With the increasing amount of connectable smart devices and smart-home appliances, it is more important than ever to equip your house with a reliable wireless router that is strong enough to handle the demand for Wi-fi connection at home.
Of course, just having a good Internet Service Provider isn’t enough. People always mistake that they should get the speed they signed up for but In short, even if you are subscribed to fastest internet line in the world your wireless connection speed can be slower then say a 300mbps line if you don’t have a good router. So before picking up the phone and complaining to your ISP about the slow speed you are getting on wireless, check out your router first :)
Here’s where the router plays an important part. One question though; why get an expensive dual band router, when a basic router does the exact same job?
What we are looking for when we are using the internet ultimately boils down to two factors: speed and stability. There is no point in having a high speed internet if your Wi-fi isn’t going to be properly distributed to all your gadgets and devices!
There is also this common misconception where people think that the modem is the one that gives off the connection. In some cases, yes. When you wire your devices right to the port, that’s a yes. Most modems does not give off connection wirelessly and even if they do it is usually quite crappy.
And it could be really inconvenient and troublesome to wire up some devices due to space constraint and the placement of your household furniture. Which leads us to why getting a good router is necessary for properly setting up your home’s wireless network.
A good router allows the user to surf without any hassle or connection breakdown when you enter a different space from the router. For example, if your router is placed in the living room, you get low signals when you enter your room. That is usually because the space in between the router and you gets blocked by the concrete wall.
That also means, when a good router is placed at the right spot, you can watch your videos on your devices without worrying about getting cut-off when you make your toilet trips! No more pausing of dramas and movies during toilet breaks, bring along your smart gadgets and watch away wherever you go within the house! (I am not recommending you bringing your gadgets into the toilet though, just in case you accidentally drop them into the toilet bowl xP)
A strong router also makes thing more convenient. Rush your work in the dining area, or stream a video or two while dining. Game on your gadgets without any worries of getting disconnected while moving about. You know, times where you really want to grab a snack but you are in the middle of a game and cannot stop?
Minimise the lag when multiple devices connect to your home internet. When your router is able to support the bandwidth, you can then rest assure it is able to handle the load it is getting. It was from my personal experience at a friend’s house that I realise how big a difference a router can make. With the same bandwidth and ISP, my house has a much more stable connection as compared to his’. With his being unable to host more than 5 devices at the same time, and mine being able to host at least 10 at one time.
If you are having problems with your Wi-fi at home, the problem may lie within the type of router you use. I hope this article helps you in a way or two to improve your internet connection at home!
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