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10 Best WiFi Routers for Working From Home Productively

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10 Best WiFi Routers for Working From Home Productively

With most of us spending more time at home than ever during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a reliable internet connection has never been so critical. Since the current circumstances have compelled us to work from home, it is essential to install the best WiFi routers at home[1]. There is nothing worse than experiencing lag when you are addressing a critical issue in a Zoom meeting, or when you are supposed to submit your assignment but can’t due to your slow internet router.

Save your blushes by purchasing a WiFi router that is an epitome of efficiency. We have taken the liberty of compiling a list of all the noteworthy and best WiFi routers out there. These routers would undoubtedly one-up your current WiFi router and ensure that you have access to the fastest, round-the-clock WiFi connection.  

Why You Should Trust Us

Our list incorporates distinctive and highly efficient WiFi routers that clearly stand out from any regular WiFi router. Our hand-picked routers are equipped with the latest technology that enables them to reach unfathomable network speeds. In addition to that, these WiFi routers are explicitly fashioned to provide you coverage throughout your home.

WiFi routers included in the list are highly rated by customers, with some even basking in the glory of the prestigious JD Power Award, thus further cementing their legacy. Our primary aim of collating this list was to enlighten you and to offer you the best advice possible. 

1. Netgear Nighthawk

    First on our list of WiFi routers is Netgear’s brand Nighthawk. This WiFi router uses antennae in order to provide top-quality performance. You’ll be able to get upwards of 1500 square feet of wireless coverage around the house, the ability to connect at least 25 devices, and be able to connect printers and scanners via USB connections to this router.

    The router also has plenty of security features to help you filter websites on the internet and protect yourself while browsing the internet. It is ideal for those who have many devices, as well as people who enjoy streaming.

    Get this WiFi router.

    2. TP-Link AC1200

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      This is the first of our selected Wi-Fi router models to have received a JD Power Award. What this means is that from 2017 onward, this particular router has brought high customer satisfaction. It makes sense when you look further into this router.

      It’s a quality router that can work with any internet plan that’s available on the market and is built to handle 4K streaming. Its security features and parental control features also make it perfect for home usage. There are even app controls via the TP-Link Tether app, allowing you to access it remotely.

      Get this WiFi router.

      3. TP-Link AC1900

        Stemming from the same brand, TP-Link, we can understand that the previous model may not be strong enough for some individuals. While the previous is great for general home usage, some may need a gaming router to improve connection speed. Gaming can eat up a lot, depending on the type of game being played, so to cover your bases, this one is a stronger version.

        Similar to the previous one, this one has a JD Power Award. Some other big selling points are the boosted signal, a 2-year warranty, along with 24/7 customer support, and top tier security.

        Get this WiFi router.

        4. Google Nest

          Nest WiFi is the term used for multiple routers situated in a home. They provide a WiFi connection, but you need to scatter them around your “nest.” There are many companies out there who provide these, but Google is, of course, the first that comes to mind.

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          Their router system consists of a 4×4 mesh router that provides efficient Wi-Fi performance despite its size. Each mesh nest WiFi router can cover up to 2200 square feet easily. So, if you live in an apartment or a small home, one router could easily be enough. There are options for two and a bundle option should you need more.

          Some other selling points of this device is that it’s easy to set up. It also works intelligently to allow strong signals even when you are moving between rooms.

          Get this WiFi router.

          5. Netgear Orbi Tri-band

            Netgear has a wide range of wireless networking devices, and this wireless router is a strong one. If you’re looking for strong coverage, this is one of the best WiFi routers around, capable of covering 5000 square feet and over 25 devices at once. The fact that it’s also a second-gen mesh network ensures you stay connected while roaming to other parts of your home.

            Similar to other Netgear routers, this provides great security through their parental controls and advanced cyber threat protection procedures.

            Get this WiFi router.

            6. Asus RT AC1200

              Another alternative to those who want to watch Netflix in peace and use decent Wi-Fi technology is this router. Due to the multiple antennae, there is boosted coverage, as well as the ability to handle multiple connected devices to this network.

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              Get this WiFi router.

              7. Medialink AC1200

                Another WiFi router to consider for those casually browsing the internet is the Medialink AC1200. Compared to routers that are in this price range, Medialink takes pride in providing 10X speed compared to others. It’s also got antennae to boost the signal, and it provides reliable network security.

                Get this WiFi router.

                8. ASUS ZenWiFi AX

                  While the Orbi Tri-band is stronger, there are some people who are looking for something even beyond that. If that’s you, this is the next best option. 

                  Mesh technology, paired with the overall strength of this WiFi router ensures coverage of about 5500 square feet. It provides speeds of roughly 6800 Mbps. Effortless set-up and a lifetime free network security are also included. These are qualities that make it one of the best WiFi routers around.

                  Get this WiFi router.

                  9. Netgear Nighthawk X6S

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                    While not as powerful as Zen WiFi’s routers, Netgear still provides a strong router that works in a large portion of people’s situations. Unless you have 70+ devices connected to your WiFi at a time, this one should be able to keep up to your WiFi needs.

                    This particular router covers 3500 square feet and is recommended for those with 55 or so devices connected. For those with fewer, you can be ensured that you’ll not be running into internet connection issues anytime soon.

                    Get this WiFi router.

                    10. TP-Link AC4000

                      Another alternative to Nightgear’s Nighthawk X6S is the router from TP-Link. Like the other TP-Link routers, this one has a JD Power Award as well. It matches the same strength as Nightgear’s router, making it ideal for streaming 4K and gaming, all while maintaining high speeds throughout.

                      The only other thing that’s notable is the additional antennae compared to Nightgear’s. As a result, you can expect stronger signals coming from this one overall.

                      Get this WiFi router.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Technology has developed quickly to the point that there are routers able to provide an internet connection to nearly a hundred devices. For the typical individual, we doubt that you have that many devices. Regardless, it’s a testament to strength of the best WiFi routers that they can still run it smoothly. If you need a better connection, getting one of these routers will ensure you’ll not have to worry about a weak internet connection for years to come.

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                      Last Updated on November 25, 2021

                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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                      How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

                      There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

                      Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

                        What Does Private Browsing Do?

                        When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

                        For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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                        The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

                        The Terminal Archive

                        While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

                        Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

                        dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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                        Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

                        Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

                        However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

                        Clearing Your Tracks

                        Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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                        dscacheutil -flushcache

                        As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

                        Other Browsers and Private Browsing

                        Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

                        If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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                        As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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