Routing Customers Through Wireless Options
Consequently, customers should be warned about the vagaries of wireless signals. In other words, their mileage may vary. Apartment dwellers can be adversely affected by nearby competing networks trying to transmit on the same channels. Signals in a large suburban home may not penetrate multiple floors and walls, failing to reach a basement office from a top-floor rec room. Further complicating matters, 5 GHz signals don’t penetrate walls or travel as far as those in the 2.4 GHz band. So ask about each buyer’s particular situation. A Wi-Fi booster may be needed (more on this later in the story).
Ultimately, the factor that will determine the performance of a particular router will depend on the speed of the customer’s Internet connection. If consumers use a slower DSL modem, their experience will not be as positive as someone using a faster cable or optic fiber connection. A DSL user may experience repetitive stalls watching movies on Netflix, for example. On the other hand, a top-rated router should be able to stream YouTube videos in high-definition while the kids listen to music on Spotify in another room.
So while rated speeds aren’t much of a differentiator among models, there are significant differences among wireless routers in terms of features. Some routers have memory-card slots for popping in SD cards to share photos on a network, for example. Others include USB ports that can accommodate external storage devices and printers to be shared on a network.