Aaron Swann - Virtual CIO, InfoSystems
Josh Davis - VP of Marketing, InfoSystems
In this episode, Aaron and Josh discuss a question from a listener - "How do I select a good home router?" A router is what sits between you and the internet. Selecting the right home router depends on factors like the size of your home and your internet speed. While this podcast was made for small business leaders, we strive to answer questions that help listeners stay connected, safe, and secure no matter where they are. This is especially true with many working remotely right now.What is a router?
A router is what sits between you and the internet. The latest well-used standard is 802.11ac. Manufacturers have recognized how confusing these naming conventions can be, so they are working on simply named products such as "WiFi 6". We discussed the coming of WiFi 6 in a previous episode. You can find the link at the end of this post. What type of router should I get?
The type of router you get is dependent on many factors. Some of which include: the square footage of your home, your internet speed, the construction of your home, and the amount of devices you'll have connected. How can I get the most out of my router?
- Place your router properly: Put it in the middle of your house and up high. Mount it on the ceiling if possible. Never put your router in a closet or cabinet.
- Say no to range extenders: they are difficult to manage and they commonly force you to use a second network which can get confusing. If yo.u need to extend your range, consider using Wireless Mesh
- Check your model for security add-ons: or if you're looking for a new router, check that the model has security add-ons available. Add-ons can include: Content Filtering, Smart Firewall, etc. More Information
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Learn more about WiFi 6 on a previous episode here.