More smart devices make for smarter homes, but it also means that the poor old wireless routers of yore are increasingly taxed for bandwidth, resulting in slower speeds or lower reception bars. Enter Mercku Hive, a mesh network kit that lets users set up multiple WiFi nodes around the house by simply plugging them into power outlets. These nodes talk to each other, handing off WiFi signals to ensure strong reception and fast speeds anywhere in the house, even if that house is 5,000 square feet. The smartphone app makes setup a cinch, and lets users check on network speed or limit the amount of time spent on specific devices, which comes in handy if keeping kids off their smartphones is a priority. It’s an ideal gift for the man who already has a house full of connected devices.
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