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If you are faced with the task of buying a new or replacing the existing wireless router then you have a tough job. With so many options available, it can be really difficult to choose the best wireless router that will provide a robust office or home Wi-Fi network. With everyone owning smartphones at home or office, there’s a lot of demand from the Wi-Fi network. From 4K video streaming and high-demand online video gaming, there are many mobile devices connected to the smart home technology. This guide will help you select the best wireless router for your home or office.

#1. Choose the 802.11 Gigabit support

When buying a wireless router, we suggest that you go with the 802.11ac (or Gigabit Wi-Fi) support. This helps the device stay sane when there’s a lot of demand because even at the base level, the 802.11ac gives you 1300Mbps of amount. This is almost twice as much as the 802.11n Wi-Fi. May be currently you do not have any devices that can take advantages of that capability.

However, in the long run this investment and smart thinking will prove to be useful for you. Today you can’t find a smartphone or tablet that does not support 802.11ac. The 802.11ac wireless routers are actually capable of handling the concurrent connections, and this is something that helps meet the growing demands on Wi-Fi network.

#2.  Look for a retailer that offers return or exchange guarantee

The best rated Wi-Fi routers available in the market can give you varying results. You may get one result while testing the router at the retailer. However when you take it home, it might not work the same because of the specifications of your home. The home network and the ISP can have a significant impact on the overall performance of the router. So, if you bought a product after reading good customer reviews, it is very much possible that it might not perform the same for you. Hence, it pays to buy from a retailer who will offer return or exchange the product.

#3. Placement of the wireless router

The strength and performance of your wireless router will greatly depend on where it is placed. If you live in a one room apartment then you don’t have to worry about it. However for other homes, it is important to identify the ideal location for your wireless router to ensure that it delivers a good performance.

The router manufacturers know that you might need to place the wireless router in any room where it gets a good network. Hence you have aesthetically pleasing designs offered by GoogleGOOGL and Apple’s Extreme. They boast a visually appealing design, smaller footprints and no antennas protruding out of the router. So, you don’t have to hide the router in a closet. You can keep it almost anywhere and nit will match the decor of your home.

We hope this guide helps you with how to select the best wireless router for home or office.