Tag Archive: WiFi


Samsung gets simple mesh networking right with the SmartThings Wifi Hub

A good mesh network shouldn’t be hard to set up. Samsung’s SmartThings Wifi meets that challenge, and then some.

A good Wifi network needs to do three things:

It needs to work well. It needs to carry all my bits and bytes to all my devices as quickly as it can, over as large an area as I need it to.

And it needs to be easy to set up, and easy to maintain. Website-based setup screens  [Read More…]

Should you get Google Wifi or Plume for your mesh system?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. We have a lot of connected devices in our homes, and we do our best to keep our home networks working in tip-top shape.

Google Wifi

No nonsense

$ 130+ at Amazon

Pros Easy installation. Can be placed on a shelf or desk. Cons Higher upfront costs. Less advanced features available.

Google’s Wifi system comes in single and three packs, and it’s  [Read More…]

Beam internet throughout your home with Netgear’s $250 Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi

Amazon has Netgear’s Orbi Home Mesh Wi-Fi System, three-pack available for $ 249.99 when you clip the on-page coupon. That’ll save you $ 50 off its regular price of $ 300. We’ve seen this 3-pack go as low as $ 220 in the past but not since July.

The Orbi mesh networking system covers up to 6,000 square feet in high-performance Wi-Fi. It can produce speeds up to 2.2Gbps, and these satellites are designed to be compact so  [Read More…]

Save $90 on the Cisno WiFi Robot Vacuum with Alexa

Robots are taking over the world. Not quite in the Technological Singularity or Judgment Day uprising we ultimately fear happens, but one in which they can be very helpful. Robots can be awesome.

We’re already automating so much of our lives with phones, services, and tech, so why not turn to robots to help keep things tidy around the house. It’s time for your own Rosey the Robot.

If you’ve never owned a Roomba, Samsung POWERbot, or other robotic vacuum  [Read More…]

Google Wifi vs. Eero: Which should you buy?

We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. The majority of our work is also done from a home office, where great Wi-Fi is a must. We’ve tried all these products and know what works best.

Google Wifi

The name you know

$ 257 at Amazon

Pros Whole-house coverage Easy setup Inexpensive App-based administration Secure Cons Google collects data Can’t change settings when the internet is down No dedicated wireless backhaul  [Read More…]

The Orbi Voice combines a Wi-Fi extender with an Alexa speaker

The Orbi Voice is a new speaker just announced by Harman Kardon and Netgear that combines the audio prowess of the former with the routing capabilities of the latter. The speaker is currently designed to work only with Orbi routers, and it matches the aesthetic of that lineup with a white finish and oval shape. Much like the routers it also has a ring LED on the top that helps display the speaker’s Wi-Fi status and connection to Amazon’s Alexa.

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How to protect your Wi-Fi network from hackers

It’s your house and your network, filled with your stuff. Nobody wants some random intruder snooping around in it.

The digital information age is pretty awesome. I can find the answer to almost anything in just a few seconds, I can look at a screen small enough to carry in my pocket to know where to go and why I need to go there, and I can even make the lamp brighter by telling Alexa or Google  [Read More…]

Step up your Wi-Fi with 20% off TP-Link routers, range extenders, and more

No more weak signals.

Follow this link or use the code 20TPLINK to save 20% on a selection of TP-Link tools designed to increase, extend, and enhance your wireless signal at home.

With this deal you can get TP-Link’s Deco 3-pack mesh networking system for $ 157.71 total. That’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen on the Deco, which we’ve shared a few deals on before. It can cover up to 4,500 square feet of your home  [Read More…]

Samsung’s new SmartThings Wifi, hub and sensors smarten things up even more

The new Samsung SmartThings Wifi, Hub and Sensors.

Mesh networking, a new hub and sensors round out the company’s connected home aspirations.

Samsung today announced a revamp of its mesh networking system, featuring the new SmarThings Wifi system, plus a new SmartThings hub and sensors.

The SmartThings Wifi system uses the smarts of Plume (which Samsung previously invested in) to keep everything talking to each other as quickly as possible. Each Wifi router covers 1,500 square  [Read More…]

Cover your whole home in Wi-Fi with the $166 TP-Link Deco M5 system

Because sometimes one router just isn’t enough.

The TP-Link 3-pack Deco M5 mesh networking system is down to $ 166.13 at Amazon today. It mostly sells between $ 220 and $ 230 when not on sale. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen and better than any recent deals we’ve shared.

A single Deco M5 device is $ 95 on its own, so you’re actually getting three for less than the price of two with this  [Read More…]