Tag Archive: WiFi


Does Wi-Fi calling work on Mint Mobile?

Best answer: Yes, Mint Mobile users can send and receive both calls and texts over Wi-Fi, so long as it’s supported by the device itself.

Mint Mobile: 3 month, 2GB LTE plan ($ 45)

What is Wi-Fi calling?

Wi-Fi calling is a way to get around dead zones and poor coverage by allowing you to place calls over Wi-Fi, similar to calling someone with a VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) service like Skype. The difference, of  [Read More…]

Does the SmartThings WiFi mesh router include a smart hub?

Best answer: Yes — the SmartThings WiFi mesh router system also doubles as a smart hub that can connect up to 100+ different SmartThings gadgets.

Amazon: Samsung SmartThings WiFi Mesh Router ($ 280)

The SmartThings WiFi mesh router doubles as a smart hub

The SmartThings WiFi mesh router is really two different products in one.

In addition to providing ample Wi-Fi coverage for your home, it also works as a smart hub for all of your  [Read More…]

Do you use Wi-Fi calling on your phone?

Time to check in with the AC forums.

Making phone calls may not be the most exciting thing smartphones are capable of these days, but when you do need to make or accept one, having the call be reliable and clear is a top priority.

If you’re in an area that doesn’t have great wireless coverage, one way you can overcome this is with Wi-Fi calling — the ability to have your entire call handled over a  [Read More…]

Anker brings Google Assistant to a Wi-Fi speaker and pocket projector

Anker has a range of new products ready for the holiday season

Anker is known for its range of excellent mobile charging products, but the company has expanded beyond providing power in recent years with its Nebula, Eufy and SoundCore brands. At a launch event in New York, the company announced new products across its range of brands that it hopes will persuade you to part with your hard earned money this holiday season.

The new products  [Read More…]

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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