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Pre-order The Roost: A 9-Volt That Gives Smoke Detectors Notifications

Back in January we got our first hands-on with the Roost at CES, but anyone who’s ever used a 9-volt battery is already familiar with the product. The only difference is that this 9-volt includes built-in wifi to give your standard smoke detector the ability to send alerts to your smartphone. » 6/24/15 9:00am 6/24/15 9:00am

Portal Makes It Easy To Drag And Drop Files To Your Phone Wirelessly

Moving files between your smartphone and PC has always been kind of a pain in the ass. You have to navigate your device’s file system, sometimes you need to flip a switch in a hidden OS menu and, worst of all, you almost always need a USB cable. Want a better way? Check out Portal—a new app from Pushbullet that makes… » 6/16/15 5:30pm 6/16/15 5:30pm

How to Combine Multiple Internet Connections Into One Super Fast Pipe

You may not realize it, but you probably use multiple internet connections every day: your home network, your phone, and even hotspots and other devices. The downside: you can usually only use one at a time. Imagine if you could combine them all into one huge pipe that delivers faster downloads, smooth streaming,… » 4/22/15 7:15pm 4/22/15 7:15pm

How to Choose the Best Firmware to Supercharge Your Wi-Fi Router

Installing a custom firmware on your Wi-Fi router is like God Mode for your home network. You can see everything going on, boost your Wi-Fi signal, beef up your security, and even do advanced tricks like install your own VPN. Still, there are so many options available it can be tough to pick the right one. Here’s… » 4/01/15 2:22pm 4/01/15 2:22pm

August Smart Lock and Connect Review: I'll Use Keys, Thanks 

Four months ago, we called the August Smart Lock superb. I knew that sooner or later, I'd invite one into my home. I got my chance a few weeks ago with the August Connect dongle, a $50 add-on that gives the lock internet access so you can control it from anywhere in the world. Sadly, it also revealed the lock's… » 2/13/15 10:20am 2/13/15 10:20am

How to Get a Strong Wi-Fi Signal in Every Room of Your House

If you live in a particularly tall or wide house, or one with a complicated layout, then you might have problems with Wi-Fi dead zones where your high-speed wireless broadband connection just can't reach. That can seriously hamper your Netflix binge-watching or Spotify streaming. You don't have to settle for patchy… » 2/03/15 9:57am 2/03/15 9:57am