IMPROVE YOUR INFRASTRUCTURE
Bring your network bang up to date to boost its speed or range
Once upon a time, you plugged your Mac in to a modem and that was your internet connection sorted. These days, your network consists of more than just a few computers and perhaps a printer; now there are your mobile devices, smart TVs, HomePod, Apple TV, Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets and other hardware besides to consider. If your network is struggling to cope with bandwidth demands or the places you need it to reach, now’s the time to look for the right upgrade to suit your needs and your wallet.
This tech is designed to extend Wi-Fi networks through larger homes. Asus has even launched its own mesh system ( asus.com/uk/AiMesh) that works not just with brand new routers but its existing models, too.
New Wi-Fi router
The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard gives you faster wireless performance at greater range, covering more of your home. A new router may have other advantages — extra features, stronger security and so on. See what to look for on page 29.
Enables you to add extra ports to your network for cabled devices. Ideally, use a switch with Gigabit ports for maximum performance. Managed switches have advanced features, such as link aggregation for combined throughput — useful on Macs that have multiple Ethernet ports.
Extend your network over your electrical circuit. You’ll need at least two (one goes near your router). Choose 1200AV or higher models to maximise performance, and passthrough models if you need to keep the wall socket free. Some models include Wi-Fi connectivity, too.
This relays your Wi-Fi signal to a dead spot in your home. Prices start from around $15 for an 802.11n model that supports a transmission rate of 300Mbps, or save a little money by reusing an old router in bridge mode.