Some things in life are endlessly frustrating—people who use their phones at the movies, traffic, losing the WiFi connection in your own home.
You can generally avoid the first two examples, but if that third one plagues you, it might be time to think about upgrading your home WiFi router. I even got tipped off about a great deal on a router that could solve your problem. The Portal WiFi router, a mesh-compatible device that ensures you’re getting all the bandwidth you’re paying for, is $52 off right now. You can get more reliable, faster WiFi at home for $148.
City-dwellers can actually have high WiFi speeds
This router is tailor-made for people living in congested, urban neighborhoods. Basically, when you put a whole bunch of routers in a small area, the signals compete with each other and connections can slow down. You’ll see it when your Netflix lags or it’s not as sharp of a picture as usual. Portal’s FastLane technology ensures you are getting all the internet speed you’re paying for all the time. It's a lot like riding in the express lane when everyone else is stuck in traffic.
Room to grow in a large space with a mesh network
If you have a large home (or office space), the Portal router is great for building a mesh network. You can buy and install multiple routers that all connect to one another to create a single network. One Portal router has a range of 3,000 square feet, but when you take things like thick walls, multiple floors, and other obstructions into account, you might still not get the full coverage you want with one router. Adding additional routers extends the network.
The even-more affordable alternative to revive dead zones
If your current router works well enough, or you’re not ready to take the plunge into mesh networks, a WiFi range extender is an affordable alternative. These handy little devices do exactly what the name implies. My router, for instance, sits at one end of my apartment, which left me with a dead zone at the other end. So I bought a NETGEAR N300 range extender for $26, plugged it into an outlet at a halfway point, and now I can stream YouTube videos anywhere in my home.