Most of the gadgets you own probably depend on a reliable Wi-Fi connection to unlock their full potential. Having a speedy home internet system is especially important with all the time we're spending at home these days. Luckily, Linksys has a 3-pack of Velop mesh routers that cover up to 6,000 square feet of space — and it's $249.99, a savings of $150 off the MSRP.
Even the most sophisticated technology is rendered useless without power. In a roundup of our favorite USB-C charging banks, Omni's 20+ portable power bank made the top 5. Now Omnicharge is back with the Omni Off-Grid. It's being billed as the world's first power station with integrated off-grid connectivity — and it costs over $2,099, though interested buyers can save some money by backing the crowdfunding campaign.
With so many people having to stay at home these days, it's important to have reliable home internet. Google's first mesh router system offered a powerful, easy-to-set-up home network, and the second-gen Nest Wifi model is even better. Now Google has announced it will be expanding the product sales to new European markets.
Frequent readers of Android Police may have noticed me mention a few times how slow and limited my home internet connection is. In ideal circumstances, it maxes out at 16Mbps; on regular days, it's half of that, and that's considered good for Lebanon. There are places where you can barely get 2Mbps. One single gadget has made that speed tolerable in 2020: the Netgear Orbi mesh router.
We're in day two of Prime "Day" and the deals keep coming — here's a particularly interesting one on a mesh router. Netgear's Orbi line of Wi-Fi routers are known for their reliability and range and are arguably the best mesh Wi-Fi system on the market. Two variants, RKB23 and RKB33, are on sale right now for under $200, with the price dropping another $10 if you use today's “Buy More, Get More” promotion.
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Making sure that your entire house is blanketed in the ever-so-important waves of Wi-Fi is a huge pain sometimes. Though routers nowadays are much, much better than ever before, their range of coverage is not always sufficient. That's why mesh networks have risen in popularity. And B&H has a deal for you to get started on keeping everyone and everything in your home connected — right now, you can pick up a two-pack of Linksys's Velop AC2600 mesh routers in white for just $99.99, half off the $199.99 asking price.
If you've been curious about switching your home network setup over to a mesh router system, this deal might be worth a look. The Linksys Velop Tri-Band Whole Home Wi-Fi System is on sale at Costco now for $150 off the retail price of $499.99. That makes it just $349.99 for a setup with four nodes, thanks to instant manufacturer's savings.
My family lives in a somewhat large house, and Xfinity's 'Wireless Gateway' router has never done a great job at coverage. Several rooms had poor reception or dead spots, particularly in the upstairs area. I bought a basic Netgear range extender as a band-aid solution, but for whatever reason, some of my devices (including my Google Pixel) still refuse to connect to it.
Last year at CES, Linksys announced its first mesh Wi-Fi system, called 'Velop.' The main selling point was tri-band 2x2 802.11ac connectivity, resulting in no latency loss between the main router and the other nodes. However, the system was rather expensive; a 3-pack would cost you $500. Linksys has now released a cheaper dual-band version, designed to directly compete with the Google Wifi and other consumer mesh systems.