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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TP-Link AC1200 is a dual-band smart router that can connect up to 12 to 14 different devices. It features 1200 Mbps speed which makes it ideal for 4K buffering like HD-video streaming, seamless online gaming, and web browsing.
The router comes with an Ethernet port so you can directly connect it with your wired devices and a USB port to share your content wirelessly across your network. Supported by TP-Link Tether app, you can easily set up your network in a few simple steps.
One of the best products by the tech giant, Google Nest WiFi Router covers a range of 2200 square feet of powerful and reliable WiFi. No matter what the size of your room is, the router will give you complete coverage in a way that you never lose the signals even when you’re moving around.
Google Nest is fairly easy to set up. It is supported by Google Home app that allows you to manage your network and the devices under it. You can even pause the WiFi for limiting screen time for kids or in matters of security.
TP-Link, already a famous name in the router market, offers TP-Link AX6000 – one of its most powerful smart WiFi routers. It promises a speed of 1148 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and 4804MBps on the 5 GHz band, making it super easy to stream 4K or even 8K movies and online games.
The most prominent feature of this router is the hardware consisting of 8 high-gain antennas and 1.8 GHz 64-bit quad-core processor that ensure greater coverage and reliability. You can run a number of devices on this router and even apply parental control on the WiFi.
Here is a versatile yet powerful WiFi router that can run with any internet provider (with up to 2 GB). With a wide coverage of 2000 square feet, the NETGEAR Nighthawk offers 6 WiFi simultaneous streams that can easily cover a house full of smart devices.
NETGEAR Nighthawk is packed with advanced features like 1.8GHz quad-core processor, Dynamic QoS, Smart Connect for one WiFi name, Beamforming technologies, and Amazon Alexa Voice Control. The best part is, you can easily set it up with the Nighthawk app and manage your network through it.
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.
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.
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.
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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).