How to Buy a Router

Tech Talker gives you the 5 best tips on buying your next router t improve the strength and stability of your wireless signal.

Eric Escobar
Episode #072

Guest Network Support

Last, but not least, one of my favorite features on new routers is the ability to have guest networks. Why would you want this? Well, a guest network is similar to having two completely separate wireless networks, but only from the same router. Having two networks comes in handy when you want to keep network traffic separate. For example, if you have young children, you can set filters on one wireless network that their devices connect to, and you can use the other network for yourself with a completely different password.

This is also useful if you have multiple roommates in your household and you would like to keep traffic separate. It’s also helpful if you have guests over (imagine that)!

With that, here are my top 5 suggestions for the best wireless router features:

  1. External antennas allow for greater signal control and give you the ability to upgrade later on.

  2. Gigabit ports allow you to stream large amounts of content over your network.

  3. USB ports can turn a router into your own personal network attached storage.

  4. Dual band routers offer both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequencies which can extend range and the increase speed of your internet.

  5. The ability to have guest networks can give you some great controls if you have children, roommates, or even guests.

Tech Talker’s antenna picks:

D-Link ANT24-0230 Xtreme N 2.4GHZ Indoor Antenna

Wireless 18dbi 2.4GHz Wifi High Gain Antenna 18 dB 2.4 GHz

Wireless High Power 12dBi Omni-Directional Wi-Fi Antenna

Tech Talker’s router picks:

BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Wireless Router WHR-300HP

ASUS ASUS RT-AC66U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1750 Gigabit Router

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Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!


About the Author

Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.

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