Tag Archive: WiFi


Google looking into Home and Chromecast devices that kill Wi-Fi networks

If your Wi-Fi derps while using Google Home or Chromecast, you’re not alone.

Google’s been trying its hand at connected home gadgets for a few years now, and now that it has devices like the Chromecast, Google Home, and soon Smart Displays, it’s clear now more than ever that this is a market it wants to dominate. Before that happens, however, Google needs to issue a fix to a bug that’s recently caused Wi-Fi networks to go dark when  [Read More…]

Huawei announces Q2 mesh Wi-Fi system with max speed of 1867 Mbps

Available in two main flavors.

Amidst all of the drama surrounding its Mate 10 flagship phone and its lacking availability on U.S. carriers, Huawei also used its time at CES 2018 to announce its first ever mesh Wi-Fi system. It’s called the Huawei WiFi Q2, and it’s available in two main variants – one base station and two satellites or three hybrid base units.

Both systems will essentially work the same, as the main difference lies with  [Read More…]

These are all the Android devices updated to fix KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability

If you want to keep your info safe in the post-KRACK world, these are the Android devices you need to be using.

In October 2017, a big vulnerability with the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard was discovered. Referred to as KRACK, this is a vulnerability that essentially makes open season on all your personal data when connected to a Wi-Fi network using WPA2.

You can find all of the information about KRACK in Jerry’s guide here, but when talking  [Read More…]

Basic Wi-Fi security: How to easily improve your home internet safety

Wireless routers seem scary, but they don’t have to be. Here are the basic security things you can fix yourself.

Attention, well-meaning family members: Nerds are not your holiday tech support. Sure, we twitch (more than) a little bit when we use operating systems that haven’t been updated in months, and firmware that’s just waiting for a patch. But we’re not home for that. No, we’re here for a little too much booze and to cast side eye  [Read More…]

Upgrade your Wi-Fi with this Amazon one-day sale on networking gear

Save yourself some hassle by improving your internet connection.

Amazon has a variety of networking gear on sale for one day only. This sale covers everything you need to get your house wired for Internet and keep all those mobile devices happy, including routers, cable modems, and mesh networking systems.

Here’s a few of the devices on sale:

Netgear AC750 Wi-Fi range extender for $ 29.89 (from $ 55) Linksys DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem for $ 49.99  [Read More…]

Galaxy Note 8’s Secure Wi-Fi VPN now powered by McAfee

McAfee’s now in charge of Secure Wi-Fi’s backend.

Earlier this month, Samsung released a new app for the Galaxy Note 8 called “Secure Wi-Fi” that aimed to protect users when on public Wi-Fi networks from potential threats and attackers. This came as a result of the KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability that was discovered in October, and Samsung’s now upgrading its Secure Wi-Fi service thanks to a new collaboration with McAfee.

With this collaboration, McAfee will now be  [Read More…]

Spread better Wi-Fi through your home with Luna’s refurb 3-pack for $200

Mesh Wi-Fi systems are all the rage these days, and there is a good reason for it. If you live in a large home or have ever struggled with maintaining a solid connection across your unusually shaped home, trying to fix the issues could turn out to be quite a pain. Those pains have since been alleviated, and getting a solid connection across your house only takes a few minutes to get set up.

Woot, through Amazon, is currently offering  [Read More…]

Momentum 720p Wi-Fi Camera review

As we head into the end of 2017, it’s easier than ever to throw together a connected home setup. Whether you’re looking to swap out your entire lighting system with smart bulbs or install a new thermostat or appliance, it’s fairly simple. This goes double for those who are looking to get their feet wet; you can […]

Best Mesh Wi-Fi Router Kits

What are the best mesh network kits?

Mesh Wi-Fi kits are becoming popular for people who are sick of dead spots in their network coverage. Whether you have a large home or a small place with thick walls, grabbing one of these kits can alleviate a poor signal. The idea is simple — connect a few satellite Wi-Fi points to the main point and spread out the signal evenly around your house.

Why not just grab an  [Read More…]

Never get frustrated by weak signals again with the $440 eero Pro WiFi system

The Thrifter team has a new deal on the eero Pro WiFi system, a great way to make sure your house is covered in the strongest possible Wi-Fi signals!

This eero Pro WiFi system comes with three eeros and is down to $ 439.99 on Amazon. This is eero’s newest package, having only been released in June and has never dropped below $ 500 on Amazon in that time. A couple other retailers have matched, or come close to  [Read More…]