Nowadays, every modern home needs a strong Wi-Fi router to keep up with our ever-growing list of tablets, laptops, smartphones, and smart home devices. The easiest way for most homes to bathe every corner in strong Wi-Fi signal is a mesh kit, but those are expensive—sometimes in the multiple hundreds range. So when new upstart Vilo announced a $60 mesh kit, we took notice. And then took it for a test drive.
You might be hoping that, like many Wyze products, we found Vilo’s mesh routers do everything the more expensive options for a fraction of the cost. Alas, Wi-Fi is a more complicated beast than smart plugs or security cameras. Do you have a large home with dead spots? Our testing suggests Vilo might work for you. But the savings come at a cost that you really need to consider carefully. Sometimes there really is such a thing as “too affordable.”
Voice assistants are super helpful for smart home commands, recipe conversions, and more. But we discovered that Google Assistant can’t solve this elementary math problem.
Electric Vehicles sound great, but what if you forget to plug in your car overnight? This Raspberry Pi robot can automatically charge a Tesla for you.
There are so many great mesh Wi-Fi systems on the market. So, what makes this one different? Well, for starters, three Vilo mesh units only cost you $60 and provide up to 4,500 square feet of coverage. Read More »
Most drivers need to pull into a gas station every other week, but electric vehicle owners simply need to plug in their car when they get home—a task that takes all but two seconds. Still, that’s a bit too tedious for Pat Larson, who built an automatic Tesla charger using a Raspberry Pi 4 microcomputer. Read More »
Tracking or testing your internet speed is helpful, but these days, a test to check your network video streaming capability is even better. As a result, Speedtest recently added video stream tests to its app, and now it’s finally available for Android users. Read More »
For every startup that becomes successful, there are several that just didn’t end up making the cut. Sometimes some of those products are worth remembering, which is why unique art collective MSCHF is releasing five Dead Startup vinyl figurine toys, so you’ll still have a chance to own them forever. Read More »
For whatever reason, Google Drive has two different desktop apps. There’s the consumer-level Backup and Sync, and of course, the enterprise-grade Drive for Desktop (formerly Drive File Stream). Google plans to merge these apps into a unified Drive for Desktop by the end of the year, and to kick things off, it’s rolling out a major update that greatly improves the desktop app’s usability and speed. Read More »
You may not need to write with a pencil every single day anymore, but when you do, you’ll want a nice sharp tip so your writing looks pristine and not smudged. This electric pencil sharpener is perfect for the job and means you won’t have to spend time rooting around trying to find your manual sharpener. It can sharpen a pencil in just a few seconds, and has an auto stop feature that stops once it detects a nice clean point. The heavy non-slip design ensures the sharpener will stay in place while you use it, and it even has built-in safety features for keeping young kids safe if they get curious.
For those that didn’t know, Samsung has a free TV streaming service accessible from Samsung Smart TVs, phones, tablets, and more. It’s called Samsung TV Plus, which lets you watch several live TV channels for free. However, now you can enjoy Samsung’s free TV streaming service even if you don’t own a Samsung. Read More »
DVD rental service Redbox is now offering a new subscription plan called Redbox+. It starts at $9.99 per year and allows you to get up to 12 free one-night rentals. However, the plans have a few limitations, making the service feel a bit clunky and not totally a good deal. Read More »
One of the more convenient aspects of modern life is digital assistants like Google Assistant. Need to know the weather? Just ask. How about a measurement conversion from cups to tablespoons? No problem. Easy math problem? Google Assistant can handle it. Unless you ask for this specific equation. Read More »
Amazon’s selection of kid’s products is impressive, to say the least. The company sells a line of kid’s Fire Tablets with 2-year warranties, kid’s smart speakers and lamps, and even some kid-friendly smart displays. And for a limited time, you can get all of these products on sale for up to 40% off. Read More »
If you have all the vinyl records one would ever need and are looking for a new thing to collect, these tiny TVs from Basic Fun! will be right up your alley. Basic Fun!’s Tiny TV Classics don’t just look like an old TV. They actually work, have working remotes, and play movie clips from shows that came out around the same era as the TV itself. Read More »
Spending hours in front of a computer can be bad for your health and lead to conditions like repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome. Which peripherals you choose can make a huge difference, and that’s why you should consider upgrading to an ergonomic mouse. Read More »
By taking a screenshot, you can capture an image of your entire display—or just an area of it. Windows 10 has a variety of built-in tools for easily capturing a screenshot, and we’ve also got some even more powerful third-party tools to recommend. Read More »