In the digital age, we love our smart gadgets. From our phones and tablets, our computers, even smart televisions, watches, and refrigerators, we are constantly connected.
One thing most folks don’t think about when they are browsing the web or streaming their favorite content is the technology actually connecting those devices to the outside world.
Our Wi-Fi systems are what make all of this possible, and Wi-Fi routers have evolved tenfold in the last few years alone. Not only are our Wi-Fi systems and routers getting smarter, but they are also getting a speed boost, and that’s a good thing for everyone who loves loading a webpage to read in less than a second, or stream videos with virtually zero latency.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of the newest smart Wi-Fi systems, what makes them great, and how they can benefit your household!
Never Losing Signal: Mesh Wi-Fi Systems
Folks who have bigger homes with older tech have dealt with one of the biggest problems a Wi-Fi router could present – if you stray too far from the router, such as a room where your wireless signal is low or almost nonexistent, you aren’t going to be getting online in that room.
Planning where you were going to set up the majority of your devices in accordance with where you setup the modem and router used to be a must.
Mesh Wi-Fi systems (otherwise known as Whole-Home Wifi) make that a thing of the past.
With a mesh wireless setup such as Google Wifi, Ubiquiti Networks Unifi, or the TP-Link Deco Mesh system, you have not one Wi-Fi base, but up to three, that you can spread throughout your home where the signal gets weak.
This enables you to have coverage in every room, as the other two points can act as “relays” for the main router to spread your wireless signal throughout your whole house.
Convenience: There’s an App For That!
All smart Wi-Fi systems on the market today have eliminated difficult setup procedures. This ensures that even the most non tech-savvy internet has the ability to set up their router.
You no longer have to navigate to a web portal on your computer and mess with opening ports, changing DNS, and other technical tasks with the newest routers. Now, it’s as simple as downloading an application on your Android device or iPhone and setting up your new router through the app.
Some of the most popular smart routers on the market today, which iPropertyManagement.com explored in depth, pair with your phone, allowing you to do all of the easy setup for your router from the convenience of your smartphone.
Several smart routers allow you to take advantage of this easy setup procedure, such as the eero Pro Wifi System, Google Wifi, and the NetGear ORBI Mesh System.
Just plug in your new router, connect it to your modem via ethernet cable, download the appropriate app from the Google Play Store (for Android devices) or the App Store (for Apple iPhones), and your phone will discover your router, pair with it, and enable you to complete the setup right from the app. It couldn’t be any simpler!
Keeping Your Data Safe: Security
Another great advantage of the newest routers released in the last few years is their security advantages.
With all of the news of hackers breaking into networks and stealing valuable data, identities, credit card information, and learning about everyone on the network by snooping on network traffic, it is increasingly important to remain vigilant about your cyber security in this fast-paced and ever-evolving technological world.
Not everyone who owns a phone, computer, and router is a cybersecurity expert, though. That’s why companies that create some of the newest routers are taking into account security and making it easier to secure your network, and keep your data safe.
Some of these routers provide built in virtual private networks (VPNs), firewalls, and more security precautions to make it easy for you to keep your network safe from malicious actors.
Now you can secure your entire network with your favorite VPN provider, and can even accept commands via Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, both artificial intelligence voice assistants.
The ASUS GT-AC5300 offers all of these advantages and more, while the new NetGear Nighthawk AC1900 provides DNS filtering, built-in DDoS protection, integration with OpenVPN.
A few other great secure router options are the eero Home Wifi System, which is a mesh router that can be set up all through the eero app, and if any security vulnerabilities are spotted, the manufacturer pushes out security patches immediately.
The same is true with TP-Link and Google’s secure router effort, the onHub AC1900, which allows for easy network management via their Android and iOS app. Constant firmware updates and security patches straight from TP-Link, guarantee your router and devices are constantly protected from prying eyes.
Security, Easy Management, and Coverage Everywhere … What’s Not to Love?
These are all just a few advantages of some of the newest smart routers coming out today. With big-name manufacturers like Google, TP-Link, Netgear, ASUS, eero, and so many more great companies paving the way for Wi-Fi systems that make sure you’re covered throughout your home, always up to date on security, and not having to be a technical wizard just to set up your network, things are looking bright for the future of home networks.
Whether you just want to curl up in bed with your tablet and read the news or your favorite e-book, watch Netflix and YouTube without having to worry about constant buffering, or play the latest and greatest video games at amazingly-fast speeds with virtually zero lag, there is a home network solution for you, easily manageable through smartphone apps and always secure from hackers and malicious actors.
Are you ready to upgrade your digital life?
Look into one of these brilliant options for your home network today.