Having a good WiFi connection can be a large part of having a solid home automation setup. Your devices all require connectivity to be able to function flawlessly, so it’s critical that you do whatever you can to ensure your internet connectivity is working well for you. Part of this approach means having a router that performs well. Purchasing a router may seem complicated and out of your realm of expertise, but it’s easier than many homeowners may realize!
To Rent or Not to Rent
That sure is the question! Your internet service provider (ISP) may try to provide you with a rented router that costs around $5 to $10 a month. Typically, they’ll send you a router and modem combination. Think of the modem as the initial contact point for internet–this brings a coax cable (like the kind you get cable TV through) into your home and turns it into usable internet. A router then distributes that signal throughout your home.
You’ll typically find that the provided unit is serviceable, though if you plan on using it for long enough, it’s a good idea to just buy your own. Make sure you either buy a combination modem/router unit or purchase a separate router and modem.
Routers can range anywhere in price between $15 upwards of $400. That’s a huge difference so you may be wondering where you fall on the spectrum as a user. It’s difficult to recommend the more expensive routers as technology is changing so often that they become outdated somewhat fast. Most mid-tier routers, priced between $50 and $100, will serve the average user well.
You have to consider how your home is designed and and what your range needs may be. Most routers will specify in their description how many feet they extend to. You’ll want to place your router central to where all of your devices are so each can connect. If you’re finding you have some areas that aren’t getting as good of a signal, WiFi extenders may be the option for you.
Integrated Technologies Group Can Help Integrate Your Router
Ready to have a smart home as smart as you are? Integrated Technologies Group has the expertise and great prices to make it happen. We have been providing Maryland residents with top-notch home theater services, home security services, and home automation services for over a decade. We work throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia. Ready to get a quote to make your smart home dreams a reality? Give us a call at 1-877-560-3280 or visit us online. For more informative articles, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.