hello everyone, and today we’re going to be talking all about Wi-Fi. This field is one of those areas of technology that has a lot of change in the last few years, and I wanted to get you all caught up and up to speed, so here I present to you everything you need to know about Wi-Fi in 2020 coming up next.
I want to start today’s article by just quickly mentioning who does not need to worry about this topic, so any of you out there who live in smaller homes you don’t need a powerful router for just like a small apartment. Now that does depend on walls and your neighbors because all this interference can come into play. If you have like DSL is your internet connection or satellite, just a frankly slow internet connection getting a good router isn’t going to do a heck of a lot to help you, if you don’t have a lot to work within the first place.
I also feel like I have to mention that if your modem is older than I would say at this point, maybe around 3 or 4 years old, it might be worth checking into getting a new modem at the same time as getting a new Wi-Fi router. So, the big question here is why should I care about having good Wi-Fi in my home well. I would say it kind of breaks down to you’re not getting what you’re paying for if you don’t have a good router.
So the first tool that I want to give you is a great app to give you a realistic idea of what kind of internet speeds you are capable of at least currently.
Hence, the name of the app that would recommend you check out it’s also available as a website is a fast calm, and the big reason behind why I would recommend this app, by the way, it’s free is because Netflix actually powers it. And so you know it’s hard for me to talk about net neutrality because we live in a world where news changes all the time and this video is a snapshot in time, but I will say this if you are worried that you might be getting throttled, this will give you a good idea of that.
Because Netflix is doing it so before I explain to you how this newer technology works, let’s first go over how the old stuff works a lot of older wireless networks either you are on a single channel, or they have two different channels. But there are two different networks let me try to explain that in more layman’s terms, a lot of networks. When you create them, they give you a 2.4 gigahertz network that you can create and a five gigahertz Network now, each has their benefits, but they also have their downsides so, for example, a 2.4 gigahertz Network will give you great range, but it’s not going to give you great speed. Whereas a five gigahertz network is going to give you a lot better speed but less range. I can’t even tell you how many house calls I’ve made with people where it’s like in one room they have to join the five gigahertz network, but then as soon as they walk to the other room on the other side of the house, now they’ve got to switch over to the other one. If they’re on one network, they can’t print, and it’s just it’s a whole nightmare with the newer technology that the problem is gone.
Now this newer technology is referred to as mesh, so typically with any mesh system that you buy, these typically come with more than one unit, which you will strategically place at different parts of your home. These different units communicate with each other to make sure that data hits your device as fast as possible.
Alright, so the two products that I want to show you today and there’s a third that I would recommend we’re talking about is Google Wi-Fi and see it right there, and the other network solution I would recommend is the Netgear Orbi the number one piece of tech support. You can choose your products according to your needs from this article. If I can give you regardless of which ecosystem you end up going with just before you install anything goes on your phone or your tablet and download the corresponding app before you disconnect your old router. Because these days, that’s how you set a lot of these things up; there’s a little QR code on the back, and so all you do is you scan that with your smartphone after you’ve downloaded the app and it just kind of walks you through everything. let’s start by talking about Google Wi-Fi, which is just a great consumer product; it’s simple to set up.
What I love about it is that on the actual on the bottom of the unit, if you have any problems, there is a 1-800 number listed right there that you can call if you need help setting up anything another thing. About Google Wi-Fi is it’s I would say the easier solution. If you are the kind of person who either already uses Gmail for your email address, or if you have a Google account. All right now, the Netgear Orbi, this is an interesting router. I would say I would possibly these days slightly recommend this over Google Wi-Fi. So with the Netgear Orbi, you have these remote little base stations that you plugin.
One of the difference here between these two products between this and Google Wi-Fi is with Google Wi-Fi, each unit has an Ethernet port. So if you have like other things that you need to plug in like a printer or maybe a network-attached storage drive, something like that you know you have with either of these. You do have three connections. the difference is with Google Wi-Fi, you’d have to put one of those network-attached devices in one room another in another room and another in the third room. In contrast, with the Orbi, you will notice that all three extra Ethernet ports I can hold it there are all located on the back of the base station unit. Now one of the biggest differences between Google Wi-Fi and the Netgear Orbi comes down to parental controls. If you are a parent, listen up both of these devices give you great access as a parent as far as being able to filter content. However, the Netgear Orbi does have a feature that allows you to go a level deeper. The difference in Google Wi-Fi you can pause devices whenever you want, so if you want to create just kind of a routine where maybe your kid’s devices lose their Wi-Fi connection just before bedtime, and then don’t regain that Wi-Fi connection until the next morning. You can do that there’s no extra service fee or anything like that to make that happen. There are also built-in content blockers, so for example, if you want to prevent your kids from visiting adult web sites, you can enable that with literally just one click. I do have to say that no content filter is perfect while these typically work very well, as far as blocking websites that have adult information they do not work well when it comes to blocking adult content that lives inside of apps. Now in the case of the Netgear Orbi, you do have access to slightly better parental controls if you want to get to the level where you see what websites your kids are going to and if you want to see exactly how much time they are spending inside each app. Now, this has a free version, and it has a paid version, so if you go the free version, you can do certain things like paws devices have access to your kid’s web browser history. You can see the analytical data as far as the detailed history of how much time they’re spending on each website.