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Lilbits: Raspberry Pi OS, a tiny computer module with a 16-core CPU, and a Quick Look clone for Windows

The developers of Raspberry Pi OS have released a new build that eliminates the default “pi” user account, which means that in the interest of security you’ll need to create a new account when setting up the operating system for Raspberry Pi computers. Meanwhile SolidRun has introduced a new system on a module that it […]

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Amazon launches eero Pro 6E and eero 6+ mesh WiFi routers, eero 6 gets a price cut

As expected, Amazon is bringing support for WiFi 6E to its eero line of mesh WiFi routers, starting with the new eero Pro 6E which can leverage 6 GHz network bands for reduced congestion and stronger connections between routers. Amazon is positioning its new top-of-the-line mesh routers as solutions that offer Gigabit+ WiFi speeds across large […]

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Lilbits: Checking in on Amazon’s Astro robot and Echo smart speakers could become a WiFi range extenders

Amazon’s next-gen eero mesh WiFi routers are expected to bring new features including support for WiFi 6E on at least some models. But they could also bring tighter integration with other Amazon hardware: Steve Moser reports that they’ll allow you to use an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot as a WiFi range extender. In other recent tech […]

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Google’s Nest WiFi combines mesh networking, smart speaker tech

Google’s latest routers aren’t just routers. Or rather, if you buy a standalone Nest WiFi for $149, what you get is an AC2200 MU-MIMO router that Google says offers 25-percent better coverage than the older Google WiFi. But if you buy a 2-pack or 3-pack you get that same router plus an access point (or two) with […]

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Report: Google’s Nest WiFi mesh routers will double as smart speakers

Google is holding an event October 15th where the company will officially launch the much-leaked Pixel 4 line of smartphones. But the company could also use the event to introduce other new products… like an update to its Google WiFi line of mesh networking routers. According to a report from 9to5Google, the next version of […]

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Netgear’s newest Mesh WiFi router is also an Alexa smart speaker

Two of the biggest trends in household consumer electronics have merged in a way that should have seemed obvious: Netgear has released a mesh networking router that’s also a smart speaker. It’s called the Netgear Orbi Voice and in addition to working as a tri-band WiFi router that can be used in conjunction with additional […]

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Wi-Fi EasyMesh standard will let you build a mesh network using routers from different companies

Mesh networking has been all the rage in the WiFi router space over the last few years, with nearly every company that makes consumer networking gear offering a whole-home WiFi solution that lets you use multiple routers to boost your signal in spaces that would be tough to reach with a single router. But there’s […]

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Asus firmware update can turn old routers into mesh networking devices

Up until recently if you’ve wanted to improve the coverage area of your home WiFi network, your simplest options were to invest in a router with better range or pick up a WiFi range extender. But over the past few years a number of companies have released mesh networking routers that are designed to let […]

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Eero upgrades its Mesh networking solutions, offers subscription-based security

Mesh networking is all the rage in the WiFi router market right now. Instead of buying a single router and searching desperately for the best place to position it in your house, the idea is to let you buy a couple of devices that you can place throughout a home to blanket a space in […]