In so many parts of the world, connecting to the internet is still very expensive beyond the coffee shops that offer complimentary Wi-Fi. And since there’s no doubt about the importance of staying connected for each and every member of the family, having everyone on their own data plans can become very expensive.
Of course there’ll be a need for each member to have what is perhaps an entry-level or standard data plan on their mobile devices for when they’re away from home and on the move, but otherwise setting up Wi-Fi at home for the whole family to make use of is a great idea. With regards to the actual data plan for the home you’d most probably want to go with an uncapped plan as this often works out much cheaper than a pay-per-gig plan, but as far as the technical side of things goes there are a few things to consider when setting up your domestic Wi-Fi network.
There are a lot of unnecessary features which come into consideration as part of what determines the price of gadgets such as Wi-Fi routers and signal range is one of these features in the case of seeking out a Wi-Fi router for your home. Yes signal range is important, but it shouldn’t be the be-all and end-all feature you take into account. In this particular instance chances are you’re going to be plugged into a cable which then feeds the connectivity to the rest of the house via the Wi-Fi network you subsequently set up, so you don’t need to worry too much about ranges of 500m and the likes, especially if range adds a few dollars to the price.
The signal range should fit in with the layout of your house and where you plan to place the router so that it can connect with devices all around the house. If your house has more than one level then it would help to consider the vertical range as opposed to just the default range.
I’ll let you in on a little secret too – Wi-Fi boosters work out cheaper than the price-per-metre built in range of the signal, so the bottom line is you shouldn’t worry too much about range.
DSL connection ports
The more ports the router has, the better. This is because cable connections are the best, even though their speed deteriorates with length – the longer the cord, the slower the internet speed. DSL ports also have a propensity to break (something gets stuck between the pins), for some reason, so you need to have some back up in case that happens.
Portability isn’t that important
Durability should be made a priority over portability because if you think about it really, why do you need to be able to carry your router around if it’s meant to provide Wi-Fi for the whole household? I mention this in particular because the size of a router seems to be a major consideration when it comes to the pricing – the smaller and more portable a router is, the more expensive it is.