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802.11ax Wi-Fi routers: Aerohive AP650, ASUS Rapture GT-AX11000 and D-Link AX6000
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Kwikset Halo smart deadbolt review: Wi-Fi in, attractive design out

Kwikset’s smart lock gains in connectivity, but loses out in the looks department.

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Bulbrite Solana color-changing A19 smart bulb review: A fair generic built for Wi-Fi

An immature app keeps Bulbrite's color-changing smart bulb from meriting a strong recommendation.

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Nexx Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller NXG-200 review: Sophisticated, but very expensive

This garage door controller Wi-Fi retrofit kit has some advanced features, but that might not be enough to justify its high price tag.

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TP-Link revs its mesh Wi-Fi router lineup to Wi-Fi 6, but leaves Zigbee behind

Routers are getting faster even while they’re getting back to basics by dropping smart home hub features.

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Keep kids out of the liquor cabinet with the biometric BenjiLock By Hampton Cabinet and Drawer Lock

Also suitable for securing drawers and closets, the $75 lock can be programmed to recognize up to 10 fingerprints.

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Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi routers are evolving into smart home controllers—and more

Origin Wireless’ WiFi Sensing technology piggybacks on Linksys mesh network systems for home automation, home monitoring, sleep tracking, elder care and more.

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Linksys touts Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers at CES

The networking company will ship a Wi-Fi 6 mesh router and a Wi-Fi 6 mesh system this spring.

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Netgear adapts its Orbi mesh router to 4G LTE

The new network device unveiled at CES targets people living in areas that are unlikely to ever get fiber or cable broadband.

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Netgear brings mesh networking technology to its Nighthawk router line

This is the first router in the Nighthawk family that doesn’t look like its stealth attack aircraft namesake.

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Wi-Fi 6 is slowly gathering steam

There’s a lot to look forward to about 802.11ax, aka Wi-Fi 6, just don’t expect it to be a top-to-bottom revolution in 2020.

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D-Link to unveil a host of new routers at CES, including four Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems

The networking company will also ship several new range extenders in 2020.

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Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice

Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We recommend mesh Wi-Fi routers for most people, and we’ll help you find just the right one for your needs.

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Friday Smart Lock review: After changing hands, Friday is relaunched with one key upgrade

An innovative smart lock re-emerges under new ownership, but some of this revised product's flaws remain in place.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

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5 questions to answer before deploying Wi-Fi 6

Wi-Fi 6 offers many valuable new features including speed and higher density, but it’s different from its predecessors, so make sure your wired network and your organization are ready for it.

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Yale Assure Lever with Connected by August review: Yale lets you ditch its own app for August’s

Alas, Yale’s hardware and August’s wireless technology make for truly unhappy bedfellows.

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Private 5G keeps Whirlpool driverless vehicles rolling

When interference disrupted the Wi-Fi guidance for driverless vehicles in one of its factories, bringing the vehicles to a halt and backing up production, Whirlpool turned to on-premises 5G through a partnership with AT&T.

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

With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

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