An article caught our eye on the web just a few days ago. WiFi 101: How to Buy Your Next Wireless Router by Dan Tynan a Tech Columnist – This really goes in depth on how to ask the right questions when looking at replacing your router. How many devices do you have? How much do you play games or watch movies? How many devices are on-line at the same time? These are just a few of the questions that we need to ask ourselves to find the right router. Below I have taken a few statements out of the article for a quick read. The article is chalked full of information that will need to be digested and written down to remember it all.
But if you’re shopping for a router that will serve you well in the future, as Internet connections get faster and more video gets shuttled down the pipes, you’d do well to spend a little more on the latest and greatest. If you live in an apartment or other small space, don’t use a ton of connected devices, and don’t plan to add many more, you can get away with a basic box. If your old router is still working fine, there’s no need to rush out and buy a new one today. Because the router is essentially the front door to your home network, you want it to have a strong deadbolt — a password-protected encryption scheme that scrambles your data so no one else can see it. These days, security features don’t vary much from one router to the next, but you want to make sure they’re enabled straight out of the box. I’m such a fan of PowerCloud’s Skydog routers, which are not only a breeze to manage but also let you test drive the software online before you buy. Netgear offers Genie, a free app that lets you control your router settings from your smartphone or computer.