Year: 2019

Ubiquiti announces new AmpliFi Alien router with Wi-Fi 6

Ubiquiti, the company behind popular UniFi Wi-Fi access points and networking equipment, is releasing a new router for consumers — the AmpliFi Alien.

Today’s new device is an all-in-one networking device. It features a router (the “brain” of your local network), four Gigabit Ethernet ports and Wi-Fi capabilities. And yes, it is a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) device.

You can plug the AmpliFi Alien to your modem; put your modem in bridge mode and let it take care of your network at home. It should be a huge improvement compared to ISP-provided hardware.

When it comes to Wi-Fi performance, the AmpliFi Alien supports 8×8 MIMO Wi-Fi 6 (both 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and offers a separate 5GHz Wi-Fi 5 radio (802.11ac). There aren’t a ton of devices that support Wi-Fi 6 just yet. The iPhone 11 and the Samsung Galaxy S10 support Wi-Fi 6, but not the brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro, for instance.

But the AmpliFi Alien also works with older devices that run on previous Wi-Fi generations, so you don’t have to replace all your gadgets. You can also set up an isolated guest network if you don’t want your friends to be able to access your computers on your network. You can also use your AmpliFi devices as a VPN endpoint when you’re on the road.

The device itself is a cylinder-shaped tower with flat edges at the front and the back of the device. It looks a bit like the recently announced UniFi Dream Machine, but it’s less curvy and taller. There’s a color touch screen to get information about connection speeds and some LEDs at the base of the tower.

You can buy multiple AmpliFi Alien units and create a mesh network around your house. A single AmpliFi Alien costs $379.

Compared to the UniFi Dream Machine, you can’t control the device with UniFi’s network management controller. This is a consumer device, so you don’t get a ton of customizations on the software front — the AmpliFi Alien isn’t designed for enterprise clients. But Ubiquiti offers an AmpliFi mobile app to configure the DHCP server, port forwarding and Wi-Fi settings.

Google Stadia’s Launch Seems Soft


Google Stadia launched this week… well, kind of. Yes, it’s technically true you can now pay real money for Google’s ambitious video game streaming platform. But between the latency issues, limited software library, and various other restrictions, right now Stadia feels like an early access beta rather than a fully finished product. In our in-depth Google Stadia review, we recommend you hold off on buying it for now. Many other critics felt similarly.

And it seems like customers have been taking that advice. While it’s all very anecdotal for now (the product literally launched yesterday) it sounds like Google Stadia sales are looking pretty soft.

Kotaku’s Jason Schreier has a pretty stellar track record when it comes to reporting insider games industry news. So while this is technically speculation, when he says something we tend to believe it. And on Stadia’s launch day he was already out here saying Stadia was a “monumental flop” with pre-order numbers “below expectations.” Pre-order numbers are a metric Google could track even before launch.

Maybe this is why Stadia’s launch lineup doubled overnight? We’ve been skeptical of the service from the beginning, and like I said our review ended up confirming many of those suspicions. But don’t expect Google to just completely drop Stadia quite yet. Cheaper and potentially more appealing versions of the service are on tap for next year, along with just more games. And really console launches are rarely great. Still, if Stadia does get sent to the Google Graveyard eventually, we wouldn’t be surprised.

 

Here’s When All the Major Black Friday 2019 Sales Start

BestBlackFriday.com revealed when Black Friday 2019 sales start. (Photo Credit: freestocks.org)

The Biggest Shopping Day of the Year is quickly approaching, so it’s time to make a shopping plan. We know you want to get the best deals for you and your family. However, you can only bag a bargain if you know when the sales start. After all, you could easily miss a Black Friday doorbuster if you don’t get to the store (or retailer’s website) at the right time.

To help you prepare for Black Friday, our team has compiled a list of the sale times for top retailers. We’re also breaking down some of the best deals and providing some helpful shopping tips. Once you read this article, you’ll be armed with all the knowledge you need to save big during Black Friday 2019.

Walmart

Every year, Walmart is one of the top shopping destinations for Black Friday deals. This year is no exception. The retailer is offering deep discounts on TVs ($278 for a Philips 65” Class 4K Smart TV), the iRobot 670 Wi-Fi Vacuum ($197), and the Instant Pot 6 Quart Duo ($49).

  • Stores open: 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving
  • Online deals start: 10 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 27

Target

Target has some amazing deals this year. You can find an Element Roku 65” 4K TV for just $279.99. The retailer is also offering awesome electronics deals like the Google Home Mini ($19), the Instant Pot ($64.99), and Beats Wireless Headphones ($129.99).

  • Stores open: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving
  • Online deals start: All day Nov. 27 for RedCard holders; 6 p.m. Nov. 27 for Circle members

Macy’s

Macy’s is the retailer that started it all. You can count on this big name to serve up even bigger bargains. This year, you can find deals on the Keurig Select K80 ($79.99), holiday décor (60 percent off), and a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Bundle ($279.99).

  • Stores open: 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving
  • Online deals start: All day Nov. 27

Kohl’s

Kohl’s never disappoints on Black Friday. The retailer always puts out massive ads for the Biggest Shopping Day of the Year. This year, you can snag amazing bargains like an Echo Dot for $22, a Fitbit Versa 2 for $179.99 (with $45 Kohl’s Cash), and a KitchenAid 5-Quart Mixer for $279.99 (with $75 Kohl’s Cash).

  • Stores open: 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving
  • Online deals start: 12:01 a.m. Central Time on Monday, November 25

Lowe’s

You’ll want to check out Lowe’s on Black Friday if you want to find great gifts and get your home ready for the holidays for less. You can snag a pre-lit Christmas tree for less than $50 and save big on appliances that include an LG microwave ($169) and a Frigidaire refrigerator ($799).

  • Stores open: 6 a.m. on Black Friday
  • Online deals start: TBD

Home Depot

You can always count on finding deep holiday discounts at Home Depot on Black Friday. We are still waiting for the official ad, but savings on tools, holiday decor, and tech are guaranteed.

  • Stores open: 6 a.m.
  • Online deals start: TBD

Best Buy

If you’re looking for TVs and other types of tech, you won’t want to miss the Best Buy sale this year. You can find Samsung 4K Smart TVs for $350 off and snag select iPad models for $80-100 off. The retailer even has the Echo Dot third generation for $22.99.

  • Stores open: 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving
  • Online deals start: Thanksgiving (all day)

JCPenney

You’ll be thrilled when you see all the deals at JCPenney this year. From 80 percent off fine jewelry, to more than $100 off a Keurig K Select ($59.99), you’ll be able to pick up everything you need. Not only that, the retailer is offering mystery-offer coupons for the first shoppers to arrive on Thanksgiving.

  • Stores open: 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving
  • Online deals start: Wednesday, November 27 (all day)

Sam’s Club

During the Sam’s Club Black Friday sale, you can snag such deals as an 82-inch LG Smart 4K with HDR for $1,599 and two 2 Google Nest Hubs for $129. Note that non-members who shop the online sale will get hit with 10 percent fee.

  • Stores open: 7 a.m. on Black Friday
  • Online deals begin: All day Thanksgiving

For more deals, including all of the latest Black Friday announcements, visit BestBlackFriday.com.

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