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Wireless Routers: Everything You Need to Know (2018)

Published on 5/23/2018 by David A. Cox
Today we're talking about wireless routers and everything you need to know in 2018 if you're looking to speed up your network. Google Wifi and the Netgear Orbi are currently my favorites routers and I'll give the pros and cons for both.

Before we talk about improving your wireless network, let's see what you're currently getting in terms of bandwidth. There are many apps that test your internet connection, but the one I'd like to recommend to you is available as both a website and an app and it's called Fast.com. I'm recommending this app because it is powered by Netflix and when you're calculating your internet speeds, you should want to know the ACTUAL speed you're likely to achieve when using video streaming services like Netflix. This knowledge becomes exponentially more important depending on the fate of Net Neutrality.

Website link: http://fast.com iOS Link: http://apple.co/Fastdotcom

THE THREE WIRELESS ROUTERS I RECOMMEND ARE:

Google Wifi: (link to 3 pack) https://amzn.to/2x5JuZf Netgear Orbi (link to 3 pack) https://amzn.to/2KN42rk *Netgear Nighthawk https://amzn.to/2GGqUXc

*Note: While I didn't mention the NightHawk in the video, this router also has two built-in USB ports. This may be an important feature for anyone with network peripherals which require a USB connection.

Google Wifi may be a better solution for anyone who already has a Gmail account or uses Google's other products. It also may be better for anyone who doesn't care about some of the advanced parental services like being able to track exactly what websites your kids are visiting and how much time they spend on various websites and apps.

The Netgear Orbi has more advanced parental control services, but be aware that some of those features are only available with a monthly subscription ($5/month). When you go to buy the Orbi you will notice there is almost no price difference between buying a unit that includes one wireless transmitter vs two extra transmitters. The link above is for the model with two extra transmitters.

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