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Qualcomm’s smart router plan puts mesh, IoT, and Alexa-style agents in one

Qualcomm’s smart router plan puts mesh, IoT, and Alexa-style agents in one

Routers may not be sexy but they can definitely be ambitious, with Qualcomm looking to replace your Echo, router, and smart home bridges with a single unit. The company unveiled its Mesh Networking Platform and Reference Design at Computex 2017 this week, an all-in-one that combines mesh networking, self-healing and -organizing configuration, voice agents like Alexa and Google Assistant, and all the radios to talk to your connected lights, locks, speakers, and more, in a single box.

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TP-Link Deco M5 WiFi system promises comprehensive security

TP-Link Deco M5 WiFi system promises comprehensive security

TP-Link has announced a new home WiFi system that seems to take security just as seriously as providing a consistent WiFi signal. Like many other WiFi systems these days, the Deco M5 creates a mesh network to keep your WiFi signal strong in every room of your home. While mesh networking may not be as new and exciting as it once was, TP-Link is hoping that Deco M5's built-in security features will pull customers away from the competition.

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New NETGEAR Orbi Router and wall plugs make the internet stronger

New NETGEAR Orbi Router and wall plugs make the internet stronger

A new collection of NETGEAR Orbi home internet hardware has been revealed with packages including routers and wall plug satellites. To make this extremely simple: the router sends the internet out into the users’ home, while the satellite picks up the signal and bounces it back, making it stronger throughout the area. Two new Orbi Tri-band WiFi Systems are coming to stores very soon, both made by NETGEAR.

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Eero price cut as mesh routers prepare for platform play

Eero price cut as mesh routers prepare for platform play

Mesh networking favorite Eero has cut the price of its router system, aiming to get its distributed WiFi system in as many homes as possible before adding more ambitious functionality. Launched a year ago, the unimposing white boxes led the charge in domestic mesh networks where, rather than a single router being the point of contact for every WiFi device, several act as nodes for broader coverage. That way, both speed and network availability is improved.

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Qualcomm’s 802.11ax chips use smarter WiFi for battery life boost

Qualcomm’s 802.11ax chips use smarter WiFi for battery life boost

Modern WiFi is fast, but Qualcomm's latest range of chips is all about getting best performance in the increasingly crowded wireless spectrum. The new Qualcomm 802.11ax chips - one for network infrastructure like routers and cars, and another for client devices like laptops and smartphones - promise up to four times the capacity for WiFi traffic. That more efficient use of the spectrum has big potential pay-offs, with the possibility of up to 4x the throughput and longer battery life from your device overall.

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Norton Core anti-malware router promises IoT for a subscription fee

Norton Core anti-malware router promises IoT for a subscription fee

Smarter routers with swifter response to malware and IoT exploits are a growing segment now, and Norton is wading in with its own striking wireless router. The Norton Core not only looks like a miniature Spaceship Earth from Epcot, but inside the geodesic dome there's a mixture of parental filters, real-time security scans, and automatic updates. Even the shape has been designed with practicality in mind.

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Linksys Velop aims to steal Google WiFi’s mesh crown

Linksys Velop aims to steal Google WiFi’s mesh crown

Linksys has joined the mesh networking club, launching Velop, a multi-unit WiFi router system at CES 2017 this week. Aiming to blanket your home in wireless coverage, each of the Velop units - a white, 7-inch tall monolith - interconnects with each other, forming a mesh of connectivity. Meanwhile, there's the promise of automatic firmware updates should security loopholes be spotted down the line.

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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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