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eero 2nd-gen Review (2017): Mesh network’s star raises its game

eero 2nd-gen Review (2017): Mesh network’s star raises its game

No good idea in the tech world goes without replication, and while eero may have started the home mesh networking segment, it can't afford to rest on its laurels. Throw open your doors, therefore, to the second-generation eero and the new eero Beacon, promising more flexibility, a more competitive price, and more speed. Indeed, performance is said be as much as twice that of the original eero, which launched back in 2015.

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2nd-gen eero boosts WiFi, adds IoT and smart security

2nd-gen eero boosts WiFi, adds IoT and smart security

eero kick-started the home mesh WiFi revolution, now it's rolling out two new models and a subscription based filtering and security service to keep its edge. The 2nd-generation eero, eero Beacon, and optional eero Plus network protection package promise more speed, more safety, and even more flexibility. Still, they also take pains not to undermine the reputation for plug-and-play ease that eero has become known for.

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Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Sprint’s Magic Box is a signal stopgap that’s not easy on the eyes

Each carrier has its share of drawbacks, but with Sprint, one of those drawbacks can certainly be network coverage. While Sprint usually offers the least expensive service, coverage can often leave something to be desired. If you find yourself in this position frequently, you may want to have a look at Sprint's new Magic Box network extender.

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AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

AT&T pulls the plug on its 2G network

We knew it was coming, but now AT&T has made it official: the carrier's 2G network is no more. AT&T announced this week that it has shut down its 2G network, a move that's been years in the making. The kicker is that the shutdown happened without most people even realizing it, as AT&T said the network has been inactive since January 1.

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T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile has introduced DIGITS, a new voice over LTE feature that will allow customers to use their phone numbers on a variety of internet-connected devices. Just as well, DIGITS will allow its customers to use multiple phone numbers on a single device. At first blush, DIGITS may sound like some VOIP solutions that exist, and though there are some similarities, T-Mobile is trying to make the experience with DIGITS a little more fleshed out.

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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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Project Fi partners with Three to boost international data speeds

Project Fi partners with Three to boost international data speeds

Google's Project Fi has a rather large announcement for its subscribers who travel abroad, revealing today that it has partnered with Three to boost its international data speeds. Google says that as of today, all Project Fi subscribers will have high speed data in more than 135 "destinations" around the world, boasting that its speeds are now as much as ten times faster than they were before in those locations.

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Wi-Fi HaLow operates on frequencies below 1GHz for longer range

Wi-Fi HaLow operates on frequencies below 1GHz for longer range

CES 2016 kicked off this week and one of the big announcements comes from the Wi-Fi Alliance with the introduction of Wi-Fi HaLow. HaLow is the designation for the latest low-power Wi-Fi solution and products that use IEEE 802.11 ah technology inside. Wi-Fi HaLow is designed to use frequency bands below 1GHz.

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Architecture of Radio app lets you “see” Wi-Fi, radio signals

Architecture of Radio app lets you “see” Wi-Fi, radio signals

Ever wondered what those invisible radio waves would look like if they weren't, well, invisible? Or maybe you fancied having some high tech sci-fi cyborg eyes that would let you see those radio waves. If so, then maybe you'd be interested in this new app called Architecture of Radio, now available for purchase on iOS. The app is really simple in its function but beautiful in its execution, creating a visual representation of cell towers, Wi-Fi, and satellite locations as well as the waves of communication that happens between them.

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DISH leases mobile spectrum to Artemis in San Francisco

DISH leases mobile spectrum to Artemis in San Francisco

Artemis will attempt to deploy the world's first pCell wireless technology in Silicon Valley using mobile spectrum leased from DISH in San Francisco. Pending FCC approval, Artemis is looking to use this an an opportunity to prove that their trademarked pCell wireless technology can actually do what it claims for mobile data delivery speed and capacity.

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AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

The ubiquity of mobile devices is starting to push the limits of the Internet's infrastructure to the breaking point. Add that to the fact that a lot more regions don't have quality connections or don't have Internet at all, and you have a scenario where service providers are scrambling to add more and more cables, especially fiber optic ones, on land and on sea. But such installations cost time, money, and, in some cases, political will. AOptix's solution is cheaper as it uses a combination of laser and radio waves to bring the Internet anywhere.

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Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

Amped Wireless TAP-EX mixes WiFi extender and touchscreen

There was a time when homes would be serviced by a single modem cable, but now even a simple wireless router setup isn't enough anymore. Houses and buildings do not and cannot easily adapt to the growing number of devices in a given area, leading to weak signals and dead spots. While WiFi extenders do the job of giving your home network a needed boost, they need not be as drab as your router or modem. Enter TAP-EX from Amped Wireless, an extender that adds a bit of flair thanks to a touchscreen of its own.

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