Finding the best wifi router for your home can be a task when multiple options are available with different specifications. Today at Your Tech Dose We have brought you a fresh list of best highly rated Wireless access points or w-fi router whatever you call it.
Things you should consider before buying a wireless router for your home
Coverage, speed, security, storage option and Budget
Decide the area and range where you need the coverage
Deciding the area where you are going to use the wifi most of the time is as important as the range of your wifi. If you are going to hang your wifi router on a wall outside the room of your main access area or the place where you are going to use the access point more often then you should know that wireless and walls are enemies and as far as you go from your wifi, you are going to lose the connectivity.
There are two main bandwidth options are available in almost all routers that is 2.4 GHz vs. 5 GHz signal range. Although, 5GHz which is the faster band it has very low coverage area according to real-world comparison as you can see in bellow bandwidth comparison. but remember the range described in below table will not be applicable to you if you have a plan of putting your wifi router at a place where walls are blocking the range
wireless Range Comparison – 2.4 GHz vs. 5 GHz Signal
|Frequency||Theoretical Speed||Real-World Speed|
|2.4 GHz (802.11b)||11 Mbps||2-3 Mbps|
|2.4 GHz (802.11g)||54 Mbps||10 -29 Mbps|
|2.4 GHz (802.11n)||300 Mpbs||150 Mbps|
|5 GHz (802.11a)||6-54 Mbps||3 – 32 Mbps|
|5 GHz (802.11ac)||433 Mbps – 1.7 Gbps||210 Mbps – 1 G|
|5 GHz (802.11n)||900 Mbps||450Mbps|
wireless Range Comparison – 2.4 GHz vs. 5 GHz Signal
|Frequency||Theoretical Distance||Real World Distance|
|2.4 GHz (802.11b)||460 ft||230 ft|
|2.4 GHz (802.11g)||125 ft||62 ft|
|2.4 GHz (802.11n)||820 ft||410 ft|
|5 GHz (801.11a)||390 ft||195 ft|
|5 GHz (802.11ac)||up to 820 ft (amplified)||up to 410 ft (amplified)|
|5 GHz (802.11n)||460 ft||230 ft|
Does speed really matter?
First of all 2.4GHz routers can cover a 3 BHK apartment of 2000 square feet easily because by default the Frequency is always set to 2.4 GHz (802.11bgn) means it supports B, G and N frequency all together by default until you manually change it.
Do I really need a wireless repeater or range extender?
You would require a repeater(wireless range extender) if you want to access your wifi at another floor of your apartment. or if you have installed your wireless router at a very isolated corner from where your signal strength is down due to multiple obstacles between you and your wireless router.
should you invest in a 5GHz wireless router?
Well, there are brands in our list those are providing 5GHz supported wireless routers under 2000 rupes but the matter of fact is you should be aware of where and why you are investing your money.
So 2.4GHz router is enough until you do not have a fibre optic internet connection in your house where you are getting more than 150 Mbps, for example, you have 200 Mbps plan then you should consider
If you do not have any plans of transferring data between your wireless devices, here you 5GHz router has a significant benefit of low range but the high-speed band. for example, if you want to transfer a 4K Music video from your Laptop to your Phone or your Wireless TV, then if all of them are connected to a 5GHz band than it will take only 10 to 15 seconds to transfer a 2 GB file wirelessly whereas, you will notice a significant delay in transfer speed if you are connected to a 2.4GHz band.
Consider Security and Storage Options in your wireless router
Having a USB port is never a bad thing even if you have more USB ports you have, the more things you can do using your wireless routers.
You can set up your own wireless storage hub to store all your favourite movies and videos wirelessly and access them anytime and on any device. any device which is connected to your wireless router, that device will be able to access your storage which you have connected using a USB., for example, you can connect your old external hard drive with USB and make it accessible on each device you have connected with your wireless router.
If you want to know how you can use access to any storage device wirelessly than comment below and we will bring you a detailed guide on how to set up a wireless storage hub.
Cyber-attacks are not only limited to the big enterprises these days when all of us are living in an era of work from home the internet users are increasing rapidly. Personal home user security should also be considered if you are doing a lot of online transactions or you have wireless security camera setup for your home surveillance then you should definitely consider a product which at least provides you Access control list or a basic firewall as a default feature of your wireless router.
Now we hope that you will be able to select a suitable wireless router for your home and after considering all the above points you will be able to decide your budget and find Which is the best wireless router for you.
List of best wifi router for your home you can buy on amazon.
Is it bad to put a wireless router in the bedroom?
You will be exposed to an excessive amount of EMF and RF radiation from the router at close proximity. same is applicable to your mobile phone also.
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