The Best Place to Put Your Router… Is Not Inside of a Book Binder

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At ARRIS, we like design; we like our pendant lamps and our “open concept” living spaces. We also like it when our Wi-Fi® works. And just like you, we expect it to work all the time. One way to ensure the fast and flawless performance of your wireless router or gateway is to put it out in the open, as our engineers intended.

If you cover up your router, you risk compromising your Wi-Fi performance, create a lack of ventilation and reduce your product’s lifespan. Just don’t do it.

And remember: placement is actually one of the most important factors when it comes to Wi-Fi performance. Check out the reasons and our recommendations, here.

So while covering up your router may seem like a good idea at the time, you’ll likely look back on the decision as people did with their water beds in the 70s: totally unnecessary, barely functional, and potentially damaging.

How to fall in love with your Wi-Fi® this Valentine’s Day

Your significant other isn’t the only thing that deserves attention this Valentine’s Day.

Your Wi-Fi® isSocial Media Vday now a vital element of your home life. Show it some TLC, and it’ll love you back by not ruining your night in front of a romcom.

These three tips will give you Wi-Fi to make Cupid proud.

See other people – You don’t have to be faithful to your gateway if you can get better performance from someone else. Not all gateways are created equal. You can stay with your current service provider but, investigate in a new gateway that will boost the service you’re currently receiving. Look for options with more download and upload channels to boost speeds.

Choose a better position – Moving things to the bedroom? Not so fast! If your gateway is all the way downstairs, you might not get the streaming quality you expect. Make sure your gateway is in the heart of your home to get the best coverage throughout, even in the bedroom.

Set the mood – When you achieve full coverage in every room of your house, you’ll have more options to connect more devices, apps and services. For example, adding connected lighting to your home will make use of your enhanced broadband. And by using voice commands, you’ll be able to get the lighting just right without breaking the mood by fiddling with buttons and menus.

It’s Valentine’s Day after all, so why not become more affectionate with better broadband and entertainment without the flaws?

Love, ARRIS.

PS. You can find more info on our SURfboard® portfolio that will steal your heart at www.surfboard.com

ARRIS Tech Talk: Modems, Routers, Gateways, and Extenders Demystified

Fact: We need fast, reliable Internet. And increasingly, we need it everywhere.

Nearly three-quarters of us believe that having high-speed Internet in every room of the house is either vitally important or very important. That’s according to our latest Consumer Entertainment Index study.

High-speed Internet is so important because it is related to almost everything we do, from image1video chatting with our family and friends to streaming movies on Netflix® and gaming over the Playstation® and Xbox One networks. A lot of things run expressly on the Internet, and the Internet, in turn, relies on the devices that deliver it throughout our homes.

Today we’re going to talk about the four most important ones: modems, Wi-Fi® routers, broadband gateways, and extenders.

The first piece of the puzzle is your modem: it brings the Internet into your home. Because it’s your home’s primary connection to the Internet, it’s arguably the most important device.

Of course, we all just want Wi-Fi without limits, and for that, you need a Wi-Fi router. It takes the Internet from your modem and creates a wireless signal that you can access throughout your home. But keep in mind that the strength of that wireless signal changes based on things inside your home, like the type of walls or floors it has to go through or how far away it is from the devices that it’s communicating with (i.e. tablets, cellphones)

A gateway is a device that combines the modem and Wi-Fi router into a single device. It brings the Internet signal into your home and also transmits it wirelessly.

So now we have our modem, router and gateway—but what happens when there’s a room in your home where the Wi-Fi is very weak or non-existent? There are many ways to improve the range of the Internet in your home, but one of the simplest and most cost-efficient is using a Wi-Fi network extender or repeater. It receives the wireless signal from your router or gateway and boosts it a further distance than the router may be capable of broadcasting on its own—like a megaphone does with your voice. But keep in mind that each wireless repeater cuts your bandwidth in half. So while it allows you to cover more ground, you’ll also lose some effective speed.

Now that we’ve talked about how these networking pieces work together, how do you know which one to buy? Check out our SURFboard web site for more information.

The New ARRIS SURFboard® SBR-AC1750 Wi-Fi Router — Get Great Wi-Fi

Imagine not having Wi-Fi® problems. Better yet, imagine not waiting as long for downloads; having apps load and connect faster; and streaming video effortlessly all around your home. That’s what happens when Wi-Fi works, but we know that it’s not always perfect…

The good news is that you can do something about it. Today, we’re introducing the ARRIS SURFboard® SBR-AC1750 Wi-Fi Router—it’s a new way to get great Wi-Fi.

The SURFboard SBR-AC1750’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual-band Concurrent radios command speeds of up to 1750 Mbps—delivering the fastest speeds available for all of your devices. Meanwhile, a 4-port Gigabit Ethernet router and a USB port let you wire in important devices—like network storage, printers, and more. And the new 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet lets the SURFboard SBR-AC1750 use less power.

As you connect more and more devices to your network, not only can you trust that the SURFboard SBR-AC1750 will dish out piping-hot Wi-Fi to every one of them, but you can also rest assure that it’s preset security features (like WPS 2.0 and embedded firewall and parental control protection) will keep all of your connections safe and secure.

Speed, performance, and reliability—everything you expect from an ARRIS SURFboard product: standard on the SBR-AC1750.

You can find it today on Amazon, NewEgg and the ARRIS store for $129.99. And for those Carl Edwards fans out there, we have a special No. 19 Edition coming soon to the online JGR Store. Also check out a few photos of the unboxing below.