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802.11: Wi-Fi speeds and standards explained

To help clarify the many Wi-Fi standards, here’s an update on these physical-layer standards within 802.11, as well as standards still in the works and the new naming scheme that includes Wi-Fi 6.

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Wi-Fi 6 is coming to a router near you

The Wi-Fi alliance has changed the naming scheme for Wi-Fi standards, abandoning the 802.11 designations for simpler names like Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 4, etc., but that may gloss over some of the finer points of the old IEEE system.

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The Array by Hampton Connected Door Lock operates on Wi-Fi and is powered by the sun

A solar panel in this premium-priced, Wi-Fi-connected deadbolt continuously charges its battery.

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iDevices Dimmer Switch and Wall Outlet review: Smart home control—no hub required

These platform-agnostic in-wall devices look good and work with a wide range of voice assistants.

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Netgear Orbi Voice is a hybrid mesh Wi-Fi access point and Alexa-powered smart speaker

Harman Kardon collarborated with Netgear to design the speaker portion of the new Orbi satellite, which was announced today at IFA in Berlin.

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Netgear’s XR700 Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router features 10-gigabit ethernet

Lag-hating gamers aren’t the only target, this 802.11ad router has Plex Media Server onboard, too. But brace yourself for the price tag.

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Gate Smart Lock review: When smart lock meets camera, homeowners win

While the design feels like a beta, this ingenious product raises the bar of what smart locks can do.

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Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

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Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

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Leviton Decora Smart Wi-Fi review: Recent upgrades pile on the control options

Added support for Nest and IFTTT brings Leviton’s Wi-Fi-based smart products closer to a buy rating.

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Best wireless routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We’ll help you find just the right router to anchor your home network.

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Blanket your home in Wi-Fi with this great deal on Netgear's Orbi home system

Amazon has knocked $50 off the price of Netgear's Orbi WiFi System (RBK43) with two satellites.

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TP-Link Deco M9 Plus review: This mesh router doubles as a smart home hub

There's dedicated wireless backhaul along with Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Bluetooth radios inside, but Z-Wave gets no love.

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WiFi EasyMesh Explained

There's a new WiFi standard called EasyMesh that aims to simplify the creation and expansion of home mesh networks.

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Monoprice is getting into the smart home market

Monoprice, known for its no-nonsense, low-cost tech products, is expanding into the smart home with a range of new devices.

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Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi EasyMesh certification aims to standardize mesh networks

The new certification program will ensure that wireless mesh network routers, gateways, and access points from different manufacturers will all work together.

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Urbanears Baggen and Stammen wireless speakers review: A multi-room audio system with old-school Hi-Fi charm

Bug-squashing firmware updates have improved this system, but it’s still not best in class.

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Kiss Apple networking goodbye

Maybe Wi-Fi and backup hardware just isn’t sexy enough for a company with its headquarters in a flying saucer.

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