Check Your Digital Couch Cushions — Mac Geek Gab 842

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

How much money do you have in your digital couch cushions? John and Dave walk through a few places you can check ahead of the holiday buying frenzy! Of course, most of the show is dedicated to answering your tech questions, solving your problems, sharing quick tips and, yes, a few minutes is even carved out to review eero’s new Wi-Fi 6 systems! Press play and join your two favorite geeks in learning at least five new things!

eero: Mesh Wi-Fi and More

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

Dr. Mac has done the research, and has his official recommendation for a mesh network for those looking to upgrade their Wi-Fi or replace Apple’s canceled AirPort networks.

How to Enable SQM on Your eero WiFi Mesh Network

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

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eero added SQM, or Smart Queue Management to its WiFi mesh routers to help your network run more efficiently. Here’s how to enable the feature.

KRACK Hacks WiFi WPA2 Encryption, Even for Apple Products

· Jeff Gamet · News

KRACK WPA2 WiFi security flaw

The WPA2 encryption your Wi-Fi basestation uses isn’t as secure as you thought. Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef revealed a flaw that makes any WPA2 encrypted data on a WiFi network hackable, regardless of what operating system you use.

Changing the Wi-Fi Password on Your AirPort Device

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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If you’ve given your network info to someone you wish you hadn’t (or you’re just tired of telling guests that your password is !!!!???R1CK&m0R7Y4EVA), you should know that you can change your Wi-Fi password on your AirPort device using a built-in utility on your Mac. Melissa Holt’s here to give us all the details and caveats!

Understanding Retina and HiDPI Resolutions for Mere Mortals- TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-10

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Retina and HiDPI displays, scaling, resolution… It all gets confusing pretty quickly, so Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain what they mean and how they impact what you see on screen. Dave also explains WiFi throughput terms and dives into the Tough Bar MacBook Pro’s wireless network antennas.

Belkin Announces Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System

· Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Linksys, a brand known for some of the earliest wireless routers, today joins the the market of mesh Wi-Fi providers with their own mesh offering called Velop. Shown here at the CES 2017 Unveiled event, Belkin’s Linksys Velop is a welcome entrant to the home mesh wireless market with a unique tri-band solution that allows for completely dynamic assignment of each unit’s three 2×2 radios. Velop can work in point-to-point, mesh, star, line or tree configurations, choosing whichever is best or most-appropriate for the current wireless environment. Each radio in the system is automatically mapped to the best configuration, and Ethernet backhaul is automatically detected and supported, as well. In a market that’s becoming quite crowded, I find the Velop an interesting contender, combining some of the better aspects of both the eero and NETGEAR Orbi platforms, priced exactly the same as the eero. Units are available for pre-order today in three ($499), two ($349) and one-unit ($199) packages and will start shipping on January 15th. We’ll be getting units to test and will report back with our findings, adding them to our existing mesh Wi-Fi coverage.

Filing Mail, Router Follow-up, and Geeky Gift Guides! – Mac Geek Gab 635

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

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Filing Mail, RAM suggestions, DOCSIS 3.1 and accessing your data from The Dark Side are just some of the topics of questions answered by John and Dave this week. Then it’s on to a follow-up from the router show with a sandwich of geeky holiday gift suggestions from your two favorite geeks!

Deep Dive: How to Choose a Router in 2016? – Mac Geek Gab 633

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

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This week we answer all your questions and queries about which router you should buy and how to go about deciding this for yourself. Standalone vs. mesh, eero vs. Orbi, 2×2 vs 4×4, we cover it all. After listening to this episode you’ll have both the information and even some deals to be able to make your choice and know you’ve got the right Wi-Fi for your home.