Map out and eliminate your Wi-Fi’s weak spots [Deals]

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This app creates a heatmap of your Wi-Fi coverage at home or at work, then walks you through the process of fixing the weak spots.
This app creates a heatmap of your Wi-Fi coverage at home or at work, then walks you through the process of fixing the weak spots.
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At home and at the office, we all rely on Wi-Fi. And it’s a real drag to find weak spots in your coverage. The best solution for wireless dead zones is to find them and fix them. But you need the right tool.

NetSpot Home for Mac offers that tool, packed with features for visualizing, optimizing and troubleshooting your Wi-Fi coverage.

How to plug an Ethernet cable into your iPad

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This is a great-looking hub, but it still has problems.
This USB-C hub adds Ethernet to the 2018 iPad Pro, but any iPad can be hooked up with the right dongle.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Ethernet? In 2018? Yes. Maybe you work in an office without Wi-Fi. Perhaps you need to connect your Mac and iPad together directly with a cable for super-fast file transfers. Or maybe you just want the most reliable network connection possible — when recording a podcast, for example.

Whatever the reason, Wi-Fi hasn’t completely ousted Ethernet yet. And using Ethernet on your iPad is easy. If you’re hooking up an old Lightning iPad, it’s pretty easy. If you’re connecting a new USB-C iPad Pro, it’s dead easy.

Amazon buys mesh Wi-Fi router maker Eero

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Eero monitors things like network throughput and interference, adjusting itself automatically.
Photo: Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac

Right when Apple has decided to get out of the router business, one of its biggest competitors is ready to jump in.

Amazon revealed today that it reached an agreement to acquire mesh Wi-Fi router maker Eero, giving the online retailer another powerful tool in its effort to dominate the smart home market.

Easily share your wireless network with Wifi Porter [Review]

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Wifi Porter uses NFC to easily transfer your wireless network’s login details to smartphones.
Wifi Porter uses NFC to transfer your wireless network’s login details to smartphones.
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Wifi Porter takes the hassle out of letting friends or guests access your wireless network. Just tap this accessory from Ten One Design with your iPhone or Android device and the login details will be transferred. 

The hardware is attractive, and it’s certainly a unique idea, but Apple’s implementation of NFC creates some hassles for iPhone users.

Enjoy Apple Music on American Airlines without buying Wi-Fi

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Apple Music on American Airlines
Forget downloading your playlists before takeoff.
Photo: Apple

Starting Friday, Apple Music subscribers can enjoy the service on domestic flights with American Airlines without purchasing Wi-Fi.

Complete access to the service and its more than 50 million songs will be available on flights equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi. American Airlines is the first commercial airline to offer the service.

Wifi Porter makes sharing your wireless network a breeze

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Connect to Wifi Porter by simply tapping your phone on it.
Connect to Wifi Porter by simply tapping your phone on it.
Photo: Ten One Design

Imagine letting a friend connect to your Wi-Fi network just by tapping a hockey puck-sized chunk of wood. That’s the promise of Wifi Porter, an accessory from Ten One Design that saves guests from having to type in a password to get on the net.

It uses NFC and doesn’t require users to install any software.

2019 iPhone may boast super-fast Wi-Fi 6

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home Wi-Fi
You’ll connect to Wi-Fi access points much faster with the 2019 iPhone.
Photo: Alan Levine/Flickr

The next-generation iPhone will reportedly include a version of Wi-Fi that’s up to 30 percent faster than the current one. And that’s not even its biggest improvement in this upcoming wireless networking standard.

This is just one of the details of the 2019 iPhone that’ve leaked out in recent days.

How Steve Jobs’ impossible demands sparked Wi-Fi revolution

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iBook
The first commercial product with Wi-Fi connectivity.
Photo: Apple

How many important moments at Apple started with Steve Jobs being late to a meeting that ended with him making a seemingly impossible demand?

This is exactly how one former executive of Lucent Technologies describes the birth of commercial Wi-Fi, which took place in a meeting room at Apple headquarters in Cupertino on April 20, 1998.