As you are settling into your new apartment for going back to school and setting up your laptop, or connecting your desktop, setting up your Xbox for online gaming or even surfing on your new tablet, your roommates will be doing the same thing. When you think about it, that is a lot of internet traffic going through one router. And the more traffic that the router has to communicate with, the slower the devices can get. And who likes waiting for a video to buffer when streaming?
That’s why, when choosing your router for your new digs, look for a Linksys Dual Band Router. Dual Band technology can be found in several different Linksys models (E2500, E3200 and the blazing E4200) and will serve you well. Here’s how it works.
Dual Band technology is like having two networks in one. Once you have your router set-up and ready to go, you will see that you have two options for networks. One is on the 2.4Ghz band, and the other on the 5Ghz. What you can now do is set-up specific users, devices and guests to either of the two available bands. By doing this, you can reduce the number of devices on 2.4Ghz band which will ultimately free up interference and bandwidth requirements. Meanwhile users on the 5.0 Ghz band can surf, email, stream and download independently of what is happening on the 2.4 Ghz. Or if you wanted a lot of speed for quick studying, put your laptop on the 5.0 Ghz band and put your room mates devices on the 2.4 Ghz band. You’ll all be connected, but you’ll take advantage of less interference and faster speeds.
The best part of Dual Band Technology from Linksys is that it is easy to manage. With Cisco Connect software, you can make all the changes, additions and tweaks to your settings from a Mac or PC enabled desktop icon. One click and you are ready to go. Need to add a guest, no problem. Need to change your password, no problem. With Cisco Connect all the most commonly used settings are a click away.
Now go study – anywhere with your new wireless network!
Matthieu Whelan contributed to writing this piece — Thanks Matt!