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How Do I Set Up My Wifi Extender With a New Router?

In this week’s technology-advice column from Lifehacker, we’re going back to our favorite topic: wireless networking. This time around, a reader is having some issues getting an important piece of older gear to work with an important piece of newer gear. If you’ve ever upgraded your router, or are planning to, this…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Do Not Install Your Microsoft Surface’s August Firmware Updates (for Now)

If you own one of Microsoft’s latest Surface devices—the Surface Book 2 or Surface Pro 6—you’ll want to pause Windows Updates for a little while, because Microsoft’s latest firmware could absolutely tank your system’s performance. If your laptop is already hosed, however, we have a few ideas for how you can fix it. Read more…

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Do Not Install Your Microsoft Surface’s August Firmware Updates (for Now)

If you own one of Microsoft’s latest Surface devices—the Surface Book 2 or Surface Pro 6—you’ll want to pause Windows Updates for a little while, because Microsoft’s latest firmware could absolutely tank your system’s performance. If your laptop is already hosed, however, we have a few ideas for how you can fix it.Read more… Continue […]

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How to Speed Up Your Android Hotspot Connection

Being able to turn your smartphone into a miniature access point that can give other devices an internet connection—like your laptop—is one of the best features ever. It’s saved my bacon plenty of times, those rarer moments when I need to use my laptop for something (like editing a Lifehacker post), but can’t access…Read more… […]

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How to Speed Up Your Android Hotspot Connection

Being able to turn your smartphone into a miniature access point that can give other devices an internet connection—like your laptop—is one of the best features ever. It’s saved my bacon plenty of times, those rarer moments when I need to use my laptop for something (like editing a Lifehacker post), but can’t access…Read more… […]

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Do My Devices Have to Use the Same Wifi Band to Talk to Each Other?

Everyone has questions about wireless networking—and that’s totally OK. There’s plenty you might not know about wifi, even if you’ve successfully set up your router and are sitting there, right now, browsing Lifehacker on your laptop, desktop, smartphone, or tablet.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Make Your Wifi Router as Secure as Possible

Though more router manufacturers are making routers easier to set up and configure—even via handy little apps instead of annoying web-based interfaces—most people probably don’t tweak many options after purchasing a new router. They log in, change the name and passwords for their wifi networks, and call it a day.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Why Does My Laptop Kill My Wifi?

Hi! In this week’s edition of Tech 911—the column where I attempt to troubleshoot your common and obscure tech questions—we have a strong contender for “Huh of the Year,” if such an award existed. I’ve found that the best, most head-scratching problems tend to involve home networking, and this week’s issue is a real…Read more… […]

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Why You Should Regularly Check Your Internet Speeds

Little is sexier than telling a friend or loved one, “Hey, can you give me a minute? I have to finish testing my download speeds, then we can head out to the party.” But if you aren’t checking your Internet speeds on a weekly basis, you might not know when there’s a problem. You aren’t […]

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See How Bad Your Wifi Situation Really Is With WiFi Analyzer

Windows: There are a million little apps that feature some combination of the words wifi and analysis, or something really close to either. Some apps are paid; some are free. And they all allow you see different combinations of information about your wireless setup (and the wireless setups of those around you). Read more… Continue […]

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How to Automate Your Home With Your IFTTT-Supported Router

I love automation; I do. I just think it’s the most fun thing ever to walk into my house and have my smart lights immediately pull up some colorful scene—not to mention all the absurd configurations I can create that changes their colors and brightness when certain things happen, ranging from “I got a tweet” […]

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Get the Best Speeds on Your Wireless Network With Wifi Explorer for Mac

macOS: It’s important to know how to fine-tune your wireless router, because not every router can just auto-adjust your wireless network’s settings to give you the highest quality connection. That, and a great wifi-analysis app can help you figure out the areas of your house or apartment that might need a little more…Read more… Continue […]

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How to Give Your Old T-Mobile Router New Features

Getting a router in 2018 means you’ve got a mess of options to choose from. High-end gaming routers, mesh routers, and powerline networking devices are all pretty pricey or designed for particular use cases. If you’re like me, however, you’ve already got a pretty capable router, courtesy of T-Mobile. The company’s…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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