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Tip: You can opt out your Wi-Fi network from Google's location services with an SSID tweak

When you use Google Maps or any other service that needs your location, your Android phone doesn't only rely on a GPS signal to quickly find your position. It also uses other clues, such as which Wi-Fi networks or which cell towers are closest to you, which the company maps via crowdsourcing and Street View cars. You can set your phone to GPS-only, but what if you want to hinder Google from collecting data on your Wi-Fi network? There's a solution for that: Just add "_nomap" to the end of your SSID.

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Wi-Fi vulnerability affecting WPA2 encryption makes older Android phones insecure

These days, most people connect to the internet via Wi-Fi. We've been taught that on unprotected, open hotspots, you can easily be followed around the web, but generally, we would assume that password-protected networks are relatively safe from outside attacks. As it turns out, a vulnerability in the widely used Wi-Fi protected access 2 (WPA2) protocol lets hackers view unencrypted connections on these networks, even if they don't know the password. Patches are already rolling out to current routers and client devices, leaving only older, unsupported hardware indefinitely affected.

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D-Link announces a slew of mesh and Wi-Fi 6 routers at CES 2020

CES 2020 gave the networking device market a solid head start for the rest of the year. We not only saw a more capable Wi-Fi standard come into being but also mainstream brands jumping in with a pile of new routers and mesh systems. Besides an expanded security camera lineup, D-Link’s CES announcement includes a long list of routers and range extenders that integrate the EasyMesh and Wi-Fi 6 standard.

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Wi-Fi 6E will unleash 6GHz wireless networking to meet high-bandwidth data demands

The latest Wi-Fi 6 standard was established to increase the efficiency of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum that users have been relying on for decades. Unfortunately, as more of the devices we buy eat up precious bandwidth, these connections can still become congested and slow down like a highway during rush hour. To usher in a faster, more capable generation of high-speed data, the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a new 6GHz spectrum dubbed Wi-Fi 6E.

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TP-Link refreshes its Deco mesh routers with Wi-Fi 6, priced starting $190

Wi-Fi 6 has been around for months, if not years, but we’re yet to see a wave of mass-market routers and mesh systems supporting the latest standard — even Google’s Nest Wifi eschewed it. That is set to change in 2020 as mainstream networking brands like TP-Link are already taking the lead. The company yesterday refreshed its Deco line of mesh routers with three new systems that bring the wireless protocol to more price segments.

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[Update: Toggle arrives in Q Beta 5] Android started heavily throttling Wi-Fi scanning in Pie, Google confirms it's here to stay

If you use an app that relies heavily on frequent scans from your device's Wi-Fi radios, you've probably felt the squeeze of a behavior introduced with Android 9 Pie which limits the number of times an app can perform scans. Developers have been complaining to Google about this since last year, but the company has since decided that the behavior will remain as is.

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Here are all the small changes in Android Q Beta 4

We've already covered well over 200 changes in the public betas of Android Q, but many of those are smaller tweaks that aren't quite important enough to be covered in dedicated posts. Following our coverage of Beta 1, 2, and 3, here are all the minor changes in Android Q Beta 4.

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Android Q's Wi-Fi Easy Connect is a more secure replacement for WPS authentication

Wi-Fi Protected Setup authentication, or WPS for short, disappeared from Android 9 Pie in an intentional move by Google due to security concerns, although it then promised that the feature would return in a future Android release, although perhaps in a slightly different form. Instead, Android Q supports a similar technology called Wi-Fi Easy Connect.

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[Update: Not quite] Android Q won't automatically reconnect to Wi-Fi networks you manually disconnect from

Picture this situation: there's something wrong with a Wi-Fi network, so you disconnect from it, but then your phone tries to reconnect again a few seconds later. You try to disconnect again, but with the memory of a goldfish, your phone sees an available network and connects to it again. Eventually you give up and turn off Wi-Fi completely, then realize eight hours later while watching Netflix in bed that you've run through 2GB of cell data.

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[Update: Huawei's back in] Huawei ejected from Wi-Fi Alliance, SD Association, and other standards groups

Huawei has had a rough week it was added to the US Entity List, and soon it will be cut off from most of the manufacturers and companies it relies on to make products. While perhaps not the most devastating blow Huawei has been dealt in recent days, it has now been excluded from the associations responsible for the development Wi-Fi, SD, and some USB standards.

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