To avoid the slow speeds use WI-FI Router

Published: Thursday May 16, 2019 17:29

Wireless routers are commonly found in homes -- they're the hardware devices that Internet service providers use to connect you to their cable or xDSL Internet network. A wireless router, also called a Wi-Fi router, combines the networking functions of a wireless access point and a router.

A router connects local networks to other local networks or to the Internet. A wireless access point connects devices to the network wirelessly, using radio frequencies in the 900 MHz and 2.4, 3.6, 5, and 60 GHz frequency bands. The latest wireless routers are based on the IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2 standard, often shortened to Wave 2.

If you're dead-set on using Wi-Fi, but want to avoid the slow speeds I just mentioned, it's worth setting up your own router. I had one for my first couple of years at college, and my personal network speeds were noticeably faster than the public ones on campus.

We recently gave a nod to this Linksys router, which our reviewer found to be easy to set up and packed with powerful features, including the ability to prioritize which devices got the most bandwidth.