Buying and setting up a new WiFi router has become a routine part of everyday modern life. Like changing your oil, buying and setting up a new router is a bit of a hassle, but also necessary. To make sure that you get the most out of your new WiFi router, here are 5 things to make sure you have on your checklist.
- Compatibility. Your new router needs to be compatible with your computer! Most routers work just fine with Macintosh, Microsoft, and Linux, but some do not. When purchasing your new router, be certain that you are not wasting your money on a unit that simply will not work.
- Ports. Now that you’ve made sure your router works with your specific devices, you will want to check the ports to see that you have all you need. Some routers only have one LAN cable port, but you might need two. Or, maybe you will need a firewire port in your setup. This all depends on exactly what you expect to get out of your new WiFi router, but being unable to plug in the needed wires is a massive pain.
- Speed. This one is absolutely crucial when it comes to WiFi routers. What do you plan on doing through this router? Are you just going on facebook and youtube? If so, your speed really won’t matter all that much. However, if you are like me and are constantly downloading and uploading documents, then you will want to invest in a much faster router. Additionally, if you plan on using multiple devices you will want a more powerful and faster router. 300 to 600 Mps is fine for those of you who are not planning on doing much. But, if you are like me you will want 1900 Mps or more. Once again, it all depends on your daily usage needs.
- Range. The range is all about where you want to be. If you need a WiFi router for an apartment you won’t need to worry about range too much. But, if you’re in a large house range can be an issue. Be sure to check your range before making a WiFi router purchase. If you are living in a large space you may want to invest in multiple routers or a WiFi range extender.
- Price. Finally, as always, it is important to consider the price. When you find the ultra fast, long range router you need, you may be surprised by the price tag. You might have to sacrifice some range for some speed, or vice versa. WiFi Routers can end up being very expensive, but they are well worth the investment. The time that you save with a fast upload will save you hours over the years, more than paying off the cost.
Good luck on the hunt for your new WiFi router! The internet has become such an integral part of our lives that staying connected is an absolutely essential part most people’s day to day. Our hope is that this checklist will help land the best router for you in your home or office.
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