It is not rocket science that wireless internet is fast becoming the cultural way for connectivity of our smartphones and other favorite devices. Eight in ten electronics in your home or offices are wireless. And yes the advantages of wired connections are good too, like the speed it allows and less interference and security. But the advantages of wireless networking are very much better. This one amazing fact gets me smiling a lot: do you know you can connect up to two hundred and fifty devices to a router? Cool, right? You can place them anywhere in your home within stipulated range and these devices come in different sizes and design, they can be sleek, slim, compact, and more portable that their Ethernet buddies. The awesome device that makes all these possible is called the router.
The router has a couple of important jobs, which are:
It takes your internet signal and shoots it off wirelessly
The device also manages traffic over networks so that multiple devices can use the network without jams and hold-ups. A router also acts as a firewall, for safety, and also has the administrative settings for network managements. So the most important part you have you play is picking a suitable router for you setup. The first thing to do is identify and decide the kind of devices you want to connect to your network.
Almost everything is made wireless now, so be sure to think really hard about what you want, will you be connecting smartphones to your network, tablets or computers? Will you be adding those devices to your network in the future? these questions are essential as you will be having the router device with you for at least five years and if you are intending to add extra electronics to your home, it is preferred you buy a router that’s suitable! Are you sure you know what kind of activities goes on with these things? Just because one of your device is connected to your router does not necessarily mean it is a large user of your bandwidth.
A Bit About Routers:
When you go to some stores and walk down the aisles where networking stuffs are kept, you’ll many options to pick from. Routers are classified in few ways:
By their standards, which these days is either N or Ac
And bandwidth, which can be from 150mbps up to 2400mbps
Some router will say something like N300 which means that it is wireless network N and can handle up to 300mbos.
What Standard should You Choose?
There are various standards but two very popular ones these days; the N and AC, with the AC being the most recent of the duo. Over the years wireless standards have advanced, going from b to G and finally to N or AC. Many people still use the G routers in their home. As the standards evolve we get better range, more speed and security upgrades. When picking a standard though keep in mind that your devices will work optimally only if they operate on that standard. For instance, if your laptop only works on standard G and router is on standard N, you laptop will only operate up to the G standard.
Note: devices four or more years older often have G-cards in them. Newer, high-end devise most often have AC-card in them. All routers are backward compatible so the best AC routers will work with the oldest standard wireless device. The higher the bandwidth of your router the more data can be sent and received at a time.