The role of Wi-Fi routers in smart homes of today
We have come a long way since the days of snail-paced dial-up internet. Luckily, we’re no longer subjected to its ear-piercing eerie dial tone. Instead, we enjoy the freedom of roaming about in our homes receiving our Internet connection wire-free. Revolutionising this advancement is our trusted friend Wi-Fi.
Having reliable, fast and secure Wi-Fi is as much of a necessity as electricity and running water in modern households. Yet, the Wi-Fi router is often taken for granted, except when it's down and you’re rushing to catch up with your favourite social and streaming media. WiFi is the unsung hero of today’s technology.
From the first consumer-grade routers launched in 1999, to the present day pioneering of new 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO technology. With the mass adoption of connected smart home technology fast approaching, this challenge is understanding and reinforcing wireless networks to a wider network.
Investing in quality Wi-Fi routers is important. Moreover, understanding your equation with your router and your Internet Service Providers is even more important. Most people are unaware that the Wi-Fi routers supplied by their ISPs is mostly outdated and are certainly not “free” as claimed by them. A monthly rental and hardware handling fees are all part of your tariff.
In its initial days, WiFi was used merely to provide home computers with shared internet access. However, in today’s era, they support a multitude of applications running on devices, such smartphones, tablets, personal computers, peripheral devices such as printers and scanners, home entertainment systems and even smart household appliances. The average modern house now has more than five devices connecting to the Internet simultaneously. Increased accessibility, portability, faster speeds and extended coverage range has contributed to better networking both at home and at work. Even businesses rely heavily on their internet connection for data, voice and video communication.
It’s fair to say, as more smart devices are welcomed into homes, we ought to look more towards our network hardware. All along, the focus is to achieve a smoother and seamless experience for all of our connected devices. More users are beginning to understand that the routers provided by ISPs are not optimised to fully support even the current amount of content consumption. It’s time to look out for options and buy your next WiFi router.
As the smart home concept becomes a reality, users will come to understand the importance of having a premium home WiFi router which can effortlessly handle multiple devices that will depend on it. Here’s to a wirelessly interweaved smart homes of the future!