So I’ve never had a home network or wifi and I’ve just always used a mifi router and now with my growing number of devices I think it’s time I got something serious but I don’t know what’s overkill and what’s the best bang for my bucks…. right now I need to chose between having fiber internet run to my house or just getting a wifi router and chucking a SIM card in it
Routers that support SIM cards are going to be few and far between. Yes they exist, but it can be difficult to find one that will work with your ISP. I know many routers will support cellular via USB, but Ive only seen a few routers that have actually sim slots.
If you get Fiber internet your at the mercy of the ISP and what equipment they choose to give you. Some will give a standard ONT and you just plug what ever router in to it, some will give a Gateway (ONT/Router) and that might work for your use or you might need to buy an Wireless Access point for better WiFi, OR you might need to put their box in to bridge mode and use your own router.
Generally when it comes to a router you want at LEAST WiFi 5 if not WiFi 6. As far as features go, that depends on what you want to do. My router for example allows me to track bandwidth usage by device, which helps me stay within the data caps imposed by my ISP. Some routers might have USB ports that can be used for Cellular internet, Printer sharing or mass storage devices. Ive seen higher end routers with 2.5Gbps Ethernet, etc. So you just need to figure out what you want out of the router.