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

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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

This Wireless, Rechargable Security Camera Also Works with Solar Panel

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I’ve been researching security cameras, and Reolink has a camera called Argus Pro with a nifty feature: you can power it from an optional solar panel. That’s extra handy in that it’s wireless and rechargeable, meaning the solar panel can keep it going without you having to wire up the outside of your house. It records 1080p video, has a motion sensor, has night vision (up to 33 feet), and using WiFi, it can stream to your smartphone or computer. It will do motion detection recording, and it records to an optional SD card with an internal slot. It does two-way audio, and it’s weatherproof, too. The Argus Pro is available now for $99 for one camera (Amazon link), or $124.99 with one camera and the solar panel.

This Wireless, Rechargable Security Camera Also Works with Solar Panel

TMO Background Mode Interview with Sr. Mobile & Networking Developer Alf Watt

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Alf Watt on Background Mode

Alf Watt is an experienced software developer with expertise in macOS, iOS and wireless technology. He operates iStumbler Labs, most notably the Wi-Fi monitoring app iStumbler. He’s also a former Apple employee. As a youth, Alf’s first computer was a Commodore 64, and he leaned how to enter the code for computer games. Later, with a Mac plus, Alf learned HyperCard. Alf’s first serious language, however, was Perl. At Apple, Alf became deeply in involved with Wi-Fi and Apple’s AirPort technology, and that provided a foundation for his legendary iStumbler app. That app is now in Mac App Store. We finished with Alf’s description of his new tool called KitBridge which allows iOS developers to bring apps to macOS. Alf is an engaging personality in the Apple world, and you’ll enjoy his stories.

How to Choose the Best Mesh Wireless System For Your Home

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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: Added new Plume SuperPods and Deco M9 Plus hardware to the list, and started tracking Plume overall (and I’m impressed!). Updated a note in the buying advice section comparing the robustness of eero, Plume, Velop, and Orbi. – Dave]

TMO WWDC 2018 Coverage Sponsor: eero

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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.

Apple's Advice for AirPort Base Station Replacements

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Apple’s AirPort Base Station product line may be dead, but that doesn’t mean Wi-Fi is a thing of the past. To that end, the iPhone and Mac maker has a Knowledge Base article with some tips on features to look for when you’re buying a new Wi-Fi router. It includes suggestions like make sure the router supports 802.11ac and WPA2 Personal encryption. You can check out the article at Apple’s website.

Apple’s Advice for AirPort Base Station Replacements

Synology RT2600ac and RT1900ac: Your Apple AirPort Extreme Replacement

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Screenshots of Synology's DS Router iPhone app

These days, many Apple users are looking to improve and update their home Wi-Fi connections. With Apple seemingly having abandoned any true hardware updates to their AirPort router line, Apple users are looking to third-parties to fill the gap for an AirPort Extreme replacement. To that end, Synology is among the cream of the crop in the standalone router market and provides many features never found in Apple’s offerings. Updated April 18, 2018 with lowered prices on Amazon. The RT2600ac is now available for less than an AirPort Extreme, with a lot more features and range.

A Cerebral Sunday Morning: HomePod, macOS Server, Novice NAS, and Your Questions Answered – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 694

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John and Dave return to answer your questions and share your tips… and theirs! Addressing The Novice NAS Conundrum, the question often comes up: does it make sense for NAS manufacturers to target the novice market? But that’s not all, your geeks get heady talking about HomePod and macOS Server, too. Plus we’ve got questions (and answers) about java, USB drives, and much more. Download… and enjoy!