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How do I get wifi at home? The story from a technophobe

The situation of mine

Well, I’m one of those people you might describe as a “technophobe” – I’m way out of my depth when it comes to the world of technology. I’m that guy who bought a whole load of candles from Walmart in the 1900’s because I didn’t trust electric lights. But, whether I want it to or not, the world doesn’t stop moving and I tend to face the frequent decision: keep up or be out of touch.

how do i get wifi at home

I got the internet at my place several years ago – first a dial-up modem with that awful screeching noise it made when connecting, then eventually on to broadband, but I’ve recently bought my most modern upgrade: Wi-Fi.

Although I’m a technophobe, I don’t live in a bubble; I’ve got plenty of friends who already had Wi-Fi and they all said how they didn’t know how they used to survive without it, so I knew it was an inevitable purchase, at some point.

For me, the thing that swung it was keeping in touch with my family – they like to use Skype, FaceTime, and WhatsApp. And anyone who has tried using these apps will realize that it’s limiting to be plugged into an internet cable the whole time: you can’t walk around, you can’t show them things on the camera in other rooms etc, especially with a smartphone. You get the point, right?

How do I get Wifi at home?

So, I made my decision: I was going to get Wifi. But where to start? I asked a few of my friends for help and was told that I needed to buy a “wireless router” – a device that broadcasts the Internet signal from the modem so that you don’t need wired connections anymore.

I turned to my trusted advisor, Mr. Google, and searched “best wireless router for home”.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I’m buying something that requires some technical knowledge, I prefer to read reviews from the experts rather than just scrolling through a long list of options and technical jargon on Amazon or BestBuy. And this is what I learned:

  1. The new wireless standard is called the 802.11ac. Although this doesn’t mean much to me, it is very important. If you choose a router that doesn’t support 802.11ac then you’re missing out on high Internet speed for your connected devices – basically, you’re not getting bang for your buck!
  2. You can spend a lot of money on a router (these things can top $400 if you go high-end) but, unless you’re a professional gamer or an amateur hacker, you can get something that’s fit-for-purpose at a very reasonable price.
  3. Check the range of coverage. Some routers will claim a range of coverage without telling you that the speed of connection drops off a cliff when you’re 50 feet away! The model I eventually chose had 80% as much connection speed (I think they call it “throughput”) from 150ft as it had from 5ft. Pretty impressive!

After a little more research, realizing that I was never going to be a professional gamer (although I am pretty good at online chess…), I opted for the NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1750, a great deal at around $109. It was also the Editor’s Choice on the review I had read.

Setting up a home wifi network is so easy

Now, the most convenience way is, of course, to buy one from Amazon. But I bought mine from the independent electronics store because it is just next to my office. The store manager (Nathan, a trustworthy looking guy who really knew his stuff) gave me all the advice I needed on how to set up the router and gave me a contact number to call in case I needed help.

Back at my house, slightly nervously, I took the router from the box, read the quick installation guide and followed the set-up instructions. Either it was really easy or I am a total genius. I think it was the first of the two.

So now my phone and notebook are both connected to the router, the signal is great, I can stay connected anywhere in the house without needing a cable and I can even show my nieces the garden when they call on Skype!

The only downside? I may have to stop calling myself a technophobe.

Finally, now you know how easily to setup a home wireless network.

Final words

That’s all the story that I copy from a Facebook groups that I am a member, the writer is a mother and her story has been shared by around 60 people. I think it is also helpful to make a post in this website.

Bonus:

We published an article about 10 common mistakes to avoid when setting up a home wireless network. Keep reading, it may help someway.

And if you are looking for a wireless router for home, just we also have a post about best wireless routers under 100 dollars. This list is built carefully with helps from several great networking engineers. Enjoy it and let me know if you found something wrong.

 

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