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You must be out of your damn mind to enable this Alexa skill

Amazon announced at its Fall 2019 event that it would soon be enabling celebrity voices on Alexa for purchase, starting with Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson. If you want to shake up how you interact with your Echo device, consider purchasing and enabling the Alexa Skill now while it’s on sale!

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How to enable a celebrity voice on your Echo

  1. Type in Samuel L. Jackson – celebrity voice for Alexa into your search engine of choice (alternatively, you can search for The Tonight Show Alexa Skill if that is more your jam).

  2. This should pull up the Alexa Skill on Amazon.com as your first result. Click on this search result.
  3. If you haven’t already, log in to your Amazon account.
  4. Click on the yellow ‘Buy now with 1-Click*’ button. This Alexa Skill is just $1 during its introductory period, but the price will go up to $5 in the near future.

  5. Now you’re ready to start jawing back and forth with Sam!

Note that you can also search for this skill in the Alexa app on your phone just as you would for any other Alexa Skill.

Among the banter you can engage in with Sam, you can have him wake you up with an alarm, sing you Happy Birthday, or tell you where he is from. The celebrity voice skills don’t have full Alexa functionality though, so don’t expect Sam to be able to set reminders or add items to your to-do list for you (he’d probably scoff at that anyway!).

There are also more family-friendly (and often free) alternatives, like this one from The Tonight Show that allows you to ask Alexa to have Jimmy Fallon tell a joke or read his monologue. I would expect this Samuel L. Jackson official Alexa Skill to be the first of many from Amazon, but I can’t quite guess who will be next.

Who would you like to hear from your Echo? Ellen DeGeneres? James Earl Jones? Christopher Walken? Betty White?

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Apple and Google asked if apps must disclose foreign ties

There are concerns about Chinese investment in apps like TikTok.

What you need to know

  • Apple and Google have been asked about the disclosure mobile apps must provide regarding overseas ties.
  • The chair of a U.S. congressional panel has written to both companies on the issue.
  • Rep. Stephen Lynch cited recent press reports of national security risks over the data of U.S. Citizens.

Chair of a U.S. congressional panel Rep. Stephen Lynch has written to Apple and Google regarding whether or not app developers are required to disclose overseas ties.

As reported by Reuters, Lynch revealed his request in a statement on Friday. This follows concerns that have been raised about the use of data by apps that have ties or investment with overseas countries, in particular, China.

In his statement he said:

“Recent press reports have shed light on allegations that certain foreign companies and developers may be providing sensitive data on U.S. citizens via their mobile applications to their host governments, thereby creating significant national security risks… U.S. laws permit mobile applications to collect massive amounts of personal information about their users.”

Whilst there has been a lot of scrutiny over the use of user data recently, Tik Tok and China have been given a particularly hard time over the issue. The report notes that Tik Tok is being scrutinized by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Recently, Senator Josh Hawley also introduced a bill seeking to prohibit American companies from storing user data abroad.

The report notes that TikTok owners ByteDance has sought to distance its app from much of its Chinese operations in wake of the scrutiny.

Neither Apple nor Google have commented on the most recent question of disclosure of overseas ties.

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Review: Darksiders Genesis is one of the biggest surprises of 2019

A Darksiders experience from a new perspective.

Darksiders Genesis is a top-down action game that takes you through a variety of levels. Unlike the interconnected nature of Diablo III, you teleport into various environments and are tasked with uncovering a number of secrets and defeating bosses. While the story is a little convoluted and hard to follow, the gameplay is sublime. The ability to freely move around the world and slay hordes of demons with two distinct characters feels incredible.

Explore the world

Darksiders Genesis

$40

Bottom line: Darksiders Genesis is a great top-down action game despite some minor issues.






Pros:

  • Replayable levels
  • Great visuals
  • Satisfying combat
  • Hilarious dialogue

Cons:

  • Short campaign
  • Confusing story
  • Confusing skill tree
  • Slightly blurry on Stadia

See at Stadia

Darksiders Genesis environments and gameplay

Darksiders Genesis may look like Diablo III, but it features a number of puzzles, the ability to jump, glide, ride a horse, and traverse the levels in a number of ways. This freedom of movement allows you to find hidden chests and other collectibles during its short, but memorable campaign.

From the get-go, you’re given control of two characters. War is the Horseman of the Apocalypse we’ve come to know, but Strife is a welcome addition. Strife’s carefree attitude and witty banter is the perfect foil to War’s serious demeanor. You should listen to the interactions because they’re hilarious. Luckily, both of them possess unique skills, too.

Strife relies on guns and long-range attacks to take out enemies. This comes in handy when you can’t get close to certain foes. There’s even a laser beam-like super ability thrown in there. War, on the other hand, comes with a giant sword and can take out certain creatures with ease through melee attacks. If you’re playing on your own, you can easily switch between both heroes so you’ll have to decide who’s better equipped for any given combat scenario. If you’re playing in co-op, you and your friend will control one character each.

Darksiders Genesis secrets and upgrades

Darksiders Genesis features a lot of replayability because, as you gain new abilities, you’ll have to return to past areas and access new pathways. If you’re unsure what a magical plate does or can’t break a particular structure, come back after progressing further in the story. Usually, health upgrades or Trickster Keys are hidden in these unreachable locations. Both come in handy because the game gets progressively more difficult as the levels go by.

Upgrading your characters is the key to success in Darksiders Genesis. While the system may seem a little complex, adding cores to your skill tree makes you stronger because you acquire new skills. However, you can also purchase new moves and upgrades – from damage output to health upgrades – by visiting the hub world and talking to the various demon merchants like Vulgrim. Souls and Boatman’s Coins that you collect from each level are used as currency.

Darksiders Genesis performance and visuals

Unsurprisingly, Darksiders Genesis looks and plays the best on PC due to the variety of settings you can tweak. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to feature any enhancements on Google Stadia. The game appears to be running at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. The connection we played on was 330 Mbps and the Chromecast Ultra was connected to an ethernet cable. While the stream quality was broadcasting at 4K resolution, everything outside of the menus was a little blurry.

By no means does Darksiders Genesis look horrendous on Stadia – it’s quite a beautiful game – but I would’ve liked to see a higher resolution presentation like that found in Metro Exodus or Trials Rising. Since those games manage to render at 4K, it’s possible. Shockingly enough, additional input lag was barely noticeable, and I quickly adjusted to the difference. The real issue with Google’s platform at the moment is the image quality in my opinion. Games that should run at 4K run at 1080p due to poor optimization.

A great example of this problem is Final Fantasy XV which reaches 4K on Xbox One X, but only 1080p on Stadia. Stadia has an almost 5 teraflop advantage over Microsoft’s machine. Developers need to optimize their games for Google’s hardware.

Darksiders Genesis final thoughts

Overall, Darksiders Genesis is a great game, but it would’ve been even better with a better story and less confusing skill tree. The Darksiders Universe is complex and telling a mature tale would’ve served the title well. However, these are only minor grievances because the gameplay is incredibly responsive and performance is buttery smooth on PC and Stadia.

4.5
out of 5




Darksiders Genesis won’t be available on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 until February 2020, so if you want to experience it, you should either play it on PC or Stadia. If you don’t have a gaming laptop or desktop, you should check it out on Stadia because it’s the first reason to subscribe to Google’s service in my opinion. It’s just that good.

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Darksiders Genesis

$40 at Stadia

Introducing the Horseman Strife

Darksiders Genesis is a top-down spin-off from the main series that follows the Horseman Strife and his brother War. Team up with a friend and get ready for some co-op action.

The game was reviewed on Shadow and Stadia with codes provided by the publisher.

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Review: Darksiders Genesis is one of the biggest surprises of 2019

A Darksiders experience from a new perspective.

Darksiders Genesis is a top-down action game that takes you through a variety of levels. Unlike the interconnected nature of Diablo III, you teleport into various environments and are tasked with uncovering a number of secrets and defeating bosses. While the story is a little convoluted and hard to follow, the gameplay is sublime. The ability to freely move around the world and slay hordes of demons with two distinct characters feels incredible.

Explore the world

Darksiders Genesis

$40

Bottom line: Darksiders Genesis is a great top-down action game despite some minor issues.






Pros:

  • Replayable levels
  • Great visuals
  • Satisfying combat
  • Hilarious dialogue

Cons:

  • Short campaign
  • Confusing story
  • Confusing skill tree
  • Slightly blurry on Stadia

See at Stadia

Darksiders Genesis environments and gameplay

Darksiders Genesis may look like Diablo III, but it features a number of puzzles, the ability to jump, glide, ride a horse, and traverse the levels in a number of ways. This freedom of movement allows you to find hidden chests and other collectibles during its short, but memorable campaign.

From the get-go, you’re given control of two characters. War is the Horseman of the Apocalypse we’ve come to know, but Strife is a welcome addition. Strife’s carefree attitude and witty banter is the perfect foil to War’s serious demeanor. You should listen to the interactions because they’re hilarious. Luckily, both of them possess unique skills, too.

Strife relies on guns and long-range attacks to take out enemies. This comes in handy when you can’t get close to certain foes. There’s even a laser beam-like super ability thrown in there. War, on the other hand, comes with a giant sword and can take out certain creatures with ease through melee attacks. If you’re playing on your own, you can easily switch between both heroes so you’ll have to decide who’s better equipped for any given combat scenario. If you’re playing in co-op, you and your friend will control one character each.

Darksiders Genesis secrets and upgrades

Darksiders Genesis features a lot of replayability because, as you gain new abilities, you’ll have to return to past areas and access new pathways. If you’re unsure what a magical plate does or can’t break a particular structure, come back after progressing further in the story. Usually, health upgrades or Trickster Keys are hidden in these unreachable locations. Both come in handy because the game gets progressively more difficult as the levels go by.

Upgrading your characters is the key to success in Darksiders Genesis. While the system may seem a little complex, adding cores to your skill tree makes you stronger because you acquire new skills. However, you can also purchase new moves and upgrades – from damage output to health upgrades – by visiting the hub world and talking to the various demon merchants like Vulgrim. Souls and Boatman’s Coins that you collect from each level are used as currency.

Darksiders Genesis performance and visuals

Unsurprisingly, Darksiders Genesis looks and plays the best on PC due to the variety of settings you can tweak. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to feature any enhancements on Google Stadia. The game appears to be running at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. The connection we played on was 330 Mbps and the Chromecast Ultra was connected to an ethernet cable. While the stream quality was broadcasting at 4K resolution, everything outside of the menus was a little blurry.

By no means does Darksiders Genesis look horrendous on Stadia – it’s quite a beautiful game – but I would’ve liked to see a higher resolution presentation like that found in Metro Exodus or Trials Rising. Since those games manage to render at 4K, it’s possible. Shockingly enough, additional input lag was barely noticeable, and I quickly adjusted to the difference. The real issue with Google’s platform at the moment is the image quality in my opinion. Games that should run at 4K run at 1080p due to poor optimization.

A great example of this problem is Final Fantasy XV which reaches 4K on Xbox One X, but only 1080p on Stadia. Stadia has an almost 5 teraflop advantage over Microsoft’s machine. Developers need to optimize their games for Google’s hardware.

Darksiders Genesis final thoughts

Overall, Darksiders Genesis is a great game, but it would’ve been even better with a better story and less confusing skill tree. The Darksiders Universe is complex and telling a mature tale would’ve served the title well. However, these are only minor grievances because the gameplay is incredibly responsive and performance is buttery smooth on PC and Stadia.

4.5
out of 5




Darksiders Genesis won’t be available on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 until February 2020, so if you want to experience it, you should either play it on PC or Stadia. If you don’t have a gaming laptop or desktop, you should check it out on Stadia because it’s the first reason to subscribe to Google’s service in my opinion. It’s just that good.

Spin-off

Darksiders Genesis

$40 at Stadia

Introducing the Horseman Strife

Darksiders Genesis is a top-down spin-off from the main series that follows the Horseman Strife and his brother War. Team up with a friend and get ready for some co-op action.

The game was reviewed on Shadow and Stadia with codes provided by the publisher.

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Everything you can do with Oculus Quest hand tracking

Hand tracking doesn’t do much at the moment.

The Oculus Quest is a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that doesn’t require any cables to be connected to your PC. The device has received a number of new features in recent months, but hand tracking may be the most significant. Yesterday, Oculus updated the Quest software so that you can enable hand tracking as an Experimental Feature.

Menu navigation

You can interact with the Oculus Quest menu from the Library to the Store. Just point at and pinch whatever you want to select. The same applies to fast-forwarding or rewinding trailers in the Oculus Store.

Oculus services

Select apps like the Oculus Browser, Oculus TV, photo library, and more work with hand tracking as well. However, it’s not perfect and deleting screenshots is cumbersome because you have to select minuscule trash can icons.

We’ll keep you updated as soon as more apps are updated to support hand tracking. Hopefully, games will be added too soon because Oculus said that Quest owners should expect the first games in 2020.

Right now, hand tracking isn’t reliable and isn’t recommended. It needs a lot of work until it’s useful. Let’s see how Oculus improves it in the weeks and months to come.

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The Oculus Quest is known for its untethered nature, but now it also has the ability to play PCVR games with Oculus Link. The feature is in beta but allows you to play powerful VR games on a headset that you can then detach from your PC and use on the go.

Anker Powerline USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

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Oculus recommends this cable for trying out Oculus Link until the official Oculus Link Cable becomes available.

GodSpin USB-C to USB-C Cable (6.6 feet)

$30 at Amazon

This USB-C to USB-C cable supports 20 Gbps transfer speeds, 5A/20V power, USB 3.1, and USB 3.2.

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Billboard will start counting music videos for its music rankings

Only official uploads to platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music will be counted.

What you need to know

  • Billboard is changing how it determines the popularity of music on its charts.
  • It announces this week that it will start including online music videos in its Billboard 200 rankings.
  • However, the company noted that only ‘official’ views from established platforms would be tallied.

The music landscape has changed significantly in the last decade, thanks to the disruption caused by tech and streaming companies in how we consume entertainment. As a result, Billboard says it’s changing with the times and will start incorporating views of online music videos in its popularity rankings for albums. Notably, the Billboard 200 charts, which show the 200 most popular albums each week, will now include views from YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, and more.

“As the steward of the definitive charts that uphold the industry’s measurement of music consumption, our goal is to continually respond and accurately reflect the changing landscape of the music,” said Billboard’s Deanna Brown.

The company’s metrics have included video views for song-specific charts since 2013, but for some reason, were left wanting when it came to whole albums. With this change, not only will the Billboard 200 charts incorporate video streaming, but the genre-specific album charts, too, will pay heed to all your Frozen II soundtrack marathons on YouTube.

YouTube’s global head of music, Lyor Cohen, applauded the move as a “very important moment in making the chart a more accurate representation of what people are listening to.” He also added that with the incorporation of video data into album charts, genres like Latin, hip-hop, and electronic, which have regularly been staples of YouTube viewers’ daily music fix, would have far better representation as a result.

The changes to Billboard’s rankings will go into effect early next year, starting from January 18.

YouTube Music’s biggest problem is it’s the green bubble to Spotify’s iMessage

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How to enable Oculus Quest hand tracking

Handtracking is finally here.

The Oculus Quest is a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that doesn’t require any cables to be connected to your PC. The device has received a number of new features in recent months, but hand tracking may be the most significant. Yesterday, Oculus updated the Quest software so that you can enable hand tracking as an Experimental Feature.

If you want to enable hand tracking on your Quest, just follow the instructions below.

Go to Settings

Turn on your Quest and click on Settings in the menu bar towards the bottom of the screen. This should give you the option to See All of the settings.

Check System Version

Select the About tab and check if a software update is available. Make sure your Quest is running the latest software by confirming that the top right corner of the window says No Updates Available. If a software update is available, start installing it and plug in your headset to the bundled charger. Wait for it to update and go back to Settings after the update is done.

Open Experimental Features

Above About in Settings, you’ll notice the Experimental Features tab. Click on it and you should see an option to toggle hand tracking. You may need to restart your headset in order to see this option. Toggle hand tracking on and you’re good to go.

To use hand tracking, you can click on Settings and the quick-access menu bar will give you the option to use your hands. Unfortunately, hand tracking is still quite rough around the edges so don’t expect for it to become the primary way you navigate.

Are you using hand tracking already on Quest? What do you think of it? Let us know.

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Options to enjoy VR

The Oculus Quest is known for its untethered nature, but now it also has the ability to play PCVR games with Oculus Link. The feature is in beta but allows you to play powerful VR games on a headset that you can then detach from your PC and use on the go.

Anker Powerline USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

$13 at Amazon

Oculus recommends this cable for trying out Oculus Link until the official Oculus Link Cable becomes available.

GodSpin USB-C to USB-C Cable (6.6 feet)

$30 at Amazon

This USB-C to USB-C cable supports 20 Gbps transfer speeds, 5A/20V power, USB 3.1, and USB 3.2.

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Photo mode arrives in Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4 owners

Plenty of moments to capture in the West.

What you need to know

  • Red Dead Redemption 2 has a new update on PlayStation 4.
  • This update adds several new bits of story content that were previously only in the PC version of the game.
  • It also adds photo mode, allowing players to take special shots.

Rockstar has released a new update for Red Dead Redemption 2 on PlayStation 4. This update adds several story mode enhancements that were previously only available on PC. It also adds photo mode to the game, letting players take unique shots with a free-form camera and apply different filters.

Here’s the full list of new content that’s been added:

  • Photo Mode
  • Story Mode Bounty Hunter Missions: track down wanted criminals Herman Zizendorf, Camille de Millemont and Bart Cavanaugh
  • Story Mode Gang Hideouts: Take on the deadly Del Lobos gang at Gaptooth Breach and Solomon’s Folly
  • Story Mode Treasure Maps: Landmarks of Riches and The Elemental Trail
  • “To The Ends of The Earth” Story Mode Mission
  • Weapons Added to Story Mode: M1899 Pistol, Evans Repeater, High Roller Revolver and LeMat Revolver
  • Horses Added to Story Mode: Warped Brindle Arabian, Few Spot Appaloosa, Perlino Andalusian and Red Chestnut Arabian
  • Hidden Trinkets Added to Story Mode: Hawk Talon, Cat Eye, Shark Tooth, Turtle Shell and Crow Beak

So if you’re still enjoying this game on PlayStation 4, you can get out there and start taking some different photos. Photo mode is console exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version of the game right now but will be coming to Xbox One on January 21.

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Amazon does half of its deliveries in-house, is set to overtake UPS by 2022

It’s set to overtake UPS to become the largest shipping provider by 2022.

What you need to know

  • Morgan Stanley estimates Amazon Logistics, the retail giant’s in-house shipping solution, is now shipping 2.5 billion packages per year.
  • That amounts to 50% of all its deliveries in the U.S.
  • The investment bank also estimates that the company may overtake UPS to become the largest shipping service in the country by 2022.

Amazon is rapidly expanding its shipping capabilities, with Morgan Stanley estimating that the company has more than doubled shipments in the U.S. in the last year alone (via CNBC). Its in-house shipping wing now accounts for nearly 50% of all Amazon deliveries in the country this year, up from just 20% last year. To truly understand the scope of Amazon’s operation, here’s another statistic: the investment bank estimates Amazon is currently shipping at a rate of 2.5 billion packages per year, compared to an estimated 4.7 billion and 3 billion packages per year for UPS and FedEx, respectively.

A large part of this growth is focused on more densely populated urban areas, with Morgan Stanley attributing Amazon’s burgeoning rise to its efficient use of technology. “To us, Amazon Logistics is already-large scale and with a fleet ~1/5 the size of competitors, it speaks to its ability to use density and technology to drive efficiency,” said the bank.

It also expects Amazon Logistics to become the market leader in the U.S. shipping space in just three more years, accounting for 6.5 billion shipments per year, compared to forecasts of 5 billion and 3.7 billion packages for UPS and FedEx by the same time, respectively.

However, the breakneck pace of Amazon’s shipping capabilities has come at a high human cost as we reported earlier in the year. The smaller companies — called delivery service providers — that Amazon depends on for most of its last-mile deliveries report horrific working conditions, which have also led to three fatalities. While Amazon cut its ties with the companies involved in those incidents, it had reportedly begun relationships with new companies working out of the same warehouses and hiring the same workers soon after, raising questions about how many more mishaps might await us in the future as the company nearly triples its shipping volumes in the next three years.

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Ready to upgrade your mesh Wi-Fi? These are some of the best options

Wi-Fi 6 was designed with the future of routers in mind. A router spends most of its time directing and managing network traffic to keep speeds high even with a ton of connections. As our homes get smarter, we have more connections than ever that need to check in consistently and reliably. Wi-Fi 6 then allows for more connections than ever and still manages to kick the speed up a notch. Wi-Fi 6 isn’t just for enthusiasts anymore and even in mesh, there is an option for nearly anyone, although the Arris SURFboard mAX Plus Mesh is our top pick for people who want top speeds.

Best Overall: Arris SURFboard mAX Plus Mesh AX7800

Despite having a silly way of capitalizing letters, the Arris SURFboard mAX Plus Mesh is a serious set of Wi-Fi 6 routers with a fast backhaul for top speeds. Arris has some experience in networking and you may recognize the Arris name from many modems and routers provided by ISPs.

Boasting support for AX7800 speeds, the Arris SURFboard series dedicates four data streams to a fast 4.8Gbps backhaul to keep speeds between routers as high as possible. While the wireless features are impressive, the wired performance leaves something to be desired. That’s not all bad if you want a Wi-Fi focused network and have little need for wireless connectivity.

There are four Ethernet ports per unit on the bottom of the main router, one will be used for uplink all the time with another able to be used with link aggregation for faster speeds. While a faster Ethernet option would have been nice, most people likely won’t need more than the available 2Gbps for internet any time soon. For any normal usage, this should be plenty fast.

Pros:

  • 4x 1Gbps Ethernet per unit
  • Link Aggregation
  • Fast AX7800 speeds

Cons:

  • No multi-gig Ethernet
  • Still quite expensive

Best Overall

Arris SURFboard mAX Plus Mesh AX7800

Mesh as fast as possible

The SURFboard mAX Plus provides fast AX7800 speeds with a dedicated backhaul and capacity for internet speeds over 1Gbps.

Best Speeds: Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6 System (RBK852)

Netgear’s Orbi line is one of the most flexible mesh networking systems and the Nighthawk line has one of the most complete Wi-Fi 6 offerings. This all comes together with the affectionately named RK852, a Wi-Fi 6 version of Netgear’s Orbi mesh routers. While it’s quite expensive, it’s also quite fast at AX6000 with tri-band and comes with Netgear’s respected Orbi software.

The addition of this package to Netgear’s Orbi family makes it one of the fastest mesh networks available with a design that fits in with the modern and stylish appearance that people have come to expect from mesh routers. The Orbi should be fairly easy to blend in with any room’s decor.

On the back of the main router is a 2.5Gbps WAN Ethernet port that can be combined with one of the four gigabit LAN Ethernet ports to support an even higher speed uplink. This high-speed uplink is the main thing that keeps this router ahead of the competition for high-speed coverage. The satellite router also comes with four Ethernet ports allowing for up to eight wired devices to be connected at once.

Pros:

  • 2.5Gbps WAN port with link aggregation
  • 4x 1Gbps Ethernet per unit
  • Tri-band Wi-Fi

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Large size

Best Speeds

Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6 System (RBK852)

Orbi gets Wi-Fi 6

Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6 brings the next wave of mesh with fast AX6000 speeds. This is great for large coverage with a lot of devices.

Best Value: Asus RT-AX92U

Asus was one of the first companies to make a Wi-Fi 6 router for consumers and quickly followed that up with the RT-AX92U mesh system. Thanks to fast tri-band speeds, these routers can connect with a fast backhaul of up to 4.8Gbps and each unit has four gigabit Ethernet ports.

Disappointingly, there is no multi-gig Ethernet but link aggregation can combine two of the gigabit ports for up to 2Gbps internet support. This will be quite a bit faster than most people have access to. Thanks to Asus’ AiMesh software, another Asus router can be added in as a mesh point, but you’ll need to make sure it has full tri-band Wi-Fi 6 support to get the most out of your network

I like the more traditional gaming router appearance. The gamer aesthetic here isn’t for nothing since Asus built in its gaming software to keep ping times low and prioritize game traffic on your network. Gaming and mesh don’t normally go together but Asus has managed to bring the two together with some of the best technology available.

Pros:

  • Link Aggregation
  • 4x 1Gbps Ethernet per unit
  • Tri-band
  • Built for gaming

Cons:

  • Hard to conceal
  • No multi-gig Ethernet

Best Value

Asus RT-AX92U

Even the gamers need mesh

Asus has a great Wi-Fi 6 and mesh solution with software to keep games lag-free. Four LAN ports keep all of your consoles online.

Best WPA3: Linksys MX10 Velop

The Linksys MX10 Velop is just the name given to the two-pack of Linksys MX5 Velops. These routers are capable of delivering AX7800 speeds across three Wi-Fi bands. While these speeds are quite high, the wired connection to your modem will max out at 1Gbps and other wired devices will be limited to the same speed. While this is more than enough for the vast majority of people, it would have been nice to see more wired capability.

Four Ethernet ports and a USB 3.0 port on each unit allow for a lot of expansion. The Wi-Fi 6 Velops are quite a bit larger than the Velop dual-band or tri-band AC mesh routers. Compared to a traditional router, however, the internal antennas help keep the appearance understated.

If you already have a Velop system, there’s no need to get rid of it thanks to compatibility with the entire Velop family of routers. The most powerful routers, in this case the Wi-Fi 6 Velops, should be connected directly to the modem with the older routers providing extra coverage in areas that don’t need as much speed.

Pros:

  • 4x 1Gbps Ethernet per unit
  • AX7800 speeds
  • Tri-band

Cons:

  • No multi-gig Ethernet
  • Expensive

Best WPA3

Linksys MX10 Velop

Expand your Velop mesh

Add coverage, capacity, and speed to your Velop mesh with the Linksys MX10 Velop. Wi-Fi 6 and Ethernet keep speeds high.

Best Mesh Add-on: Netgear Nighthawk EAX80

If you’ve already bought a Wi-Fi 6 router, like the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 but find yourself needing more coverage, Netgear has a solution. The Netgear Nighthawk EAX80 is an eight-stream Wi-Fi 6 mesh expansion capable of speeds up to AX6000. It’s compatible with any existing router, though I would recommend a Wi-Fi 6 router with at least a matching eight data streams.

You can set this router up with the same Wi-Fi name as your existing wireless network so there’s no need to manually switch between two different networks like older extenders.

Four gigabit Ethernet ports onboard and a USB 3.0 port make this a great way to bring the network to your media setup or a desktop PC that doesn’t have Wi-Fi. You can also use it to improve the signal to the rest of your home like any mesh.

There are a lot more if-then considerations due to the extender being reliant on the speeds of the base router but this is true for any mesh. If you have already invested in Wi-Fi 6 and just need a bit more coverage, this is a great option.

Pros:

  • 4x 1Gbps Ethernet
  • Keep your Wi-Fi name

Cons:

  • Only dual-band
  • Needs existing router

Best Mesh Add-on

Netgear Nighthawk EAX80

Add mesh to your Wi-Fi 6 network

Add range and four Ethernet ports to your Wi-Fi 6 network without sacrificing speed or capacity with the fast Nighthawk EAX80.

Can you make your own mesh?

Something to keep in mind about mesh networks is that pretty much any router with a powerful enough CPU and enough RAM can technically act as a mesh router. Asus has taken this further than most other manufacturers by including its AiMesh in nearly all of its routers. It is technically possible to put together your own Wi-Fi 6 mesh with compatible routers but the setup process will be more complicated than a complete mesh system. This technology is more promising with Wi-Fi 6 routers thanks to the improved capacity and speeds over previous generations of routers.

Bottom line

Like most cool new technology, Wi-Fi 6 is still pretty expensive to get into but the prices are starting to come down. Being able to connect more devices at once as well as a good speed jump over previous generations makes the upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 worth it to many internet users and especially to people that use network storage at home. The Arris SURFboard mAX Plus is one of the most focused Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems available and should be more than enough for most people for years to come.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Samuel Contreras When Samuel is not writing about networking and carriers, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It’s the Pentium 3.

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