How to pick the best router for your Xbox One
The basic router that is sent out to you by your service provider will do the job, but it almost certainly won’t be the best piece of hardware available. If you’re serious about getting the absolute best Wi-Fi signal (note: an upgrade isn’t necessary if you’re going through Ethernet) then you’ll need to look for a brand new router. Here’s some things to look out for.
It might seem insignificant, but the letter that appears after the number 802.11 is actually the most important one of all. ‘B’ is the standard wireless signal and is capable of a meagre 11MB/s. ‘G’ is the next one up, capable of 54 MB/s. ‘N’ is the latest type of wireless signal, and can achieve up to 248MB/s – which will future-proof you for a while. Obviously these figures are maximums, and that base connection speed needs to be there to begin with.
Wireless routers can run at two frequencies, either 2.4GHz or 5GHz. While 5GHz is less prone to interference than 2.4GHz it also has a much shorter range. If your router is close by, consider 5GHz. If it is not – or needs to transfer through a number of solid objects – then 2.4GHz is what you’re after. Luckily most modern routers are capable of dual-bands, which means they can output a wireless signal on both frequencies.
Lock and key
Almost all routers will come with some form of security – usually through a password or ‘key’ – but the more common ones are WEP and WPA. WPA passwords are the best option to go for; it is a newer standard and scrambles the encryption key to ensure no one can get in. While you will need to check the devices you want to connect to it are WPA-friendly, it’s a form of security that has been going for some years now so it’s not likely to an issue.