buying guide wireless network

make wire-free hassle-free.

Are you getting the most out of your Wi-Fi devices? Getting connected is easy. Learn how to choose the right networking products and find the right router for your family's ever-growing wireless needs.

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choose the best router.

Smart phones. Tablets. Game consoles. More and more devices are Wi-Fi-enabled, making a good router key for an effective home wireless network. If your router's over 3 years old, it's probably time for an upgrade. New routers run on the latest wireless technology for faster speeds, greater ranges and minimal interference from phones, baby monitors, etc. Here's what to look for:

router features.

  • speed

    Routers come in a range of speeds. Faster speeds mean smoother Wi-Fi video streams. Want to stream videos to a tablet or a Wi-Fi TV? Look for a router speed of N600 or faster.

  • antennas

    Need to expand your wireless network's range? More antennas mean greater signal strength. If you have a large or multi-level home, check the square-foot coverage of your router to be sure you're getting enough antenna coverage.

  • bandwidth

    Doubling your bandwidth with a Dual-Band router minimizes interference and gives you faster, smoother HD video streaming, file transfers and wireless gaming.

  • accessories

    Improve the performance of all your Wi-Fi devices with accessories like wireless adapters, range extenders and Wi-Fi bridges.

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1,2,3, connect.

Setting up your home wireless network is easier than you think. Just follow these simple steps.

  • Assess your home networking needs by considering the size of your home, the number of devices that will be in your network, and your family's Wi-Fi activities.

  • Select the router and accessories that are best for you and your family.

  • Set up your home network and connect your wireless devices.

Still have questions? Call Target Technical Support Service at 1-877-myTGTech.

know your network.

When you're choosing a router, think about what will be in your network. Consider your home's square footage and your family's Wi-Fi activities. Will you be checking email? Streaming HD movies? Simultaneous devices and users can eat up bandwidth; make sure your router can handle the action.

the speed you need.

Use this handy chart to figure out the router speed you need based on the square footage of your home, the Wi-Fi activities you plan to do and the number of devices on your network.

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