Features to Look for in a Wi-Fi Modem

Features to Look for in a Wi-Fi Modem

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the options as you’re scrolling through your modem options online. There are several things to consider when you’re selecting your new Wi-Fi modem. Since a Wi-Fi modem is a single device that combines the functionality of a modem and a router, you’ll have the benefits and features of both in a single device.  

Dual Band Capability

The first feature to consider in a Wi-Fi modem is dual-band capability. Dual-bands create two subnetworks that operate on two different frequencies: 2.4 Gigahertz (GHz) and 5 GHz. The lower frequency is primarily for older or slower devices while the larger frequency is for newer devices.

Security

Some Wi-Fi modems also feature enhanced security that protect your personal information while you’re connected to the Internet. WPA Personal security allows you to password protect your network while WPA Enterprise uses unique authentication encryptions on external servers to protect your network.

Additional Features

In addition to WPA security, some Wi-Fi modems provide additional security and sharing opportunities within your home network. You can create a guest network through your Wi-Fi Modem that give visitors access to a separate network while restricting access to your primary home network.

In the same vein, some Wi-Fi modems also allow you to set up parental controls or access restrictions that block certain sites or restrict the time/hours that a child can be online.

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