There’s nothing more amazing than bringing a new gadget home, especially if that new gadget is one of the latest offerings out of Apple Inc. With a brilliant retina display, speedy processor, and AirPlay Mirroring via Apple TV, you just can’t beat the speed and strength of the new iPad.
So you’ve unwrapped your new iPad, set it up, and are all ready to stream your favourite movie in spectacular 1080p. But suddenly your new iPad’s video is running slow. It’s lagging, dragging, and delaying all over the place. If this happens to you, the first thing you should do is head over and take a look at your router.
Adding new devices to your home network, especially when you’re using them for bandwidth intense activities like video streaming, can cause your network to lag. You can avoid this problem by purchasing a new router that has faster bandwidth transfer, or because the new iPad and many other devices support dual-band connectivity, you can speed up your home network even more with a new dual-band router.
Dual-band routers support both the 2.4GHz and the 5GHz frequencies. Like any router, the various dual-band products will vary in speed, and you can check how fast you’re router is just by looking at the specs. For example, you can pick up a fast 300 + 450Mbps per band router for Wi-Fi enabled TVs and web surfing. If you want to get into the ultra-fast range, the 450 + 450Mbps router can handle online gaming with ease, as well as high speed streaming video to your iPad and TV, and home file sharing.
Although dual-band routers are relatively new to the tech scene, with so many new devices designed to run on both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz frequency, their popularity is growing by the day. Why is dual-band connectivity becoming so important? For one, the 2.4GHz frequency is the normal frequency for, well, pretty much everything. When you run on the 2.4GHz band, you share with electronics with microwave ovens, most cordless phones, and your neighbour’s baby monitor. And when all of these devices run on one band, it can cause interference and slow down with your network.
In contrast, the 5Ghz band has more bandwidth and much less interference. As such, devices that support the 5Ghz frequency, like Apple TV and the new iPad, have a powerful, dedicated stream of Wi-Fi all to themselves. It’s great for streaming video on your new iPad, because there is little to no interference coming from other devices to cause lag and delay.
One of the only issues from running your devices on the 5GHz band is range. The 2.4GHz band has a longer range because it has a lower frequency, so your device can be far away from the your router and still maintain a strong connection. To run on the speedier 5GHz band, you need to be closer to the router or purchase a specific router designed to overcome this problem.
D-Link’s SmartBeam technology keeps your connection steady, no matter where you are in your home, how far away you wander from your router, or how many devices you are running. Even the darkest corners of your house get a brilliant stream of personal Wi-Fi, because SmartBeam locks in on your device and follows it throughout your home.
No slouch in the range department, the Linksys E4200 provides superior coverage everywhere in your house with full 3x3 MIMO antenna array. It works by having multiple antennas for your devices to connect to, so even if you have 10 devices using Wi-Fi on your home network, each gets a powerful, long-range stream of Wi-Fi.
For streaming video, speedy web surfing, and instant home network file transfers, you just can’t beat a dual-band router. If you are experiencing lag or delay, be sure to check out your router. The problem is easier to fix than you might think.