Wireless Networking

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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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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The big, frustrating thing Google Wifi is missing

The big, frustrating thing Google Wifi is missing

Google Wifi may look like a shorter, squatter version of Google Home, but while the two smart home devices might share DNA, there's oddly little overlap. The mesh router, which began shipping earlier this month, doesn't stint on features to go with its boosted range. Despite that, there's still one big thing missing.

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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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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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No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

No, Christmas lights probably aren’t killing your WiFi

Are your Christmas lights killing your WiFi and ruining Netflix and Festive-Chill? It's possible, but only if your idea of holiday decoration centers oddly on your router. A recent report from Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, put the fear of interference into tree lighting, warning that the multi-colored lamps could be wreaking havoc on your connectivity.

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Netgear R6400 promises up to 80% boost from afar

Netgear R6400 promises up to 80% boost from afar

Netgear has added a new smart router to its home networking line-up, with the AC1750 Smart WiFi Router R6400 promising up to 80-percent better performance at a distance. The new router, which offers 802.11ac WiFi along with backward compatibility for a/b/g/n devices, offers up to 1,750 Mbps speeds (450+1300 Mbps), at least in theory, along with simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz use. Meanwhile there's a smartphone app for management rather than having to log into a clunky browser interface.

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Qualcomm has new MIMO and SISO Powerline range extenders

Qualcomm has new MIMO and SISO Powerline range extenders

Just in time for Computex, chipmaker Qualcomm has announced a bunch of new products hailing from its Atheros subsidiary that broadens the chipmaker's portfolio beyond mobile devices and into the networking market. These include a new Wave 2 access point with support for Multi User MIMO (MU-MIMO) and 4x4 antenna configurations, new HomePlug AV2 range extenders that support MIMO and SISO, and a somewhat odd partnership with Allwinner Technologies that will see Qualcomm's chips inside Allwinner's tablet solutions, with the promises of bringing Qualcomm's 4G expertise into the mix.

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FireChat now lets Android and iOS users chat off-grid

FireChat now lets Android and iOS users chat off-grid

OpenGarden has a new update for its rather unique FireChat app that users on both sides of the mobile divide would most likely love. With the aptly named the FireChat <3 (Love) update, Android and iOS users will now be able to message anyone of the opposite mobile inclination even when they don't have an Internet connection at hand.

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Li-fi successfully tested at 150 Mbps, say Chinese scientists

Li-fi successfully tested at 150 Mbps, say Chinese scientists

Scientists at Fudan University have successfully transmitted data via "li-fi" at speeds up to 150 Mbps, reports Xinhua News. Li-fi, or "light fidelity", is a theorized way to stream data via LED lighting instead of Wi-Fi. Although still under investigation, the technology could be used in high-speed, visible-path transmission applications. The scientists are scheduled to demonstrate a set of example li-fi kits at the China International Industry Fair on Nov. 5 in Shanghai.

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Google’s Project Loon dissects a global Internet balloon antenna

Google’s Project Loon dissects a global Internet balloon antenna

Some of the technical details behind Google's Project Loon were revealed in a recent video explaining the inner workings of one of its global Internet antenna balloons. Network engineering lead Cyrus Behroozi popped off the top half of one of the bulbous shells to point out the various parts of its two main components: a radio and the antenna itself. The design, Behrozi said, was intentionally simple, but it could become more sophisticated over time as the prototypes continue in their development.

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German researchers create 100 Gbps wireless network

German researchers create 100 Gbps wireless network

Researchers from Germany have created the world's fastest wireless network capable of hitting 100 Gbps. A transfer rate of 100 Gbps is capable of moving 12.5 GB of data each second. That is 10 times faster than the speedy Google Fiber Internet service available in some parts of the country.

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