routers

What's the fastest WiFi Router?

John from Montgomery, AL

Episode 1515

John is a fire fighter and they share the cost of wifi with multiple access points. But when they increased his data plan to 300 mbps, the most his router will get is 80. Leo says that typically, wifi is 60% of what they say. So it should be maybe 180. But at 2.4Ghz, you're only going to get 80. What you'll need is a TriBand router. For pure speed, Leo recommends the NetGear Orbi Pro Mesh router. Get one extra unit for every 1500 sq ft coverage.

What is the fastest router?

Episode 1514

Carl from Savannah, GA
Netgear Orbi

Kyle wants to know what router is the fastest for the money. Leo says that Netgear Orbi is an excellent mesh system for someone looking for maximum speed. It has a 4GB ethernet as well. And for under 2000 feet, one is enough. Asus also has a good router for the hardcore hobbyist. Leo says what he really will want is an intelligent routing system, so it will delegate speed to the things he needs the most at that time.

Why is my mesh router crashing?

Episode 1509

Ben from Houston, TX
Eero

Ben got a new UVerse modem and an Eero Mesh Router and it was working fine until last week. Now he's having issues with the router, where it drops off the network again and again. Leo says that the UVerse modem is likely a router-modem combo, and he'll need to put the router into bridge mode. And in order for the mesh router to use its advanced features, it needs to be the main router.

Should I buy my own router and modem?

Episode 1508

Jean from North Hollywood, CA
TP-Link Archer C8

Jean wants to know if she should buy her own modem or not. She has DSL. Leo says that since she has DSL, she should just stick with the modem that DSL Extreme provided to her. Generally when Leo talks about replacing the modem to avoid the rental fee, he's talking about cable modems. He wouldn't mess with a DSL modem. As far as the router goes, Leo would recommend Jean get the TP-Link Archer C8, which is less than $80.

Do I need a better router for my Wi-Fi security cameras?

Episode 1508

Sam from Costa Mesa, CA
ASUS AC3200

Sam lives in a 2 story condo, but with the Wi-Fi enabled cameras he's buying, should he get a new router? Leo says Wi-Fi security cameras are often a challenge because they tend to be in the periphery, but a single router should be able to cover his 1500 square feet. Leo suggests that Sam move his router and modem connection to another spot. He could actually leave the modem where it is, and just connect the router with a longer ethernet cable. Leo also says that Sam's Asus router has added some mesh-like features in a recent firmware update. So he should try updating it.

How much data do I really use?

Episode 1506

Ed from Clairemont, OK
Meter

Ed can't figure out why he's being notified that he's using 150GB of data every month. He doesn't stream or download things. Leo says it's very easy to burn through 150GB a month. Windows updates are in the GBs now. He can go into his network and internet settings of his computer and see how much data he's using on each computer. His router may be able to tell him as well. He can navigate to his router's address in a browser window and it can tell him. If it doesn't, he can get a new router that can.

Do I need a service agreement to update my router firmware?

Episode 1504

David from Anaheim, CA
Netgear Orbi

David has a Netgear router and he wants to upgrade the firmware. Netgear won't do it because his support has expired. Leo says that older routers all need to be updated manually, but he doesn't need a service agreement to update it. He'd just download the firmware and install it. In fact, there should be a utility within the router settings to update the firmware. Most newer models autoupdate. So if staying updated is important, and it is, it would pay to get a new router. It'll be faster too. Mesh routers will be the best option.