The most important piece of equipment for any house that's cut the cord is also the one piece you never think about: Your router.

The router is what takes the signal from your internet provider (via a modem) and makes sure the right bits get to the right place. And ideally they get there fast enough — either through an ethernet cable or over a wireless network — that we get the instant gratification we so crave when we hit the play button. It has to do two thing well to make that happen — route traffic between you and the streaming service the most efficient way and be able to prioritize and assemble the bits and pieces quickly. Of course, a few other features can be important, too ...

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