Wi-Fi routers aren't the most exciting gadgets in the world. Most of them are rather ugly-looking lumps of plastic that sit in a corner, with annoying cables trailing across the floor. But, as we all spend more and more time online, using a variety of desktop and laptop computers, iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices, it becomes ever more important to have a fast, reliable Wi-Fi network that can handle all the tasks we throw at it.
Speed, of course, is crucial - especially when it comes to new technologies, such as streaming 4K video, or playing the latest 3D and virtual reality games online. But there are other factors that are just as important.
The 802.11ac version of Wi-Fi has been around for a few years now, and many people will already have 802.11ac Wi-Fi routers that were provided by their broadband supplier. However, the latest 'Wave 2' routers will include newer features, such as 'MU-MIMO' (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output), which provide more reliable performance when sending data to multiple devices all around your home or office.
And, just recently, we've seen a new generation of 'mesh' networking systems, which use two or more routers linked together to provide wider coverage that can send the Wi-Fi signal even into upstairs bedrooms or garden sheds that a conventional router can't reach.
Netgear really needs to do something about its naming system, but if you can wade through the confusing model numbers you'll find the R700P a really good mid-range router that provides strong performance and a useful range of features for only around £150.
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Having a good router at home is becoming increasingly important. It's not just about connecting your phone and your computer to Wi-Fi anymore. Nowadays, you need a good router to maximize your internet speeds and connect all your smart home devices and other connected things. But not all Wi-Fi routers are good. In fact, plenty of them won't give you fast internet or a stable connection.
There are a few things to consider when you’re buying a Wi-Fi router. For starters, you’ll want to think about the standards that the router is capable of handling. Most new routers use the 802.11ac standard, which is capable of faster wireless speeds than other routers. If your ISP offers speeds of 100Mbps or more, routers with the 802.11am standard will be able to handle it.
Another thing to consider is whether your router is single band or dual band. The two bands are 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and 5GHz connections are typically faster and more reliable. Some routers offer both bands separately or both bands combined. Dual-band routers are also typically better in high-density areas.
You’ll also want to think about the range of a router, especially if you live in a larger home. Often, you’ll experience dead spots in your home with some routers, but those can be eliminated through the use of a router with a big range, or by using a mesh system, which basically connects multiple routers together to extend the range of Wi-Fi in your house.
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How to attach high-gain antenna to a WiFi router to increase it’s coverage? Can you recommend purchase links? Thanks
Notice that simply adding wire (or length) to an existing antenna element will not improve it's response. Antennae are designed by the manufacturer with a particular length which is 1/4 or 1/2 the wavelength of the intended frequency. Casually adding more length by wrapping a piece of wire around the existing antenna just detunes it and reduces it effectiveness (range).
Also note, that smarter/custom shaped antennae - yagi, parabola, etc get their gain by focusing more of the RF energy in a preferred direction, instead of spreading it out in all directions (omnidirectional). Like a magnifying glass focusing the sun - more power in one spot, but less in the shadow. So they have to be aimed in the desired direction - and will have reduced response in other directions.
Hovsep, that first article you linked to was very interesting and has wonderful links, thanks! Your point about range extenders is also excellent. One can use a WiFi repeater, as you suggest, or a PowerLine based extender which will be even better. Finally, Dr Sunil, you can also make your own parabolic dish to improve your router's range. Instructions and a template are available at
Thanks Sir. Please tell are there ready made parabolic dish available online ( not very costly ) at ebay.in , amazon.in ( Not.coms )
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