Buying a New Wireless AP / Router? Don’t Go Cheap

If you’re in the market for a new wireless router or AP, you have a choice in front of you. Contrary to what many people appear to think, at least based on their actions, one wireless router is not as good as any other. While buying a cheap wireless AP / router doesn’t guarantee you’ll have problems anymore than an expensive wireless router guarantees a fantastic experience, I’ve seen enough to say that there’s a pattern of what to expect based on the retail price of the router. At least with Belkin, Linksys and Netgear: these are the brands used almost exclusively by our customers.

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Fix My WiFi: Router Placement

Your router’s placement within your home can make a night and day difference in how your WiFi performs, and thus your experience with your internet service. As someone who has seen, first-hand, router placement within hundreds of homes, I can say that far too many people are creating their own unnecessary WiFi problems.

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Are WiFi and Internet the same thing?

As an ISP technician, I interact with a lot of people who are having internet-related troubles. While dealing with trouble tickets or service calls, there are some instances of actual problems with internet service or a hardware issue somewhere of course, but the majority of these customer internet problems boil down to a misunderstanding of how internet service, electronics and/or WiFi works. Specifically the latter. This is why I’ve created this post, to try and help clear up this specific point up. Even as an everyday, average internet user with zero technical aspirations, having a better understanding of how WiFi works can significantly improve your experience using the internet in your home. Continue reading “Are WiFi and Internet the same thing?”

Why I Recommend Dual-Band Routers

As somebody who works in the wireless internet industry, particularly as a wireless technician, I have a pretty good vantage point as to the wireless environment, specifically in the frequencies we work with on a daily basis. While this article may come across as confusing tech-talk for some, hopefully the idea behind what I’m saying will be quite simple and easily understood, even by the non-techies amongst us. Continue reading “Why I Recommend Dual-Band Routers”