Three Features You Need in an Internet Router

If you do a lot of research or shopping online, or you like to connect with other gamers, a high-speed wireless router can keep you connected.

Woman and man play game.
A fast router makes it possible to surf the Internet at lightning speed, download or stream movies, or play video games online.Netgear

Setting up a home wireless network doesn’t have to be complicated. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) will usually have a turn-key option for basic hardware compatible with their service. Just plug it in, turn it on, and start surfing. But rather than rely on some random router/modem package distributed en mass by your ISP, which can be of modest quality and entail a monthly rental fee, think about buying your own router. That saves money over the long haul and allows you to create a quality network. Here are a few tips to get started.

High Speed

Linksys Mesh WiFi Router
To make the most of your internet feed, get the fastest router that you can afford.Linkys

Your internet speed is only as fast as the slowest component. That can be the service itself, your computer or mobile device, or the modem and router. Make sure that the router you buy is at least as fast as your ISP’s wireless signal so that you aren’t buying a device that will compromise the Internet service you are paying for.

Connectivity

NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router
If a lot of people in your home need WiFi, a router that supports twenty or more connections is a good idea.NETGEAR

Pay attention to how many devices can connect to the router at once, either wirelessly or via USB ports. Network connectivity is especially important in a household with high demand from multiple users over mobile devices, gaming sets, security systems, printers, smart-home technology, and other wireless components.

Parental Controls

TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router
If you’re worried about what content filters through your router, get one with parental controls.TP-Link

It’s a jungle out there, and not everything is suitable for all users. A router with parental controls that feature filter levels, user profiles, and time restrictions will keep everyone safe by allowing you to determine what content is suitable for your environment.