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Google WiFi mesh router system now available for $130 and up

After dipping its toe in the smart wireless router space last year by partnering with Asus and TP-Link, Google has begun selling its own WiFi routers. The aptly-named Google WiFi is a $130 router that you can set up and control using a smartphone app, making it easier to manage than most traditional routers. If […]

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Google WiFi pre-orders begin at Google Store, Amazon, and Best Buy

Google’s first consumer WiFi router is now available for pre-order for $129… or you can buy a 3-pack for $299. The reason you might want to consider buying more than a single router is that Google WiFi uses mesh networking to provide better coverage across your home. If you live in a studio apartment, one […]

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Netgear’s new router is its fastest (and most expensive) yet

Netgear is launching its first WiFi router that can be used high-speed 802.11ad wireless networks as well as 802.11ac. The Netgear Nighthawk X10 also has a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, support for 10Gigabit wired networks, and a built-in Plex Media server, which allows you to stream media from connected storage without turning on a PC. Those features […]

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Netgear joins the quest for better WiFi through multiple devices

Having trouble getting WiFi to blanket your whole house? You might need a better router: switching from a $30 802.11b/g/n router to a dual-band 802.11ac WiFi router a few years ago did wonders for the connectivity in our house. But sometimes that’s not good enough… and over the past year or so a number of companies have […]

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FCC settlement means TP-Link routers might support third-party firmware after all

Remember how TP-Link decided that the simplest way to comply with FCC’s new rules for wireless routers was to make it difficult for users to load third-party firmware on the company’s products? Yeah, it looks like the company has agreed to “work with the open-source community and Wi-Fi chipset manufacturers to enable third-party firmware.” So […]

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Motorola Moto E3 Power budget smartphone leaks (again)

Motorola’s Moto G4 smartphone may have just gone on sale for $200 and up (or less, in some cases). But it looks like Motorola’s budget line of Moto E phones may also get an update soon. Earlier this year specs for a phone that was expected to be marketed as a 3rd-gen Moto E showed up […]

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Coming soon: Flash custom Android ROMs over WiFi?

Want to flash a custom ROM on your phone or perform other actions using the fastboot tool? Then you’ll need to plug your phone into a computer with a USB cable… for now. But Android Police notes that there’s plenty of evidence that Google will add support for using fastboot over a wireless connection soon. […]

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WiFi is coming to Internet of Things with new WiFi HaLow standard

There’s a good chance you use WiFi to connect your phone, tablet, or computer to the internet… and to other phones, tablets, and computers on your home or work network. But right now a lot of low-power wearables, smart home products, and other “Internet of Things” devices rely on Bluetooth or other technologies. The Wi-Fi […]

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Google’s OnHub gets designer shells so you won’t want to hide your router

WiFi routers work best when they’re not tucked behind your gadgets, stuck on the floor, or otherwise positioned where you can’t see them… because if you can’t see them, the antennas have to work harder to blanket your space with wireless connectivity. So Google’s come up with an interesting way to get you to stop hiding […]

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OnHub is a simple $200 WiFi router from Google and TP-Link

Settings up a WiFi router isn’t exactly rocket science. But it does take a bit of work to change the default password, find the channel with the best connection, and solve problems as they arise. Google thinks it has a solution: the company has partnered with TP-Link to release a powerful but simple router called […]