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How to Choose a Wireless Router

8 June 2011No Comment

Picking a wireless router doesn’t have to be tricky. You don’t need to be a whiz with computers to work out what’s best for you. We’ll give you some tips on what to go for, so you can get the most from your router.  Having wireless in your home and workplace will make things a lot easier for you. You can say goodbye to cables lying all over the place and hello to online access wherever you are in the house.

First things first, what exactly is a wireless router? A wireless router has exactly the same functions as an ordinary router but is also a wireless access point and a network switch. They are used to access the internet or a computer network without needing to connect a cable. They can, and often do, function in a wired local area network (LAN).

Next you need to work out what wireless standard you need. Not all routers can support the same wireless standard, so before you begin shopping you need to know if you need one to support 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n standards.

You also need to see what speed and frequency your network needs. If you are going to use a super-fast wireless router, your wireless broadband has to be able to support the maximum transmission rate.

Furthermore, you need to make sure that the router you pick will be compatible with the hardware you already have, such as mobile devices. The only way you can do this is by carefully checking.

Wireless security is one of the most important things for you to check when you are buying a router.  You need to pick one which has a firewall feature or a higher level encryption or filtering.  You may be surprised to learn that wireless technology has actually been around for years; however people were reluctant to use it due to the lack of security that it used to provide.

From a practical point of view it is advisable to look at the warranty package that comes with your router.  There can be quite a big difference on the warranties out there. You need to be sensible when choosing, if the router has a better warranty it is likely to mean it is a better product, the manufacturer is happy to support it.

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