How The Construction of Your Home Affects Your Wi-Fi 

When analyzing their Wi-Fi needs and looking for ways to improve speeds, few people think to look at the construction of their home. It is a little-known fact that the construction of your home greatly impacts your Wi-Fi signal throughout the home. Whether you are looking to enhance your home Wi-Fi or weighing the benefits of a home remodel, there are several factors to consider when it comes to Wi-Fi and how your home is constructed.  

Housing Materials and Wi-Fi Issues 

Concrete  

If you currently have concrete walls in your home, you no doubt know the struggles that come along with them. Concrete and Wi-Fi do not play well together, concrete completely hinders Wi-Fi’s ability to move and makes it difficult to get a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout a home. When a signal cannot pass through the walls there are few ways to get it to penetrate throughout your home. It does not matter how good the Wi-Fi is coming into your home, the further you get away from the router the weaker your signal is going to get, and while this is true of all homes, those made of concrete take this to the next level.  

Brick  

Brick walls are very similar to concrete walls and how Wi-Fi travels through them. Brick does not play well with Wi-Fi and blocks a lot of the signal from passing through. Although brick is a popular home construction material, especially in colder climates, it makes for a more difficult home Wi-Fi setup. The homeowner will most likely need several mesh routers strategically placed around the home to get good coverage. While more involved, with a mesh Wi-Fi system even the most difficult of home designs can have good Wi-Fi coverage with a mesh Wi-Fi system.  

Drywall 

In contrast to concrete and brick walls, drywall plays very well with Wi-Fi. Drywall does not block the pathway of Wi-Fi signals; in contrast, it lets a good amount of the Wi-Fi signal pass through. The percentage of Wi-Fi lost while passing through the walls is minimal and you will still be able to get a decent Wi_Fi signal. This of course still depends on  

However, one more element affects Wi-Fi signals even more. When your drywalls are unnecessarily thick, they cause Wi-Fi issues. Wi-Fi signals do not pass through them quickly thus leading to slow Wi-Fi speeds.

Wood 

Wooden floors, walls, and structures in homes are very common. While not as drastic as the aforementioned material types, wood still has an effect on Wi-Fi signals. A thin wood will most likely not have a noticeable effect on your Wi-Fi. However, you might see slow Wi-Fi speeds when the wood used is thicker  

The Solution  
 
While the construction of your home can slow inhibit your Wi-Fi speeds it is not the end of the world, a mesh Wi-Fi system is the best way to combat this. A mesh Wi-Fi System is the best way to ensure stable Wi-Fi signals all-around your home no matter the size and can help fight against the materials blocking signals. It may be more involved, but with a mesh Wi-Fi system, even the most difficult of home designs can have good Wi-Fi coverage with a mesh Wi-Fi system. 

Why A Mesh Wi-Fi System is Better Than an Extender 

Nowadays, people are often replacing their Wi-Fi extenders with Mesh Wi-Fi systems, and the question is, “why?” 

A Wi-Fi extender and a Mesh Wi-Fi system are similar in that they both work to enhance the Wi-Fi signal in a user’s home. They aim to strengthen and enhance the quality of Wi-Fi signals. However, Mesh Wi-Fi Systems are becoming increasingly popular due to their quality and added features. 

We did an in-depth analysis of both Mesh Systems and Extenders to give you further insight.  


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Wi-Fi Extenders 

A Wi-Fi Extender acts as a booster for your already installed Wi-Fi router. It broadcasts the signal to other parts of your home. Wi-Fi extenders are also cheap and easily installable, however, there are some drawbacks as well.  
 

Drawbacks Of Wi-Fi Extenders 

  • Network Switching 

When using an extender, your network appears as two different networks rather than one. Moreover, the device keeps switching between the networks frequently while you’re roaming around the house. At times you may need to manually switch to another network, this can be inconvenient if on a call or teleconference at the time.  
 

  • More Suitable for Small Housing Only  

Wi-Fi Extenders don’t typically help if you live in a larger home. For instance, you’d most likely need to have multiple extenders to get coverage to all areas of your home meaning you’d have multiple different networks and would be constantly changing to different networks.  

  • No Added Features  

A Wi-Fi Extender is just that, an extender and nothing more. It gives the user no added features or controls over their network.  

All these weaknesses make Wi-Fi extenders less benefitting for users. That is why people are switching to Mesh Wi-Fi systems. 

Mesh Wi-Fi Systems 

Mesh Wi-Fi Systems are newer to the market but are growing rapidly in popularity. It consists of multiple routers installed at various places throughout a user’s home. These routers work together, wirelessly, to provide a blanket of Wi-Fi signal across the home. They can easily cover large areas in a consistent signal, and best of all they work together on one network so there is no need to change networks at any point, regardless of where you are in the home.  

While a Mesh Wi-Fi system is typically more expensive than an extender, it usually comes with added features as well. 
 

Advantages Of Mesh WiFi System 

  • No Switching 

Your connected devices will automatically switch to the nearest router and keep a strong consistent signal to your device with no inconvenience to the user.  

  • Cover Large Areas in Wi-Fi  

Multiple Wi-Fi points make it possible for you to have a reliable Wi-Fi signal across a larger area. For example, a Vilo 3-pack covers up to 4,500 square feet in Wi-Fi signal. You can go to any part of the house and use your devices with ease.  
 

  • Added Features 

A lot of Mesh Wi-Fi Systems come with additional features as well. For example, The Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi System comes with an easy-to-use app that gives users access to free Parental Controls, Guest Wi-Fi, and more.  
 

The Final Verdict 

Through this analysis, you can clearly see the benefits and reasons for choosing a Mesh Wi-Fi System over an Extender for your home network. With improved coverage, seamless connectivity, and added features, a Mesh Wi-Fi system is the solution your home Wi-Fi needs. Check out Vilo here to learn more about the most affordable Mesh Wi-Fi system.  
 

How Parental Controls Keep Your Family Safe

These days, the internet and smartphones are the need of the hour. From running businesses to conducting research and studies, reconciling legal or tax issues, or even keeping an eye on your healthy lifestyle and fitness problems, the internet touches nearly every aspect of our lives. And furthermore, our kids are using more smart gadgets in day-to-day tasks as well. But what happens when you do not have enough time to keep a check on what your children see on the internet? This is where the Parental Control tools from Vilo and others come into play to help you protect your family online.

With the help of these tools, Parents and guardians can manage what their kid surfs on the worldwide web. Parental control tools are great for screen time management, providing content blockers, or blocking entire websites. 

Of course, as a parent, you will still want to look carefully at everything they work on to know if you need a more effective way to disable some of the sites/apps or not. And before making any decisions, you first need to consider the maturity level and age of your kids to decide what they should avoid watching and what sites they must not access. 

How Parental Controls Ensure Online Safety

In this age where everything is open and accessible to every single user, the importance of online safety has increased. You may ask whether it is okay to allow your children to use the internet without any restrictions. The simple answer is no, the internet is not a safe space for our children, so we do need to take measures to ensure their safety online. Are parental control options useful for your family? Absolutely.

As per a study by Pew Research Center in 2019, 52 percent of parents rely on parental control options to limit access to individual sites. This research supports the fact that parental control features work favorably for parents. 

These tools enable healthy online practices in minor users and make you confident in protecting your devices and internal network. Besides controlling screen time and constraining explicit content, parental controls also minimize the chances of data stealing and cybercrime by keeping your minor or adult kid from accessing every other site prone to data breaches. 

Parental Control Tips:

  • If your child is a teenager, you can discuss with and help them understand the importance of parental control tools and how to be safe online where they are deemed responsible enough to be allowed.
  • Make sure you clearly label devices so that you know which smartphones and devices are used by your children in your household network and can effectively manage parental controls for these devices.
  • Try to ask children about their ‘online day’ naturally. You can bring this topic up when they tell you about their day at school.  
  • Keep in mind that children can circumvent numerous technical parental controls as there are a lot of guides on how to disable parental control tools.
  • Ultimately the greatest “tool” you have for making sure your child is safe online is a trusting relationship with your child so that they know what dangers to look out for and feel comfortable coming to you for help when they find something suspicious.
  • Be mindful that you only have access to the parental controls on your child’s devices. There is no guarantee that your child’s friends have these tools enabled on their devices as well. 

How to Enable Parental Controls on Different Apps

Here is a list of a few apps that give knowledge on enabling parental controls and ensuring online safety by using free tools on some apps and devices. 

  • iPhone Parental Controls

Prohibit specific apps and content. Establish screen time limits. If your children have their iPhones, add their devices to your ‘family’ by using the phone’s Screen Time settings. 

  • YouTube Safety Mode

The YouTube safety mode prevents mature content. Go to settings and hit the “Restricted Mode” to turn the on safety feature. 

Social Network Privacy Settings

If you allow your children to have social network accounts, you can always friend them through your own accounts and help them filter out who can and cannot follow them. You can also help your children set up their accounts and keep your child’s information and activity restricted to their friends only for additional privacy and security. Decide who can find your children on social media by opening social network account and applying appropriate settings.

Make sure you and your children know where the “Block User” and “Report” tools are and learn how to identify suspicious accounts that might try to get in contact with them, and how to identify suspicious accounts that post fake, inappropriate, or malicious content as well to help prevent them from following those accounts.

Parental Controls in Vilo Living 

With the Vilo Living app, you have the following options for parental controls for any devices while they are connected online within your home network. 

Allow Internet Access:

Allow or disallow internet access to selected devices. This feature allows parents to quickly turn off internet access for your children’s devices in the case of needing an immediate online time-out.

Schedule Off Time:

This option lets users schedule single or multiple periods when the selected device will not have internet access such as during studying or resting times. Hit the “Add a Schedule” button, modify the start and end times, and click “Okay”. 

Block Websites:

You can also block harmful sites in the Blocked Website section by clicking “Add a URL.”

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Happy Earth Day from Vilo! Learn 5 new ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your quality of life!

Happy Earth Day!

We know what most other carbon footprint listicle suggestions are; eat beans instead of meat, bike more, stop buying so many clothes, turn down your thermostat, etc. But what if you already don’t eat much or any meat, work from home, score your fashion from more sustainable second-hand stores, and are actually really cold?

Here at Vilo we came up with 5 more ways that you can easily reduce your carbon footprint and even improve your quality of life.

1. Travel via VR

We get it. Our travel bucket list is long too. But the flights and taxi rides involved in international travel are not only expensive in terms of dollars, but carbon output as well. Slim down your dream destination list to the places that you truly care about experiencing in person, and visit everywhere else via VR! Oculus has a list of 11 VR Apps that can take you all around the world on guided tours from Tokyo to Kenya. And with many countries still not allowing international travelers, VR might be the only way you can wander around Harajuku for a while.

But you can wander wherever you want in your home and stay connected to the internet with the power of Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi.

2. Shop with a Carbon Offset Browser Extension

Neutral is a new startup that calculates your carbon footprint from online purchases at retailers such as Amazon. It’s an extremely easy way to see and immediately offset your impact on the environment.

3. Get an Electric Blanket

Did you know that electric blankets are vastly more energy-efficient than space heaters or even central heating? Not only will you save on your carbon footprint, but you will also see a clear difference on your next heating bill when you switch from using a space heater to an electric blanket to keep warm this year. Plus if you have a household where people have very different temperature comfort zones, even the household members without electric blankets will be happier.

4. Switch to Tone Changing Smart Bulbs

You’re probably already saving money and carbon by using LED lightbulbs, but do you have kids who always forget to turn lights off after they leave the room? Or do you have a lot of lamps that are just a little inconvenient to walk around and turn on and then turn off manually all the time? Smart bulbs such as LIFX A19 Mini Day and Dusks paired with home assistant speakers offer a huge quality of life improvement to virtually everyone. Easily control your home lighting from anywhere, set up fun phrases for mood lighting or night lights, and set lighting schedules that fit you and your family’s lifestyle.

And with Vilo, you can easily set up a Guest Network to keep your smart devices separate for added network security.

But how does this impact your carbon footprint besides being able to turn off the lights a little easier?

And why do they need to be tone changing specifically?

Let’s go down to the next item on this list- and the most impactful change you can make to not only the environment, but your quality of life and even health.

5. Get More Sleep

Seriously.

The easiest way to cut your carbon footprint is to get more sleep. And it’s incredibly beneficial to you as well.

Around the world including in the US, the difference in energy use between daytime and nighttime is huge. The Japanese Ministry of Environment found that 20% of Japan’s electricity is consumed within an hour of going to bed. But staying up late doesn’t come as a cost to only the environment. There is a huge health and economic cost as well to being sleep-deprived.

Even though the vast majority of Americans report wanting to get more sleep, insomnia and sleep problems are one of the most common health concerns. Over the last few years in particular, sales of melatonin have skyrocketed.

So what does this have to do with smart lights again?

You’ve probably heard that you should block blue light at night and may even have a red nighttime screen filter on your smartphone. Our brains have a little section called the pineal gland that controls our natural melatonin production based on the environmental light around us. This is why daylight makes us feel more alert and many people have Seasonal Affective Disorder.

With tone changing smart lights that can be scheduled to automatically shift from energizing blue-tinted white light to relaxing warm evening light, you are effectively reprogramming your own circadian rhythm. They really make going to bed early so easy. And if it’s easier to go to sleep even just an hour earlier, not only will that have a massive impact on your carbon footprint, but huge health and economic benefits.

We love re-watching The Office as much as anyone, but is one more episode before bed really worth it now?

Or if it’s your kids who are staying up late, just use Vilo Parental Controls to turn off the Wi-Fi to their devices at bedtime.

How To Improve Subscriber Experience With A Mesh Wi-Fi System

As an ISP you are most likely always looking for ways to better serve your customers. From improved connections and speeds to overall customer service experience, ensuring your customers are happy is a guaranteed way to ensure the success of your business. However, in order to improve your subscriber’s needs, you must first understand what those wants and needs are.

1 – Whole Home Coverage

These days people want to be connected in all corners of their homes, from the living room to the back corner office, people want to be connected. This is why whole-home coverage is essential for modern households. How do you accomplish this?

With a traditional single router, your customer’s home network is limited:

  • Limited signal coverage, single AP.
  • If using extenders, need to manually switch between networks.
  • Poor signal strength to support IoT devices. 

With a Mesh Wi-Fi system, these problems are quickly solved

  • A 3-pack of Vilos covers 4,500 sq ft
  • Seamless connection – no need to switch to another network
  • A 3-pack can connect up to 120 devices
  • Cost-effective (starts at $25 USD per router)

But that’s not all…

2 – Control Over Their Network and Settings

Most router setups don’t allow customers to have direct access to their network settings, let alone additional features such as parental controls and guest networks. Features such as these not only gives your customer further insight into their own network it is an additional selling point for the ISP. By offering add-on services ISPs are able to offer an enhanced service and often at an enhanced price.

With the Vilo App customers can easily:

  • Configure Parental Controls
  • Customize Wi-Fi access & set up Guest Wi-Fi
  • Manage connected devices & monitor usage
  • Change SSID & Password 
  • And more!

By how can you be one step ahead of the customer in network management?

3 – When Issues Arise, You (the ISP) Can Quickly Fix Them

The Vilo ISP Portal allows you to quickly & remotely troubleshoot network issues without having to do a truck roll.

You can:

  • Run speed tests
  • Reboot router
  • View signal strength & history
  • Detect channel interference & change channels
  • Push firmware upgrades
  • And so much more!

With a Vilo mesh Wi-Fi system, you can give your customer the ultimate home Wi-Fi experience while reducing your expenses and truck rolls.

Learn more about Vilo for ISPs here.

How Much Internet Do You Really Need?

We see ads for “fast internet” everywhere, but what is the difference between a 20 Mbps and a 200 Mbps internet package? You may be surprised to learn that you might not be able to notice the difference in speed at all, depending on your household size and average bandwidth use.

Since 2007, the average internet connection speed has gone from around 4 Mbps to 19 Mbsp. While both of those numbers might seem tiny, there is a massive difference in internet quality between these two points. But depending on how many household members like to watch Netflix on their SHD smart tvs at the same time, you might not notice a marked increase in quality after even 20 Mbps.

Why?

Mbps stands for “megabits per second” and typically refers to the total volume of data that you can either download or upload at any given second. If you’re trying to go beyond your bandwidth means, you’ll notice delays in page loading, frequent buffering stops on videos, and possibly won’t be able to show your face on video calls at all. This means you need as many Mbps as you can afford to get the best quality experience for all of these things, right? Nope.

Each webpage or app only contains a limited amount of data that needs to be transferred at any single moment. Netflix for example, recommends that to enjoy their shows and movies, you should have the following bandwidth:

Yes, you’re reading that right. You only need 15 Mbps of bandwidth to be able to enjoy UHD Netflix streaming. And this is one of the largest bandwidth hogs of the internet. But, if you were to have a 15 Mbps plan and then tried to run any other apps or do any other browsing at the same time as streaming a UHD show, you would notice dips in quality and extremely slow browsing. This is because you have reached your bandwidth capacity.

That means that if you have multiple household members who use data intensive applications such as Zoom, Netflix, TikTok, Facebook etc. at any given time, you would all probably benefit from having a plan that could accommodate everyone at your peak times.

And that’s just for download speed. Most plans barely even talk about their upload bandwidth, but if you are someone who makes a lot of video calls to family members or for work, or you want to have a side hustle as a Twitch streamer, you need to check the upload bandwidth capacity separately.

And even if you do have a 5 Gbps plan, if you have terrible ping times you’re still going to suffer from slow page loads or video buffering.

Ping time (also known as latency) is how long it physically takes for the data to transfer between the server and your device. This is arguably more impactful than bandwidth especially after around 25 Mbps, but is affected by physical distance as well as any devices (ex modem, router, extender, or mesh system) in between your screen and the original server where the data originates from. This is why having a good router and seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home (such as with the Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi System) is critical to improving your internet experience.

You can check out how much your average bandwidth usage is at peak hours by checking the Vilo App!

Just go into your Network -> Usage Report (make sure reporting is turned on in the settings) ->select your Wi-Fi Network as a whole to look at in detail, and check out what the peak data usage hours are for today, or what it was in total for any day over the last week or month.

Note that this is reported in Mbph (Megabites per hour) in the day view, but you can come up with a rough estimate of how much bandwidth your household uses by just dividing that by 6 (this assumes you aren’t just flipping at lightning speed through 1 Mb pages every second, but rather every few minutes with some extra leeway for larger pages, streams, or applications). 

How Vilo Can Help With Blocked Wi-Fi Signals

Have you ever been on the other side of your house from your Wi-Fi router and the internet is slow because of a low or bad Wifi signal? You’re trying to watch a movie and it just keeps buffering or Facebook is taking forever to load, it can be so frustrating! This happens because everyday things like walls and doors get in the way of the signal. For example, Wi-Fi has a really hard time getting through concrete, a common building material most likely in your home. Because of this, having a single router in your home most likely won’t provide Wi-Fi signal to all areas of your home causing you to be restricted in the areas in which you can use Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Here is an example of what your Wi-Fi signal looks like in your home from having just one router in your home.

As you can see if you want to enjoy some music outside on your deck or watch videos in your bedroom you will have slow or no internet. Due to either distance or interference, your Wi-Fi simply can’t make it to those areas of your home, annoying we know!

But that’s where mesh Wi-Fi comes to the rescue! With a Vilo Mesh Wi-Fi system, you’ll have multiple access points around your home, these points broadcast your Wi-Fi signal all over. So instead of one router struggling to get signal to all areas, you have multiple routers working together on one network to cover your home in Wi-Fi signal.

You might be thinking “How is this different from an extender?” Well, mesh is not only different from extenders, it’s better. An extender will broadcast a signal to another area of your home, but in order to get that signal you have to manually switch to that extender network. Imagine being on a video call with family, walking through your home to show them the work you recently did in the back yard and you lose the call due to dropped Wi-Fi, or having to exit the call, connect to the extenders network SSID and then coming back to the call. It would be a headache right? Well this where mesh truly shines. Mesh gives you a stable signal all throughout your home and it seamlessly connects to the closest router, without you even knowing, so you never drop signal or have to stop what you’re doing to change networks. Simple put, mesh rules.

Check out how having 3 Vilos (Mesh routers) throughout a home improves the Wi-Fi signal in those previously weak areas.

As you can see a mesh Wi-Fi system now lets you enjoy your Wi-Fi across your entire home. Play movies in any room, connect to devices from the back patio and not worry about your Wi-Fi signal. Vilo is the most affordable mesh Wi-Fi system on the market so what are you waiting for? Wherever you are, Vilos got you covered.

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.

How Vilos Can Make Your ISP Money

As one of the first ISPs to adopt Vilos into their business plan, KentuckyFi owner John Gill had some awesome tips and tricks for other ISPs looking to increase their ROI on Vilos.

Check out John’s analysis of how to make money with Vilos:

There are multiple ways to recoup the cost of Vilo routers from your customers. By switching to Vilos, you are using a product at a price point that can easily make you money. Remember with your ISP you should be starting a business, not a bill. Below you will find three plans set to make your ROI fast and easy!

Vilo ISP ROI

PLAN A – FASTEST ROI 

For the fastest ROI, you can build the cost of the Vilos into the install fee that you charge your customer. This will allow you to offset the cost of the Vilos and not lose any more money upfront. However, the tradeoff is that the install fee is much more expensive. This plan is not recommended if you have competitors that are offering free or cheaper installs.

PLAN B – FAST ROI

With this, you will lose some on your install, but if you retain your customer, you will get your ROI in about 3 months with a price of $60/month for internet service. This is with an install fee of $180. The profit of install over 3 months is $10. This is a better option than Plan A, but still not great if your competition is giving out free or $50 installs.

PLAN C – SMART ROI

Well, how do you keep making money with Vilo? You market the Vilos to make money for you. First, you price your install at something that makes sense for your market and ISP. Then, you add a monthly fee for the Vilo units and market it as an upgraded Wi-Fi experience. Kentucky Fi does $10/month for up to 3 units and a $50 installation fee to the customer. This pays for 90% of the Vilo units and now the Vilos will help pay off the other costs. After everything is paid for, you are generating $10 more in revenue a month than before.

I hope this article gives you a few ideas on how Vilo can help make money for your ISP!

John Gill

Owner

KentuckyFi (kentuckyfi.com)

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!