As more of our technology becomes mobile, the need for strong wireless signals increases.
It wasn’t that long ago when we went to Blockbuster video to rent content that we could play on our DVD players. We stream more videos now than ever, with Netflix and YouTube replacing traditional means of media like television and rental stores like Blockbuster. CD players have suffered the same fate as they have been replaced with Google Play Music, TIDAL, Pandora, and Spotify.
If you consider how much content we access on a regular basis that depends on a wireless connection, it can be a scary thought to lose your access with a poor home network. There are many of our readers who are in charge of their home networks, and constantly get blamed for dropped or weak signals.
Back in June I offered seven tips for improving your home networks. Moving your router and clearing objects out of the way might help improve your situation a bit, but the reality is most network technology is dated and confusing. Extenders aren’t the easiest things to set up, and rather than making your network bigger they duplicate your network causing a myriad of other issues.
Back in June I also reviewed one of the first consumer grade “mesh networks” from eero that has kept my internet stable and fast. The eero can turn quite a few people off with its high price point, but I can attest that it works. My home WiFi has not dropped one single time since I installed my eero and it’s been as reliable as advertised.
Unlike extenders, mesh networks make your entire network much bigger and prevent dead zones, buffering, and dropped signals altogether. They are also much easier to set up now as they are controlled through Android and iOS apps.
However since that time there are now several other options to consider.
Let’s check out the five great options for improving your home networks.
AMPLIFI HD – Pre-order now at AMPLIFI.com ($349.99, ships in 3-4 weeks)
The AmpliFi HD (High Density) System includes a router base station and two wireless super mesh points for maximum WiFi coverage throughout your home. The HD Kit provides maximum wireless performance in an innovative and elegant design. The router includes a smart LCD screen and the mesh points display wireless signal performance. A mobile app is available for iOS and Android platforms for instant setup and easy management.
AmpliFi provides enterprise-strength network capabilities with at-home simplicity. Just unbox the mesh points and plug them into any standard outlet. With two in every package, boosting your signal strength couldn’t be easier.
Amped Wireless ALLY whole home smart WiFi system – Preorder at Amped Wireless ($379.99)
ALLy is a Whole Home Smart WiFi system that will transform the way your family experiences WiFi. It’s capable of up to 15,000 sq ft of smart, safe, secure WiFi that is designed with the whole family in mind. Controlled by an app, ALLY gives full control over how and when the internet is used, and who gets to use it. With an added layer of web security.
Smart parental controls allow you to create user profiles for each member of the household. You can set individual WiFi access schedules, and pause the internet when it’s time to do homework and eat meals.
Securfi Almond 3 – Preorder at Securfi for $299 (save $100)
To create a Home WiFi network, setup two to three Almond 3 around your home. After the easy set up, the Almonds communicate with each other wirelessly or through Ethernet, if your home is already wired. Together they form a single Wi-Fi network across your whole home. So no more dead zones. No more annoying buffering. Just ultra-fast WiFi in every room.
Almond wirelessly communicates with countless smart devices throughout your home. Simply pair a smart device with Almond 3 to control it with the free Almond app. Hundreds of smart devices are already Almond 3 compatible.
No more dead zones upstairs, no dropped connections through walls, just WiFi everywhere. The Orbi Home WiFi System reaches up to 4,000 square feet through WiFi barriers like walls, stairs and doors. Need more coverage? Just add an Orbi Satellite to instantly expand your WiFi reach.
Orbi can grow as you need it with seamless connectivity between devices and Orbi units. Orbi’s Tri-band WiFi System allows your devices to move between bands and other Orbi units without needing to reconnect.
Orbi works with your Internet service provider right out of the box. You won’t need to change your current equipment to use the Orbi WiFi Home System. Orbi uses a single WiFi name (SSID) and with just a couple of clicks, your secure WiFi network will be ready in no time.
eero is the world’s first home WiFi system. A set of three eeros covers the typical home. They work in perfect unison to deliver hyper-fast, super-stable WiFi to every square foot of your house. It’s simple to set up. Easy to manage. And gets better over time with new features and improved performance. Stream video, get work done, or swipe right in any room — not just next to your router. Finally. WiFi that actually works.
It’s engineered from the ground up to achieve the best performance with the smallest footprint possible. That means fitting a powerful dual-core 1 GHz CPU, two state-of-the-art 802.11ac WiFi radios, and 5 antennas into a beautiful enclosure that you can hold in the palm of your hand.