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Mini-routers will fix your Wi-Fi woes

Mini-routers will fix your Wi-Fi woes
PHOTO COURTESY OF LUMA

If you're like a lot of people using a wireless router for your Internet connection, you know they can be problematic. If that one device's signal goes on the fritz, your whole family is out of luck.

One problem is that routers use radio waves, instead of cables. Those waves can get blocked behind buildings and other things. Sometimes, that one signal is just weak. There are options to extend the signal with antennas and Ethernet connections, but these setups can be complicated.

In comes Luma. It's a soon-to-be-released device partially funded by investors like Beats by Dr. Dre's CMO and Yahoo's Chairman, Maynard Webb.

It's a small device that transmits what Luma calls surround Wi-Fi. It's an a/b/g/n/ac router and it supports 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Wi-Fi. It uses the 802.11ac wireless networking standard.

It has a pretty cool design, too, so you may find yourself showing it off, rather than hiding it behind a flower pot. Each Luma is roughly 4.6 inches by 1.18 inches. They come in four colors, including orange and silver. (See photo.)

Luma

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