ISP-supplied modem router can’t keep up with multiple Wi-Fi demands

What to do if an ISP-supplied modem router can’t keep up with multiple Wi-Fi demands

Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as the British companies BT, Sky, Virgin Media, Plusnet, Post Office, etc., provide broadband customers with a modem router that can be used as a networking device for cabled and Wi-Fi connections and connect to the web via its modem. However, these modem routers are usually inexpensive devices that are not up to the Wi-Fi demands that many users require of them.

Fortunately that problem is easy to solve by buying a dedicated router that does not have a modem, is connected to a broadband modem router and can handle the Wi-Fi demands of many devices – desktop and laptop PCs, tablets, smartphones, printers, Blu-ray disc players, wireless Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, etc. – and video-streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime in the UK.

Only a modem router can go online using its cable or ADSL modem

Both modem routers and dedicated routers can be purchased, both can be connected to cabled and wireless devices, but only a modem router can go online using its cable or ADSL modem. The UK telephone landlines require the use of an ADSL modem for a broadband connection. Cable and superfast fibre broadband connections are also available that require their own types of modem router in order to connect multiple devices to the web and a wired/wireless network.

The latest wireless network standard is 802.11ac. Earlier standards are 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n that became available in that order. Here is the information that Wikipedia provides on the 802.11ac standard:

Wikipedia: “IEEE 802.11ac is a wireless networking standard in the 802.11 family (which is marketed under the brand name Wi-Fi), developed in the IEEE Standards Association process, providing high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLANs) on the 5 GHz band. The standard was developed from 2011 through 2013 and approved in January 2014.”

IEEE 802.11ac –

Currently (January, 2016), the best dedicated multiple-user router is the Linksys WRT1900ACS multiple-user model – currently priced at £180.00 – that supports all of the Wi-Fi standards – 802.11b/g/n/ac – which means that no wireless device needs to be discarded or all devices can be upgraded to the fastest 802.11ac standard.

This router also provides many features that ISP-supplied router modems do not, such as the ability to connect to multiple devices simultaneously (older routers can only serve one device at a time) and be set to priorities them. It comes with an Ethernet cable that connects it to a modem router. An image of it is shown below.

Linksys WRT1900ACS dedicated 802.11ac router

Linksys WRT1900ACS dedicated 802.11ac router. Click on the image to view its full size

There are apps that make customisation of devices that use Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems easy.

Among this router’s other useful features is an eSATA port that can be used to connect an external SATA hard disk drive that can be used as a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device that can be used as a file server or video-streaming device instead of using a Wi-Fi NAS.

Visit the following page on the Linksys site to find out the features that it provides.

Here is a good YouTube video review:

An alternative, cheaper (£150.00) dedicated router is the Linksys EA8500 Max-Stream AC2600 MU-MIMO Smart Wi-Fi Router.

Here is a good YouTube video review:

Linksys EA8500(AC2600) Review – Best Router for Android! –