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Understanding Your Wi-Fi Networking Options

Keeping digitally connected has never been more important, with the internet playing a vital part in entertainment, working from home and shopping. Not sure how it all works or want to improve your existing set up? Here are your options:

Modems

A modem acts as a gateway connecting you to the internet. However, it can only connect to one device, needing a router to connect to multiple devices. Suitable for use with a VDSL or ADSL connection, but not fibre.

Routers

Unlike a modem, a router can connect to multiple devices, acting as a conduit between your modem and devices as it communicates with your home Wi-Fi network. Dedicated routers, like the TP-Link Archer Wi-Fi 6 Router, often come with additional features like parental control.

A modem and router combo generally suit most households, but if you’re having connection issues consider a Wi-Fi Extender.

If you want to connect a range of devices to the internet then a router is a necessity. Depending on the model a router can be used with both fibre, VDSL  and ADSL connections.

D-Link Modem Router

Modem Routers

Another option is a modem router, which combines a modem and router into one device, offering a simple and easy to setup solution. The trade-off is that you’re limited in terms of features like parental control settings and security functions.

For a little additional cost you can have a more streamlined hardware solution. Suitable for use with VDSL and ADSL connections.

Wi Fi Extender

Internet still slow or disconnecting? A Wi-Fi Extender could be the answer. An extender pretty much does as the names implies and extends your existing connection into “dead zones” that can be caused by distance from the router or disruptions to the signal.

How does it work? If you’ve ever had the option to connect to multiple networks with a slightly different name, this is likely because the network uses Wi-Fi extenders. An extender, like the TP-Link RE300 Wi-Fi Mesh Range Extender, covers dead zones by rebroadcasting the existing connection on a range of different channels, creating multiple signals to connect to. This is useful for large homes or households with multiple devices, as you can reconnect to different channels as you move around the house or redistribute traffic onto different signals.

Existing Wi-Fi vs Wi-Fi Extender

Mesh Networking

Mesh networking is a completely wireless solution made up of two or more points of connection, one acting as the router and the others as satellites, capturing and rebroadcasting the signal. Like a router, modem and wireless extender solution, however a Mesh System creates a completely seamless experience. You’re constantly connected to the same signal so there’s no lag, disconnect or dead zones. Mesh systems like the TP-Link Deco M4 AC1200 offer a stylish, seamless and uninterrupted experience.

Google mesh system on table

What’s best for you?

Your best networking solution will vary depending the size of your household and the amount you’re prepared to spend. If you’re networking a large home with multiple users and devices and want a stylish, seamless connection that’s easy to set up, then you are best served by a mesh system like the TP-Link AX3000 Deco X60 Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi System or Netgear Orbi RBK753 Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System. For a solution that can fit in with your existing equipment, check out our range of Wi-Fi Extenders, Routers or Modem Routers.

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