promise just as much convenience but even more speed. Rather than focusing on a single box to which every WiFi device in your home is connected, mesh routers use two or more units in different locations, spreading coverage in the name of keeping performance at its best. Read on for our top four picks.

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Apple AirPort router lineup discontinued, but support lives on for now

Apple AirPort router lineup discontinued, but support lives on for now

Apple will stop selling its AirPort routers soon, bringing an official end to the product line it hasn't updated in years. The discontinuation applies to the AirPort Express, Airport Extreme, and the AirPort Time Capsule models. Existing customers won't need to find an alternative in the near future, however, as Apple plans to continue supporting the products for a few more years.

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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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This Hifi mobile music device seems too good to be true

This Hifi mobile music device seems too good to be true

There's a Hifi music player called HiBy R3 out in the wild this week, and it's made for Tidal alone. This is a mobile music player made by the folks at HiBy Music. It has a touchscreen and connects to Wi-Fi to play music specifically and solely through Tidal. It's not made by Tidal, but it works with its own version of the Tidal app - and that's it. This is the specificity you've been waiting for.

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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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Nokia acquires Unium to bolster whole-home mesh WiFi portfolio

Nokia acquires Unium to bolster whole-home mesh WiFi portfolio

Nokia announced plans to acquire mesh networking company Unium earlier this week, a business move that paves the way for it to get in on the home WiFi market in a big way. Unium, which is based out of Seattle, specializes in intelligent mesh technology to give customers a whole-home WiFi experience. Over the weekend, Nokia explained that it will use Unium's software to expand its home WiFi portfolio with mesh networking capabilities.

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This ambitious alliance wants in-flight WiFi faster than your home internet

This ambitious alliance wants in-flight WiFi faster than your home internet

The days of slow, frustrating, patchy in-flight WiFi may finally be behind us, with a new push by Airbus, Delta and others to supercharge satellite connectivity. The Seamless Air Alliance is a new consortium hoping to not only remove the annoyance from getting online in the air, but actually make it "the best internet you ever experienced."

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Qualcomm’s WiFi 11ax mobile chip is a pre-cert powerhouse

Qualcomm’s WiFi 11ax mobile chip is a pre-cert powerhouse

WiFi 11ax is headed to smartphones and laptops this year, with Qualcomm announcing its newest chip combining speedy WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. The Qualcomm WCN3998 jumps the gun on 802.11ax, arriving well in advance of the new standard being finalized. However, the chip-maker says, it'll offer the key features - and probably those you'll get the most benefit from - for devices as soon as 2018.

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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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Google Cast Wi-Fi disruption fix arrives tomorrow for Android

Google Cast Wi-Fi disruption fix arrives tomorrow for Android

In recent days, attention was drawn to Google Cast and its involvement in Wi-Fi issues for some users. Today Google has released a support page acknowledging the problem, saying that there's a bug where Chromecast devices could cause slow Wi-Fi performance. That bug originates from the Cast software for Android phones, Google explains, which could "incorrectly send a large amount of network traffic" that negatively impacts wireless networks.

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