Not only does technology keep changing but how we use it keeps changing as well. Last year we had five devices in our home and streamed one at a time now today we have ten devices in our home and streaming multiple devices. When was the last time you looked into your router to make sure it can handle all of the new devices? With online video gaming, 4K video streaming, more mobile devices trying to connect and growing smart home technology, older routers are increasingly pushed past their capabilities and overwhelmed. You may need to look at getting a router to fit your home and new technology lifestyle. Routers using older Wi-Fi standards mean low performance and you’ll see the signs: dropped connections, slow online gaming, slowly-loading web pages and streaming video that constantly stops to buffer.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROUTER?
1 . Evaluate Signal Strength
Different wireless routers are rated for different signal strengths. Even for a small apartment, signal strength can be an issue even with the most-up-to-date router. Figure out which one fits your network needs. Beaware of obstacles in the home: walls, brick, floors, metal, concrete, etc.
2. Decide on Speed
Look at Mbps, or megabits per second. For the latest routers, the theoretical limit is 600 mbps; most up-to-date routers support 300 mbps (802.11N standard). The previous standard (802.11G) is 54 Mbps. Check the manufacturer’s documentation or ask a knowledgeable salesperson about the specifications.
802.11N. Find out whether your client devices all support 802.11N standard. If all of them do, you are safe to choose 802.11N router. If they don’t (and have 802.11G instead), keep in mind that when N device is used at the same time with G device, effective speed is greatly reduced.
2.4 GHz, 5GHz and non/concurrent dual-band:
- If you need to use G and N devices at the same time, a dual-band router will help to avoid interference: you can connect a G device to 2.4GHz, and an N device to 5 GHz.
- Remember that the concurrent dual-band router and dual-band client wifi adapter don’t always mean double speed. If your PC has only one Wi-Fi adapter, you can only connect to one band at a time. Even if you have 2 adapters, under Windows it doesn’t give you double speed, only the maximum of either.
- 5GHz gives weaker signal compared to 2.4GHz, especially at longer distance from router.
3. Test your Choice of Equipment
Find a real-life speed throughput and range tests for the models you consider. Specifications give only a theoretical maximum, while tests will show how it will actually perform. Search the following website on Google, smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/view SmallNetBuilder comparison charts and cnet.com.au/internet-networking/modems-routers/reviews.htm CNet.com.au reviews that offer test speed throughput.
4. Choose Encryption
Think about the need for encryption. Wireless routers often use WPA. You can choose the latest encryption method used mostly.
One of the other essential elements of choosing the best wireless router is to figure out how it will complement existing pieces of hardware in a home network.
- Look at matching the brand of a wireless router with the brand of existing network cards.When the router matches these small adapters or cards, the LAN connection may have better speed.
- Think about matching a video game console. Although Nintendo does not promote a specific brand of wireless router, understanding compatibility with video game consoles can be another factor in choosing your router and other network equipment.
6. Evaluate Customer Support
Buy a wireless router from a company with good customer support.
7. Compare Warranties
Select a router that will be guaranteed to last a certain length of time or be replaced.
Find out more about what router is best for your home: Choose a Wireless Router
Now that we have all the information we need to find the right router for our family and home, its time to pick the router. Here is a link for the best routers of 2016.
For a full list of routers please select the link below.
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