Most people replace their routers when they stop working. The router is the device that takes your high speed internet signal and splits it off – ports for multiple pcs or for wireless surfing.
If your router is over four years old, it is probably time to replace it.
Many stores offer a good return policy, so you can purchase a better router, install it, then see if it makes a difference in your environment. If it doesn’t, by all means, take it back!
Extending your range is also a possibility with a few different devices. If you want your wireless signal to be stronger and reach rooms not currently accessible, use a range “extender”. There are many on the market due to the popularity of wireless. If you need a “port” in another room to use with an ethernet cable, you can use a powerline adapter. It actually comes with 2 parts. One piece plugs into an open port on your router with a cable, and the other plugs into a power outlet in the room where you need internet access. Your computer then plugs directly into that piece with an ethernet cable.
Volume 11, March 2013