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Just some few days ago, we listed out the best home routers that can be used to speed up your wireless internet connection for all your smart devices. We have come across many users who asked the same question: “Why do we have to spend on another router when the operator themselves are providing us one?”.
Let us ask back a couple of things. Does your router reach the farthest places of your home? Do you get the full bandwidth speed as promised as by our internet provider? Does your smartphone/laptop often get disconnected from the WiFi, when the only fix is to restart the router? Chances are that many of us are facing these issues, especially when there are a lot of smart devices connected to the router.
It’s always better to invest in a router that provides the latest in WiFi technologies, better range, multi-bands, enhanced security, and more physical ports. We list out the key parameters that you should watch out before buying a router
Get the best WiFi standards
Have you seen a certain number coding, such as 802.11g and 802.11n on your routers and smartphones? They indicate the type of IEEE standards that the device can handle. In simple terms, it’s the technology that represents the speeds it can support. Today, the highest WiFi standards are the 802.11ac that can reach up to gigabit speeds, and is backward compatible with older WiFi standards. We say to choose the “AC” version is because, if you have a smartphone or a laptop that is AC-capable, and if your router doesn’t support 802.11ac, then your smart devices will not be able to get the highest download speeds, regardless of how fast your connection is.
Dual Band Routers
You must have come across this common feature known as “Dual Band”. Dual band means that the routers come with two different radios, one that works on the 2.4GHz frequency, and the other with 5GHz band. You can use either bands to connect to WiFi, in case one of them provides a slower speed (like two different networks). There are some routers that allow you to connect to both the bands at the same time.
Range of the Router
Once again, we will be mentioning the WiFi standards for this parameter. High-end routers usually offer 150 feet for indoor coverage, and about 300 feet for outdoor use. In addition to better speed, the latest WiFi standards like the 802.11ac offer better range than the older versions. However, when connected to 5GHz band, the range reduces as compared to the 2.4GHz band.
Trust in the best brands that make good quality routers. A few to mention are D-link, ASUS, Linksys, TP-link, and Apple.
Some routers offer the capability to connect a storage device, directly to the router using USB ports. You can then setup a NAS (Network attached storage) with the USB port and the external drive.