What’s the best Wi-Fi router for my home?
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As you keep adding more and more tech to your home, the first thing to feel the strain is your Wi-Fi router. Having a robust network around your house is a must – everything from turning on lights, to adjusting the heating and alerting you to an intruder is reliant on having a rock steady internet connection.
Thankfully, there’s a new technology out there to help: Wi-Fi mesh networks. If you’re building a smart home, these new Wi-Fi systems are perfect for you. The most well-known, and one of our favourites, is the Netgear Orbi. This system consists of a Hub and Satellite, both blasting signal around your house – even boosting signal in hard to reach places. They communicate with each other using a ‘virtual wire’, which has clear benefits over traditional signal boosters.
We also like the fact that Orbi doesn’t look like traditional routers. They’re actually quite attractive, and both the Orbi hub and satellite feature four ethernet ports each. This is useful if you have multiple smart home hubs (eg, Sonos, Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue) plugged in at one time.
Netgear isn’t the only brand in this space, either. You could also look at the Linksys Velop, or Develo Gigagate, which is slightly more affordable. They all perform better than traditional Wi-Fi routers, especially if yours is in an awkward place, you have an old house, and lots of devices connected at once.