A 4K TV, gaming console, tablet and a whole bunch of new smart home gadgets. It was a tech-cellent holiday at your house this year!
But, wait. Why’s your Wi-Fi running so slow? And why can’t you get everything to connect?
The excitement can quickly turn to frustration if your home network can’t support those new — and existing – devices.
A premium router might not have been at the top of your family’s wish list, but it’s essential for keeping those other new devices connected to the internet and running smoothly.
Think about all those gadgets in need of Wi-Fi, from smartphones and tablets to thermostats and refrigerators. To keep your connected home connected, you're going to need a strong heart at the center of that network making sure all that data gets to the right connected device.
If you’re having problems with your network, such as weak signal strength that causes buffering when you’re trying to watch videos, it might be time to replace your router. Upgrading to a new router can give you faster speeds, increased range and the ability to connect more devices.
Basic routers are recommended for up to six Wi-Fi devices, and they support tasks like email, web browsing and music streaming.
Premium routers, meanwhile, support more devices and data-intense activities, such as gaming and streaming 4K video. For example, the Linksys WRT32X is specifically engineered for gamers.
Keep in mind the size of your home as well. A basic router will serve your needs in a small apartment or single-floor house with few rooms. For those with larger and more complex home layouts, a premium router will best adapt to your needs, especially for a larger family.
What about whole-home Wi-Fi?
Do you have Wi-Fi dead zones in your house? Maybe there’s a back bedroom that never seems to get a good connection? It might be time to explore whole-home Wi-Fi.
Whole-home Wi-Fi uses a series of routers placed throughout the home to ensure you get a strong, uninterrupted signal throughout your home. A common strategy is to place at least one wireless node from the system on each floor. For example, if you have a home over 2,000 square feet, a great option is theVelop 2-pack or theOrbi +1.