We are all connected today thanks to smart devices that have become a part of our lives and are quickly becoming an important part of our homes. All of these connected devices, whether smartphones, TVs, or other appliances in home are connected via a home router. Maybe you use the web to shop on Amazon.com, or maybe you are just managing your Facebook ads.
No matter what you do, you’ll need a router if you want to go wireless.
Back in the days, routers used to commonly just had a PC attached to it with a couple of other devices like a phone or tablet, but today they are connected with various devices that help you control temperature, dim lights and even stream stuff on your TV.
Because our homes are getting increasingly connected over the WiFi which means choosing a proper wireless router has become important than ever. Most Internet Service Providers in the U.S supply a router with a new connection, but can you really assume it is good enough to handle all of your devices at home? Probably not.
The standard router provided by ISPs are at best for minimal usage. They are good if you just want to connect a PC and a couple of more devices like phones or tablets. If you need to connect more advanced devices, you’ll need to shop for a good router.
In order to find the best wireless router, you need to take a couple of things in account before you go out shopping.
Single/dual band routers – routers these days usually come equipped with dual frequencies. Most routers back in the day just had a 24GHZ band which was broad enough to connect all devices in home. But as time passed by, more and more homes and offices installed 24GHZ routers which made them crowded. That’s when 5GHZ band routers were introduced. This low frequency is great if you are connecting devices in a wide space without walls or furniture in the path.
Cover area – always consider how much area the router will cover. For example, if you have a small area, a router with 5HZ band with good antennas should be enough. However, if it is a large area with lots of walls, consider 24GHZ or dual band.
Number of devices – last but not the least, you need to consider how many devices are going to be connected to the router. Some routers are only able to support up to 5 connections before they start staggering. Check with the router how many connections it can handle simultaneously before buying.