Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

Portable Bluetooth speakers come in all shapes, sizes, finishes, and price points. In addition, they offer a wide range of features and capabilities, not to mention different levels of sound quality. The Cavalier Audio Maverick sits toward the high end of the price scale, and it offers a fairly extensive …

TP-Link Kasa Smart KL-series Wi-Fi light bulb review: Three new smart bulbs offer mostly great results

TP-Link has given its Kasa Smart Wi-Fi light bulb line a significant upgrade. The old LB series has given way to the new KL series, which dramatically upgrades the design of the bulb (for better or for worse) while leaving the core operational features intact. The Kasa KL series is …

Netgear’s Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system just got insanely cheaper: 30% price drop

Wi-Fi dead spots can be pretty frustrating, but mesh systems are here to help, creating blanket Wi-Fi coverage for your home. Of course, getting this kind of coverage can be pretty pricey, but today the Netgear Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system, which includes a router and two satellite extenders, is $210 …

6 steps to solving your streaming video problems

Although cutting the cable TV cord can save you money, it also involves more potential points of failure. With cable or satellite TV, a technician hooks up one of their company’s set-top boxes, which in turn connects to your TV, and it generally just works. With streaming video, you must …

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug review: Individual outlet control makes this the outdoor smart plug to beat

Dealing with devices plugged into outdoor outlets can be challenging, and we don’t know of any in-wall smart receptacles rated for the job. Their internal electronics just can’t tolerate damp conditions, freezing temperatures, and blistering summertime sun. That’s where pig-tail smart plugs like TP-Link’s Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug (model …

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, Dimmer HS220 review: A solid competitor in the in-wall dimmer space

I’ll cut to the chase: TP-Link’s Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch Dimmer (model HS220) is an in-wall switch that looks good and works well. Let’s start with the good looks, as I must say I really like what TP-Link has done to the face of this devicer. A large rocker switch …

Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb 2.0 Dimmable White review: Updates give the Lumos line a fresh profile

Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb 2.0 Dimmable White review: Updates give the Lumos line a fresh profile | TechHive<!– –><!– –> Never mind the light, it’s the low price tag on these Wi-Fi bulbs that will catch your eye. Christopher Null / IDG “); }); try { $(“div.lazyload_blox_ad”).lazyLoadAd({ threshold : 0, …

Il est enfin possible d’envoyer des SMS en Wi-Fi chez Orange

Orange aura mis le temps, mais ça y est ! Les abonnés mobile d’Orange et de Sosh vont enfin pouvoir envoyer des textos en se connectant à un réseau Wi-Fi. Une attente interminable pour ceux qui attendaient cette possibilité avec intérêt, car les autres opérateurs ont déjà sauté le pas. …

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Pilot fish is helping his pastor fine-tune the church LAN when he notices that the day-care facility next door has a wide-open and unsecured Wi-Fi connection. Fish’s pastor wants to connect to the day-care center’s printer and print a document saying, “This is from your neighbors. You need to tighten …

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet review: The Kasa Smart KP200 covers all the basics

TP-Link’s Kasa smart home line has long included a variety off plug-in smart outlets, and now the brand is extending into the wall. With its Kasa model KP200 Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet, TP-Link offers a compelling way to turn any old outlet into a smart one—no smart hub required. Wiring …

eero Wi-Fi mesh routers on sale as Amazon’s acquisition closes

eero has announced that Amazon’s acquisition of the mesh Wi-Fi router company has closed. It’s celebrating with a big sale on its second-generation routers. Amazon is taking $100 off all second-generation eero mesh Home WiFi hardware packages. A router and a beacon are currently $199 while another beacon makes it …

Is your router’s Wi-Fi working but ethernet has gone bad? Here’s how to check

The indicator lights for active Ethernet connections might help you troubleshoot problems with a Wi-Fi router. While Wi-Fi and Ethernet may seem like two utterly different pieces of technology, they combine in a wireless router, in which the device’s software interconnects networking traffic across the two types—and on some models, …

Google Stations expanding to the Philippines, proliferating fast public Wi-Fi

The Google Stations initiative is expanding to its sixth country by the end of this month as the company’s Philippines branch has announced that 50 Wi-Fi hotspots will be coming online. Coming soon: Filipinos will have access to FREE, OPEN, and HIGH QUALITY internet in airports, train stations, and many …

Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Every room in your house has them: power outlets, and they’re about as dumb as technology can be. To create a true smart home, you need to upgrade the way your wiring works, so that it can be controlled, managed, and monitored from afar. You could hire an electrician to …

Amazon acquiert le fabricant de routeurs Wi-Fi Eero

Amazon vient d’officialiser l’acquisition de Eero, une start-up fondée à San Francisco (Etats-Unis) en 2014 qui fabrique des routeurs Wi-Fi mesh (réseau maillé) pour étendre et améliorer la connexion sans fil dans un habitat. Eero concurrence des marques comme Google, Linksys et Netgear présentes sur ce créneau. L’entreprise avait levé 80 millions …

Amazon acquiring eero to enrich its smart home, IoT strategies

E-commerce leader Amazon is acquiring mesh Wi-Fi company eero for an undisclosed amount and unknown terms. eero sells Wi-Fi routers and extender beacons to consumers who intend to spread a single network across the entirety of a building while controling certain aspects of the connection from certain areas. The company …

LIFX A19 (2018) smart bulb review: The Wi-Fi bulb to beat keeps getting better

Smart light bulb pioneer LIFX continues to innovate in the space, with its Frankenstein’s-head-shaped bulb continuing to lead the pack on everything from build quality to software features. Michael Brown / IDGAn important firmware update will significantly improve the security of LIFX smart bulbs. Updated February 11, 2019 to report that …

LIFX Beam review: Six feet of decorative lighting that ties into your smart home

The Beam is LIFX’s answer to the Nanoleaf Aurora: A series of colorful panels designed to adhere to a wall, this is lighting designed to be more decorative than it is functional. Michael Brown / IDGAn important firmware update will significantly improve the security of LIFX smart bulbs. Updated February …

LIFX Mini smart bulb series review: Not quite as bright, but smaller and cheaper than the LIFX A19

At some point, LIFX surely heard the complaints one too many times: Your bulbs are great, but they’re too big, too heavy, and—well—they just look weird. Clearly bowing to consumer sentiment, LIFX has introduced a second series: LIFX Mini. As the name implies, these three bulbs are indeed a bit …