Aside from the router code, there are other factors to consider in choosing the best router.
Range and Throughput – The range depends on the number of antennas and radios it has. Also important is the frequency and degree of interference. If you want the best internet router, stick to the wireless AC routers. They offer the furthest range and most reliable Wi-Fi.
AC models eliminate signal noise and competition from any other signal traveling through your airspace. This includes cordless phones. If you really want to stick to the N models, make sure it is dual-band. Dual band models give two dedicated independent networks and provide faster speed than single-band models.
Speed – Wireless AC routers are about three times faster than Wireless N models. If you like playing games or streaming videos, faster routers are crucial.
Layout – All routers are affected by walls and other solid structures. However, hollow, plaster or drywall will only worsen signal if they have the any of the following:
- aluminum studs
- solid brick
- insulated walls and floors
In some cases, solid brick or insulated walls and floors may completely block your signal.
Modem – Some routers come with their own modem. Others need a separate modem. You’ll need to make sure that the modem is compatible with its specs and internet provider. If you need a separate modem, you will also need an Ethernet cable to connect the two.
Other factors to keep in mind are security encryption, number of LAN and USB ports, and Quality of Service (QoS). These are added features that offer greater flexibility to do different applications at the same time.
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