If you've had trouble getting Wi-Fi to every corner of your home, 2017 will definitely solve that problem for you. There has never been athat showcased more home mesh Wi-Fi systems than this year. These systems all include more than one piece of hardware and they all aim to fix the biggest problem in home wireless network: range.
Protecting your home against online threats and making it easier to connect smart home devices (and keep them connected) are also networking trends at CES this year.
The Wi-Fi system movement started with thea year ago. Eero has great coverage, and it's smart and super easy to use. Then Netgear shipped its own, , which is much faster. Now practically every networking company, plus a few start-ups, have shipped a Wi-Fi system or have something coming out later in the year. Even Google has joined the race with the .
So it wasn't exactly a surprise that many of them made it to the show this year. Here are some that are worth looking forward to.
: This is the first mesh system from Linksys and it's designed to deliver both fast performance and large coverage thanks to its dedicated band for back-haul connection. The Linksys Velop is available now and costs $500 (about £405 or AU$685) for a set of three.
: Asus' HiveSpot has the exact same hardware specs as the Linksys Velop, but it's cheaper. Furthermore it comes with built-in real-time protection, called Ai Protection, for the entire home network against online threats. The HiveSpot costs just $400 for a set of three, which converts to about £325 or AU$550.
: TP-Link's first Wi-Fi system is similar to the Eero but adds the option to use your powerlines to connect different units together. The device won't be available until later this year.
: This is the first router from Symantec and it has built-in online real-time protection for the entire network, which could be useful if you're building a smart home. It also gives you 20 licenses of Norton Core Plus Security suite. You can use this software to protect your computers even when you use them outside of the home network. Symantec says the Norton Core is "mesh ready" and it will announce the additional units at a later time.
The Norton Core will be available in Spring and costs $280. After a year, you'll have to pay $99 per year if you want to keep the protection. The preorder price converts to about £165 or AU$275.
: The US cable provider is about to upgrade its Xfinity gateway into a smart home digital home platform that has the same functions and features as most Wi-Fi systems. It's also making a new advanced gateway that's a full Wi-Fi solution. This means soon, you won't need to get your own equipment to get the best home Wi-Fi network you want.
Other than that, D-Link also introduced two Wi-Fi systems, the. Both Luma and Eero also showcased their products with updated smart features. So yes, by mid-2017, your Wi-Fi system options will have at least doubled. With that, their prices are expected to be lower too.
Better connections and online safety
As smart devices become increasingly popular, more people are finding that getting them connected to a Wi-Fi network can be a dreadful task. Cirrent introducedto deal with this. It's a new way to get Wi-Fi-enabled appliances such as smart TVs, printers, security cameras and so on connected to a home Wi-Fi network quickly and remain connected even when the network's setting has been changed. Major vendors and service providers, including D-Link and Comcast, now support ZipKey and existing smart devices can be ZipKey-enabled with a firmware update.
CES 2017 also saw a number of products that keep your home network safe from online threats in real time. Many routers and Wi-Fi systems have this features built in. But there are also separate devices, such as the, which promise to protect the entire network.
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