We are living in a connected age, where all our devices are synced together, remotely accessing resources, thereby evolving into a network of long-distance VoIP calls from our smartphones, streaming videos on our smart TVs, controlling all our smart appliances, and a lot more. The one thing that makes it all happen is the best wireless routers.
The right wireless router can go a long way towards having a frustration-free experience on all your connected devices. There are many features which should be considered when looking for the new wireless router for your home. Good wireless routers are capable of the signal to a range of around 150 feet indoors
Wireless Router Buyer Guide
Keeping in mind these 7 tips for choosing the best wireless router will help you decide on the right option.
This is a no-brainer. Most up-to-date routers support 300mbps (802.11N standard). Check the manufacturer’s documentation or ask a knowledgeable salesperson about the specifications, and make sure your next wireless router offers 802.11ac (or Gigabit Wi-Fi) support.
Single or Dual-Band?
Not all routers are created equal. Some models can only communicate over a single radio band (2.4GHZ), some can use two (5GHz also). Then there are tri-band routers for heavier network traffic. If you have devices streaming video from say, Netflix, or connecting to an online gaming service like Xbox Live, consider a dual-band router.
Like just about everything, Wireless routers too, come with a variety of features. Look for a router with at least four 10/100/1000 (Gigabit) Ethernet ports, which allow you to connect to wired devices such as desktop PCs, network-attached storage (NAS) drives, and home-automation hubs. Routers come with USB 2.0, and 3.0 ports, parental controls, Quality of Service (QoS) options, and a guest network feature. Make sure you consider all of them.
Evaluate range and signal strength
Figure out which router fits your network needs and where you want to set up your router. A central place is preferable. Understand obstacles in an interior home environment and specific distance before deciding on a router.
Keep in mind Hardware Compatibility issues
How well will your chosen router complement existing pieces of hardware in a home network, like computers etc? Make sure the brand of the router matches with the brand of existing network cards that allow the computer to access the wireless network.
The price of routers ranges from as little as $15 to upwards of $400. Your needs should dictate your budget. It’s not always advisable to go for a super high-end model because it’s as susceptible to obsolescence as one that costs half as much. Networking hardware is moving faster than ISPs, which means mid-tier routers, in the range of $100 or $200, will suffice for the average home.
Compare warranties and evaluate customer support
Buy a wireless router from a company with good customer support. Technical support and assistance may be critical for installing or dealing with the device. Look carefully at warranty provisions and make this part of the pros and cons list for specific brands and models.
Finally, don’t run with the pack. Yes, there is safety in numbers, but identify your unique requirements, and check sales-ranking and offers properly before buying the best wireless router for your home.
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