The Future Of The Smart Home Will Depend On A Great Router. Does Your Current Router Have The Bandwidth?
Since older models of routers were created to cater to handle only a couple of devices simultaneously, it does not make sense to use them today when we use multiple smart devices. Routers today use multiple-user, multiple-input, multiple-output technology which is otherwise known as MU-MIMO.
The best one today is the TP-Link Archer C2300 which has a great app, is affordable, and comes with a 2-year warranty.
You will also need to consider your bandwidth. Multiple devices can chew through data much faster than a single phone or laptop, and if your bandwidth isn't up to it, you'll still be slowed down when you start connecting several devices to your network.
To comfortably have 8 simultaneously connected devices, a minimum of 50 Mbps is required though it is better to have a 100 Mbps speed for realistic planning. Those who stream heavily or indulge in gaming should consider going for more.
The first uses of 802.11ax are just entering the market. The official standard will be released in 2019. It is a big innovation and should be good enough for the next few years. More often than not, the routers hardly ever get replaced because they have worn out. It's more due to the fact that better ones become available.
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