What Do You (Really) Need To Know Before You Choose A Best Wireless Router?
By: Digital IT Solution
How big is my house? Or apartment, or store, or office, or whatever. If you're in small business, or an old house with thick walls, you're going to want a router that promises better range than if you're in a three-room apartment. Also, check out our note on antennas, below: it might be cheaper to buy a router with a lower range, then improve the performance by swapping for better antennas.
How many devices will be connecting to this router? And what types of devices? This is where you'll want to look at the wireless protocols: that's those long strings of numbers beginning with 8. Your laptop and your smartphone almost certainly use 802.11n Wi-Fi, so if all you're just using a few of those sorts of devices, you're most likely fine with an 802.11n router. Be that as it may, in case we're jabbering of cell phones, in addition to keen TVs, amusement reassures, and so forth, and so forth, at that point you might need to investigate the most recent, all the more effective Wi-Fi tech, similar to the 802.11ac convention with beamforming ability (that is the place Wi-Fi signals go specifically to your gadget, rather than ricocheting everywhere on your home indiscriminately)
And what will people be doing with those devices? For basic web and social media tasks – email, Facebook, Twitter and so on – a single-band router, operating on the 2.4GHz frequency band (along with other appliances that are likely to be in your home, such as microwave ovens and cordless phones) should be fine. But if anyone in your home is going to be playing online games or watching Netflix, you're probably going to need a dual-band router. This allows you to connect to the both the 2.4GHz frequency band and the 5GHz band, which avoids signal interference and has better throughput speeds. Meanwhile, if everyone using your router is going to be gaming and/or streaming videos – or otherwise hammering the bandwidth – all at once, consider a tri-band router: these have two radios operating at 5GHz and one at 2.4GHz.
Do You need additional features? Consider the following:
• the number of available USB ports (to plug in printers, etc)
• removable antennas (so you can swap them out for high-performing antennas to boost your range, if you choose to)
• guest networks (so visitors to your home can use your Wi-Fi without getting access to your stuff)
• parental controls (so you can keep your child's internet use within safe limits - check out this article on how to set up parental controls)
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Laura C. Brown