Welcome to The Vilo Farm Project

Vilo co-founder and CTO, Man Zheng, recently purchased a 23-acre farm in King County. While the purpose of buying the farm had absolutely nothing to do with Vilo, rather the desire to have a farm and more land for the kids to play on, as an engineer and IoT enthusiast she realized she had one urgent problem, the need for internet coverage at the farm. And so began the Vilo Farm Project, Man’s need for internet became a way for us to test the capabiltites of Vilo, and we thought we’d bring you along for the ride! In this series Man will be updating us on the status of bringing internet to her farm and how Vilos will play a part in the process.

Part 1 – The Problem

The most urgent problem I need to solve is having internet coverage on the farm. I have been self-hosting with 6 Vilo routers at home and am quite satisfied with the performance and Wi-Fi signals across my house. So the first thing that crossed my mind is to spread out Vilo routers across the farm.

The first obstacle to work around is how to protect the Vilo devices from getting soaked in rain or other elements, seeing as the farm is located in the North West, you have to take the weather into consideration all the time. I purchased a few plastic containers and my plan is to drill a hole for all the wires and fix the containers to the posts that I will hammer into the ground later.

The next problem I will need to solve is how to power the Vilos on the open farm where power outlets are out of the question. Stay tuned for the next steps in the Vilo Farm Project – Man Zheng

Preparing For the Holidays with Vilo  

The holiday season is fast approaching and it’s one of our favorite times of the year. There will be dinners to plan, houses to decorate, gifts to buy, and travel to plan. This year is expected to be even busier than usual as many are traveling for the first time in a while. Joyous reunions will be taking place over turkey dinners and gift exchanges. But we know, with so many great plans in store, this time of year can also be overwhelming at times. You may be unsure where to start with your holiday plans and how to make this year extra special, but don’t worry Vilo is here to make the holiday season a little easier. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite holiday tips and tricks to make this year an easy and enjoyable one!  

Set Your Holiday Budget   

With so much to plan and do it can be easy to get carried away with spending, trust us, we love online shopping as much as the next person. So, setting a budget early in the season can help ensure you don’t overspend before the year is over. Set aside time to review your upcoming plans for the year, what costs will be involved and when purchases will need to be made. Look for budget friendly gifts that are a guaranteed crowd pleaser, we’re of course fans of the Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi system as the ideal affordable gift, but there are lots of great budget friendly gifts this year.

De-clutter and Clean  

Worried about the in-laws coming over, hosting for the first time in a while and everyone will see your home? Start de-cluttering now! Cleaning for guests always seems more overwhelming as you want your home to appear spotless for them. If you start decluttering now your home will be easier to clean and tidy when it comes time to entertain. That old hallway cupboard that’s full of unused coats, the cabinet full of old routers and wires, that one junk drawer we all have, yeah, those spots, start clearing those out now, and hosting your guests will be a breeze this year. This is also a great time of year to donate any unwanted items to those in need!  

Guest Networks  

What’s the first thing people ask when they come and stay with you? It’s almost always “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” If you are hosting family and friends this holiday season you might not want them all connecting to your personal network. With Vilo Guest Networks you can set up a Wi-Fi network just for them. This way you can set up an easy-to-remember Wi-Fi name and password and set a time limit on how long the guest networks lasts, you don’t even have to remember to turn it off. Setting up a guest network is easy and quick, check out the setup guide here.  

There are many ways that you and your family can get ready for the holiday season, but Vilo, the easy Wi-Fi, your holiday season just got even better!

Stay connected this holiday season!

5 Ways To Ensure Your Internet Safety

Cyber security is constantly on the minds of many, the internet is so prevalent in our day to day lives and many are concerned about how they can ensure they and their families are safe while online. Multiple aspects of our lives are now controlled by devices and so much of our information is out there for all to see! Ensuring you are staying safe while online and keeping your family safe is more crucial than ever. So what can you do to guarantee your safety while online?

Make your devices secure with Vilo

Passwords

We get it, forgetting your password is so irritating! And having to go through the reset process is not fun, but it’s there for a reason. Your password is the gateway to all your information, and we mean all of it! Think of the many things you do online, banking and bill pay, shopping, social networking and so much more. The last thing you want is someone gaining access to any of that personal information. So when it comes to passwords the key is to make them long and strong. As tempting as it may be to have an easy-to-remember password using a strong password is crucial to your online safety. This applies to not only your Mesh Wi-Fi network password but to your online accounts as well. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to passwords.

Device Access Control

Know who is on your network! Your home Wi-Fi Network is the portal to your online world, knowing who has access to your network is important for your online safety. With Device detection on the Vilo App you can get notifications when new devices join your Wi-Fi network. If you see an unknown or unwanted device join your network you can quickly block them from your network, ensuring your Wi-Fi network stays safe and secure.

Avoid Open Wi-Fi networks

Open Wi-Fi networks are a danger zone for Wi-Fi safety. While they may prove useful when you are away from home and in need of a strong Wi-Fi connection, avoid using them for any work or billing purposes. If you can hotspot from your phone instead, or wait until you are back on a secure Wi-Fi network to handle any personal online matters. This will help avoid people accessing your information.

Turn On Automatic Updates

You want to keep your apps and software as current and up to date as possible, whenever companies discover a hole in their security or software they issue updates as quickly as possible. You want to get these updates as soon as possible so if automatic updates are an option for any of the devices you use turn them on. Don’t waste time delaying the update process. Turn on automatic app updates for your Vilo App through the App Store or Google Play store settings on your phone.

Parental Controls

As an adult, you may be able to more easily avoid the pitfalls of online security. You know what sites to avoid, and what not to click on or open. Your children, however, will most likely need more guidance. Parental controls are a great way to protect your children while they are online. With Vilo’s free parental controls in the Vilo App, you can easily block unwanted or harmful sites, as well as set time limits on Wi-Fi usage. You can rest assured that your family is safe online when using Vilo.

With more and more people online, and more and more being done via the internet your online security is more important than ever! Continue to check on your networks and online habits to make sure you are safe and secure online.

What Is Mesh Wi-Fi?

Better Wi-Fi Coverage is Possible

Tired of dead spots throughout your home, unable to get Wi-Fi coverage in the depths of your basement or the upstairs office, want to finally connect that outdoor speaker system you purchased last summer. You’ve probably Googled “How to improve my Wi-Fi” a million times and you still haven’t figure out how to get better coverage throughout your home! Well, that’s because your home Wi-Fi setup sucks. Yeah, we said it. But don’t worry, there’s a better option, it’s called Mesh Wi-Fi.

Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi router sitting on books on a bookshelf

What is Mesh Wi-Fi?

If you haven’t even heard of Mesh Wi-Fi don’t worry, you’re not alone. While Mesh Wi-Fi isn’t new a lot of people are only just discovering it. So, what is Mesh Wi-Fi and how is it different than a traditional router-based Wi-Fi setup?

Mesh Wi-Fi works differently than traditional routers, and it works better. Mesh Wi-Fi is a system of devices that work together to perform as a single Wi-Fi network. This means you have multiple sources of Wi-Fi throughout your home, versus the traditional setup of one router with one signal that can’t reach all corners of your home. With Vilos strategically set up around your home, you’ll have a strong Wi-Fi signal all throughout your home, even the abandoned attic or the backyard BBQ area!

Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi units communicate with each other wirelessly, and they are so easy to set up, just plug them in and you have a strong Wi-Fi signal, it’s as easy as that. The great thing about Mesh Wi-Fi is that if you want to add hard-wired devices as well, you can. Each Vilo unit has 3 gigabit ethernet ports for wired connections. Mesh Wi-Fi gives you a stronger signal throughout your home, eliminates dead zones, and is easy to set up!  

It’s More Than an Extender

Wi-Fi extenders are single units that take your existing Wi-Fi signal and broadcast it into an area of your home that has a weaker signal. However, unlike mesh Wi-Fi systems, extenders create a new network, so when you move into the area that the extender is broadcasting to, you have to switch to the new extender network. A Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi system works differently, Vilo creates one large Wi-Fi network that covers your whole home in a reliable Wi-Fi signal.

Mesh is not an extender, it’s so much more! It’s a seamless Wi-Fi network that allows you to travel throughout your home without having to switch networks. With a Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi system, your Wi-Fi signal will stay strong regardless of where you are so you can keep that movie streaming or give grandma a FaceTime tour of the entire home without lagging or losing signal, with Mesh you can do it all!

Why Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi System?

Because Vilo does it all, and at an incredibly low price! Vilo is the easiest mesh Wi-Fi system on the market and at the lowest price. A Vilo system is so much more than just good Wi-Fi as well. The Vilo app comes with built-in free features like Guest Networks, Parental Controls and more. If you’re ready to upgrade your home Wi-Fi system to a mesh Wi-Fi network then chose Vilo, the easy Wi-Fi.

Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi Router sitting on cute side table with plant and watering can