A few weeks ago I posed a question on Facebook to my friends, “At what age can I keep my daughter home alone?” Most of the responses were between 10 and 12, but almost everyone said it depends on maturity. I remember when I was a kid I was home alone all the time when I was 9. My dad would leave for work before I was up for school so I had to get myself up, dressed, eat breakfast and lock up the house before walking 4 blocks to school. I would then come home before he got home from work too. Sounds crazy for a kid in only 4th grade, right? I’m not sure I would trust my 11-year-old with all of that responsibility, but I would like to start keeping her home alone here and there. Maybe for a quick trip to the grocery store or really just for the experience.
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It scares me, though. I’m sort of an overprotective mama bear but finally I feel comfortable leaving her at home by herself because we have a Canary Indoor Wireless High-Definition All-In-One Home Security device and Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter with Geek Squad.
This is a brand new router that was exclusively developed between Netgear, an industry leader in the networking world, and Best Buy, to help provide consumers with an easy, all-in-one solution to support their home’s connected devices. As the number of Wi-Fi dependent products increase in a home – the average US household has 7 “connected devices” – from smartphones (often several in a home), to tablets, to laptops, to computers, and Wi-Fi printers, this puts a strain on the home’s network, especially the router. With the interest in online gaming and 4k TVs, connected devices such as smart thermostats, plus the need to stream shows from Netflix or Hulu, it places even more demands on the network. Many households may experience slow Wi-Fi, dropped calls, or experience “dead zones” – which could be improved upon with an “AC” router, Wi-Fi extenders, and expert help.
· The AC1900 comes with one DST, or “Dead Spot Terminator,” adapter – to eliminate your Wi-Fi dead zones; place it in an area where you get little/no reception, to improve Wi-Fi access. Additional adapters can be purchased for other dead zones.
· This high-performance router was built to support 10+ connected devices – you can also prioritize devices for streaming videos or music, and included advanced features for lag-free gaming
Best Buy makes it easy with this new high-performance WiFi router, which includes a WiFi extender and Geek Squad setup and Support via phone & web, for one full year. The Geek Squad service via phone & web allows customers to call or get help 24/7 whenever they want, vs. the need to schedule an appointment. We’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in our computers, phones, and when my husband plays the Xbox. It’s been nice to go from what we thought was a great WiFi connection to an amazing WiFi connection.