We are a networked family, but now that we’re schooling and working from home, most of the time, we realized we needed more Wi-Fi connections — for all of our desktops, laptops,tablets, smartphones, and TV Internet connection thingies. Many of them are on all the time. Plus, lately, we needed our connections to be as fast as possible — able to handle multiple connections with streaming, video conference, uploading video, gaming, and more.

I was glad when our ISP ran fiber optic cables under our front lawn, and we signed up for the fastest connection possible right away. Which is great. But our internet provider’s modem is not up to more than just a handful of wireless devices/connections at a time. We realized it was time for an upgrade, but what? How? So that’s why this router is working great for us. It handles wired and 20 wireless connections simultaneously — more than what we needed. Setup was very easy. I plugged in the power brick (which is a little large) and the included ethernet cable from my ISP’s modem into the main socket on the Belkin router.

I connected to the Wi-Fi network on my phone and it automatically opened up the web-based setup process. The process turned out to be simply naming the two networks and giving them passwords. That was it! There is an app and a web address to help manage the connection but I didn’t *need* it to get started. The router was up and running in two minutes — and it is so fast it really helps make the most of our Internet connection! Why pay so much for Internet each month and then have a bottle-neck that reduces its value? AFAIK, the Belkin router’s 2.4 Ghz (gigahertz, the Wi-Fi frequency) network tops out at 50 Mbps (megabits per second, the speed information transfers online). The 5 Ghz wireless network goes up to 100 Mbps. By comparison, my ISP’s modem limits us at only 10 Mbps — so with this router, our Wi-Fi connections are ten times faster!

Plus, the router multiplies the number of wired connections we can have, since there are four ethernet sockets on the back. And those wired connections go as fast as any network connection is likely to be — 1,000 Mbps in our home. The modem says it goes up to ~2 Gpbs (actually 1.8) which is amazing. And I have to say, the router looks good, too. It’s white, blends in, with very small lights that are clear but don’t distract from the decor even when in full view on a daily basis.