| Cult of Mac

New Linksys mesh systems make Wi-Fi 6 affordable

By

The Linksys Atlas 6 Wi-Fi 6 mesh router system comes in multiple variations.
The Linksys Atlas 6 Wi-Fi 6 mesh router system comes in multiple variations.
Photo: Linksys

Linksys launched two new Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems Tuesday. They’re for anyone hoping to find affordable home-internet options that support the fastest wireless speeds.

And the two mesh systems — Linksys Atlas 6 and the Linksys Hydra 6 — are the company’s lowest-cost such systems so far.

This powerful Wi-Fi 6 router is amazingly affordable [Review]

By

Rock Space AX1800 WiFi 6 Router review
The Rock Space AX1800 WiFi 6 Router is quite capable despite a bargain price.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest version of the wireless networking standard we all love. It’s so much better than its predecessor you should think about upgrading your router just to get it. Especially because the change won‘t be as expensive as you might expect because the Rock Space AX1800 WiFi 6 Router is just $80.

At that price, I was a bit suspicious that the device. But I’m a believer. I used this Wi-Fi access point in my home office for nearly two weeks and have no complaints.

New 5G chip could mean even better battery life for iPhone 14

By

Apple 5G chip
TSMC beats out Samsung for Apple's orders.
Image: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Apple’s most recent iPhone models offer better battery life than any of their rivals — and it could be about to get even better. Cupertino is reportedly preparing a new 5G chip that is even more efficient for iPhone 14.

Supply chain sources say the chip will be manufactured exclusively by TSMC using its latest 6-nanometer process, with Samsung losing out on orders.

Fill in Wi-Fi dead spots with this powerful wireless network extender [Review]

By

Rockspace AX1800 Dual Band Wi-Fi Extender review
Don’t put up with Wi-Fi dead zones. Rockspace’s wireless range extender can fill them in.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

Wi-Fi dead spots happen in many homes and businesses, and they can be so frustrating. The Rockspace AX1800 Dual Band Wi-Fi Extender fills in the empty spot(s) in your wireless network, and because it has Wi-Fi 6 it can provide up to 35 devices with speedy connections.

I tested this access point in my home office. Here’s how it stood up to a battery of real-world tests.

Apple households need this powerful Linksys mesh router [Review]

By

Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System review
iPhone, Mac and iPad users, the Velop AX4200 might be the mesh Wi-Fi router you’ve been looking for. Especially if you also use HomeKit.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band Mesh WiFi 6 System offers the features Apple users need. And that’s especially true for fans of HomeKit as the routers add extra security to these home automation accessories. Plus, the system offers an improved version of Wi-Fi.

To test the system out, I added Linksys mesh Wi-Fi routers to my home. Here’s how they work in real-world use.

‘iPhone 13’ could feature Wi-Fi 6E for even better connectivity

By

iPhone 12 Pro Max review: The industrial design will leave you breathless.
But you'll need a compatible Wi-Fi router to enjoy it.
Photo: Lyle Kahney/Cult of Mac

Apple’s next-generation “iPhone 13” devices could feature Wi-Fi 6E technology for even better connectivity, according to a new report.

The extended version of Wi-Fi 6 — which is already available in iPhone 11 and later — promises even faster speeds and better range using the 6GHz band. But you probably won’t be able to enjoy it out of the box.

iPad Pro packs super-fast Wi-Fi 6

By

ipad-pro
Wi-Fi 6 will help you binge more shows, faster.
Photo: Apple

The two new iPad Pros unveiled Wednesday are the first Apple tablets to support the super-fast Wi-Fi 6 standard.

Apple’s brilliant new iPad Pro ads don’t mention Wi-Fi 6 as one of the headline features, but it’s a huge upgrade in connectivity from the previous generation, offering faster speeds and longer range.

There are many reasons why you’ll be hearing about Wi-Fi 6 a lot more in the future.

16-inch MacBook Pro surprises: No Wi-Fi 6, 720p webcam, 96W charger

By

16-MacBook-Pro
Notebook shipments could fall by as much as 36%.
Photo: Apple

There are some interesting surprises with the 16-inch MacBook Pro that you won’t find in Apple’s press release. So we’ve rounded up the big ones here so you don’t miss anything before buying.

Some of these things are nice surprises. But be warned that others will leave you a little disappointed.

Wi-Fi 6 makes iPhone 11 faster than ever

By

iPhone 11 with Wi-Fi 6
The iPhone 11 is one of the first devices with Wi-Fi 6.
Photo: Apple/Wi-Fi Alliance

An overlooked feature of the iPhone 11 series is Wi-Fi 6, a faster version of this nearly ubiquitous short-range wireless-networking standard.

And it’s not just about speed. This update is expected to offer better performance when dozens of hundreds of devices are all trying to connect to Wi-Fi at once.