The router is a very important device nowadays, as it is responsible for amplifying the Wi-Fi signal, ensuring connection quality, and good internet access. Since Wi-Fi is a physical signal, it is important to choose a router that guarantees a stable connection in all corners of the house, without being blocked by barriers such as walls or other objects.
Wi-Fi signal distribution indoors, according to the distance between the router and each room. Source: Live
And as the internet signal is essential for working, playing or performing any activity that requires a connection, it’s important that the device ensures that the Wi-Fi signal is efficient enough to meet your needs.
Therefore, it is essential to choose a model that best fits some parameters that ensure a stable connection. Check out, below, a selection with some options among the best routers for your home, based on the characteristics of each one.
Number of antennas
The number of antennas on a router is directly linked to the amplitude of the signal it will transmit, that is, the antennas guarantee greater amplitude. However, the signal quality also depends on how the antennas have been adjusted, as well as their strength.
For this reason, if there is a need to increase the signal amplitude, especially in cases where the problem is signal interruption due to physical obstacles, opting for a device with more external antennas is a great idea. In this case, it is also essential that the device is located in an environment where the signal will not be barred. The device with four external antennas is one of the most sold and is a good option for cases like this.
There are also models that have internal antennas. Therefore, pay attention to the specifications, as it is possible to obtain the same result with them; although they are not visible, the functionality is the same.
The transmission speed is responsible for the data transmitted between the router and devices connected to the Wi-Fi network, such as cell phones, computers and tablets, for example. That is, the faster the router, the faster it will transmit data.
There are different connection patterns that determine this speed. They are: “b”, “g” and “n” standards, with speeds between 11 Mbps and 600 Mbps; and the “AC” Standard, with speeds above 433 Mbps, reaching up to 1 Gbps.
Therefore, if the demand is for a high speed, above 300 Mbps, for example, it is important to pay attention to the capacity of the connected devices, to the type of port present on the router (Fast Ethernet: up to 100 Mbps or Giga Ethernet: above 100 Mbps) and the contracted internet speed.
Even because, if you have internet with a maximum speed above the router, the device will not be able to take full advantage of it. Therefore, it is important to calculate the best option for your internet speed. To do this, just divide the device’s total transmission speed by eight.
A router with a transmission speed of 750 Mbps, for example, will have a maximum of 90 Mbps of internet. In other words, the ideal would be to use contracted internet services up to 90 Mbps, to ensure that the router is taking full advantage of this capacity.
The transmission frequency is also a very important characteristic that needs to be analyzed.
The default frequency for common browsing is 2.4 GHz. Used for everyday tasks such as working, for example, it is also considered the lowest frequency. In addition, 2.4 GHz frequency routers can receive more interference from other wireless devices, even though they have a longer range than others.
The 5 GHz frequency router ensures more connection speed, less interference from other devices, but its range is smaller. This frequency is the one with the best quality for navigations that demand a stronger connection. Therefore, it is best suited for those who want to play games, download and upload files or need high resolution.
There are also routers considered intermediate and advanced, which work with the two frequencies mentioned simultaneously. Called a dual-band router, the device works with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies.
There are also models with very interesting extra features that can optimize your device’s functions, ensuring greater speed.
Router with MIMO technology
MIMO technology, called Multiple Input, Multiple Output (Multiple Inputs, Multiple Outputs, in Portuguese), is divided into two types: SU-MIMO and MU-MIMO. The first, called Single User, is suitable for a single user. The second, Multi-User, is suitable for multiple users.
The router with MIMO technology can communicate with different devices at the same time, improving the transmission signal without the need to prioritize users, that is, the signal is divided without jeopardizing the connection. In addition, there is also an increase in network efficiency and speed.
Router with QoS (Quality of Service)
With the Quality of Service router, you can choose which devices will be prioritized to receive more signal, that is, you can determine the type of traffic, according to your need.
With this feature you can, for example, increase the transmission for computers and decrease it for cell phones. Thus, it is possible to have more control over the distribution, giving preference to a specific device or type of traffic.
Router with IPv6 protocol
The router with IPv6 offers greater freedom for IP addresses, thus, it is possible to make a direct connection to the web, as it does not need public IP sharing.
Thus, this extra feature is able to ensure greater security to the network, as well as greater speed, with the 128-bit limit for address space.
Maximize the power of your router
Now that you’ve chosen your wireless router and installed it, how about making the most of your connection? For this, it is important to pay attention to some details that directly influence the availability of the signal on the network and the distribution of space.
Check out the article 9 tips on how to improve your apartment’s Wi-Fi signal and be sure to take advantage of the full potential of your new router. Happy navigation!