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Arris made the first product to support the open Wi-Fi mesh networking standard

Earlier this year, an industry organization which oversees Wi-Fi standards known as The Wi-Fi Alliance, introduced a new standard called EasyMesh, which will set a common standard for mesh routers to work with ones manufactured by other mesh routers from other companies. Now, the first such device that will adhere to the standard has been announced.

Last week, router manufacturer Arris announced that it would release the first EasyMesh-certified router, the VAP4641 Wireless Extender. The extender uses 802.11ac wave 2 technology, and will pair with other certified devices — once they become more widely available.

Arris doesn’t say when the device will be available for purchase.

Up until this point, consumers were essentially locked into buying routers from a single brand. Mesh routers — devices which allow you to integrate more than one router into a single, larger network for your home or office — would only work with ones from like-minded companies. If you had to switch one out, you had to stay within that closed ecosystem.

With this new standard, users can mix and match mesh routers to extend the WiFi in their homes or offices — provided they support EasyMesh.

That might be a bit of an uphill battle: the designation isn’t mandatory.

But having at least one company releasing products adhering to the standard is a crucial first step towards wider adoption.

How to Change Your Wi-Fi Password

Your Wi-Fi password guards your wireless network against snoopers and drive-by hackers. It needs to be complex and difficult to guess yet still simple enough to remember and use. Maybe your current Wi-Fi password doesn’t cut it, but you’re not quite sure how or where to change it.

No problem. The actual steps vary depending on your router[1] brand and model, but the basic process is the same. There’s only one real downside with changing your Wi-Fi password.

After you reset the password, you have to log back into your network from every wireless device in your home. That lineup includes not just your PCs and mobile devices but also your smart TV, Blu-ray player, streaming media players[2], and any other smart devices. Whew, that’s a fair amount of work.

But if the move improves and enhances your Wi-Fi security, the results should be worth the effort.

This article originally appeared[3] on PCMag.com[4].

References

  1. ^ router (uk.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ streaming media players (uk.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ originally appeared (www.pcmag.com)
  4. ^ PCMag.com (www.pcmag.com)

BlackBerry unveils new Evolve series of phones with massive batteries and displays

BlackBerry has teamed up with Optiemus, its Indian manufacturing partner, to produce the new Evolve line of smartphones, which includes the BlackBerry Evolve and the BlackBerry Evolve X. Both phones share tall screens with 18:9 aspect ratios, and both also have massive batteries. The Evolve line will ship running Android 8.1 Oreo.

Unlike BlackBerry’s last foray into the marketplace with the Key2, the Evolve line won’t have a physical QWERTY keyboard.

For security, both phones offer fingerprint sensors on the back, along with a face-unlock feature. Both phones also sport 4000 mAh batteries, charge via USB-C, and are compatible with wireless charging.

The Evolve will be available exclusively through Amazon India towards the end of August for about £365, while the beefier Evolve X will be offered mid-September for about £510. For the extra bucks, users get an extra 2GB of RAM, for 6GB in total, over the standard Evolve’s 4GB.

Both come with optional cashback offers from different Indian carriers and banks.

Right now, Optiemus hasn’t confirmed availability beyond India anytime in the near future.

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