Other Features to Consider
While wireless networking is quickly becoming the norm in most households, wired networks still offer a more solid and reliable connection to the Internet. You can easily set up a network using a wired router in much the same way as setting up a wireless router, but you will need to connect all your devices to it in order to access the Internet and other shared devices.
If you’re having trouble with the wireless range in your home, you might want to consider an extender like a powerline device. Plug one into an electrical outlet in your home and it will send your Internet signal from the modem to your troubled area, such as a dead zone. These devices can be used with wired or wireless routers.
Other types of range extenders are available in a variety of designs. Most models can be placed in an area between the trouble spot and your modem, and it will pick up and boost the wireless signal that is being transmitted from your router.
Short for multiple input, multiple output MIMO technology offers faster speeds and better resistance to interference in routers than those without it. It uses multiple antennae to send out multiple signals for improved performance across greater distances in your home.
If you own a Wi-Fi ready computer, laptop, Blu-ray player, or HDTV that does not come equipped with a wireless network card built in, a Wi-Fi adapter is what you need. These plug right into a USB port so you can wirelessly connect to your network and access the Internet.
Mobile Internet Stick
When you need high-speed Internet access on the go, an Internet stick will give it to you. You simply plug it into a USB port in your laptop or tablet, and it will let you surf the web, shop online, video chat, and more even if you’re unable to find an available wireless network. It does, of course, require a paid subscription from your service provider.