We are spending more and more of our lives online than off and WiFi connectivity has become a necessity in many households, restaurants, tourist attractions, public facilities, travel hubs and places of accommodation like hotels and resorts. For high quality, uninhibited and secure Internet access, you should be using a smart WiFi router. We have a few to introduce to you in this post.
Most of these routers have unique capabilities and solutions to some of the most common connectivity problems that plague Internet users. You shouldn’t feel like you need a programmer or developer to help you fix router-related problems; if you do, that’s what these routers are here for.
They’re smart and easy to use and you probably will be saying, "where have you been all my life?" a lot, by the end of the post.
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Do you experience WiFi dead zones or dead spots at home or at the office? A dead zone is a place where you can’t seem to connect to your WiFi. It might be caused by thick walls or by being just too far from the source of your WiFi. Some users may solve this by switching the channel their WiFi network is on. But if you can afford it, why not get eero to let you solve your dead zone problems for you?
Eero uses state-of-the-art WPA2 to control both software and hardware and once you are on this Wi-Fi router you never need to reset your router again. When guests come to visit you need not be dictating your password to them, just invite them to connect and once they accept, they are on the connection. Get Eero for $499 and you get 1 year warranty.
Starry gives you smart features in controlling Wi-Fi usage. This is a touchscreen Wi-Fi router which can be controlled through your smartphone. Under its ambient mode you can see the health of your devices: blue for healthy and red for not. The interactive mode provides you with the health score of your devices, your internet speed, and all the activities of your online access.
Starry lets parents manage the sort of content their children can or cannot access. It will also generate an activity map indicating what activity uses the most data and how much screen time was spent online. Starry also gives very good coverage, allowing you to use it even outside of your home, within the vicinity. Get Starry for $349.99.
If you have kids at home who have access to the Internet but you don’t have the time to be constantly monitoring the amount of time they spend online, Circle is the router for you. It helps users to better manage their time with their devices. You can set when the connection is to be turned on or off for your chilren, for instance turning off Internet access when it is near bedtime.
Circle lets you preset connectivity based on age category: pre-kid, kid, teenage or adult. It also has a pause function, for when you’re in the middle of a thunderstorm or if you just need your kids to get off the couch. Circle also lets you block ads or annoying advertisements, search safely on the Internet, allow connection to a guest in your home. Get Circle for $99.
Torch is a router with parental control to help you better manage your children’s Internet activities. You could pause the connection so they kids can spend time on their homework without being distracted, go play outside or catch up on afternoon naps. It also lets you customize the sort of content you allow or don’t allow your children to access.
Each child with access to your Torch WiFi will get a profile and from there you can check their respective browsing histories and time spent online for each of your children. You can also separate the profile of a child from that of an adult. Get Torch for $249.99.
If you value your privacy online and would like to access blocked TV shows, sports games or websites, Keezel is the device for you. It connects to your WiFi and provides you with VPN protection. Instead of connecting to just one service, it connects with multiple VPN networks and chooses the one with the best available connection for your browsing needs.
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To access TV shows that are not available in your region, just connect Keezel to your WiFi Network then choose the country where the TV show is available. You can have Keezel at $90 for the device, and $60 for one-year service.
Luma is a WiFi that checks your speed ensuring you are always running full speed at all times. It also allows parental control, pausing the connection for dinnertime or other family activities, and you can see how many devices are connected to your WiFi at all times. You can approve or deny access to any particular device right on your smartphone.
Luma also lets you schedule when your connection will disconnect or when it should reconnect. Luma has the added capability to protect from hackers, viruses, and can help intruders out. You can preorder Luma for $149.
Kisslink allows you to connect WiFi without using a password. It has this technology called KISS™ proximity, which will not only securely protect your network but also allow a device to connect via close proximity to the router, bypassing the need for password setups. Setup involves plugging it into a power source and an Internet source and it’s good to go.
Kisslink runs on a custom Linux-based OS and a business-grade WiFi driver. This helps ensure that your signals are fast, stable and reliable. As for connectivity issues, the Zen Button™ included in the router will help you resolve any issue related to the more than 300 parameters it can control. No more powercycling your routers.
Use Google’s OnHub routers to pick the fastest WiFi network in your home/office, assign the fastest speeds to a particular device with a higher priority (for streaming movies for example), and has an innovative circular antenna to get better signals. It includes smart technology like Bluetooth Smart Ready, 802.15.4 and Weave, and claims to be able to connect up to 128 devices.
The router also contains 4GB storage space so it has plenty of space to auto-update its own software. It is available in two forms by two different manufacturers. The Asus one lets you boost WiFi for a particular device with a wave ($219.99) whereas the one by TP-Link (colors are customizable) has an antenna reflector to gain a better range in one direction ($199.99).
Gramofon is made for users who love music. It is a device that can connect and play music directly from a site. Just plug Gramofon into your audio system with a cable, configure it based on your preferences using your smartphone, and it can start playing the tunes you like from the Internet.
You can have more than one Gramofon for wider coverage all around the area, and sync the Gramofons with Qualcomm AllPlay to enjoy the same (or different) tunes in different rooms. Gramofon works with Spotify, SoundCloud, QQ Music and more music-streaming services. It costs €59 per unit.