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Internet and the Business Lifestyle

Fast internet is everything for the business lifestyle. I love working from home. I have everything I need to focus on my writing, like my home office with large windows facing a view overlooking rolling hills and trees. Some days I’ll open up the doors to the outside deck and let the sunlight in. The […]

Fast internet is everything for the business lifestyle.

I love working from home. I have everything I need to focus on my writing, like my home office with large windows facing a view overlooking rolling hills and trees. Some days I’ll open up the doors to the outside deck and let the sunlight in. The fresh air really keeps me going. I also have a treadmill that I have transformed into a walking desk where I can move between jogging and walking while answering emails or reading business articles. But more important than how I work is a fast and dependable wifi signal. Selecting the right router for your home is critical, especially when you work from home. I was recently offered the opportunity to switch over from my Eero mesh routing to the Nighthawk X4S cable modem router. I have to tell you it was a big mistake. Like they say, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

First off, the reason why I made the consideration in the first place is that I have a large home for the San Francisco Bay Area, 3,200 square feet, and not all areas of my home have strong wifi with the Eero. So I asked, maybe a mesh routing system is the same thing as having a wifi cable modem router if you get a wifi range extender. I reached out to Netgear to see if they would let me try out their Nighthawk router because it claims to provide ultra-fast cable internet speed at up to 6Gbps.




Secondly, I don’t like being dependent on startups. They often go out of business and along with the startup shutting down so does their tech support. I thought, maybe my warranty won’t last with Eero and I should switch over to the Nighthawk X4S because their warranty will last. It’s NETGEAR and they aren’t going to go out of business unexpectedly.

I purchased the $499 Pro WiFi system from Eero that comes with three full-sized Eero units. I don’t know what Netgear’s mesh routing system, the Orbi for $400, or the Google Wifi system for $299 is like, but all I know is that by switching from Eero to Nighthawk I save $100, including the Tri-Band WiFi Range Extender. Bottom line is bad internet is not worth $100.

Having a range extender doesn’t do much. Range extenders don’t deliver like having a mesh router does. The difference is having multiple routers across my 3,200 SF home that all talk to each other versus one router with a range extender. The difference? Since my iPhone works on WiFi calling when I’m at home, I missed an important lunch with my friend because I didn’t get her call. She said it went straight to voicemail. She didn’t leave a voicemail.

So I looked at my phone and noticed that it went from no service to service. I realized that my WiFi cuts out when I move from my office to my living room. I can’t help but wonder if it’s because of the range extender and new cable modem router that my internet cuts out momentarily. Because I didn’t have this problem with my mesh routing system.

I also have a friend who sent me a text message that I see on iMessage on my MacBook Pro, but I don’t see on my iPhone. Now I question if the reason I didn’t get her text is that my iPhone was on my home WiFi when she texted me.

I can’t work from home if I am having issues with my new cable modem router. Clearly mesh routing systems are better than cable modem routers. Forget buying a range extender and just buy a mesh router.

Also, save yourself the headache of having to look at the Nighthawk. It’s bulky and ugly, no matter what your home decor is.

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