What router do you recommend?
There has been a ton of research, testing, etc done on home routers and wireless access points so instead of telling you what you should buy, we'll point you in the direction of some of that research. Most, if not all, of these can be bought on Amazon. Some are available at Best Buy or Staples. What drives up cost is the number of wireless radios in the router (for more speed inside your house) and the number of extra features (like print servers or USB ports for hard drives). If you are not streaming movies or large data wirelessly between devices in your house (you now who you are), then the less expensive routers should be more than sufficient. If you have a movie server in your house or wireless DirecTV receivers (for example) that use your house WiFi, I'd spring for a more expensive router.
My new personal favorite router is the Synology RT2600. Why do I like this? It has excellent WiFi performance and a very user friendly interface that can do so much more than be a basic router. It has been reviewed by a number of networking professionals who also approve of it. It is on the pricer side of routers - but consider this a top of the line mid-range router and an excellent high end router:
If you use the link above to purchase, the co-op will get a small percentage.
Both of those articles have a number of routers that fit the bill and have good in-depth reviews of them as well. See the bottom of the article below on some options to improve wireless coverage in your house. These new managed WiFi products often take the place of your router and improve wireless coverage in larger homes or homes with dead spots.
Also, read our "What Speeds Should I expect" FAQ for more information about in home WiFi.
What if I want to use a telephone service but not pay Century Link?
Au Wireless service does support a large number of VoIP (Voice over IP) options. These are often devices that plug into your Internet connection and into your phone line - allowing you to use your old "land line" phones and often keep your existing land line telephone number but cancel your Century Link phone. It brings your telephone service in through the Internet connection.
- Typically much more cost effective than a traditional land line
- You can often keep your old number
- The features included with many VoIP systems are much greater than with Century Link (emailing voice mails, call forwarding features, integration with Outlook and other email clients, etc).
- No contracts or reliance on Century Link
- Excellent call quality
- Most are compatible with e911 (enhanced 911) for emergency calls
- Requires a constant Internet connection
- When the power goes out and you loose Internet, your phone service will go down as well
Here is a small list of VoIP providers that some of our members have used:
Google Voice (requires a 3rd party phone adapter)
If you have experience with any others that you are satisfied with, let us know.