Lilbits 7-07-2020: Xiaomi Mi TV Stick gets FCC certification, Google Loon goes live in Kenya

The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is expected to be one of the smallest Android TV devices to date, packing the guts of a powerful media streamer into a small stick that plugs into the HDMI port of your television. In May Xiaomi confirmed it was planning to bring the Mi TV Stick to market this […]

WiFi 6 officially launches today

A number of phones, laptops, routers, and other devices are already shipping with WiFi 6 baked in, promising improved speed, capacity, and power efficiency, among other things. But we’ll likely see a whole lot more WiFi 6 devices soon, because the WiFi Alliance says the official WiFi 6 certification program goes live starting today. In a […]

Asus Lyra Voice is a mesh WiFi router and an Alexa smart speaker

Over the past few years I’ve seen a growing number of smart speakers and mesh networking gear at the Consumer Electronics Show. So it’s not surprising at all that somebody decided to combine both of those technologies into a single product. The Asus Lyra Voice is a tri-band WiFi router that’s also a wireless speaker with […]

WiFi 6 is coming next year (faster data, improved efficiency, simpler naming)

Can’t remember whether 802.11ax is faster than 802.11ac or how they both related to 802.11ad? Starting next year, things should get a little easier, because the WiFi Alliance has announced the move to a simpler naming scheme for versions of the wireless data protocol. We’ll start to see the first devices featuring 802.11ax technology in […]

WPA3 WiFi security standard is here… but you might not see it for a while

As promised, the Wi-Fi Alliance is rolling out the biggest updated to WiFi security in more than a decade. The group has finalized the specification for the new WPA3 security standard, and it will begin certifying hardware. The move should offer improved security for devices that communicate over a WiFi connection (like when your phone […]

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 […]