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Wi-Fi Router

How to Choose the Perfect Wi-Fi Router

The key to a connected home is the connected part. A smart device without the features of wireless communication is just a regular old device! Some smartphones communicate via Bluetooth but the vast majority connect via Wi-Fi. That's why the Wi-Fi router is one of the most important components in a smart home!


Sometimes your ISP offers you to rent a router. This is usually a bad deal. You can often save money by purchasing your router. Read on to find the right router for your home.


Router speed

There are several different classifications of router speeds marked as 802.11 followed by a letter. The speed levels of Wi-Fi look like this: a -> b -> g -> n -> ac where "a" is the slowest and "ac" the fastest.


If you are looking for a new router beware of 802.11a 802.11b or 802.11g routers. These routers are obsolete for several years, unless you get them for a low dollar they are not worth the money.


802.11n routers provide speeds of up to 300 megabits per second and 802.11ac routers can reach speeds of around 1300+ megabits per second. Now remember that the maximum speed you get depends on the internet service you pay for. 


Most modern homes do not have access to speeds higher than 300 megabits, so you are probably fine with purchasing an 802.11n router. However, if you want to be resistant to purchasing an 802.11ac router, you need to set it up for the next few years.


Double band versus single band

Many routers offer dual-band functionality such as 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signals. Single-band routers offer only 2.4 GHz signals. If you have a lot of devices or you need the extra speed go for the dual-band router.


 If using your router is modest you can save some money and stay with the only band.


Extenders and network networks

If you have a large home you may need to purchase Wi-Fi extenders. These devices can amplify the signal and reach more rooms in the home. I recommend first setting up your new router to see if extensions are needed.


If money is not an object you can purchase routers with networking technology.


 These routers work together automatically to create a powerful Wi-Fi network. The technology is mainly used in commercial buildings but is now becoming more accessible to the consumer. However, network routers can be very expensive!


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