How to choose a new router
In the market for a new router? Start by making sure it supports 802.11ac for the latest wireless technologies, including faster connections at the same distance.
Check the router’s AC rating. The higher the figure, the faster it is, but note the number is a combo of the maximum 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi speeds, specified in Mbps — megabits per second. Detachable antennas can help you direct the signal to where reception is weak.
Look for a model with a built-in modem to reduce clutter. Make sure it’s compatible with your internet connection — that means ADSL for regular broadband, VDSL for fiberoptic or DSL for cable.
Also, make sure it has sufficient Ethernet ports for your needs, and that they’re Gigabit Ethernet if you need them to reliably handle 4K streaming. Finally, pick a model with USB ports for expansion options, such as sharing printers and hard drives over your network.