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10 Internet Router Myths to Debunk this Year

I’ve been there.

Endless buffering during movie nights. Dropped video calls. Slow Internet speeds that didn’t keep up with my family’s demands. While I blamed the Internet, it turned out it was my outdated router. I fell for a few common myths.

Let’s debunk some common misconceptions about Internet routers and explain why upgrading to a newer model could be one of the best decisions for your home. But first…

The biggest takeaway from this article: Experts suggest replacing your router every three to five years.  

Myth #1: All Routers Are the Same

Many people believe that any router will do the job, but this isn’t true. Routers come in various shapes, sizes, and capabilities. Older models often lack the advanced features needed to handle today’s high-speed Internet, numerous devices, and streaming services. Upgrading to a new router can significantly enhance your Internet experience, providing faster speeds and better connectivity throughout your home.

Myth #2: Higher Price Always Means Better Performance

It’s easy to think that the most expensive router is the best option, but that’s not necessarily the case. The best router for your family depends on your specific needs, like the size of your home and the number of connected devices. Many affordable options offer excellent performance and features suitable for family use.

Myth #3: Placement Doesn’t Matter

Where you place your router can make a big difference. Instead of hiding it in a corner, closet, or cabinet, try placing it in a central location, away from walls and other electronics. This can help maximize your Wi-Fi coverage, ensuring every room in your home gets a robust, reliable signal.

Myth #4: All Wi-Fi Bands Are Equal

Modern routers support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. The 2.4 GHz band covers a larger area but can be slower due to interference, while the 5 GHz band offers faster speeds but has a shorter range. Newer routers can automatically choose the best band for your devices as you move from room to room, ensuring optimal performance.

Myth #5: Wi-Fi is Always Better Than Wired Connections

While Wi-Fi is incredibly convenient, wired connections are often faster and more stable. For activities like online gaming or streaming high-definition movies, a wired connection can provide a smoother experience.

Myth #6: Firmware Updates Are Unimportant

Firmware updates might sound technical, but they’re crucial for keeping your router performing at its best. These updates can improve speed, security, and functionality. Newer routers make it easier to update firmware, often doing it automatically.

CL Tel takes care of your updates when you use one of our routers. And if something goes wrong, we will replace it.

Myth #7: More Antennas Mean Better Coverage

It’s not just the number of antennas but the technology behind them. Modern routers use advanced technologies like beamforming and MU-MIMO to direct Wi-Fi signals to your devices more efficiently, improving speed and coverage.

Myth #8: Any Router Can Handle Multiple Devices

Is your home filled with smartphones, tablets, laptops, and smart TVs—oh my!! It would help if you had a router that can handle the load. Older routers might struggle with multiple connections, leading to slower speeds and dropped signals. Upgrading to a modern router designed for high device counts can make a big difference.

Myth #9: Internet Speed is Solely Determined by the Router

While the router plays a crucial role, your Internet speed depends on your service plan and modem. However, an outdated router can be a bottleneck. Upgrading can ensure you’re getting the best value from your Internet plan.

Myth #10: Routers Last Forever

Just like any technology, routers have a lifespan. Over time, they become outdated and less effective. Investing in a new router every few years ensures you benefit from the latest speed, security, and feature advancements.

Why Upgrade Now?

  • Smoother Streaming: No more buffering during movie night.
  • Faster Downloads: Quickly download games, apps, and updates.
  • Better Coverage: Strong Wi-Fi signal in every room, even the backyard.
  • Improved Security: Protect your family from online threats with the latest security features.

Upgrade today and enjoy a faster, more reliable Internet experience that meets the needs of your modern, connected home. If you’re ready to switch, give us a call.

We’ll help you understand if an upgrade can help your Internet experience. That’s what neighbors do.

We want to hear from you. Call us at 641-357-2111

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