Smarter, Faster WiFi: How to Upgrade Your Router for Better Connectivity

Whether your old wireless router kicked the bucket, or you just want to upgrade to better technology, shopping for a new one is no simple task. Here’s how to find a router for better connectivity at home.

Turns out, there are a lot of router options out there, and it’s easy to get lost in the jungle of network features and tech jargon. Here’s all you need to know to start cutting through those vines and getting to the, ahem, root of it.

First, let’s talk about internet speed. Currently, with broadband speeds sitting at an average of 100 Mbps, most 802.11AC routers will do the job. But your mileage may vary, so make sure to find out what speeds you get from your current internet service provider and know what your modem can support before you commit to a new wireless router.

Important note: some internet providers require you to use their equipment, so make sure to talk with your provider before you upgrade your router. The good news is that some providers charge you a rental fee for using their equipment, so upgrading your router to one that you own may save you money over the long term.

What types of wireless routers are there?

There are two common types of routers: single-unit routers which have traditionally been used, and mesh routers which have newer, better technology. You’ve likely used traditional routers, which simply plug into your modem to broadcast your WiFi signal. While this option has worked fine in the past, it isn’t efficient at spreading WiFi properly throughout the home, which is what makes mesh routers so much more ideal.

What’s so great about mesh routers?

A mesh router system (like this eero Pro system we offer with WeLink internet) includes multiple units that you can place around your home, so you’re no longer subject to one single router plugging away and trying to do all the work. With mesh routers, you can blanket your home with WiFi from all major areas of your house, creating a stronger, better connection.

What if I need to connect multiple devices?

While on paper, traditional and mesh routers can support a similar amount of devices, mesh routers have multiple access points, so all your devices will have an easier time not only finding the signal but staying connected compared to a traditional router.

Do new routers have parental controls?

There’s hardly a need for filtering software these days when routers are capable of filtering just as much, if not better. In fact, when it comes to being savvy with your internet parental controls, the newer the technology, the better the protection. Most newer mesh routers include a mobile app with an option for parental controls, which makes keeping your family protected easier than ever. Make sure your router has parental controls that allow you to filter internet content for every device on your network, like eero Pro.

In Summary

Now that you’re more familiar with routers and what they can do for your home, you can feel confident to make that upgrade. If you have any questions about how to get even faster, more efficient WiFi at home, reach out to us. We’d love to help you find the best options. Click here to get started.

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