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Choosing Your Wi-Fi Home Router

Posted September 09, 2017 by Kevin Fisher

Option 1: Supply Your Own Router

Single-Router Solution

If you would like to provide your own router, great! We suggest a high-performance AC1900 (condo/apt) or AC2300 (larger single family home) class Wi-Fi router (or better) with external antennas to have the best online experience.

Please note that AT&T U-Verse or Comcast combination cable modem/routers are not compatible. With Sail, your modem is in the rooftop antenna and no other modem is needed.

You’ll want to use a newer router model. Older routers will slow you down and diminish your online experience. If you use a non-recommended Wi-Fi router, you might not reach our advertised speeds and you may have less than stellar Wi-Fi coverage in your home. When you use a recommended Wi-Fi router, your downloads and uploads will really fly.

For the best online experience, we suggest choosing a router that meets all of these criteria:

  • Standalone AC1900 class or higher (AC2400 or higher for large homes)
  • Is NOT an AT&T or Comcast modem/router
  • 802.11ac
  • External antennas
  • Dual-band or tri-band
Example: ASUS RT-AC87U (click on photo to buy at Amazon)


Multi-router “Mesh” Solution

A new category of high-end “coordinated” multi-box Wi-Fi home router products has recently hit the market. Instead of investing lots of engineering into a single high-end router with external antennas, these multi-device solutions provide several small coordinated routers (with internal antennas) that you can distribute throughout the home. These coordinated routers automatically beam the wireless signal between each other and to/from your devices to give you seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, with only one of the routers needing a “wired” Ethernet connection to your modem.  While each of the router pucks may be rated at "only" AC1200, the total solution performance will usually exceed the performance of a single stand-alone router.

EeroLumaGoogle WiFiOrbi offer multi-router mesh products. Check out our blog post about the Google WiFi router at "Wi-Fi Mesh: So Long, Dead Zones"

Google WiFi mesh 3-pack

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Option 2: Choose Sail’s Wi-Fi Router 

We have found that some Sail customers struggle with selecting and configuring their own Wi-Fi router, and need assistance to fully experience Sail's blazing fast internet speeds. You can let Sail handle it for you. 

  • Sail Internet typically uses an ASUS RT-AC68U, ASUS RT-AC87U or similar model.
  • We install the home router and optimize the range to give the best possible coverage throughout your home.
  • The cost is an additional $10/month and includes ongoing maintenance and replacement.


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