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Enable this one router feature for improved efficiency and range

Enable this one router feature for improved efficiency and range
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An exciting scene is about to happen, you can feel it. The protagonist is about to take a huge stride forward, mustering enough courage to say the words he has never uttered before. Then… buffering…

How many times has this happened to you? Probably one too many. No one likes the dreaded loading wheel, or interruptions while binge-watching Netflix or YouTube videos.

Before you curse your internet service provider, you should know that the problem could be your router. Especially if you're still using an older model. A lot has changed in the last few years, and if you're not using an updated piece of equipment, the speed of your internet could suffer. Here's one thing you need to make sure your router is capable of.

Multiband capabilities

Wi-Fi routers and signals are not created equal. If you have a new router, check to see if it at least supports 801.11n. These are commonly known simply as N routers. An even newer protocol called 80.11ac is available and is now the standard for the more expensive routers.

The AC specification is a step up from the N specification, which is in turn, is a step up from the older and slower B and G protocols. 801.11n could achieve theoretical wireless speeds of up to 600 Mbps while 801.11ac can reach 4.5 Gbps. Also, unlike B/G routers that only transmit on the crowded 2.4GHz spectrum, N/AC routers could transmit on 5GHz as well.

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