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Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon Chips are Really Going Heavy on the Cameras

If a company doesn't make its own chipsets (like Apple, Huawei, and Samsung), chances are it comes packing Qualcomm hardware. They're a big deal, obviously, and today it's just given us our first glimpse at its new chipsets at the Qualcomm Summit in Hawaii. And the company is going really heavy on camera capabilities, among other things. Read More >>

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Save Many, Many Pounds on D-Link Networking Equipment in Amazon’s Cyber Monday Sale

Finally a deal that seems worthy of the 'cyber' moniker, even though we all know Cyber Monday is a meaningless title that's redundant now that most shopping is done online anyway. But if you're in the need for some networking equipment (among other things), D-Link is offering money off its kit today. Read More >>

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Amazon Has Mesh Networks on Sale for Cyber Monday, in Case You Missed Them Earlier This Week

Earlier this week Amazon discounted mesh networking kits from a number of different companies, including Netgear and Tenda Nova. They were reasonably good deals, though if you managed to miss out on picking up some equipment there is some good news. Amazon just launched some more discounts on kit from both companies. Read More >>

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Save Over £170 on Netgear’s Whole Home Orbi Mesh Wi-Fi System in Amazon’s Black Friday Sale

Houses may not be getting bigger, especially if you live in the South East, but our dependence on Wi-Fi certainly is. Almost everything we buy now needs some sort of network connection, and with everything spread out across your place you need a solid Wi-Fi signal. Read More >>

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Google Nest Wifi is All the Router Most People Need

At last month’s big hardware extravaganza, Google finally showed off an update to its three-year-old mesh wifi system that now lives under the company’s Nest smart home brand. Despite a lack of support for the new WiFi 6 standard, Google Nest Wifi includes other hardware and performance upgrades, including access points that double as Nest Mini smart speakers, which means new users to the Google eco-system can get away with buying less hardware. Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Netgear’s Next Orbi Mesh System Will Support WiFi 6

We've been hearing about WiFi 6 for a little while now, being told that it's the next generation of WiFi designed to support the increasing demands of having all the connected devices in our homes. You might not have upgraded yet, but Netgear is hoping that you'll pick its upgraded Orbi mesh system when you do. Read More >>

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Netgear’s Orbi Voice is a Great Mesh Network, but the Smart Speaker Won’t be for Everyone

There are a lot of trends going on in the router world these days, but one of the most interesting (I think) is the idea of the mesh network. Mesh systems can cover a much larger area than a single router, but unlike range extenders they're supposed to seamlessly switch to the strongest WiFi signal - rather than clinging onto the oldest one until the signal is too weak to maintain it. Netgear is one of the companies to go big on mesh systems with the Orbi brand, and they sent me the new Orbi Voice smart speaker to check out. TL;DR: the mesh system is great, but the whole smart speaker stuff could do with some work. Read More >>

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For Today Only You Can Save £170 on the Netgear’s Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi Network

Amazon is in the middle of a Bank Holiday sale that's actually quite disappointing, but sometimes the daily deals still throw out something good. The prospect of not being able to get WiFi in all corner of your house is annoying, but if you get an order in before midnight you can grab yourself a £170 saving on Netgear's Whole Home Orbi mesh networking kit. Read More >>

internet
You Don’t Need TalkTalk to Get Plume’s Mesh Networking Kit in the UK Anymore

Back in February Plume announced it was bringing its mesh networking kit to the UK, though it would only be available if you went through TalkTalk and had an invitation. That's a silly system, really, so it's a good thing that plan wasn't meant to last. You can actually go out and buy Plume's kit without having to switch internet providers. Read More >>

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The Wi-Fi Alliance Wants to Make Building a Mesh Network Simpler Than Ever

Earlier this week, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced what everyone’s been waiting for since the world fell in love with mesh networking devices: Wi-Fi Certified EasyMesh, a shared standard for extending wifi coverage with multiple routers. Should manufacturers adopt the standard, soon you’ll be able to grab any router supporting EasyMesh and have it expand your network coverage pretty seamlessly. Read More >>

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How to Use Your Smartphone to Diagnose Bad Wi-Fi

Bad wi-fi got you down? You’ve got a host of hardware options that can help you out, from mesh routers to Wi-Fi repeaters, but before you upgrade any setup, do some detective work—with some carefully chosen apps you can work out where your wi-fi network is failing and come up with better possible solutions. Read More >>

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Switching From BT HomeHub to Google Wifi: Is It Worth The Hassle?

A couple of months ago, a big package arrived at the Giz UK office. It was from Google. The company had sent me their new wifi router to try, which is simply called “Google Wifi”. So I took it home with the best of intentions: tonight, I’d plug ‘em in and test ‘em out. Read More >>

gadgets
Netgear Stuffed a Plex Server Into its Latest Nighthawk Router

With all the different gadgets that rely on Wi-Fi, it's important to have a router that can handle them. Netgear's latest Nighthawk X10 is the latest to deal with that problem, but that hasn't stopped Netgear adding a little bonus. Read More >>

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How to Play Local Files With Just a Streaming Stick

The Chromecast, Roku and Fire TV sticks often hailed for their web streaming capabilities, letting you Netflix binge on the cheap. You can, however, easily stream local files from your computer to these HDMI-enabled dongles as well with the right apps installed—here’s how to get everything set up. Read More >>

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How to Lock Down Your Internet-Enabled Houseful of Gadgets

Our houses are quickly filling with an internet of things—smart TVs, DVRs, thermostats, and more all online, all the time. But to a hacker, each of these devices is a digital door or window into your home (network). Here's what you need to do to keep your devices locked against outside intrusions. Read More >>