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Once you have access to your router’s settings, you should be able to download and install the new firmware to it without a problem.

If you’re working at home, especially if you’ve got kids, you may find yourself posting up in places you’d never thought you would just to get some peace and quiet. We’re talking the bedroom, the kitchen, the basement, a closet, whatever. And while you may have been able to browse the web in those spots before, video chatting during a meeting could be out of the question.

To fix that, you may want to opt for a Wi-Fi extender. You’ve likely seen these devices before. They plug into a wall outlet, and literally extend your existing Wi-Fi connection by amplifying it to other areas of your home.

Wi-Fi extenders can improve the range of your connection, but won’t boost your speed. (Image: Linksys)

But they aren’t perfect. You’re not going to get better speeds than your current router already offers, and setting up an extender can mean creating a separate network that you have to connect to when you move into different parts of your home.

Say, for example, you’re working in your living room, but the kids want to watch TV. So you decide to head upstairs to work in the bedroom. Moving upstairs might mean having to jump on the Wi-Fi extender network. And while it’s not a major issue, it can be a pain.

Still, if you don’t mind the inconvenience, it’s a solid option.

For my money, a mesh network router is your best option if you’re seeing slowdowns or poor connectivity in certain parts of your home. A mesh network is a series of routers that send the exact same signals across your network. It more or less creates one massive network that you can push to a number of areas of your home.

Mesh networks work by having a single node function as the main router, and at least one or two others working as an extension of the base router’s functionality.

Mesh routers, like the Eero system, can drastically improve your network performance across your home. (Image: Amazon)

The nodes work like your average router, sending out a bubble of connectivity, so you’ll still want to place them in the open. But since you’ll have them spread around your house, you shouldn’t see any real connectivity issues.

I set up a mesh network in my in-laws’ place and their connectivity went from virtually nonexistent in their basement to more than fast enough to stream Netflix and other video services without a problem.

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