How do I know which router is the correct one for me?
3 main things to consider when purchasing a router are:
1) How much area do I need to cover/reach?
2) What are the main uses or devices connecting to my Wi-Fi?
3) Does the Wi-Fi Router have a "gigabit port?"
After determining these factors, most reputable router manufacturers will have resources online to assist you in choosing the product that best meets your home networking needs. A "gigabit port" is a required.
What can I do to help my home network run the most efficiently?
1) Check the physical location of your router; minimize any significant physical barriers & electronic devices that can cause interference to maximize signal strength for better coverage area.
2) Ensure that your router’s firmware is up to date. Even if it is brand new & right out of the box, this should be the first thing done as it will ensure that it is current with any information it may have missed between final packaging to purchase date. With that in mind, most modern routers also have an Auto-Update feature which is highly advised to turn on.
3) Use wired connections over wireless if available.
4) Verify there aren't any older devices connected that can potentially slow down your network, especially those that are not in use. Also update any outdated network drivers, software, etc. on devices that are connecting to your router.