To use a WiFi router with Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and the HomePod, the devices should have the following features and specifications:
- Support the latest WLAN standard IEEE 802.11ac
- Use the 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies simultaneously – This allows a device connected via Wi-Fi to automatically reach the more accessible frequency
- Enable encryption with WPA2 this is currently the strongest encryption method
- Also pay attention to whether the router is MIMO or MU-MIMO capable – If multiple devices use a network at the same time, these transfer technologies increase the performance of the network.
For larger premises, Apple recommends using a mesh system. Here, several routers or repeaters connect to a comprehensive network as possible. Devices connect automatically and without interruption to the nearest access point.
These routers cover Apple’s points
Even though Apple has discontinued its own routers, so has the Apple Store since the beginning For the first time, a router was also offered by a third-party manufacturer. This is a Linksys mesh system. Optionally, there are the WLAN modules in a double or triple pack for 299.95 or 429.95 euros.
Also the current FRITZ! Box 7590 offers the points described by Apple for around 250 Euro.