Whether you’re working remotely or managing a team of hundreds within a large enterprise, numerous types of wireless devices are a certainty for businesses. Networks must support different equipment, ensuring that team members have seamless connections and can traverse the area without drops in service.
Finding the right router is one step in ensuring wireless network success. And you need a router that will successfully support a range of mobile devices, including tablets. This is especially as true as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are implemented in offices.
One study from Clutch showed that 86 percent of employees check their email from their personal devices, and 67 percent access shared company documents on this equipment. And around half of adults in the U.S. now own a tablet computer, according to Pew Research.
With all these connected devices to manage, what router features influence seamless connectivity?
Here are a few tips when finding the right router that will support tablets and a range of other mobile devices:
Now let’s take a look at some of the best routers to look into.
1. NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S
The NETGEAR Nighthawk X4S can receive Wi-Fi speeds up to 2,600 Mbps and provides up to 2,500 square feet of coverage. It’s recommended for up to 45 devices and includes ethernet ports if you need to plug in a device. This dual-band router provides USB ports and supports WPA2, and includes firewall protection.
2. Synology RT2600AC
The Synology RT2600AC is another dual-band router for Wi-Fi that can cover a 3,000 square-foot area and has USB ports and an S.D. card reader. It has a 1.7 Gigahertz dual-core processor and 4×4 802.11ac wave 2 radios with MU-MIMO, in addition to speeds up to 2.53 Gbps.
3. NETGEAR Nighthawk X10
Another Smart Wi-Fi router from NETGEAR is the X10, which provides up to 2,500 square feet of coverage and has speeds up to 7,200 Mbps. This router is one of the fastest in the industry for media streaming with MU-MIMO, so it works well when multiple tablets are trying to stream content.
4. Asus RT-AX88U
The ASUS RT-AX88U is a 4×4 dual-band router that supports 802.11ax, with Wi-Fi speeds up to 6,000 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 4,804 Mbps on 5GHz, which are good for congested areas of wireless devices. It also has eight LAN ports and adds significant security with AiProtection Pro.
5. Linksys EA6350
Finally, the Linksys EA6350 is a versatile dual-band Wi-Fi router that’s affordable and well-suited for smaller offices or home workspaces, as it can support 10 wireless devices, including tablets. Wi-Fi speeds can be up to 1.2 Gbps. It has four ethernet ports and can cover up to 1,000 square feet.
Choosing the right router to support tablets just takes some research. These five routers provide the essentials for wireless devices to stay connected to high-performing Wi-Fi.
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