A router is often something many cord cutters do not think about; however, your router is the most important part of making sure you have a good streaming experience.
Your router is the device that creates Wi-Fi in your house. Sometimes the router is built into your modem, and sometimes it is its own device. No matter what kind you have, it is important to have a good one if you want a quality streaming experience.
Weak WiFi will cause buffering and other issues as you try to stream your favorite service.
What to Look for in a Router
The main thing you need in a router is the new AC standard. It is the newest Wi-Fi standard and is far faster and better than the old N standard.
The AC standard is made for streaming and does a great job at offering streaming on it.
Not All Routers Are the Same
Remember: Not all routers are the same. There is some truth in the old saying, “you get what you pay for.” While there is no need to buy the most expensive router, I recommend against getting the cheapest one. My suggestion is to look for something in the $80 to $200 range, depending on how many devices and people you have in your house.
The Following Are My Suggested Routers
If you have a house with 10 or fewer devices I suggest the following router:
This router is perfect for anyone who wants a basic router. Not the most powerful range and made for 10 or fewer devices, this is perfect for anyone with a small home and only a few devices.
For anyone with 10 or more devices:
The AC1900 router is a great middle-of-the-road router. Great for anyone who wants a router with a decent range and able to support their growing family full of devices.
For anyone who really wants the best out there. (This is what I use.)
The Nighthawk line has long been known as some of the best out there. Now the X4S is a very powerful router for under $200. This router is for anyone with a big family and a good size house that they want to make sure will cover your home.
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