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Netgear, is now on board with their own system: provides some big-time competition for those two companies

One of the market leaders in that space, Netgear, is now on board with their own system, which not only validates the concept provided by eero and Luma, but now provides some big-time competition for those two companies.

The devices come pre-paired together, so there’s no need to go through a setup process indicating which one is used for which scenario (the ‘router’ label connects to the broadband device, and the ‘satellite’ unit goes in the other part of the house – Netgear recommends putting it as close to the ‘center’ of the house as possible).Netgear yesterday announced its Orbi WiFi System ($399.99, available in September), a two-device system consisting of a “router” and “satellite” that customers can connect to their broadband modem (cable, DSL or other connection).

Over the past few weeks I’ve written about Wi-Fi startups eero and Luma and how their new wireless mesh systems are changing the home network wireless market with easier setup and larger coverage than compared with traditional Wi-Fi routers and range extenders.

 

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The Orbi system from Netgear includes a pre-paired and labeled ‘router’ and ‘satellite’ device.

 Netgear officials say this method provides for higher bandwidth (it uses about 1.7Gbps of that frequency band) than other wireless mesh systems, especially when more client devices (tablets, phones, TVs, etc.) are all competing for wireless network access.The Orbi system utilizes so-called “Tri-band Wi-Fi”, taking one of the bands within the 5 GHz frequency to provide a dedicated channel between the router device and the satellite.

Other technical details of the Orbi system include:

* Coverage up to 4,000 square feet

* A single Wi-Fi network name (SSID) for the entire network – 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands (other routers include separate names for those bands)

* Four Gigabit Ethernet ports and a single USB 2.0 port on the back of the ‘router’ and ‘satellite’ units.

* Advanced router features, including  IPv6 support, dynamic DNS, port forwarding and parental controls.

* Security support for 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA-2 PSK and WPA/WPA-2 Enterprise.

Once I get my hands on a couple of the Orbi devices I’ll let you know how it compares with the eero and Luma. When I talked with Netgear about the system, I was encouraged that setup can be done via a browser in addition to the smartphone/tablet app, as old fogies like me still prefer doing setup via their notebook. In addition, the ability to tweak advanced settings is something that older guys like me (or network pros) would appreciate.

Amazon Prime Day comes on July 12

You won’t necessarily be able to use Amazon Prime Day on July 12 as an excuse to avoid family, like some do with Black Friday, but Amazon is promising that you’ll get to choose from 100,000 great online shopping deals.

Amazon says that new deals will pop up as frequently as every 5 minutes, and that last year’s Prime Day surpassed Black Friday 2014 for sales volume, with members ordering nearly 400 items per second. Spotlight deals will feature popular brands at deep discounts, and will last until supplies are depleted. Lightning deals will last for short periods, maybe a few hours. Other deals will last throughout the day.

Headphones, diapers, video game consoles, wireless routers, mobile device caseswww.sitewatches.com and toys were among the items on sale last year during Amazon Prime Day.

The second annual Amazon Prime Day is available only to those who have subscribed to Amazon Prime, which gets you free shipping, access to entertainment content and more for $99 a year (though you can also go the free trial route if you just want to dip in for Amazon Prime Day).

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Prime Day will be available to shoppers in the United States as well as 9 other countries. Brexit be damned — even the U.K. gets to play, along with Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Belgium and Austria.

Amazon is encouraging members to sign up for its app to make parting with your money even easier.

 

But you have to figure Amazon will have learned a few things from the first time around, so here’s hoping this event goes off smoothly.

Like with Black Friday, Amazon Prime Day actually starts before the big day. Amazon will count down to July 12 starting on July 5, with exclusive deals for members. Among the deals revealed: a 32-inch TV bundle with a Fire TV Stick for $120. Prime Music Experiences will give customers a chance to win special trips and tickets to see performers such as Norah Jones and The Lumineers. There will also be a $5K photo sweepstakes.

Last year, while Amazon did sell a boatload of stuff, some said the shopping event amounted to little more than a garage sale and they took to social media to give Amazon the business. Hashtags such as #PrimeDayFail took off, as people complained about many deals closing almost as soon as they opened.

24% off TP-LINK AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band AC Router

The AC1900 router from TP-LINK supports 802.11ac, the latest Wi-Fi tech. It operates on the 5GHz band as well as 2.4 for older devices. Dual USB 3.0 and 2.0 let you easily share files and media across your network.

This story, “24% off TP-LINK AC1900 Wireless Wi-Fi Dual Band AC Router – Deal Alert” was hublot replica watchesoriginally published by TechConnect.

Amazon currently has it listed for 24% off its typical list price of $170, so you can buy it now for $130. Over 2,700 customers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars (read reviews).

The AC1900 strives to create a stronger, faster and more reliable network that efficiently manages many connected devices simultaneously.