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Now start asking your WiFi to do what it doesn't do particularly well, i.e. run applications that require lots of bandwidth and/or sustained bandwidth. In the case of multiroom video, for example, that requires both, and if you have more than one video playing in more than one room... well, we're sure you get the idea.

And it's only going to get worse, even if all of your devices are 802.11ac compliant.

Once your refrigerator and your toaster and your garden lights start chattering away on the network, watch out. Which is to say nothing of the demands of the latest 4K televisions in the shop, which is to say nothing of the 8K televisions which are on the way.

For these reasons, if you don't want your video to stutter or music to skip, we recommend hybrid networks.

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Thanks primarily to Apple, it has become pretty easy to install a wireless network. But to install a good one is another story altogether.

If you live in town, turn on your computer's WiFi and look at how many networks you can see. Now consider that all of those are vying for a limited number of channels, and most of them, including yours, are probably using one of two channels by default.

Then consider that your wireless network is probably only as fast as the slowest device connected at any given time. If you have dual-channel links, then make that the 2nd slowest device.