Mesh Router: Samsung Connect Home

I was very excited to try the new Samsung Connect Home mesh Wi-Fi system. Unfortunately, it isn’t quite ready for prime time just yet. Setup, as usual with mesh systems, is by app only. It works fine; but this means you have only basic controls. For instance, I couldn’t find a way to disable the…

Wi-Fi Extender: Linksys MAX-STREAM™ AC1900 Wireless-ac Dual Band Repeater with MU-MIMO

The specs for this new wi-fi range extender are impressive. I appreciate the beamforming technology. It also supports all current (and prior) wi-fi standards: 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11a/g, and 802.11b. Unboxing: The extender is a fairly basic white box that mounts directly via plug into a power outlet. It looks fairly generic, like a carbon monoxide…

Mesh Router: Linksys Velop

Mesh wifi systems are all the rage now. And it makes sense. A mesh system promises ease of use, high-speed connections, and broad coverage. The Linksys Velop Whole Home Wi-Fi System delivers on these promises better than any other mesh system on the market as of January 2017. When you first open up the Velop…

Mesh Router: Netgear Orbi

I wanted to love the Netgear Orbi system. I really did. But, alas, it was not meant to be.  It’s not a bad system, by any means. I was just not as impressed as I had hoped. First, the positives: 1. Impressive speed and wifi coverage. If that’s all you’re looking for, then the Orbi…