Traditional routers work well for desktop computers, but if you want to use a laptop or other mobile devices to access the internet via your modem, a wireless router might be a necessity. Wireless internet routers have a stronger Wi-Fi signal and can extend to a greater range. If you still need a boost in outer rooms of your home, consider a Wi-Fi extender. A Wi-Fi router also enables file sharing between devices on a shared network, plus media streaming to your smart TV. Also, if multiple people are on devices in your home or if you frequently have visitors, getting a dual-band Wi-Fi router helps balance the data load and avoid outside interference. Plus, most wireless routers have plenty of ports for a variety of devices to connect. Browse Best Buy’s large assortment of wireless routers to find a stable internet connection solution for your home or office.
Finding the best wireless router for your needs.
When deciding on the best wireless router for your needs, keep in mind how much bandwidth you’ll need to support all your devices and your data requirements. If you're planning on streaming TV shows and movies, you'll want at least 25 Mbps, but if you only plan on checking email, social media sites, or watching the occasional video, you won't need as much. If your house is often the place where your kids and their friends hang out, or you and your partner are both working from home, be sure to select a Wi-Fi router with a guest network. This feature allows you to create a connection for visitors that's separate from your main network, preventing access to your PC and printer. A guest network also gives you the ability to configure independent security settings. Another important factor is whether you have smart home technology installed throughout your residence. Using an updated Wi-Fi router best supports your smart speakers and smart lighting connectivity, so the operation of each from your smartphone or tablet is seamless.
Depending on the construction and size of your house, you might get the best experience from a portable Wi-Fi router, such as a mesh Wi-Fi system. You can strategically place these routers anywhere in your indoor and outdoor living space to blanket every square inch with internet coverage. If you’ve set up an internet router and your signal is still needing improvement, rely on our Geek Squad® Agents for troubleshooting. In addition to our professional Wi-Fi installation service, they’re also able to recommend tips and tools to maximize performance so you can get the most out of your wireless router.