First, let’s talk routers. A router is the middleman between you and the Internet. It receives Wi-Fi information from your wired modem, and broadcasts it to every Wi-Fi device in your home. So, it is a crucial part of your home setup. Many people think all routers are the same, but that’s far from the truth. The type of router you need in the home depends on 1. what activities you engage in on the Internet and 2. how many devices typically connect to your router at the same time
WHAT ROUTER IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
First, what activities do you engage in online (select one)?
You browse the Internet to get quick information, connect on social media, watch videos in standard definition and check email. Casual user.
You browse the Internet, but also prefer watching video in high definition, print wirelessly, and play games online.
You and the entire family stream in HD, play games and visit social media.
You might also have a home office and use videoconferencing to conduct meetings.
Web Browser - Ideal Speed: 150-700 Mbps
Even light users can use a boost. Make sure you are using at least a Wireless-N router – Wireless-B and Wireless-G devices are too outdated to support today’s Web.
Juggler - Ideal Speed: 800-1900 Mbps
Movie lovers and gamers who prefer quality will want to invest in the latest in router technology – Wireless-AC. These dual band routers can support all your connections without the wait.
Power Users - Ideal Speed: 1900+ Mbps
You need the strongest performance to support your busy life. Get speedy Wi-Fi to all your devices with the latest Wireless-AC technology.
Now, think about how many devices are sharing the router connection. The more devices connected at the same time, the greater the load on your router. Wireless-N users who connect more than 6 devices should upgrade to Wireless-AC.
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Web Browser Juggler Power User selections:
Is your connection blazing in a certain areas of the house, and sluggish in others? You might benefit from adding a range extender. Thick walls and interference from appliances can create dead zones in the home. If you have a very large home, mixing routers and extenders can decrease the total amount of networking devices needed for full home coverage.