The Best Wi-Fi For Your Smart Devices

The Rise of Smart Devices

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you no doubt did some shopping the past few weeks, and we can’t blame you, there were some great deals this year! It probably comes as no surprise that the most purchased items this sale season were tech products. More specifically, smart tech devices, essentially a device that needs Wi-Fi to operate. USA Today listed the 10 most popular products bought from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and while some of them are the more standard household items many of the items on the list were smart tech items, including a few of our favorites such as the Roomba Vacuum, the Apple MacBook Air, and the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset.

What do all these awesome products have in common? They all need a Wi-Fi connection to function. And while you probably have Wi-Fi already in your home is your Wi-Fi capable of handling all these devices? You need a strong signal that spans all corners of your home, from the front door to the back patio and the basement in between. You want to ensure your Wi-Fi signal can cover it all so your smart devices can connect and function properly. You not only need coverage from your network but also a network that can handle multiple devices being connected at once.

Wi-Fi for Smart Devices

So how do you get a Wi-Fi network that can handle all of your fun new tech toys? Easy, you get a mesh Wi-Fi system. But what is mesh?

Mesh Wi-Fi works differently than a typical Wi-Fi network, outdated Wi-Fi routers and traditional set ups weren’t designed for the smart homes of the future and extenders only help occasionally but they create a fragmented network that causes drops in coverage. Mesh covers your entire home in a seamless Wi-Fi network that gives you a strong signal in every corner of your home. With a continuous network throughout your home, you can easily use smart tech devices wherever you please, even the back patio or basement office. To learn more about how mesh Wi-Fi works check out this blog post all about mesh.

Now you know you need mesh Wi-Fi for your smart tech devices how do you pick the best Mesh Wii-Fi System? Vilo Living has got you covered, literally. A Vilo 3-Pack can cover up to 4,500 square feet in strong Wi-Fi signal and connect up to 120 devices at once. So, you can have all the smart bulbs, security cameras, Roombas, and smart TVs you want and in any area of your home. No more dead zones, no more limiting devices, with Vilo you can do it all. And the best part; a Vilo 3-pack costs only $79.99, making it the cheapest Mesh Wi-Fi on the market.

Get the Wi-Fi your new smart devices need, get Vilo. Click here to buy Vilo now.

The Vilo Living Holiday Gift Guide

Keeping up with the ever-changing tech scene can be overwhelming, there is always some new product available or the latest version on the market. If you have a tech lover in the family, how are you supposed to know what to get them this holiday season? The holidays are fast approaching and if you haven’t already made your gift purchases, you’re no doubt looking to do so soon! Don’t worry, we asked a few Vilo employees and rounded up some of our favorite tech products to help you pick the best gifts for this holiday season.

iRobot Roomba j7+

For your friends or family members that are tech and animal lovers! As a mom of 2 cats and a dog, our Social Media Manager Ella highly recommends the iRobot Roomba j7+. While all of the Roombas are great additions to a smart home this one is especially great. This self-emptying robot vacuum also identifies and avoids obstacles, like pet waste or spills, and it is fantastic at picking up pet hair. With smart mapping technology, the vacuum knows your home and where to clean, so you don’t have to! This one is so good you might want to buy one for yourself as well.

LIFX A19 Smart LED Light Bulb

This is Miriam’s, our Marketing Manager, favorite smart light bulb, in fact, it’s her overall favorite tech product. These light bulbs really do it all! With color changes, app control, voice control, and more they’re all that you could want in a light bulb and then some. Whether you want to set the mood, set a schedule, or just a fun color change you can do it all, while still being bright and efficient. Small and easy to wrap these are an ideal gift for almost anyone on your list.

Tonal

Boasting to be the world’s smartest home gym this is the perfect gift for the exercise enthusiast in your life. Tonal brings technology and fitness together and puts it into the ease of your home. CEO and Founder, Jessie Zhou, said this is her new favorite tech and we can see why. Tonal uses a revolutionary dynamic weight that adjusts to your movement so that you are getting a personalized workout that will help you grow stronger and stronger, all without the barbells and bands. From beginner to pro, Tonal creates ideal workouts for every user with up to 200 pounds of digital weight. While on the higher end of the price range this gift will make an impact on the lucky recipient.

Wyze Cam v3

Our product specialist, Eva Wu, said her home relies heavily on their Wyze Cams. The v3 version claims to be brighter, bolder, and better than ever! With the ability to clearly see the outdoors regardless of light or weather conditions the Wyze Cam lets users keep an eye on their surroundings, and at a great price! Their most powerful camera yet, the v3 is a no-brainer for gifts this year.

What do all these awesome gift ideas have in common? They’re all Wi-Fi-connected smart devices, meaning users will want to have great Wi-Fi coverage throughout their home for optimal use. What better accompaniment to a smart home gift than a mesh Wi-Fi system! The Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi system has the easiest setup, great coverage, and an even better price. Add Vilo to your holiday gift list for the ultimate gift duo, a smart device, and better Wi-Fi!

Which Mesh Wi-Fi System is Right for You? 

Ok, so you finally figured out what Mesh Wi-Fi is and you’re ready to make the leap from your old Wi-Fi setup. You’ve researched the why, you see the benefits of a mesh Wi-Fi system, how it will increase Wi-Fi coverage across your entire home, create seamless connections for your devices and simplify your home network setup. Now you just need to decide which system is going to be the right one for you and your home.  

Well we want to make the buying process and easy as possible for you so we’ve done a breakdown of Vilo versus the competitors to show you why Vilo is the right Mesh Wi-Fi system for your home.

The Right Mesh Wi-Fi for Your Home

Coverage  

Vilo brings Wi-Fi to every corner of your home! That backroom that’s never held a strong signal, we’ll cover that, the attic office that can’t connect, we’ll cover that, the back patio that’s in need of sound system upgrade, we’ll cover that. It doesn’t matter where it is in your home, with the right Vilo set up you can cover any part of your home with Wi-Fi.  

A single Vilo unit covers 1,500 square feet in reliable, strong Wi-Fi signal! A 3-pack of Vilos can cover up to 4,500 square feet. This coverage is completely on par with our competitors whose 3 units cover 4,500 to 5,000 square feet as well.

So, what sets Vilo apart? Our price!

We provide the exact same coverage as Google, eero, Deco, and Orbi, but we only cost a fraction of the price, just $19.99 per unit. We also boast the easiest setup of any Mesh Wi-Fi system, so you can easily add additional Vilos to your network. Easy to use, easy on your wallet!    

Tech Specs  

What about all the other important features, Ethernet ports, additional unit configuration, etc.…? Well, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how we stack up against the others. Vilo has all the features of our competitors, if not more.  

Built in app management tools like parental controls and guest networks are free features with the Vilo App, eero, Google, and Orbi charge for additional features like these.  

What about Ethernet ports? Vilo has 3 on each unit, compared to the standard 2 ports on all other systems.  

How Many devices can you connect? Great question, Vilo supports up to 65 devices on a single unit or 120 on a 3 unit system, again, the same if not better than our competitors. 

Vilo Living Wi-Fi
The Mesh Wi-Fi system you need

Price  

Let’s talk more about this great price, each Vilo is just $19.99 per unit, you read that right, $19.99 per unit. So you can cover your whole home with Vilo for the price of one unit from another brand.  

And just because they’re affordable doesn’t mean they’re cheap. We know what you’re thinking, the price is too good to be true. We’re working tirelessly to change this stigma, affordable doesn’t have to mean poorly made. Vilo gives you all the features of competing products, but by simplifying the supply chain we are able to offer them at a great price!  

So what are you waiting for! You’re ready to make the switch to a Meah Wi-Fi system and now you know that the Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi system is the best option for your home!  

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