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With it likely your home Wi-Fi network is dealing with more devices in more places than ever these days, it's not surprising if you've considered making the upgrade to a modern mesh network system, or whether one of those cheap range extenders will get the job done for adding coverage to some rooms of your home. In our experience, this is one area where dropping cold, hard cash really is the only bulletproof solution. While there are situations where a simple range extender can get the job done, they're such an imperfect solution that they may just end up just making you want a mesh system more in the end.
Android 10 brought with it the ability to share WiFi networks through QR codes, an incredibly useful feature for temporary guests and visitors. Even though Samsung makes a lot of changes to Android, it kept this feature in One UI 2.0. Here's how to share and scan WiFI networks on your Samsung smartphone running Android 10.
We've all been there—someone needs to get on your Wi-Fi network, and you begin awkwardly reading out your nonsense password. Thankfully, Android has an alternative these days. In a few taps, you can provide a QR code that will get visitors connected to your network right away. Here's how to do it.
Mesh WiFi networks offer a great way to blanket your home in strong wireless coverage, keeping all your devices connected. But as our needs grow, occasionally it becomes time to augment that network with some additional access points. If you've got an existing Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi network, now's your chance to upgrade, as Amazon has the Netgear Orbi WiFi Satellite Extender for $50 off, blowing past even Black Friday deals.
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.
Google has spent years cruising down roads to gather data for Street View, but it isn't just after photographic data. The Street View cars also collect information about local WiFi networks, and a 2010 lawsuit alleged Google grabbed too much data. After nearly a decade of legal wrangling, Google is putting this issue to rest by paying a mere $13 million. That's a pittance compared to the billions in damages many observers predicted years ago.
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.
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.
Security is all well and good, but convenience is nice, too. The latest Android Q beta includes a very thoughtful feature that makes it easy to share your WiFi passwords, and it's pretty simple. It just shows the password in plain text.