A router is a device which can connect all of your gadgets to the Internet or it can interconnect them also using some software applications. You just need a wireless router if you want to connect any of your devices like computer, tablet, smartphone, etc. to the web. Today you have multiple choices of modern wireless routers. To connect your devices to the web, you need a router which supports 802.11n wireless standard at least as it is the most common version of Wi-Fi. Most of the new communication devices are compatible with this standard.
Now the next standards are being used and they are dominating the market because they offer a wider range and faster speeds. So it is clear that the most advanced routers will be more expensive than readily available. It is okay to spend extra if you have a high speed connection, but to get the high speed, you don’t need to replace your device. It may be possible that you only need to update its drivers instead of upgrading it. Those routers which are compatible with both 802.11ac and 802.11n standards are also backward-compatible with previous standards like 802.11g and 802.11b, means if you’re using older wireless routers, they will also work according to new standards as well.
So while buying a new router, you should know some basic points if you don’t want to make any mistake. You should know that all routers have more than one port. And to connect your Internet modem, there’s the Wide Area Network port. To connect your wired devices like laptops, computers, etc. there are the Local Area Network ports for connecting wired gadgets. Although most of the routers come with four LAN ports, but a few may have less also. So you need to make sure that how many devices you want to connect to your router, and is that meeting your demands or not.
Security is also a very crucial aspect so you should be well aware of it that you don’t leave your network open to all. If you haven’t protected your network neighbors, hackers and other cyber criminal may use your connection frequency and fulfill their suspicious activities. It is not only risky, but it will also make your connection slow. So make sure that your device favors WPA2 encryption. If you are thinking of buying an old router which supports only the older WEP encryption, then your network is not safe from the cyber criminals. A hacker can easily break this encryption in nothing flat.
Apart from these factors, there are some extra features which may prove you a smart buyer, if consider them as well while buying a network router. These features can make your network fast, secure, and efficient. More routers are of the dual-band variety means they support two different frequencies: 2.4 gigahertz and 5 gigahertz. If your wireless device operates at the lower frequency, i.e. 2.4 GHz, there will more signal interference which can be a reason of limited range and slow speed and if your device operates on 5 GHz, you’ll get a more powerful signal as it’ll bypass noise (interference). Only buying a dual-band router will not solve the interference and performance issues, your wireless gadget should support dual-band 802.11n standard
You should be aware of the fact that wired and wireless gadgets operate at different speeds. Most wireless routers have a maximum speed of 150Mbps, however, there are high-end 802.11n routers also which can give you speed up to 300Mbps. And 802.11ac compatible routers can achieve more than 1 gigabit per second on compatible high-speed gadgets. Apart from WAN and LAN ports, a few routers have USB ports so that you can connect an external storage media or printer. Some routers also have built-in parental controls and safety features like content filtering (it can block malicious contents and websites while surfing the web).
Most of the recent technologies are succeeded by the new advancements and routers are no different. So to stay secure, get high speed, save money and time, you need to aware and attentive. Your responsibility doesn’t end here; it increases as you buy a router.
Jessica is an expert tech writer and work for computer repair service provider company, who writes about technicalities involved with the system’s hardware as well as software and always discuss about latest tips and tricks about virus removal and data recovery services.