Eero Mesh Routers Available on Apple.com

· Andrew Orr · News

Eero mesh pro router

Today eero announced that its mesh routers are now available to on Apple.com, like the Mesh Wi-Fi Router and Beacon Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender.

Gryphon Guardian Mesh Router, with Wi-Fi Network Protection: $98.99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Gryphon Guardian Mesh Router

We have a deal on the Gryphon Guardian mesh Wi-Fi router, a compact all-in-one mesh Wi-Fi security router and parental control system. It features intrusion detection and malware filtering, and lets you manage online activities. It’s $98.99 through our deal.

Subscription vs. Private Cloud, Archiving Data, Geek Challenges Galore – Mac Geek Gab 780

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Many Dropbox users are going to experience a device-limit issue with new iPhones coming this week. Listen as John and Dave talk through how to use your Synology DiskStation to solve this problem. That’s not all, though: Mac Geek Gab always aims to have everyone learn at least five new things. Your two favorite geeks answer questions about managing email, archiving your backups, mesh networks, iOS upgrade strategies, and more. Press play and enjoy!

How to Choose the Best Mesh Wireless System For Your Home

· Dave Hamilton · How-To

Sorting through the mesh wireless systems available today can be tricky. Read on, and we’ll teach you how to decide which one is best for you. [Update: Anti-malware is a theme of this update, with Plume SuperPods, Orbi, and Linksys Velop all joining the club with solid offerings in this regard. eero and Plume both solved their LAN persistence problems, keeping your Wi-Fi alive even if your Internet connection goes down. AmpliFi is doing some cool things for IoT users with regards to setting up separate SSIDs for that, too. See Changelog – Dave]

Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Connection Speeds, Slow Macs, DNS, and More – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 747

How fast is your connection? How much of that speed matters? How fast is your Mac? Why isn’t it faster? What devices can you see on your network? Why can’t you connect to all of them? This is what Mac Geek Gab is about. Posing questions, getting answers, and learning at least 5 new things. Learn your 5 now by pressing play!

Deal of the Day: Netgear Mesh Wi-Fi Wall Plugs

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

Amazon is having 12 days of product deals, and today’s deal is Netgear mesh Wi-Fi wall plugs. It creates a mesh Wi-Fi network that blankets your home in super fast, seamless Wi-Fi — room to room, wall to wall, floor to floor. Replaces your old router, works with your modem and internet service provider. Featuring a slim profile these wall-plug satellites make it super easy to extend your Wi-Fi to any room with a standard electrical outlet, just plug it in and stream with speed. They’re up to 123% faster than the leading brands, as certified by an independent study, makes Orbi the highest performance mesh Wi-Fi system on the market. They also eliminate Wi-Fi dead zones and buffering — 5,000 square feet of consistent coverage — at speeds up to 2.2 Gbps (gigabytes per second). You’ll get simple setup with the Orbi app — create guest network, access parental controls, and run speed tests right from the app. Amazon: US$199 (Regular price US$299)

Deal of the Day: Netgear Mesh Wi-Fi Wall Plugs

Linksys Launches Velop Plug-in for Less Expensive Mesh Wi-Fi Extensions

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Linksys announced the Velop Plug-in, a smaller version of its Velop mesh nodes. The idea is to make it less expensive to extend your mesh Wi-Fi network than using all tower nodes, which is how Velop was launched. The Plug-ins can be plugged straight into a wall outlet, and do not have an ethernet port in them. They work in conjunction with at least one tower node. Large homes (or homes full of plaster like mine) can mix and match as needed. A kit with one tower and two Plug-ins is available now at $399 ($399 on Amazon)—the original three tower node kit is still available at $499 (currently $439.95 on Amazon). Later this year, Linksys said it will sell individual Plug-ins for $129 each.

Linksys Launches Velop Plug-in for Less Expensive Mesh Wi-Fi Extensions

Mojave, Inexpensive Tech, Dual SIMs, and More – Mac Geek Gab 728

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mojave desert with dual SIMs floating above it with text: Mojave, Inexpensive Tech, Dual SIMs, and More Mac Geek Gab 728

Don’t get caught, folks. That’s what we say, and that’s what we mean. This week that takes shape with advice about when to install macOS Mojave, finding the right place(s) to buy inexpensive tech, and extending your Wi-Fi network the right – and fun – ways. Oh, and there’s more, too. You’ll just have to listen, OK?

Mac App Switcher, iOS Reminders, iPad Calculator, and Feedbag? – Mac Geek Gab 714

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

The MGG Feedbag!

Do you like Quick Tips? Do you think you know everything about the macOS App Switcher? If you answered “yes” to those questions we think you’ll be in for a very pleasant surprise, and that’s just the kickoff of the episode! Then it’s on to a few other tips, including a great script for unmounting drives that contain iTunes libraries. Plus, your questions answered. Download or simply press play, and enjoy!

Thirteen Lucky Years of MGG – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 713

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab 13th Anniversary 713

Join John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton as they celebrate their 13th Mac Geek Gab anniversary by answering your questions, sharing Cool Stuff Found, solving problems and… you know… doing what they do for you! Press play, download, and celebrate! And also learn!

TMO WWDC 2018 Coverage Sponsor: eero

· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

My thanks to eero for coming on board to sponsor our WWDC 2018 coverage here at TMO this year. It’s not just WWDC coverage that eero values, it’s Wi-Fi coverage. Imagine having your whole home blanketed in fast, reliable Wi-Fi that just works. Now imagine that you don’t have to imagine that anymore. eero’s mesh Wi-Fi not only gives you Wi-Fi coverage for your whole home – yes, including those pesky dead spots you’ve fought with for years – eero does it in a super-simple way.

Comcast Joins the Wi-Fi Mesh Market with xFi Pods

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

xFi Pods from Comcast

Comcast joined the Wi-Fi mesh market on Tuesday with the official launch of its xFi Pods. The plug-size devices extend the range of Comcast’s Xfinity broadband Wi-Fi network in your home.

The Active Evolution of APFS – Mac Geek Gab 710

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Evolution of Computers from Apple Lisa to iMac

You know how it goes: your computer’s working fine one day, the next it’s not. That’s what John and Dave are here for… to help! They start today’s episode with some handy tips that aren’t documented anywhere, then they move on to answering your questions and solving your problems, including the path of progress upon which APFS travels. Subscribe, press play, and enjoy!

Is It Time to Replace Your AirPort Router? – Mac Geek Gab 707

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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APFS support in third-party apps continues to grow, there’s now an app to search for 32-bit apps, secondary iCloud IDs might work well for you, and Apple’s official acknowledgement of the end of the AirPort router line brings up one of our favorite topics again: what Wi-Fi solution is best for your home? John and Dave talk through all of this, all for you. Just like Sister Hazel sang. Or something like that. Just press play and enjoy!

Mesh: The Next Generation of Home Wi-Fi

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

My home mesh is made up of an Eero gateway and two Eero beacons.

Based on recommendations from friends and colleagues (TMO‘s and Mac Geek Gab’s Dave Hamilton for one), Dr. Mac went with a $399 Eero system consisting of a gateway and a pair of “beacons.”

Managing Messages, Voice Assistants, APFS, and Quasi-Mesh - Mac Geek Gab 692

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Messages are a huge part of our online life, and they don’t always work the way we expect or prefer. John and Dave start by answering some of those questions. Then it’s on to where you should – and shouldn’t – be using APFS. After that, the questions jump around a bit, including one about mesh vs. quasi-mesh. All this and more on Mac Geek Gab 692 today!

CES – Netgear adds Waterproof Orbi Outdoor Satellite RBS50Y

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

LAS VEGAS – Netgear’s Orbi is one of our favorite wireless mesh systems available, and they’ve been doing a lot to update it over the past few months (see our “How to Choose Mesh Wireless” article for more details). The most recent update came at CES in the form of new hardware: the weather-resistant, AC3000, RBS50Y Orbi Outdoor Satellite. The only product that can be paired with both the consumer-grade Orbi and pro-grade Orbi Pro, the RBS50Y is a fully sealed, outdoor mesh point that can be added to an existing Orbi system. Just plug in power and go. Netgear wisely chose not to add Ethernet ports to it for security reasons – an outdoor access point gives people easy (and perhaps unwatched) ability to plug in. The Orbi RBS50Y is available immediately and Amazon has it for $329.99.

CES – Netgear adds Waterproof Orbi Outdoor Satellite RBS50Y