Whole home wi-fi solutions are all the rage nowadays, and every major network gear provider has skin in the game—and so does Google. Even Apple’s Airport and AirPort Extreme products offer similar functionality, and the price point doesn’t seem to be as big of a deal as it used to be.
What’s more interesting, though, is that our houses aren’t really getting bigger. I mean, per capita, average square footage doesn’t seem to have increased at the margin that the need for whole home wi-fi solutions indicate they may have. What has changed, though, is the need to always be connected regardless of where in your house (or your yard) you happen to be. Continue reading
More and more, people are heavily relying upon their wireless connections at home. Data limits on your cell phone plan push you to wireless at every turn, and with the increase in streaming services available (audio and video) in the last few years, good wireless coverage is important. The problem is, unless your home is like mine and the walls are paper thin, the construction materials used on your house may inconveniently impede good wireless signal throughout your home. Continue reading
I think that routers today are kind of commoditized, you can get them everywhere. And, if you are a DSL subscriber, many times you get a combo device that is both a modem and a router. To be honest, I didn’t feel like I needed a new router for my home network: I have DSL, so my routing and wireless internet needs are covered by my ISP. “Need,” and “want,” though, are very different. Continue reading