Routers: Why Having A Good Router Is Important

Routers are arguably, one of the most essential devices for any home or business network environments. Your router is the glue that holds the whole network together as it connects all your laptops, desktop computers, gaming consoles, smart devices and printers to one another.

As smart home products become more affordable and accessible, your Wi-Fi network becomes more crucial. This is where a good Wi-Fi router have an advantage and able to offer a more stable and reliable network.


Can I just buy any router?

Some internet service providers (ISP) offer specials where they include a router with their monthly or yearly packages. These routers have already been tested and approved by the companies and are the easiest and quickest way to get your home or office network off the ground. If you do buy your own router, its best to buy a Wifi 5 or 6 model with Wifi 6 being the latest addiction to the family. We covered some of the basics in a previous blog – What is Wifi?

Larger homes or businesses which have two or more floors will require stronger Wi-Fi routers or will need Wifi extenders to boost the signal to all parts of the structure.

Most Wi-Fi routers look the same but that doesn’t necessary mean they will offer what you need. For example, dual band routers offer two different frequency bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. 2.4GHz is better for penetrating walls and objects but are slower than 5GHz. Dual band routers are perfect to use anywhere in your home or business as they run on both frequencies simultaneously. The newer model routers also offer Tri frequency Band which broadcasts an extra 5GHz band. This is perfect for a large family, using the internet simultaneously or corporate company with many employees working online. It’s recommended to consult a professional when planning out a large network structure to get the most out of it.


When should I buy a new Wi-Fi router?

As with all electronic devices there is wear and tear on the routers also. Over time the performance decreases and the network becomes less stable or reliable. In high stress environments where the router is being used constantly by numerous devices, for example in a company with many employees – It’s recommended to change Wi-Fi routers every 3 years.

This will keep the company’s network more stable and the newer router will be more likely to be compatible with future ISP upgrades. According to history Wi-Fi infrastructures get major upgrades every 5 years, since the first launch back in 1999.

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