Slow Internet- Check your router


Recently, I was talking to a client of mine about setting up a new router in their home. After our conversation, it made me think there are probably a lot of people that need to upgrade their current router.

In short, a router gives you access to wireless internet in your home.  The person I was talking to was having two problems with their current router. First, their router would constantly be disconnecting devices whenever they had company at their house. Second, they had barely any internet connection upstairs, where their guest rooms are located.

One of the first things I like to do is run an internet speed test throughout the house. On your phone, you can download the “speedtest.net” app for free. If you have Charter/Spectrum internet, your download speed should be around 64mbs. Run a speed test throughout the house, you will be surprised at how slow your internet may be. In the house I was at, it was 64mbs in the room the router was located in. From there, the speeds dropped significantly. In the upstairs guest bedroom, the speed was less than 2mbs.  

Their current router was around 5 years old. Basically, this router was not made to handle to 20 plus devices that were trying to connect to it. If you go shopping for a new router, look for one of these two options: The first would be a “gigabit” router.  These routers are great for a home that is less than 1,000 square feet. It will let you connect a large number of devices and give you really nice speeds throughout your house. Expect to pay $75-$150 for such a router.

If you have a larger house, you may want to consider buying a “mesh” router system. These routers have multiple “points” throughout your house that blankets your house in full-speed wireless internet. It is similar to what a hotel would use, just on a slightly smaller scale. Google Wifi is an example of a mesh router. These routers cost around $300 for a complete home system.  

If you are experiencing problems with your current router, it may be time for an upgrade. Hopefully, these tips will help you decide on your new investment. 

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