If you have checked your internet connection already and the connection is poor or keeps connecting and dropping off, your issue is probably your router.
If you have an integrated router/modem with your cable company or your WiFi router is older, this could be your issue. (read this if you don’t know what a router vs a modem is).
If you have a router from TWC (for example) that either comes from them or is integrated into your cable modem (you will have one box that does everything), this is usually a problem.
We recommend getting a WiFi router that does not come from your cable provider (they typically provide lower end, slower routers).
What routers do we recommend, well they change all the time, but here are a few features that you want to look for
- Dual band – Dual-band typically means that the router is equipped with two radios, one that operates on the 2.4GHz frequency band, and one that runs on the 5.0GHz frequency band. This enables you to set up two separate wireless networks, so you can improve speeds in a crowded wireless network by bumping some devices over to the alternate frequency.Make sure you read the fine print, though. Some dual-band routers in fact have one radio that can operate on either the 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz bands, but not both at the same time.
- Either a 802.11n or 802.11ac router. I would suggest the 802.11ac router if you can.
- Any router you buy should support at least WPA2 – this is the wireless security.
Router prices vary greatly based on their features, antennas, ports, and much more. Generally, the best routers available today vary from $100 to $250. You can find smaller routers below this range, and large enterprise routers above it, but most fall somewhere along the line
Finally, PC Magazine, rated gaming routers, you can read that article here.