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Extend your Wi-Fi and knock out dead zones

Extend your Wi-Fi and knock out dead zones

If you've ever experienced the frustration of a slow internet connection, then you'll be excited about this.

When things go wrong and your connection fizzles out, the first thing you do is check the router. But, unless you're an actual tech guru, the best you can do is unplug or shake the machine, hoping it will solve the problem.

Very soon, there will be a better way to extend your Wi-Fi and eliminate dead zones throughout your home.

It all has to do with next-generation routers. In the past, the typical home tasked a single router with the job of spreading the network connection signal to every room. This is why the signal strength was extremely low, or non-existent in certain rooms. Many of today's routers struggle to project the signal over large distances.

Now, router manufacturers are creating "mesh" systems that are designed to spread your network's connection signal throughout your entire home. These mesh systems are a series of smaller routers that sync with one another to boost the coverage.

But there is a downside. Routers are already an expensive piece of equipment to purchase, and mesh systems won't be changing that anytime soon. In fact, you can expect to pay more for these systems than you would for a traditional router. Considering standard routers can cost hundreds of dollars, adding a few hundred more is a pretty hefty price jump. For example, the Eero system shown below comes with a $500 price tag. Yikes!

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So, is the network coverage worth the amount of money you'll spend on a new mesh router system? That's still up in the air.

Reviews are mostly positive regarding overall performance, but they're probably best suited for larger homes that have several rooms. What do you think? Have you tried a mesh system in your home? Let us know in the comments.

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