Wireless routers are becoming more and more prevalent in homes as more things are connecting to the internet in our home. It used to be easy selecting a router too. You basically just matched up the signal type you needed (a/b/g/n). In the past few years it may have simply been a laptop and now we are seeing ereaders, TV’s, Blu-Ray players, iPods, iPads, tablets, and even some home appliances all connecting to the internet. This can make choosing a router a bit more difficult as many of these devices will use different signal types and then there is the interference issue of the signal.
We were working with a Netgear N300 (a single band a/b/g/n router) which worked pretty well for the computers. But when we added a blu-ray player and an iPad in the house we began seeing issues with dropping connections on the new devices and a need to constantly reset the router to re-establish a connection. It was getting to be pretty frustrating especially when we were also seeing a slowdown in internet speed from the growing load of devices.
I started doing some research and found that a dual-band router was probably a better way to go. Dual-band sends signal out at 2 different spectrum (5ghz and 2.4ghz) through multiple antennas which allows for more better speed on various types of devices while cutting way down on interference. These routers aren’t cheap either. I typically like Linksys (now owned by Cisco), but found the Netgear N600 which had the same features I was looking for at around $80 compared to the other brands which all ran over $100. I decided to give it a try, and it’s worked out great. No more resets and the internet speed has increased for all of our devices. Some of the great features are:
- ‘N’ speed router that is backwards compatible to devices using a, b, and g.
- Dual-band signal. This allows for faster and more efficient internet speeds on all devices.
- 4 ethernet ports. This is a must for us because we network a printer amongst all of the computers through the router connected via an ethernet cable. Plus my father-in-law’s desktop does not have a wireless card and accesses the internet by being connected directly into an ethernet connection.
- A USB port. This port is nice for adding a backup hard-drive which becomes accessible to all the computers in the house.
- Easy setup and security without having to install any software.
So if you are finding yourself connecting more and more devices to the internet and finding constant dropped signals . . . definitely look into a dual-band router. And if you want the most “bang for your buck”, the Netgear N600 is definitely one to look at.