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This Is How To Choose The Best Internet Router For Your Home

Whether you’re about to move into your first home or apartment, or you’re just trying to upgrade, you need to read this guide to choosing the best Internet router for your home to ensure that you’re making the most informed decision when you start scouring the market for that must-have device.

What Is An Internet Router?

Don’t feel ashamed if you don’t know the answer to this. Despite being a millennial, I didn’t really understand what exactly an Internet router was until I began working here at Icontrol. Even now it’s still quite confusing how much invisible power the compact devices have.

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An Internet router is basically a device that forwards data packets across networks (typically LAN/WAN combination or LAN/ISP) from the gateways that they’re located in. Without a router, you wouldn’t be able to transmit data between networks or connect to the Internet.

What Types Of Internet Routers Are Out There?

Another great question, thanks for asking! There are a variety of Internet routers to choose from, so the perfect one for you really just boils down to personal preference.

Wireless Communication Standards Vary
The wireless communication standards that routers can work on come in three key categories (listed from oldest to newest): those ending with “b,” “g,” and those with “n.”

Given that “b,” grade communication standard Internet routers are the oldest, they’re the ones you’re least likely to buy (unless you’re on the market for an Antiques Roadshow trinket).

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You’re best bet would be to invest in the newest generation of routers because they’ve got the highest speed and largest range, which are especially important if you’re aiming to secure your home with some sort of smart home security system like Piper.

Let’s Talk Bands

No, not those bands.

You see, wireless communications typically take place in two bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Routers that exclusively work in the 2.4GHz band are considered single band. Those routers are typically based on the 802.11b and 802.11g standards I alluded to earlier.

Trendnet TEW-818DRU internet router

The 802.11communication standard allows for “n,” routers to operate on the 5GHz or 2.4GHz band, making them “simultaneous” or “selectable” models that can be considered dual-band.

Fun Fact: 2.4GHz band is a frequency many wireless devices, such as microwaves & wireless phones use, therefore it’s most likely to cause congestion & affect speed/consistency! Source.

How Much Do Internet Routers Cost?

Internet routers can really range in price. The perfect one for you could cost anywhere from $29 to well into the hundreds.
Some awesome routers you should look into purchasing include the Asus RT-AC87U ($213), Trendnet TEW-818DRU ($211) & Apple Airport Extreme ($249).

 

What type of router is your Piper connected to? Let us know in the comments below!

7 comments:

  1. With a houseful of Appke products, the Apple AirPort Extreme + Airport Express devices are natural choices. Although hoping to stay within Apple’s HomeKit environment, Piper’s camera’s and accessories work extremely well.

  2. You seem to be confusing routers and wireless access points. Granted for the home market they are packaged in the same case but they are very different devices. I have often seen people use a router/access point when their isp already provided a router. This can be a nightmare senereo when performance problems surface.

  3. I use the Asus RT-N66U. It features 10/100/1000 wired ports, two USB ports for network storage, and dual band 802.11n. It’s feature rich much like my Piper. I purchased the Ultimate NV bundle and additional accessories: 3 cameras, 7 door/window sensors, 1 smart Jack, and although they aren’t listed on your site, I installed 1 dimmer, and four other GE Smart light switches. All use Z Wave and work flawlessly with the Piper.

    1. Hi Mike,

      I saw your army of Pipers over on our Facebook page! 🙂
      You chose a really good router, it definitely makes all the difference.

      Since you’ve caught the home automation bug, I’m sure you’ll be happy to know that Piper’s IFTTT channel is coming soon & you’ll also be able to pair it with smoke sensors, motion sensors & door locks by the end of the year as well.

  4. I had no idea that dual band routers could actually work on two different frequencies. Because of this dual capacity, does that mean that the “n” routers have twice the speed of the “g” or “b” kinds? Or does it mean that they can handle more bandwidth consumption?

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