Get the right router
Are you preparing to binge-watch your favourite TV shows and movies on Netflix and Amazon Video, in 4K? It may be a good idea to check whether your router is powerful enough to support 50Mbps or 100Mbps broadband speeds over wireless.
Do you need a more powerful router? For most old routers are limited to 2.4GHz networks, and cannot support the faster 5GHz networks. Obviously, then, data transmissions speeds and quality will suffer, since devices such as microwaves and cordless phones also work on the 2.4GHz band. You may need a router that supports the faster “wireless ac” standard too.
Here are some powerful Wi-Fi routers that you can consider.
Linksys Max-stream EA7500
This dual-band Wi-Fi router supports speeds of up to 1.9Gbps. This runs a 1.4GHz processor, and delivers three data streams to ensure interruption-free coverage and streaming. There are three antennas powerful enough for most homes, unless you have multiple walls between the router and the 4K TV you want to stream Netflix or Amazon Video on.
Netgear AC3200 Nighthawk X6
This tri-band router packs in a 1GHz processor, with three secondary processors to manage data traffic flow. This supports speeds of up to 3.2Gbps, making it one of the fastest routers in this price bracket. The Nighthawk X6 automatically detects the best band for each connected device. The performance is ideal for use with high-speed broadband connections, and for 4K streaming on Netflix and Amazon Video. There are six external antennas with amplifiers too—ideal if you have a large home.
The DIR-890L will captivate you with its amazing looks. This 3.2Gbps tri-band router runs a 1GHz dual-core processor, and the beam-forming technology understands where your devices are and directs better signals in that direction. There are six high-performance antennas, which means it’ll be able to cover most corners of your home with ease. In fact, the DIR-890L is certified as a Nvidia GameStream-ready router, which testifies to its prowess with online gaming.
TP-Link Archer C5400
Eight antennas provide great range. The maximum speeds that the Archer C5400 supports are 5.3Gbps, with the Advanced NitroQAM feature helping to improve Wi-Fi speeds by as much as 25% compared to some older routers. Apart from the primary 1.4GHz processor, three co-processors help improve the performance of the 2.4GHz band and dual 5GHz bands. It works with the IFTTT service (free on Android, iOS and web) to trigger automated tasks, such as prioritizing gaming performance when a particular device is connected.
With bandwidth topping out at 5.3Gbps, this is ideal for high- bandwidth multitasking—streaming 4K and online gaming simultaneously, for instance. The RT-AC5300 has Artificial Intelligence protection powered by the security firm Trend Micro, to detect vulnerabilities and malicious content, block websites and configure parental controls. The bandwidth for devices is prioritized, and a 4K video stream on Netflix will get additional bandwidth that would otherwise have been wasted on a phone that is just being used to browse Facebook at that time. It runs a 1.4GHz processor and has eight antennas for the widest possible range.
*Prices may vary