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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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Fix Your Slow Internet With These Networking Options

If you’re sick of suffering from poor Wi-Fi connections or slow streaming speeds in your house or brick-lined apartment, that one router tucked away in a corner may not be capable of effectively covering your home. In that case, you may need not just a new router, but a new type of router. To spare […]

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Your Wi-Fi is Vulnerable to Attack—Update Your Devices to Fix It

A serious Wi-Fi vulnerability was revealed today, affecting nearly every Wi-Fi network and device using WPA or WPA2 security encryption. The Wi-Fi exploit, first reported by Ars Technica, takes advantage of a particular security flaw in the WPA2 wireless security standard, allowing attackers to intercept personal data…Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Users Agree to Clean Port-a-Potties for WiFi in Terms of Service Stunt

To prove a point, WiFi hotspot provider Purple snuck some nasty “community service” clauses into their signup agreement, and 22,000 users accidentally agreed to perform tasks like cleaning up animal poop and scrubbing down portable toilets in exchange for free WiFi.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Is it Possible to Screw Up a Sonos Clone This Badly

I have this vision of waking up in the morning, and pressing a button that plays music everywhere in my house. Sonos was the original pioneer that built a speaker system to get this multiroom job done, and it remains the best option for a number of reasons: The $200 starting price point is reasonable, […]

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