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Tag Archive for ‘Mesh’

Why Apple Is Missing the Boat on Home Wi-Fi ➝

Kirk McElhearn, writing for Intego’s mac security weblog:

A mesh wi-fi system could form part of a broader Apple home network. Imagine if the HomePod, Apple TV, or future Apple in-home devices, acted as a satellite for a wi-fi access point, as well as being a HomeKit hub; this could get more people to buy these media devices, knowing that they would serve more than one purpose.

In addition, the Time Capsule, an AirPort base station with a built-in hard drive, was a great way to ensure that people backed up their Macs. It meant that both desktop Macs and laptops could be automatically backed up without needed to connect an external hard drive. This was not without its quirks, but the technology was seamless. Apple could have extended this backup to iOS devices as well, allowing local backups instead of or in addition to iCloud backups.

I love my Eero setup, but I’d trade it in a heartbeat for an Apple designed and developed mesh Wi-Fi system that allowed Time Capsules, HomePods, and Apple TVs to extend the network.

➝ Source: intego.com

Amazon Announces Updated Eero Router ➝

Eero was my go to router hardware before they were acquired by Amazon. But unfortunately Amazon had to add a bunch of Alexa cruft to the product, which I’d prefer to keep out of my house. Now, when it’s time for me to purchase a new router setup, I’m not sure what I’ll do. Hopefully my current Eero routers will last a good number of years and maybe there will be some well-designed,rock-solid competition at that point.

➝ Source: theverge.com