New auto-connect tech from Aptilo could deliver a boost to Wi-Fi IoT

CLAUS HETTING | February 4, 2019

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Trying to get smart home devices – anything from lightbulbs to refrigerators or webcams and whatever else – to connect to the Internet over Wi-Fi can be either frustratingly difficult or even close to impossible to accomplish for the average human (present company included). Fortunately, we may not have to battle with that for much longer: Aptilo Networks just launched a scheme that will allow IoT devices to auto-connect to home or other Wi-Fi networks with zero human interaction.

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