Hot on the heels of the expansion of the Philips HUE line into Bluetooth territory, Philips is announcing a brand new series of Philips-branded lightbulbs called 'WiZ Connected'. These new bulbs connect directly to WiFi and don't require a hub or bridge to connect to the Internet. That makes getting setup less expensive and much easier than what Philips currently offers with HUE. They're also significantly less than Philips existing line of HUE bulbs, and a color A19 WiZ bulb can be bought for the same price as a white-only HUE bulb. So why in the world would anyone still want to pay more for a Philips HUE bulb? Turns out Philips WiZ Connected bulbs are a rebranding of WiZ bulbs, a company that Philips' Signify lighting division acquired in April of this year. As such, they won't work with the existing HUE ecosystem and require an entirely separate app to function. That's pretty confusing for consumers who are just looking to get a name-brand Philips smart bulb. Falling … [Read more...] about Philips Launches New WiFi-Connected Lightbulbs Not Named HUE
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Router reviews are normally about speeds and feeds. They generally answer whether or not routers being reviewed are faster for Wi-Fi than other routers, and what connections and protocols they offer. They are an almost never-ending series of price/performance comparisons. CNET has an excellent, in-depth review of the Synology RT2600ac which has had the benefit of CNET Labs performance testing. This review is not like that. This review is almost entirely subjective. In it, I compare the marriage of the Synology RT2600ac and MR2200ac against Google Wifi in my very challenging house. The Synology RT2600ac is an AC2600 4x4 quad stream router. It's part of a router class that, right now, includes fast -- but not the fastest -- Wi-Fi routers. When CNET initially reviewed the RT2600ac, it was at the top of its game in terms of speed. Even two years later, it consistently gets great marks for its performance. There's a lot more to the RT2600ac, but we'll come back to that later. Also: Best … [Read more...] about Why I replaced Google Wifi with Synology’s mesh networking gear (and why you might, too)
source Business Insider/Eero I tried the second-generation mesh WiFi system from Eero, a startup that Amazon recently bought. The system I tried included a primary Eero router and two smaller routers called “Beacons.” Eero’s second-generation mesh WiFi system delivered stronger WiFi signals and speed than a traditional WiFi router and extender setup usually does. At the same time, major networking companies had also released their own mesh systems when Eero released its second generation of mesh routers that compare with Eero’s performance, and they make Eero’s prices seem high. Back in 2016, I tried the original Eero mesh WiFi system. It delivered fast and strong WiFi throughout my home, even in places that were considered WiFi dead-zones. The Eero devices also proved to be much easier to set up than the traditional WiFi extenders, and they delivered much faster speeds, too. Then, in 2017, Eero came out with new devices that do … [Read more...] about I tried Eero’s $400 WiFi system before Amazon bought the company, and it’s one of the best ways to get fast WiFi throughout your home
source YouTube/mobile91 The Galaxy S10 from Samsung is said to come with WiFi 6 support – the newest WiFi standard. WiFi 6 will come with several benefits over the current generation of WiFi devices. Mobile devices like the upcoming Galaxy S10 in particular will benefit from WiFi 6. If the latest batch of rumors are to be believed, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 is said to come with “WiFi 6” support. That sounds lovely and new compared to current WiFi standards, which have been unfortunately graced with confusing names like “802.11AC.” WiFi 6 is lovely and new, but its just a better name for the upcoming “802.11AX” WiFi standard. Either way, like every new generation of WiFi, WiFi 6 brings with it improvements that are worth knowing about. Check out what improvements will come with WiFi 6: WiFi 6 is the name of the upcoming new WiFi standard. source Wi-Fi Alliance/YouTube Every few years, a … [Read more...] about Samsung’s upcoming smartphones will reportedly support the new ‘WiFi 6’ standard. Here’s what it’ll mean for you
Best answer: Google Wifi's features are valuable even if you only have a small apartment. The simplified setup, ease of management, and network monitoring tools are all useful even if you only have a single Google Wifi and not multiple units. Plus, you can add an extra unit at any time to improve coverage and speeds. Google Wifi is about more than just the mesh network capabilities Google Wifi is simple, small and easy to set up — all benefits no matter your house size. Google Wifi is best known for its ability to work with several different units as a mesh network to cover large homes, but many of its benefits can be enjoyed even in a smaller place. Google Wifi is incredibly simple to set up, and its app makes network configuration and monitoring incredibly easy. You can see what's going on with your entire network, manage devices, and diagnose problems all from your phone no matter where you are. You will also get the benefit of the reliability, simplicity, and security of … [Read more...] about Should I buy a Google Wifi router for an apartment?