In this day and age, the Wi-Fi router is perhaps the most important piece of technology in your entire home. Without it, none of your smart gadgets and gizmos would be able to connect to the internet. It’s surprising that so many people neglect to do their research when buying a new Wi-Fi router, instead opting to just go to their local consumer electronics store to pick up the cheapest model they can find. If you’ve made that mistake in the past, it’s time to correct it and we’re here to help set you on the proper path.
Best affordable router: TP-Link TL-WR841N
The Google Wifi isn’t a bad looking router (or three) on its own, and it’s pretty easy to stick it anywhere in your house without offending anyone. However, every home is different and you might want something a little more elegant and organized than just plonking a node down on a window sill.
Thanks to its popularity and the fact it’s a pretty simple shape, there are plenty of options out there for mounting the Google Wifi to a wall or even a ceiling. None are very expensive and there’s something out there to suit all tastes.
Since it was first introduced in 1997, the Wi-Fi protocol has changed from something that’s slower than floppy disks into the backbone of people’s home networking. It’s done so whilst retaining the same simple Wi-Fi name, which is a win for the protocol’s name recognition around the world.
But the Wi-Fi we have now is dramatically different to the Wi-Fi first certified in the 20th century, and even to what was available five years ago. The Wi-Fi Alliance, an industry group that designs and certifies the standard, has worked continuously to roll out new features and improve the protocol beyond all recognition. The next improvement will start appearing in [...]